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All of our online CEs are professionally recorded in a user-friendly format that allows you to see both the video and the slides simultaneously. You will be able to pause, walk away, and pick it up later. Enjoy the convenience of online learning without complications, as we have simplified and refined the technology to make it easy to learn from home. Anyone can do it—and so can you. And of course, LACPA members always receive a discounted price. Increase your learning and get high quality CEs at your home or office. You will be glad you did.


Record Keeping & Documentation: Best Practices to Keep You Safe, 
in Compliance, and With Peace of Mind


Presenter: Maelisa Hall, Psy.D.


This workshop may be counted toward the ethics requirement mandated
every two years for license renewal.



 Case notes are commonly written in private and hidden away, making the experience confusing and anxiety-provoking for even seasoned psychologists. Due to the necessary limits to confidentiality, psychologists rarely read one another’s notes as a matter of practice. Instead, notes tend to be available only at the request of the client or during situations commonly viewed as negative, such as during a board investigation or court proceedings.


This advanced workshop will provide direction based on ethical principles, as well as a supportive format for discussing and practicing note writing in real time among colleagues. Most mental health professionals find the exercise of writing notes together to be cathartic and affirming, as well as informative. Attendees will be encouraged to evaluate their client population and modality when considering what best applies to their practice, and to share with one another throughout the workshop so as to establish a standard of care based upon ethical and legal principles.




Maelisa Hall, Psy.D., is a psychologist, entrepreneur and co-host of the My Biz Bestie podcast. Through her online continuing education business, QA Prep, she specializes in teaching therapists how to connect with their paperwork so it’s more simple and more meaningful. Dr. Hall enjoys creating trainings that are interactive and engaging. Her love of online marketing and collaboration mean that she is always networking and sharing resources within the mental health community, even while living on a sailboat in Southern California.


Course Goals and Educational Objectives:

1- Create an individualized case note template that applies to psychotherapy practice.   

2- Describe the common similarities in note writing among various practitioners.

3- Evaluate which laws and ethical principles to use in supporting individualized documentation practices.

4- Assess the acceptable level of risk related to technology in documentation.



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An Evidence-Based Approach to Cannabis: Cannabis Science in the 21st Century


Presenter: Michael Backes


Changes in legislation are dramatically changing the perception, availability, and utilization of cannabis. Currently, 1 in 8 adults and 1 in 5 adults under 30 are consuming medical and recreational cannabis. These changes affect your clients and your work with them and highlight the need for clear, clinical information based on the latest findings and evidence-based research. Mr. Backes covers fMRI studies of cannabis’ effect on the brain, as well as the critical role of cannabis chemistry in understanding and reducing adverse effects, dependency and withdrawal. He will provide a survey of the endocannabinoid system and its role in emotion, memory and cognition, and how the various compounds in cannabis (THC, CBD, terpenes) act on neural networks and the body. He will cover medical and psychiatric indications and contraindications for use.
Learn how to work with patients in a way that is supportive, grounded, and reduces harm. About appropriate dosing, routes of administration, and extractions such as edibles, wax, and shatter. Medical recommendations, procurement and quality of medicine, and guidance for skillful use will is discussed. Included is an overview of key terms such as indica, sativa, and CBD. Also covers the discovered cannabis related illness: Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome.




Michael Backes, world-renowned expert in the cannabis science and author of Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana, will outline the state of the science in a sophisticated, nuanced way that is sadly lacking in the typical discourse. He will deepen your understanding of how cannabis interacts with the mind and body, thus allowing you to address cannabis use (and abuse) with innovative approaches – including the latest harm reduction strategies.



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Power Dynamics in Intimate Relationships


Presenter: Marty Klein, Ph.D.


Do you ever speak about sex with your patients or do you work with couples or people in troubled relationships?  Marty Klein is riveting, not beholden to political correctness, and most certainly not afraid to tell it like it is. He shares the latest controversies in human sexuality and how power dynamics play out in the bedrooms of your patients and in their day to day relationships. Learn how to identify and speak about these ever-present power dynamics as they unfold in your individual and couple sessions and in the sex lives and interaction patterns in your patients’ daily lives.
Marty Klein, Ph.D., has been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Certified Sex Therapist for over 35 years. Each year he trains thousands of psychologists and physicians across America and internationally. Honored by many professional societies such as CAMFT, he gave two Congressional briefings on evidence-based school sex education. The author of seven books, often quoted by national media such as the New York Times and the New Yorker, he is a former adjunct instructor at Stanford University Medical School.



Learning Objectives: Attendees will be able to

* Assess the power dynamics in a relationship

* Discuss chronic relationship conflict from a power dynamics perspective

* Teach couples to make and keep clear agreements

* Effectively encourage couples to discuss their actual marital contract, and discuss how it differs from their beliefs about their contract

* Discuss how people use power dynamics as a conscious or unconscious way of avoiding or coping with common, unavoidable existential dilemmas—such as anxiety about commitment or the need to feel that everything is fair.

* How to help individuals and couples use power dynamics to enliven their sexual experience

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

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