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Thursday, May 31, 2018
7:00 pm, Registration Opens
Friday, June 1, 2018
7:30 am, Registration Opens
9:30 - 10:45 am: Friday Session 1
The Historical Foundation of Sexual Illnesses, and How It Is Reflected in DSM and in Treatment Modalities – CE Credits
Presenters: Jack Drescher, MD, and Charles Silverstein, PhD
This first workshop will describe how the medical community historically defined a narrow band of human sexual behaviors as normal, and everything else as deviant, pathological and perverse. Consequently, the capricious act of ejaculation by men during forbidden circumstances became the medical model for suppressing variant forms of sexuality, and female sexuality was forced to conform to this repression.
Eventually, liberalization in society changed medical diagnosis exemplified by the 1973 American Psychiatric Association (APA) removal of "homosexuality." This presentation reviews some historical scientific theories and arguments that first led to the placement of homosexuality in DSM-I and DSM-II. It will also track how the removal of homosexuality led to changes in the diagnoses of Gender Identity Disorder and paraphilias in subsequent editions.
Independent Practice and Integrated Community-Based Primary Care
Presenter: Kevin D. Arnold, PhD, ABPP
Dr. Arnold will present general issues in payment reform and outcome metrics, the six CMS levels of behavioral health integration, and a model well-fitted to community primary care. The key components of CCBT's model will be presented: a) staff training on integrated behavioral health, b) business modeling and co-location agreements, c) clinical integration methods including EHR integration, and d) negotiation for valuation of integration. He will address methods for addressing practice infrastructure issues when growth becomes rapid, including delegated authority, use of incident-to billing, and claims management.
Treating Opioid Addiction: What Every Psychologist Needs to Know - CE Credits
Presenter: Arnold M. Washton, PhD
The current opioid epidemic and related health crisis have created unprecedented demand for treatment and behooves all psychologists to have the requisite knowledge and skills to intervene effectively with opioid-dependent clients they encounter in clinical practice. Effective treatment of opioid addiction often requires an integrated approach that combines behavioral, pharmacological and psychological interventions. This presentation will familiarize participants with the clinical pharmacology of opioid drugs, adjunctive medications that can facilitate withdrawal and prevent relapse (e.g., Suboxone and Naltrexone), clinical assessment strategies, and the nuts-and-bolts of an integrated client-centered approach that includes motivational interviewing and relapse prevention strategies. The central role of the psychologist as the coordinating "primary care therapist" in treating opioid addiction and guidelines for working collaboratively with addiction medicine physicians will also be discussed.
10:30 am - 12:15 pm: Friday Death & Dying Session
Experiential Workshop on Death & Dying
Introduction: Roy Aranda, PsyD, JD
Participants will talk about and share experiences as students or psychologists in their work settings with the loss of patients through death: how they handled the loss, felt, if they were given support, etc. And how they'd do things differently now, with recommendations to others.
11:00 am - 12:15 pm: Friday Session 2
How to Take a Sex History: Some Dos and Don’ts - CE Credits
Presenter: Steven Snyder, MD
Some people tend to be uncomfortable sharing details about their sexual lives, while others are more forthcoming. Using a systematic approach, this case-based presentation will teach how to take an active role in eliciting a patient's sexual history. Attendees will be shown how to elicit information about a couple's "sexual status" ("Who typically does what to whom? How does that feel? Then what happens next, and why?"), how to take an individual's or couple's sexual developmental history, how to elicit specific information about desire, arousal, orgasm, pain, trauma and specific comorbidities (such as anxiety, mood disorders and other conditions), and how to distinguish between "immediate" and "remote" factors in order to guide treatment.
Opportunities in Integrated Care: Advocacy and Treatment Models
Presenters: Debbie DeSantis, PhD, Sabrina Esbitt, PhD, Ruth Mutzner, PhD, and Caroline Friedman Levy, PhD
This talk will focus on opportunities that Integrated care can afford psychologists through involvement in advocacy efforts and working with medically ill populations, in and out of traditionally medical settings. Crucial systemic initiatives to improve early childhood (0-5) mental health outcomes will be discussed as well as the unique roles in healthcare that psychologists and NYSPA can play by lending our unique expertise. Descriptions of psychological approaches to medical illness will be described, and treatment of medically ill populations will be addressed using clinical vignettes. Lessons learned from a pilot project to provide mental health services in a primary care setting will also be presented.
Upping Our Game: Making Psychoanalytic Insight Accessible and Engaging in the 21stCentury from the Consulting Room to the Boardroom
Presenter: Shelley Reciniello, PhD
Lively presentation with examples/exercises focusing on “giving psychology away” by demystifying psychodynamic and psychoanalytic principles, providing psychologistswith jargon-free accessible concepts and practical, insightful methods to engage organizations and individuals in comprehensive, conscious consultations/solutions. Based on 40 years’ experience, owning two companies offering organizational consultation/intervention, leadership development, executive coaching - all from a psychoanalytic perspective - and the multi-award-winning book, “The Conscious Leader – 9 Principles and Practices to Create a Wide-Awake and Productive Workplace.”
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Lunch and Keynote Presentation: Guy Winch, PhD
Emotional Self-Care for Psychologists
As psychologists we experience stress, failures, loneliness, rumination and other emotional challenges as a result of our work. Knowing how to identify these psychologicalwounds and how to recover from them can makea big difference for our emotional health, our physical health and our ability to function at capacity in our professional and personal lives. Guy Winch Ph.D., will break down the danger points and provide science-based techniques for applying emotional self-care.
2:00 – 4:00 pm: Friday Death & Dying Session
Introduction: Roy Aranda, PsyD, JD
The objective of a death café is for participants to discuss their understanding, thoughts, dreams, fears and all other areas of death and dying at these events. There have been Death Cafés which specifically create a chance for health care professionals to talk about death (Miles & Corr, 2015). Generally, a death café lasts 2 hours (Adler, Remer, Coulter, & Miller, 2015). Tea/coffee and cake are important features for the event as they assist with creating a nurturing and supportive environment (Underwood, 2015). The concept has spread due to media attention and because of the topic evoking so many different people's thoughts of what death means (Miles & Corr, 2015).
2:15 – 2:30 pm: Friday Individual Paper Presentations
’Til Death Do Us Part…Mourning the Lost Patient - CE Credits
Presenter: Anne Chapman Kane, PhD
A psychologist, who studied with Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, and who works with the dying and bereaved, revisits the loss of a patient she worked with and wrote about more than 20 years ago. Many patient losses later, she reflects on the universal human experience of grief, and the unique nature of patient death. Through this lens, many therapeutic issues are explored, including transference and countertransference, stretching the frame, financial issues and therapist grief.
Language of Experience’s Influence on Narrative Specificity and Emotion in Spanish-English Bilinguals
Presenter: Yosef Shimon Amrami
This pilot study investigated the association between Autobiographical Narrative Recall (ANR), language of experience and personal factors. Bilingual participants narrated neutral and traumatic autobiographical events in both Spanish and English. Preliminary results show greater specificity and emotional content in ANR of traumatic events when told in the language of experience. This paper has implications for clinical practice where using one’s language of experience, when recalling life events, is often not considered in immigrant communities.
Psychologists Role in Cancer Care Organizations - CE Credits
Presenter: William DiScipio, PhD
The need and added value psychologists can bring to bear in cancer care medical settings are explored in relation to not-for-profit, academic and private clinics. Development of an empirically based mental health diagnostic model built on trauma and existential crises is presented. In addition, the role psychologists may assume in designing, implementing and evaluating wellness and complementary therapies in treating the cancer survivor is discussed.
2:45 - 4:00 pm: Friday Session 3
Female Sexuality: Assessment and Treatment - CE Credits
Presenter: Suzanne Iasenza PhD
Introduction:Charles Silverstein, PhD
This workshop will cover the essentials about how to assess female sexual issues giving special attention to desire, arousal, orgasm and sexual pain. It will include how to conduct in-depth sexual history-taking focusing on how attachment experiences in early life influence female adult sexual functioning. Case examples will be included.
Training Trajectories of Early Career Psychologists: A Panel and Discussion
Presenter: Cassandra Hoy, MA
This panel will be a forum for graduate students to learn about the variety of career paths and opportunities available to doctoral-level psychologists. This forum will provide students with the chance to find out how some early career psychologists have approached their training in order to set them up for the jobs that they now have. Student attendees will have the opportunity to get an inside and have a detailed look into the career trajectories that were made possible by each panel members' unique training experiences.
4:00 – 6:00 pm: Friday Panel Discussion
State-of-the-Art Research and Clinical Practice Interventions in Disaster Mental Health - CE Credits
Moderator: Sharon Brennan, PhD
Presenters: Karla Vermeulen, PhD, James Halpern, PhD, and Steve Moskowitz, PhD
Discussants: Roy Aranda, PsyD, JD, and Sharon Brennan, PhD
With recurring frequency, human and nature inflicted disasters have been significantly impacting individuals and communities. Ranging from the bullet driven silencing of lives in a Parkland, Fla. high school and at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, to crushing vehicular deaths in Charlottesville, VA. and New York City, to the uprooting of lives and whole communities in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands as a result of violent hurricane winds and water damage, these disruptions to life and societal infrastructures, although generally not predictable, have created a backdrop and undercurrent of anxiety and uncertainty within people’s everyday lives. Psychologists respond to disasters in multiple settings and on multiple levels, including advising on public health and public safety issues, providing emotional support for the frightened and grieving on disaster sites and in family assistance centers, providing psychotherapy in private practice settings with those struggling with anxiety, depression and PTSD, and helping individuals, families, groups and communities develop resilience. This panel will focus on state-of-the art disaster mental health research and clinical interventions, as well as include a focus on cultural issues that are interwoven in disaster response work and identification of supportive ways of responding to the needs of special populations. The panel brings together two experts in disaster mental health who will share the latest research and clinical innovations in disaster mental health and be of interest to many psychologists who are interested in learning about integrating models of disaster mental health into their current practices and work.
4:15 - 5:30 pm: Friday Session 4
Race Talk and Multicultural Competency: Having the Difficult (and Constructive) Dialogue
Presenters: Monica Johnson, PsyD, and Michelle Melton, PsyD
Multicultural competence (MC) is a fundamental element of clinical competence. An essential
component of multicultural competency is the “knowledge, awareness and understanding of
one’s own dimensions of diversity and attitudes towards diverse others” (APA, 2008). However, it is not uncommon for educators and other practitioners in psychology to have not received training on developing self-awareness with regard to racism, and, consequently, have difficulty engaging in conversations about race. Research also indicates that there are social and academic norms that contribute to resistance, defensiveness, hyper-vigilance and lack of self-awareness, particularly during dialogues around race, which impede the development of MCs. To more effectively develop multicultural competence, and by extension clinical competence, factors (both environmental and personal) that discourage constructive dialogues on race must be addressed and challenged.
Formerly Incarcerated Persons Speak to NYSPA: How Psychologists Can Help with Re-entry and Family Relationships
Presenter: Sandra Haber, PhD
Key researchers assert that the U.S. has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, dwarfing the rates of nearly every developed country, even surpassing those in highly repressive regimes.
Once released, formerly incarcerated persons can face obstacles in housing, work, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication and conflict resolution, dating and marital relationships, and parenting. Psychological interventions can address these issues and are crucial to a successful post-incarceration process.
4:15 - 6:30 pm: Friday Session
The Caine Mutiny
Presenter: Howard M. Cohen, PhD, ABPP
A showing of the film "The Caine Mutiny" followed by discussion regarding the captain's psychopathology by Dr. Howard Cohen, a former member of the crew of that precise class of ship, a Destroyer Mine Sweeper in WW II. The movie won many awards, based on a novel, followed by a play on Broadway. The movie starred Humphrey Bogart, Fred MacMurray, Jose Ferrer and Van Johnson. The movie displays the captain’s behavior, while commanding a U.S. Navy ship during a series of perilous incidents, and a court martial with psychiatric testimony. The movie itself is very entertaining, while underscoring care in psychological assessment.
7:30 - 9:00 pm
New Member Meet & Greet Networking Reception and Salsa Dance Lessons
Saturday, June 2, 2018
7:30 – 9:00 am
Breakfast & Registration
8:30 am - 12:30 pm: Special Presentation
Formation of An Independent Practice Association
Presenters: Michael Connor, PsyD, and Dave Johnson, MSW, ACSW
Michael Connors will demonstrate step by step how to build an Independent Practice Association in New York. The sole purpose of an Independent Practice Association is to create leverage with respect to negotiating reimbursement and fee-for-service rates with third party payers, while protecting our ability to operate our practices. Dr. Connor will bring all the measurement tools, charting system and technology necessary on a modern website, which he built for New York Psychologists.
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
9:30 - 10:45 am: Saturday Session 1
The Treatment of Contemporary Sexual Problems in Psychotherapy – CE Credits
Presenters: Daniel Watter, EdD, and Peter Kanaris, PhD
Some sexual problems presented by patients in therapy have been shaped by profound existential issues. They are also often influenced by the technologies of our contemporary world. This workshop will illustrate both.
How the fear of death plays a key role in some cases of sexual addiction or out of control sexual behavior will be presented. Additionally, technology's role in creating a modern form of infidelity or cyber infidelity will be addressed.
Participants will be able to identify strategies that the non-sex therapist psychologist would be able to use in order to work effectively with patients presenting with these sexual concerns. They will be able to describe and apply principles, concepts and methods of a conjoint model for the treatment of infidelity/cyber infidelity.
Using Telemental Health to Treat Military Families: Unique Opportunities and Challenges - CE Credits
Presenter: Amanda Spray, PhD
Military families in New York State often struggle to find resources that are accessible to them because of distance from city centers, inability to find child care to attend sessions or physical/emotional limitations to seeking in-person treatment. Telemental health allows providers to decrease these barriers and provide state-of-the-art care. This symposium will present factors to consider when treating military families via telehealth and will be illustrated using individual, couples and family cases.
Power of Emotions to Repair Relationship Bonds: Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples - CE Credits
Presenter: Zoya Simakhodskaya, PhD
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically validated approach to couples’ therapy based in humanistic, systemic and attachment theories, as well as specific focus on emotion. Research shows that 70-75% of couples recover and over 90% show significant improvements. We will review attachment theory and nature of emotion, 3 stages and 9 steps of EFT process, and describe EFT interventions. Video segments of EFT sessions will be used to illustrate the model.
11:00 am - 12:15 pm: Saturday Session 2
Role Playing the Sexual History of a Patient and a Critique of the Program - CE Credits
Presenter: Charles Silverstein, PhD
Participants will be assigned to teams in order to role-play a patient or couple who present a sexual disorder. After an allotted time in this acted therapy session, all participants will be organized into a "fish-bowl" to discuss their feelings and attitudes about their experience. The fish-bowl will go on to critique both the role-playing experience and the track on sexuality for the convention.
The Psychology of the Threat to DACA
Presenters: Anu Raj, PsyD, Daniel Kaplin, PhD, Amina Mahmood, PhD, Rachel EgbertandKristen Parente
The looming threat to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, places about 800,000 young adults at risk for forced deportation from the only home they’ve ever known. We understand this poses a danger to the mental well-being of the already at-risk
immigrant population, enhancing apparent discrimination and lessoning the perception of social support, a crucial buffer of mental illness. We will discuss the psychological impacts and the roles we assume as clinicians.
New Models of Working with Grief and Loss - CE Credits
Presenter: Anne Chapman Kane, PhD
Grief is a universal human experience, and one that has the potential to be powerfully transformative. This presentation challenges widely held myths about grief, offering clinicians new models for working with grief and loss. Participants will learn the major tasks of grieving, what is normal in grief, complicated grief and right brain techniques for soothing the dysregulated nervous system after trauma. Participants will be offered the opportunity to do an experiential exercise.
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Lunch and Conversation on Independent Practice Associations
Discussants: Michael Connor, PsyD, Dave Johnson, MSW, ACSW, and Patricia Dowds, PhD
Special Guest: Bob Detor, LCSW, CEO of Advanced Health Network
2:00 - 3:15 pm: Saturday Session 3
Dissociative Seizures (Psychogenic Non-Epileptic): The Neuropsychology, the Psychology and Treatment of this Intriguing Mental Health Disorder - CE Credits
Presenter: Lorna Myers, PhD
Substantial progress has been made in the field of psychogenic, or conversion, symptomatology since the time of Anna O., Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud. This program presents significant findings in the cognitive profiles of patients diagnosed with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). Subsequently, the primary psychological features (dissociation, alexithymia, maladaptive stress coping, etc.) that characterize PNES will be discussed. Lastly, a novel application of a cognitive behavioral treatment (prolonged exposure) to treat PNES will be reviewed.
Shrink Tank: Come Find Out How to Become a Consultant with our Expert Panel and Live Feedback Session
Presenter: Christine M. Allen, PhD, Tom Diamante, PhD, Bruce Hammer, PhD, Jeanette Sawyer-Cohen, PhD, and Lori Wagner, PsyD
All industries face human and organizational challenges and all psychologists have knowledge and skills that benefit individuals, teams and entire organizations. While we often focus on our chosen disciplines, our broader value as psychologists may not be fully realized. This cross-industry and interdisciplinary panel is designed to identify opportunities that may be missed due to blind spots spawned by a narrow disciplinary focus. We will use a “think tank” format to bring audience ideas to life.
Town Hall on Diversity
Presenters: Daniel Kaplin, PhD, Vernon Smith, PhD, Amina Mahmood, PhD, Heather Glubo, PhD, Anu Raj, PsyD, Ed Korber, PhD, and Kristen Parente
In this presentation, DCRE’s Executive Board will facilitate a discussion on diversity related issues facing psychologists in New York State. Emphasis will be placed on applications in independent practice, mental health facilities, and in the classroom. We will demonstrate how diversity is the golden thread that binds everything we do. Participants will be invited to express their experiences with diversity. We conclude the session with a discussion on DCRE’s progress on diversity statements.
Impact of Integrated Medical Care in a Community Mental Health Center among Individuals with Mental Health Conditions: Translation of Evidence-Based Treatment for Tobacco Use Disorder and Co-Morbid Medical Conditions
Presenter: Marc Saul Budgazad, MA
Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. Individuals with mental health conditions are at risk of increased morbidity and premature mortality, attributable to higher prevalence of tobacco use. Mental health professionals are critical to the delivery of tobacco treatment and facilitation of integrated health care efforts. This presentation will summarize clinical guidelines for tobacco use treatment, strategies to facilitate organizational change and program development to improve the health of patients.
3:30 - 4:45 pm: Saturday Session 4
Medical Psychologists from New York Talk about their Work in Louisiana and New Mexico - CE Credits
Presenter: Keith Westerfield, PhD, MP
Medical psychology is coming to the New York. This panel includes two New York medical psychologists who currently work in Louisiana and New Mexico. They will discuss all aspects of becoming Medical Psychologists and the need for MPs in New York State.
Training Bachelor’s-Level Psychology Students in the Trade
Presenters: Ann C. Eckardt Erlanger, PsyD, and Danielle M. Mitnick, PhD
To keep psychology viable and competitive, attention must be paid to growing the professionat the bachelor’s-level. Unfortunately, some paint an undergraduate degree in psychology as merely a requirement for graduate school, or a degree to be used in an unrelated job. The two presenters will talk about training undergraduate students, and what research jobs and internship/externship training can keep the field growing and strong.
Challenges and Opportunities for Psychologists to Incorporate Social Justice Advocacy and Activism into their Professional Lives - CE Credits
Presenter: Vernon E. Smith, PhD
This panel is designed to provide opportunities for psychologists to learn about how they might incorporate social justice initiatives into their professional lives. Panelists include early career psychologists and other experts actively involved in racial and ethnic social justice/advocacy initiatives. The intersection of social justice and mental health concerns will be emphasized in this discussion on the impact of the marginalization and criminalization of documented and undocumented Americans.
Compassionate Substance Misuse Treatment in Traditional Settings
Presenter: Joe Ruggiero, PhD
The framework of traditional substance use treatment in clinic settings is changing. This includes providing multiple options and treatment goals for clients and addressing the complexity of clients that are seen in clinic-based treatment. Clients come to treatment with co-morbid psychological issues and histories of trauma and neglect that are often overlooked in treatment even though they shape attachment styles and use. Skills building to address these issues will be addressed.
5:00 – 7:00 pm
President’s Reception with Awards & Leadership Institute Graduate Ceremony
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Dinner with Keynote Presentation: Antonio Puente, PhD
From D.C. to State Capitols: Lessons Learned from Digging in the Trenches and Searching for Sustainable Horizons
The presentation will briefly outline a history of advocacy starting in the state capitol and ending in our nation's Congress. Two major themes will be developed. First, strategy development and implementation based on logistics, analytics, social media, grass roots, diplomacy and persistency will be considered. Secondly, two areas of work will be outlined. Work on developing what professional psychological could be done, how it is done and how much is reimbursed will be discussed based on my approximately 30-year experience with the Current Procedural Terminology system based on my representing APA for 20 years and serving on the actual 17-member panel for another 8. Second, efforts to understand and develop reasonable and sustainable health policy at the state and subsequently (and mostly) at the national level will be presented. Whereas the primary emphasis will be on health care legislation other issues including addressing the opioid epidemic and DACA/immigration will also be presented. A summary suggesting overarching strategies and patterns will be presented.
9:00 – 11:00 pm
Dancing with the Psychologists with Guest DJ
Sunday, June 3, 2018
11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Brunch with Women’s Panel
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| Saturday Dinner Only
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Full Convention - includes all programming, Friday lunch, Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, and Saturday lunch (Saturday dinner and Sunday Brunch are a la carte and requires a separate fee) - See fees above
Student (with Valid ID) - includes all programming, Friday lunch, Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, and Saturday lunch - See fees above
Presenters You may choose Saturday Dinner or Sunday Brunch only. This is only if you are presenting.
Guest (non-psychologist guest of registered attendee) - includes Friday lunch, Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, and Saturday lunch. Guests may not attend sessions. - $125
Friday Only - Includes Friday programming, Friday lunch and Friday reception. - $125
Saturday Only - includes Saturday programming, Saturday breakfast and Saturday lunch (Saturday dinner is a la carte and requires a separate fee) - $195
Saturday Dinner - $65
Sunday Brunch - $50