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6/2/2017 to 6/3/2017
Where: Saratoga Hilton
534 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, New York  12866
United States
Contact: NYSPA Central Office

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Program Overview

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12:30 pm Registration Opens

1:45 - 3:00 pm
Session 1

  1. Why Emotional Addictions Rob You of Feeling Fully Human: Implications for Addictions and Mental Health Therapy (Ladd)
  2. Expand Your Practice and Feel Good About Helping People with A "Real Diagnosis:" How to Effectively Diagnose and Manage Migraine Headaches (Carmen)
  3. Immigrant or Refugee? Performing Discriminant Forensic Psychological Evaluations of Asylum Seekers (Stutman)
  4. Externalizing the Architecture of Consciousness: A Technique based on the work of Albert Pesso (Fried, Fried Sutton)

3:15 - 4:40 pm
Session 2

  1. Bridging Helping and Hope: An Integrated Treatment Approach for Guiding Family Responses to Loved Ones Struggling with Substance Use Disorders (Kosanke, Carpenter, Foote)
  2. The Ethical Practice of Telepsychology in New York State: Evidence-based and Practice-Based Approaches to Integrating Medicine Psychological Assessment, Psychotherapy, Supervision, Consultation, and Training/Research (Corigliano)
  3. An Invisible Shade of Blue: Standards for the Evaluation of Correction Officers (Sbaratta)
  4. Mourning the Past; Preparing for the Future. The Environmental Crisis Through a Psychoanalytic Lens: Knowing, Denial, and Vulnerability (Hammer, Allured, Wilson)

4:45 - 6:00 pm
Session 3

  1. Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders: The Roles Psychologists Can Play (Cox)
  2. OEF, IEDs, and UAVs: What You Need to Know When Treating Veterans and Families of Recent Wars (Spray, Wen, Pitta)
  3. The Political is Clinical: The Post-Election Interface Between Social Identities of the Therapist and the Client on Interventions from an Integrative Framework (Vecchi, Obasaju)
  4. Violence and Acts of Terrorism: Psychological Impact to Victims, First Responders, and Society (Aranda)
6:30 - 7:30 pm
President's Reception
7:30 - 9:00 pm
Networking Dinner


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8:00 am
Breakfast and Leadership Institute Graduate Ceremony
9:00 - 9:30 am
Exhibitor Hall and Poster Session

9:30 - 10:45 am
Session 1

  1. Use of Heart Rate Variability with Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Facilitate Treatment (Gunser)
  2. Challenges in the treatment of sexual assault survivors: Current Research and Implications for Clinical Practice (Gerber, Denmark, Sigal, Corigliano)
  3. How to administer a sex history (Kanaris, Keller)
  4. Individual Psychological Assessment: Learn How to Apply Your Assessment Expertise to Talent Selection and Hiring (Allen)

11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Session 2

  1. Synergetic Therapy: A Workable Model for In Depth Psychotherapy Integration (Grayson)
  2. Cyber Infidelity: A Treatment Model for the Great Challenge to Contemporary Relationships (Kanaris)
  3. Exploring Psychologists’ Self-Reported Comfort and Competence Working with Members of the LGBT Community (Kaplin, Tambora, Giannone, Gingold, Rosa)
  4. Overcoming Your Social (Media) Phobia:  A Crash Course to Get You Connected! (Rego, Owens)

12:30 - 2:30 pm
Lunch and Keynote Presentation: Sheldon Solomon, PhD: The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life

2:30 - 3:00 pm
Exhibitor Hall and Poster Session

3:00 - 4:15 pm
Session 3

  1. Understanding and using Neuropsychological Test Reports (Johnson)
  2. The Politics of Kink (Sand)
  3. Working with LGBTQ Clients: Recognizing and Treating the Effects of Unconscious Bias and Minority Stress (Glazer, Warren)
  4. Palliative Care / Integrated Care Program (Ray-Mazumder, Brown, DeSantis, Gerson)

4:30 - 5:45 pm
Session 4

  1. Psychedelic Medicine for Mental and Addictive Disorders: Current Clinical Research and Opportunities (Nielson)
  2. Renegotiating Terms of Couples’ Engagement: Integrative Perspectives (Rappoport, Pitta)
  3. Innovative Approaches to Working with Families in Transition - Go Collaborative! (Raymond)
  4. Assuring Your Future: Advocacy Matters! (Rosa)
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Awards Reception


Registration Fees

Full Convention - includes all programming, Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch and Saturday reception (Friday dinner is a la carte and requires a separate fee)

Member: $175
Non-Member: $275


Saturday Only - includes Saturday programming, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch and Saturday reception

Member: $150
Non-Member: $250


Friday Only - Includes Friday programming and Friday reception (Friday dinner is a la carte and requires a separate fee)

Member: $95
Non-Member: $150


Student (with Valid ID) - includes all programming, Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch and Saturday reception

Member: $95
Non-Member: $130


Guest (non-psychologist guest of registered attendee) - includes Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch and Saturday reception. Guests may not attend sessions.



Friday Dinner