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2017 Fall Continuing Education Conference

10/30/2017 » 11/6/2017
The Darker Side of Ethics and Morality in Psychological Practice

Lunch & Learn - November 17: When to Ethically Break Confidentiality

Spring / Fall Conference


October 26-27, 2017 at the Eden Resort & Suites in Lancaster, PA 

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Fall Continuing Education Conference - Schedule and Descriptions

# Time  Title Speaker Level Description Ethics? 
W01  9:00 am - 12:00 pm  What’s New in the Last 10 Years?: Update for Experienced Psychotherapists or Counselors Sam Knapp, EdD; John Gavazzi, PsyD Inter-mediate It has been estimated that the half-life for a professional psychologist is 9 years. Thus, professional psychologists need to work assiduously to keep up to date with the changes in the field. This continuing education program strives to do that by having participants reflect on the most significant changes in the field in the last 10 years. To facilitate this reflection, the presenter offers his update in the psychotherapy and counseling literature in the last 10 years as an opportunity for participants to reflect on and consider their perceptions of the important developments in the field. This focuses on changes in psychotherapy and counseling and does not consider changes in other fields, except as they influence psychotherapy or counseling. There will be considerable participant interaction. No
W02 9:00 am - 12:00 pm    Understanding Neuropsychiatric Lyme Disease: Implications for Clinical Practice Julie States, PhD Intro-

Lyme disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in the US.  It is estimated that one-third of psychiatric patients showed signs of past infection with the Lyme bacteria. These infections can lead to a myriad of physical and psychological symptoms. Mental Health practitioners should be aware of the nature and complications of this infectious disease

W03 9:00 am - 12:00 pm   Retirement Age Clients: So What Happens Next? Richard Small, PhD; William A. Morgan, BS; John Monteleone, BS Inter-mediate Retirement and employment are best thought of as a continuum, rather than binary states. A Health Fitness Specialist, Financial Adviser and Psychologist will address aspects of winding down
employment from perspective of each profession. Practical advice and exercises to help your clients will be provide.
W04 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  Legislative Update Justin Fleming, BS Intro-
W05 1:45 pm - 4:45 pm Suicide Prevention with a Focus on the Assessment and Management of Suicide Sam Knapp, EdD Inter-mediate The rate of suicide within the United States has increased substantially in the last 20 years. However, the knowledge base concerning suicide has also rapidly expanded as well. This program reviews practical and evidence-informed steps that psychologists can take to screen for, assess, and manage suicidal patients in an outpatient setting. The presenter will view suicide through the perspective of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. There will be minimal overlap with the program Suicide Prevention with a focus on the Treatment of Suicidal Patients. No
W06 1:45 pm - 4:45 pm Test Your Ethical Knowledge: How Well Do You Know the Ethics Code Rachael Baturin, JD, MPH Inter-mediate In order to practice ethically, a psychologist must be familiar with the Ethics Code.  This workshop will test your knowledge of the Ethics Code.  Participants will take a quiz that goes from easy to very difficult questions.  This workshop will review legal and ethical issues faced by psychologists in the areas of confidentiality (including subpoenas, record keeping, and court orders), legal issues with children, mandated reporting, and treating suicidal or dangerous patients. This workshop, which assumes an understanding of ethics and Pennsylvania’s laws, will involve significant participant interaction.  Yes
W07 1:45 pm - 4:45 pm Integrating CBT & Experiential Interventions:  A New Short Term Group Model Thomas Treadwell, Ed.D. CGP; Deborah Dartnell, MSOD, MA; Ainsley Stenroos, MA  Intro-ductory

The Cognitive Experiential Group Therapy (CEGT) model, [an action model], incorporating Psycho-dramatic and Cognitive Behavioral Techniques that promote dynamic group interaction(s).  Focus is identifying and exploring negative automatic thoughts and irrational beliefs, placing them in action utilizing Psychodrama techniques and challenging negative thinking.  An emotionally & concrete data-based problem-solving process.

Friday, October 27
W08 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  Principles in the Treatment of Suicidal Patients Sam Knapp, EdD Inter-mediate The rate of suicide within the United States has increased substantially in the last 20 years. However, the knowledge base concerning suicide has also rapidly expanded as well. This program reviews practical and evidence-informed steps that psychologists can take when treating suicidal patients in an outpatient setting. It was also review meta strategies designed to improve the overall quality of patient treatment. The presenter will view suicide through the perspective of the Interpersonal Theory of Suicide. No
W09 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  Help Couples Negotiate Porn and High-Tech Sex Toys Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA Inter-mediate Porn is both widely used and a point of significant contention in couples. This workshop will help attendees to clarify their own values about porn and fidelity, particularly as it impacts their work with clients. We will also discuss new high tech options that further blur the fidelity line.  No
W10 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  A Supervisor’s Journey: Skills, Responsibilities and Challenges Jeff Sternlieb, PhD Inter-mediate Participants are guided through small group discussions and exercises based on several models of self-awareness (Johari window, Emotional Intelligence), relationship development (Balint) and preparation to clarify the supervisor’s role, and identification of target areas for continued professional development. In addition, a model of supervision of supervisors will be introduced and demonstrated.  No
W11 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm  The Assessment, Management, and Intervention with Suicidal Patients: A Brief Course Sam Knapp, EdD


Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the most frequent crisis experienced by mental health professionals. This program reviews basic information about the assessment, management, and treatment of patients at risk to die from suicide.  No
W12 1:45 pm - 4:45 pm Implementing Our Ethical Ideals through Sufficient Humility Sam Knapp, EdD; Jeff Sternlieb, PhD Inter-mediate When faced with difficult ethical issues it is often prudent to adopt an attitude of humility. Many ethics decisions are hard. Sometimes psychologists do not have all of the relevant information they need (nor time to get it). Also, our decisions may be influenced by bias outside of our awareness, fatigue, or other extraneous factors. This workshop asks psychologists to consider how ethical humility can help them to better implement the spirit of overarching General (aspirational) principles (such as beneficence, respect for patient autonomy, etc.). There will be participant interaction.  Yes
W13 1:45 pm - 4:45 pm Using CBT effectively and flexibly: Conceptualize, motivate and intervene Claudia J. Haferkamp, PhD  Intro-ductory Cognitive-behavioral treatments have strong empirical support but novice and experienced clinicians can struggle to conceptualize, enhance client motivation and intervene collaboratively and effectively. Using CBT in an empirically guided but flexible manner and knowing how to integrate CBT with other motivational enhancement approaches will be discussed.  No
W14 1:45 pm - 4:45 pm Innovative Strategies For Helping Individuals With Severe Mental Illness: Lessons From An Extended
Acute Care (EAC) Pilot Program
Williametta Bakasa, PsyD Inter-mediate Traditional mental health systems tend to provide inadequate care for individuals with severe mental illness (SMI). Treatment is often limited to medication and/or some form of case management. Individuals diagnosed with SMI (e.g. Schizophrenia) are perceived and treated as having little hope for recovery and a chance to live productive lives. This workshop describes a Pilot Program that implemented innovative strategies to help individuals with SMI successfully reintegrate into the community and provide data that suggest a need to improve traditional mental health treatment for this population. Strategies discussed could be applied/adapted in various settings, including outpatient.  No


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Per workshop

  Until Oct 1
 After Oct 1

PPA Members

$80.00  $95.00 
Non-members $130.00  $145.00 

Student Members

$20.00  $35.00 
Non-member Students   $45.00  $60.00 
Lunch  $40.00  $40.00 


Location and Lodging
The 2017 Fall Conference will be held at the Eden Resort & Suites: 222 Eden Road Lancaster, PA 17601. PPA has a block of rooms reserved at the discounted rate of $124.95/night plus tax. If you are interested in reserving a room for the Fall Conference please contact the hotel at (717) 569-6444 before October 6, 2017.

Cancellation Policy

All workshop registration cancellation requests must be made in writing to Iva Brimmer, Director of Administration ( - no phone cancellations will be accepted. Cancellation requests made more than 72 hours before the workshop will result in a 50% refund of the registration fee. PPA cannot postpone registrations and/or transfer fees to future events.

Cancellations made less than 72 hours before the workshop and no shows for the Convention will result in forfeiture of the entire registration fee.

PPA recognizes that serious issues, out of the attendee’s control, may arise and could prevent an attendee from cancelling their registration by the cancellation deadline. Please contact PPA within one week of the final date of the conference if you have any questions about your cancellation.


Special Needs

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is committed to providing access and support to persons with special needs who wish to participate in the programs we sponsor. Persons with disabilities and special needs are encouraged to contact PPA at 717.232.3817, no less than three weeks before the conference, for

further information.


Continuing Education Credits
The Fall 2017 Continuing Education Conference is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Pennsylvania Psychological Association is an approved provider for Act 48 Continuing Professional Education Requirements as mandated by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.


Credits Offered:

3 Continuing Education Credits Per Workshop. There will also a 1 hour luncheon workshop from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.  (luncheon and 1 hour CE is included in the $40 cost of the luncheon).




Handouts will be added as they are received from presenters.

2017Fall Conference Handouts

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Handouts for the 2017 Fall Conference
Item Name Posted By Date Posted
W02 - Understanding NeuropsychiatricLyme Dise.docx DOCX (32.05 KB) Administration 10/18/2017
W02 - Understanding NeuropsychiatricLyme D(1).docx DOCX (20.86 KB) Administration 10/18/2017
W03 - Financially Preparing for Adapting to Li.pdf PDF (370.46 KB) Administration 10/18/2017
W03 - Retirement What Comses Next.pdf PDF (757.63 KB) Administration 10/18/2017
W05 - Suicide Prevention w Focus on Assessment.pdf PDF (166.22 KB) Administration 10/18/2017
W05, W08, W11 Supplemental tables for CE on A.docx DOCX (44.9 KB) Administration 10/18/2017
W08 - Principles in the Treatment of Suicidal .pdf PDF (166.89 KB) Administration 10/18/2017
W09 - Tuckman slides Fall conf.pdf PDF (395.76 KB) Administration 10/18/2017
W11 - Assessment,Mgmt, Intervention with Suici.pdf PDF (115.28 KB) Administration 10/18/2017
W12 - Implementing our Ethical Ideals through .pdf PDF (455.93 KB) Administration 10/18/2017
W13 - Using CT effectively + flexibly.pdf PDF (287.37 KB) Administration 10/18/2017
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