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77th Annual Convention


Pre-Convention Programs Announced!



Educational Programs


Childhood & Adolescent Track

Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Children: Integrated, Convergent Systems
Logan Hegg, PsyD, George Alvarado, MD, Scott Bloom, LCSW & Charles Soule, PhD
CE Credit: 1.5 Credits

Mental health services for children are especially lacking, both throughout the state and across the nation. Further, a coordinated, integrated response to this problem has thus far not been successful at meeting the needs of children and families. The panel presentation w ill survey current gaps in the system and novel models for coordinated, integrated service delivery from convergent view points: school-based mental health, government and community initiatives, and urgent evaluation and care for children in crisis.


Integrated Approaches to Mental Health & Legal Issues
Neil S. Grossman, PhD, ABPP, Roxane Polak, PhD & Charles J. McEvily, Esq.
CE Credit:  1.5 Credits

Working at the intersection of mental health and legal issues, psychologists provide information, interventions and coordination of approaches. Psychologists stabilize and assist people with mental health problems as families deal with legal issues; assist lawyers and judges to understand how mental health issues of people affect their ability to function; and work with legal professionals as a member of an integrated team.


 School Psychology: Expanding Our Roles to Embrace Cultural Diversity
Lola Nouryan, PhD & Trisha Kennedy, MA
CE Credit:  0 Credits

School psychology needs to broaden the scope of inclusion beyond those with disabilities to include cultural diversity. Graduate training programs must prepare their students for this paradigm shift by moving aw ay from individual to group/community advocacy. At present, psychological services in the schools are too detached from urgent social programs and marginalized populations. The Ethics Code revision (2002) preamble states that we" ensure that the science of psychology is used to promote human welfare." This paper suggests methods to meet this challenge.



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Diverse Contexts Track

Integrating Mental Health and HIV Care: It Takes a Team
Pamela Guthrie, PsyD & Yanoh K. Jalloh, MPH
CE Credit: 1 Credit

Focusing on an integrated care model at Harlem Hospital providing mental health services in an HIV clinic for clients struggling with a range of unmet medical and psychosocial needs, this presentation w ill focus on the unique roles of treatment adherence counseling, care coordination, and client engagement within the larger provision of mental health care. Case presentations on various diagnoses (panic attacks, depression, psychosis, PTSD, neurocognitive disorder) w ill be included. Client satisfaction w ill also be discussed.


Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy: Working with Addictive Behaviors
(Bilingual Presentation)
Andrew Tatarsky, PhD, Jenifer Talley, PhD & Teresa Lopez-Castro, PhD
CE Credit:  2 Credits

Integrative Harm Reduction Psychotherapy (IHRP) is an alternative to the limitations of traditional abstinence-only treatment and brings psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, mindfulness and body-oriented interventions together in a harm reduction frame. This workshop w ill introduce rationale, theory and therapeutic process of IHRP and skill-building through demonstrations of technique and participant role plays. The workshop will highlight cultural competency aspects of IHRP and w ill be available to Spanish-speaking practitioners through simultaneous interpretation.


 Latino Mental Health: Understanding Context and Translating Care 
Teresa Lopez-Castro, PhD, Andrew Tatarsky, PhD & Jenifer Talley, PhD
CE Credit: 1.5 Credits

This panel w ill present recent efforts to increase understanding, awareness, and support for culturally competent delivery of mental health and substance-related care to Latino communities. Discussion w ill center on the impetus, process, and outcome of a spring 2014 meeting in New York City of a consortium of practitioners and associations committed to Latino mental health and substance treatment issues. In particular, the panel w ill address the current and potential role of harm reduction strategies in delivering culturally competent care to diverse Latino populations.


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Private Practice Track

The Future is Now: Cope & Thrive in Private Practice
Carmel L. Gold, LCSW, BCDD, Errol R. Nadler, LCSW, BCD, ACSW & Brett Jones
CE Credit: 0 Credits

Psychologists can develop and expand private practices while accepting payment from commercial insurances, Medicare, Managed Medicare and Managed Medicaid. 2014 brings new challenges and opportunities for all private practitioners, whether they are participating with insurance panels or seeing patients as “out of network” providers. This workshop w ill offer a framework for 2014. Terms w ill be defined. Practical tips and a timeline w ill be presented. 


Diversity in Private Practice: Working with Female Victims of Violence Seeking Asylum
Roy Aranda, PsyD, JD
CE Credit: 1.5 Credits

To petition asylum, an applicant must show past persecution or fear of future persecution based on one of five enumerated grounds: race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, and political opinion. Domestic violence represents a relatively new basis for asylum. Widespread abuses occur in many Latin American countries and victims increasingly escape to the U.S. Several vignettes delineate ordeals experienced by victims w ho underwent psychological evaluations in asylum proceedings and w ere diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The presentation contrasts PTSD in the DSM-IV-TR with the new DSM-5 version and considers possible implications in asylum cases.


Integrating Health Care into Private Practice Psychotherapy: One Psychologist’s Journey
Anne Chapman Kane, PhD
CE Credit: 1 Credit

This presentation chronicles one psychologist's nearly 40 year adventure in mind-body medicine. In a private practice framework, this clinician works with end-of-life, chronic illness, grief, and trauma. This paper includes an overview of the history and mechanisms of mind-body medicine, and how to integrate this approach into a thriving psychotherapy practice. It concludes with the author's belief that psychologists are uniquely positioned to bring their concepts and techniques into an integrated healthcare model.


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The Hyatt Regency Long Island is the hidden gem of Long Island hotels.   

The resort-like retreat is casual, comfortable and contemporary with a trendy edge.  


Secluded setting just off the LIE
Close to wineries and shopping malls
Short distance to Jones Beach, Fire Island and the Hamptons
Championship 18 hole golf course
Lighted tennis courts
Indoor and outdoor swimming pools 


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 Keynote Address


Susan H. McDaniel, PhD

Dr. McDaniel is the Dr Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health, the Director of the Institute for the Family in the Department of Psychiatry, Associate Chair of the Department of Family Medicine, and the Director of the Patient- and Family-Centered Care Physician Coaching Program at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she has been since beginning her career in 1980. Her career is dedicated to integrating mental/behavioral health into healthcare. Read more here... 


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