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10/19/19 LACPA Convention

LACPA's 31st Annual Convention

When: Saturday, October 19, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:45 PM
Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Los Angeles Westside
6161 W. Centinela Ave
Culver City, California  90230
United States
Contact: LACPA Office

Online registration is closed.
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Check out our featured Speaker Scott D. Miller, Ph.D.,

with a sneak peak in this YouTube clip below! 





Quick Links to 2019 Convention Options:

Session I

Session II

Session III



Poster Presentations

Convention Sponsors

Convention Exhibitors

*Pre-registration ends 10/14/19.  Beginning 10/15/19, registrations will not be taken.

On-site registration is an option, if space is available, at an additional $35 fee.


Cancellation Policy: To receive a refund, a request must be received in writing no later than October 14, 2019.


A $35 processing fee is deducted from all refunds.


The Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.


LACPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


These sessions may be taken to satisfy the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) continuing education requirements.


It is important to note that APA continuing education rules require that LACPA only give credit to those who attend the entire session.


An evaluation of the session must be completed.


Those who arrive more than 5 minutes after the scheduled start time or leave before the session is complete will not receive CE credit. Partial credit may not be given. 


PRE-REGISTER Ended 10/14/19


On site registration is available at an additional $35.


Registration opens at 7:45 AM


Convention Presentations


Session I

2.0 CE Credits all courses

8:30 a.m. -10:30 a.m.



Ethical and Successful Insurance-based Practices                                        Course Level: Intermediate


This workshop may be counted toward the ethics

requirement mandated every two years for license renewal.


Psychologists in private practice often have difficulty navigating the ins and outs of working with insurance. In this presentation, two psychologists with successful insurance-based private practices will address the ethical, legal, and logistical considerations psychologists should consider when working with both public and private health insurance.




Lauren Muhlheim, Psy.D., FAED, CEDS, is a psychologist and certified eating disorder specialist who directs an insurance-based group practice in Los Angeles. She is a member of the board of directors and the Education and Ethics Committee of LACPA. She is a published author and trains other professionals locally and nationally.










Michael Fresé, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Los Angeles. He is a consultant medical staff member at the Joyce Eisenberg Keefer Medical Center at the Los Angeles Jewish Home and also provides psychotherapy at his office in Brentwood. Dr. Fresé provides staff consultation and in-house trainings at various skilled nursing facilities throughout Los Angeles County.








Attendees will be able to:


I. Describe three benefits of being an insurance-based private practice provider.



II. Explain three additional requirements of being an insurance-based provider.



III. Discuss three ethical issues that emerge when working with insurance.








You Said What?  Critical Incidents in Clinical Supervision                     Course Level: Intermediate



Clinical supervisors encounter challenging situations. Video stimulus vignettes of some of these moments will be provided, and parameters of appropriate, ethical, and affirmative clinical supervision practice including parameters from the APA Guidelines for Supervision of Health Service Psychologists (2014, 2015).  Participants will have the opportunity to problem-solve approaches to the incidents.



Carol Falender, Ph.D., is co-author/editor of five books on clinical supervision. She was a member of the Supervision Guidelines of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and Chair of the Supervision Guidelines Task Force of APA. She was the recipient of 2018 Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association.











Mudita Bahadur, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Santa Monica and a former member of the LACPA Ethics Committee. She is a national Trainer and Consultant for the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and trains clinicians in CBT around L.A. County. Dr. Mudita has worked at the Providence Saint John’s Child and Family Development Center as a clinician and supervisor and is in private practice serving children and adults. 





Attendees will be able to:


                    I. Define one problem-solving approach to multiple relationships.


                    II. Describe management of supervisee countertransference.


                   III. Address multicultural diversity of client, supervisee, and supervisor in the clinical supervision context. 







Preventing Suicide in the LGBTQ+ Community using Affirmative Therapy                Course Level: Intermediate


This workshop may be counted toward the suicide

requirement mandated for license renewal.


Affirmative Therapy is an approach based on the understanding that LGBTQ people are not just tolerated but instead celebrated for their value in any culture. Mental health clinicians trained in Affirmative Therapy and Suicide Prevention can improve their effectiveness in helping LGBTQ clients increase protective factors and resilience while decreasing the risk of suicide attempts and death.




Rick Grant-Coons, Psy.D., received his master’s from Antioch University in Los Angeles and specialized in LGBTQ Affirmative Therapy. He completed his doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology. Was the Lead Clinical Supervisor at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services-Suicide Prevention Center developing and facilitating support groups for Suicide Attempt Survivors. Currently, Dr. Grant-Coons has his private practice, Empowered Living Therapy, in Sacramento.





Attendees will be able to:


                     I. Apply LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapy integrated with evidence-based suicide prevention interventions effective

                        in reducing suicide risk.


                     II. Link LGBTQ+ clients to appropriate suicide prevention resources in the community.


                    III. Integrate safety planning into clinical work with LGBTQ+ clients at risk for suicide. 







Beyond the Mask: Diagnosing Females with Autism                                Course Level: Intermediate



With increased autism awareness, more individuals than ever are getting diagnosed. However, females are still getting overlooked and left behind. When they are finally referred for testing, the “gold standard” autism battery might not detect them. Learn why not and what tools you can add to aid in autism diagnosis.



Crystal I. Lee, Psy.D., is a psychologist with a passion for supporting adolescents and emerging adults as they transition to adulthood. She specializes in working with neurodiverse individuals of all ages, particularly emerging adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In Dr. Lee’s private practice, L.A. Concierge Psychologist, she provides on-site therapy on the Westside.







Attendees will be able to:


   I. Describe the current “gold standard” assessment battery for ASD diagnosis.


   II. Explain the limitations of the current “gold standard” assessment battery when assessing females.


  III. Design a more appropriate assessment battery and alternative methods to identify autism in females.








Collaborating with Schools to Enhance Client/Student Outcomes      Course Level: Intermediate  



Afternoon therapy appointments for students are in constant demand. What if they could be treated during the school day? This presentation will provide the necessary information and tools to effectively treat students and/or extend skills practice into the school day while collaborating as a knowledgeable and effective team member.





Bruce Gale, Ph.D., received his education and training at UCLA, Florida State University, and Boston Children’s Hospital, Dr. Gale has consulted with school districts and conducted independent psychoeducational evaluations for over 20 years. His transdiagnostic social learning programs for children and adults has treated more than 1,500 students. He is the owner of BehaviorTech Solutions, Inc., creating technology solutions and providing training to mental health professionals.







Attendees will be able to:


                      I. Explain the advantages of collaborating with schools to improve student/client treatment outcome.


                      II. Describe the various models for collaborating with teachers and other school personnel as part of the

                          student’s educational team.


                     III. Perform school-based clinical interventions or staff consultations in person, via video teleconference,

                          audio teleconferencing, or other online means (e.g., secure document exchange, data collection).







Clinical Applications of Humor in Psychotherapy      Course Level: Intermediate


In this lively presentation we will explore the rationale for and practical application of the conscious, intentional, and purposeful use of humor in psychotherapy.  You will learn how humor can create change in the central targets of psychotherapy—cognitions, emotions, behaviors, and physiology and build the therapeutic alliance.




Steven M. Sultanoff, Ph.D., is a psychologist, professor at Pepperdine University, professional speaker, past president of the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor, and internationally recognized expert on therapeutic humor.  He has authored many innovative articles on therapeutic humor, and has appeared on The Morning Show, STARZ, and PBS. He is frequently quoted in national publications and provides live and online therapeutic humor continuing education.






Attendees will be able to:


   I. Explain the link between humor and feelings, behaviors, thoughts, and biochemistry.


   II. Express how to consciously, intentionally, and purposefully use humor to build the therapeutic relationship,

        treat, and diagnose.


  III. Explain the therapeutic value of the cognitive, emotional and physical impact of humor.





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Session II

2.0 CE Credits all courses

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.



The Mood-Food Connection in Mental Health             Course Level: Intermediate


While psychotherapists easily understand the connection between nutritional deficiencies and physical illness, few are aware of the connection between nutrition and mental health. Understanding the connection between diet and mood enhances the efficacy of psychotherapy and offers a broader lens for treatment.



Andra Brosh, Ph.D., BCHN, is the founder of Psyche & Salt, a comprehensive integrative psychology practice specializing in women’s mental and physical health. Dr. Brosh is a clinical psychologist, board certified Holistic Nutritionist, certified Ecotherapist, and a Grief Recovery Method specialist. She combines traditional psychology with nutrition, ecopsychology, mind-body techniques, spiritually based practices, and lifestyle changes to provide holistic and personalized treatment for optimal emotional health and physical well-being.






Attendees will be able to:


                    I. List five foods that have been empirically shown to improve mental health and mood.


                    II. Describe the role of digestion and its importance in good mental health.


                   III. Perform basic nutrition assessments in clinical practice to improve patient outcomes.







Intersubjective Shame Sensitivity to Bypass Treatment Barriers           Course Level: Advanced


The therapeutic process often takes both the client and the clinician into unexplored internal terrain. How can the therapist deal in specific ways with mutual self-protective mechanisms that block emotional intimacy? This program will offer the opportunity to study recorded session material and consider those moments when the therapist may avoid the risks necessary to spark change.



Susan Warren Warshow, LCSW, LMFT, is the founder of the Dynamic Emotion Focused Therapy Institute (DEFT). She is an international presenter, a Certified IEDTA Teacher/Supervisor, a faculty member of the ISTDP Institute, and has published several articles in professional journals. She treats individuals and couples in her Woodland Hills private practice, offers clinical supervision, online therapy, coaching and consultation






Attendees will be able to:


               I. Attendees will be able to recognize the steps towards a co-created therapeutic alliance.


              II. Attendees will be able to identify the elements of The Healing Triad.







Connection and Collaboration: Inspiring Struggling Teens     Course Level: Intermediate


Motivation is essential for all areas of learning and development. Unfortunately, teens with learning disabilities experience low levels of motivation. This presentation offers clinicians effective strategies that leverage connection and collaboration to promote motivation. The strategies presented are supported by the latest findings in the field of interpersonal neurobiology.




Daniel Franklin, Ph.D., is the author of  Helping Your Child with Language-Based Learning Disabilities. He holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Ph.D. from UCLA in Education. Daniel is a Board-Certified Educational Therapist and has over 30 years of experience in education as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. He is the founder and president of Los Angeles-based Franklin Educational Services, Inc.







Attendees will be able to:



                    I. Describe the mechanisms whereby low levels of motivation inhibit social, emotional, and learning development.


                    II. Explain how connection and collaboration promote motivation.


                    III. Apply principles of connection and collaboration to promote social, emotional, and learning development.







Psychopharmacology of Children & Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder       Course Level: Intermediate


Attendees will learn cutting edge approaches to the psychopharmacological treatment of children and adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Evidenced-based data with an emphasis on European and U.S. practices will be presented. A brief introduction to some HA medications used in psychiatry will begin the discussion.



Lance Steinberg, M.D., trained in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, taught advanced child psychopharmacology, CBT, and self-hypnosis for over twenty years. As Assistant Clinical Professor at UCLA (Geffen) School of Medicine he has taught Fellows in Child Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Specialties include Tics, Tourette’s, OCD, ADHD, mood and anxiety disorders, Asperger’s, and Autism. Dr. Steinberg has offices in Calabasas, Encino, and Valencia.








Attendees will be able to:


                    I. Demonstrate knowledge regarding the use of common psychiatric medications in children & adults.


                    II. Predict how to use evidence-based data and FDA-approved medicines to clinically make treatment decisions.


                    III. Beyond DSM 5.0-how to think like a psychopharmacologist.






Ethical Considerations When Building a Telehealth Practice                  Course Level: Intermediate


This workshop may be counted toward the ethics

requirement mandated every two years for license renewal.


This workshop aims to train psychologists on ethical considerations when integrating telehealth into their practice.  Learn to proactively prevent potential ethical dilemmas and prepare for when/if an ethical issue arises.  Learn to more fully leverage telehealth to benefit you and your patients in a safe and ethical manner.



Barbara Cadow, Ph.D., has been in private practice for over 35 years. She is on the clinical faculty in psychology at the University of Southern California. She served as Vice President of the California Board of Psychology and serves as chair of the LACPA Ethics Information and Education Committee.







Christina Armstrong, Ph.D., has worked in the federal government (Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs) since 2010 on the development and implementation of health technologies to support the safe and effective delivery of health care. She is a member of the LACPA Ethics Information and Education Committee.









Attendees will be able to: 


                    I. Demonstrate the current level of research supporting telehealth in the delivery of

                        evidence-based treatments.


                    II. Identify and articulate security and privacy concerns and solutions related to using mobile health in

                        clinical practice and identify the present state of the field regarding best practices.


                   III. Synthesize ethical guidelines for the use of mobile health in clinical practice and develop a plan to approach

                         ethical situations that may arise when using mobile apps in practice.







Emotional Dysregulation in the Couple Therapist                             Course Level: Advanced


This interactive workshop will use video-taped dramatizations of couple sessions to demonstrate the interplay between the couple, therapist, and the therapist’s limbic system arousal.  The group will discuss the participants’ right brain responses to couple interactions, and ways for therapists to regulate their own affect in order to achieve emotional attunement in couple therapy.



Nancy Gardner, Ph.D., is certified by the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) as an EFT Trainer, Supervisor, and Therapist.  She is co-founder of the Los Angeles Center for EFT, a past president of LACPA, and past chair of the LACPA Couple Therapy Special Interest Group.  Her private practice is in Westlake Village where she sees individual adults and couples.









Susan Thau, Ph.D., began her clinical work at Kaiser Permanente and participated in Allan Schore’s study group on neuropsychobiology and attachment. She completed her Psy.D. at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, became a supervising analyst, a certified therapist and supervisor in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and practices in Santa Monica and West Hollywood.





Attendees will be able to:



                     I.    Apply additional neuropsychobiological resonance and attunement between couple therapist

                           and couples in treatment.



                    II.    Monitor therapist physical/emotional responses during intense couple sessions.



                    III.    Integrate personal reactions and affect regulation into meaningfully attuned interactions with couples in treatment.





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Luncheon 1:00 - 1:45 PM


LACPA Awards Presented 1:45 - 2:15 PM




2019 LACPA Awardees



Beth Leedham, Ph.D.

2019 Award for Distinguished Service to LACPA by a LACPA Member


Dr. Leedham has served ten years on the LACPA Board of Directors, and has occupied nearly every important leadership post in the Association.  She was a diligent Association Secretary in 2011, served as President-Elect in 2016, Association President in 2017, and Past President and NEAC Chair in 2018.  Dr. Leedham often volunteered to take on additional assignments throughout her tenure on the Board.  Her engagement in the profession led to her appointment as one of three CPA Directors.She has spent years engaged in Committee and Special Interest Group (SIG) work, and was the Sexuality and Sex Therapy SIG Leader from 2010 to 2016, and she has been and continues to be a vital part of the Publications Committee since 2007. 



Lisa Osborn, Psy.D.

2019 Award for Distinguished Service to LACPA by a LACPA Member


Dr. Osborn serves on the Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force’s Training Institute, working to build awareness of mental health issues surrounding pregnancy and the postpartum period. She began her journey with the LACPA Board of Directors in 2010 as an Alternate Representative to the CPA Board of Directors. From 2010-2014, Dr. Osborn served as the Governmental Affairs Committee Chair. Also serving as the California Psychological Association, Psychology in the Workplace Network, Representative and Chair of the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Program. Dr. Osborn was a Guest Editor for the Los Angeles Psychologist “Advocacy” Issues 2012-2015.  During those years, her byline was on twelve articles. 



Terry Marks-Tarlow, Ph.D.

2019 Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology


Dr. Terry Marks-Tarlow has devoted her life to pursuing her passions for personal self-exploration and professional development. She regularly presents her own theoretical approaches and novel ideas at professional workshops throughout the city, the country, and internationally. To date, she has authored/edited nine books on creativity and clinical intuition and has served on numerous professional boards and committees, including LACPA’s Board of Directors, LASCP, Gestalt Therapy Institute, and the California Board of Psychology. She co-produces LACPA’s annual Mirrors of the Mind art exhibit.Dr. Marks-Tarlow is on the Advisory Board of the California Dance Institute, the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Play, and is a distinguished member of the Panel of Experts for The Neuropsychotherapist.



Bruce Gordon, Ph.D.

2019 Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Psychology


Dr. Bruce Gordon began his clinical practice in 1956 and practiced for 58 years in Los Angeles before retiring in 2016.  During this time, he was an active member of the psychology community and brought many changes to the field of psychology both locally and nationally through his involvement with APA, CPA, and the Board of Psychology.  After retiring, he joined the LACPA Foundation becoming an active member of the committee. He helped the Foundation create the Graduate Student Scholarship Award, and has judged the scholarship winners, the LACPA Convention poster winners, and also plans fundraising events for the LACPA Foundation.



These awards will be presented during the luncheon on Saturday, October 19th, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Culver City.  Please join us in honoring these very deserving individuals!



Dessert and


Meet the Poster Presenters


2:15 - 2:45 PM



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Session III

2.0 CE Credits

2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Achieving Clinical Excellence: Three Steps to Superior Performance               Course Level: Intermediate


Thanks to a number of recent studies, there is now solid empirical evidence for what distinguishes highly effective from average therapists.  In this workshop, participants will learn three specific strategies that separate the great from the good.  Participants will also learn a simple method for measuring success rates that can be used to develop a profile of their most and least effective moments in therapy—what works and what doesn’t.  Not only will attendees get a far more exact idea of their clinical strengths and weaknesses and how to use the findings in to improve their own practice, but they will also come away with concrete tools that will immediately boost clinical abilities and effectiveness.


Scott D. Miller, Ph.D., is the founder of the International Center for Clinical Excellence an international consortium of clinicians, researchers, and educators dedicated to promoting excellence in behavioral health services. Dr. Miller conducts workshops and training in the United States and abroad, helping hundreds of agencies and organizations, both public and private, to achieve superior results. He is one of a handful of “invited faculty” whose work, thinking, and research is featured at the prestigious “Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference.” His humorous and engaging presentation style and command of the research literature consistently inspires practitioners, administrators, and policy makers to make effective changes in service delivery.






Attendees will be able to:


I. Participants will discuss a method for determining the overall success rate of their clinical work.


II. Participants will discuss a method for identifying cases at risk for dropping out of treatment or                                 


experiencing a negative or null outcome.


III. Participants will discuss three steps for applying deliberate practice to the


professional development efforts.







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2019 Poster Session Presentations



The Potential Psychotherapeutic Benefits of Virtual Reality for Injured Athletes


Presenter/First Author: Theodore Albrecht, M.A.


California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University


Advisor: John Bakaly, Ph.D.



The Need for Proper Specialized Training to Conduct Competency for Execution


Presenter/First Author: Paige Bakman, AMFT


Azusa Pacific University


Advisor: Marjorie Graham Howard, Ph.D.



Increasing Psychotherapist Effectiveness Through the Use of Person/Self-of-the-Therapist Training Models


Presenter/First Author: Dorothy Beatty, M.A.


California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University


Advisor: John Bakaly, Ph.D.



Improving Access to Treatment: Evidence for Use of Person-Centered Language in Discourse of Opioid Use and Addiction


Presenter/First Author: Ian Fetterolf, MSW


California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University


Advisor: Erin O’Callaghan, Ph.D.



Role of Religion on Prognosis of Depression in Chronically Ill Patients


Presenter/First Author: Candice Hannani, B.A.


California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University


Advisor: Jessie Lowell, Psy.D.  



The Use of Music Videos in the Treatment of Complex Trauma


Presenter/First Author: Diana C. Hereld, M.A.


Pepperdine University


Advisors: Keegan Tangeman, Psy.D and Thema Bryant-Davis, Ph.D.




Detecting Traumatic Brain Injury: Shedding Light on an Invisible Epidemic


Presenter/First Author: Tina Jimenez, M.A.


California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University


Advisor: Joan Murray, Ph.D.



The Effects of Microaggressions on LGBTQ Youth in School Settings


Presenter/First Author: Lisette Montanez, M.S.


California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University


Advisor: Cristina Magalhaes, Ph.D.



The Impact of Summer Camp on Children in Foster Care:

Proposed Model and Implications for Clinical Work with Foster Youth


Presenter/First Author: Kevin D. Rowen, M.A.


California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University


Advisor: Erin T. O’Callaghan, Ph.D.



Addiction as an Attachment Disorder


Presenter/First Author: Harriet Stares, M.A.


California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University


Advisor: Joan Murray, Ph.D.



The Impact of Gender Stereotypes on Public Perception of Female Sex Offenders and Their Criminal Culpability


Presenter/First Author: Samantha Torres, M.A.


California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University


Advisor: James Garbanati, Ph.D.



Impact of Narcissism on Partner’s Life Satisfaction and Happiness


Presenter/First Author: Irina Zuyeva-Quiros, M.A.


California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) – Los Angeles at Alliant International University


Advisor: Kristin J. Conover, Ph.D.        






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2019 Convention Sponsors 



Platinum Plus Sponsor 


The Trust 



Diamond Sponsor 


Insight Treatment Program 



Gold Plus Sponsor 


California Lutheran University 



Silver Sponsor 


Karen Shore, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP



Emerald Sponsor


Alliant International University


LACPA Foundation


Marvin Whistler Mediation 



Bronze Sponsor 


DBT Associates of Southern California Cheryl Kempinsky, Ph.D.


Evelyn Pechter, Psy.D. 


Lynne A. Steinman, Ph.D. 

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2019 Convention Exhibitors 


 Be sure to stop by and visit our exhibitors on Convention day and
play Exhibitor Bingo for a chance to win

LACPA Membership, CE Program, and/or a registration for next year's Convention! 



Alliant International University 




AST Medical Billing & Consulting Group



California Department of State Hospitals 



Cal Psychiatry



Doc 2 Doc Connect



Enenstein Pham & Glass



Insight Treatment Program






Pacifica Graduate Institute



Session Sync


The Center for Healthy Sex


The Trust



Theissen and Co.



Trauma and Beyond Psychological Center


UnitedHealthcare Medicare Solutions






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