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2017 NYSPA Convention

Building on the Past, Preparing for the Future

June 2-3, 2017
Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY

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Exhibitor Information  •  Poster Session Information

Registration Fees  •  Hotel Accommodations

Travel Information


Friday, June 2

1:45 - 3:00 pm: Friday Session 1

Why Emotional Addictions Rob You of Feeling Fully Human: Implications for Addictions and Mental Health Therapy
Presenter: Peter D. Ladd, PhD

This program suggests a new way of looking at physical and process addictions. The premise is based on the idea that before there is a substance addiction or a behavioral addiction, there is an emotional addiction that is unresolved, and becomes an integral of any addiction. The approach taken is to understand these emotional addictions from two perspectives; neuroscience and phenomenology. The combination of these perspectives has developed into a practical way of treating addictions and some mental health disorders through creating whole person experiences.

Expand Your Practice and Feel Good About Helping People with a "Real Diagnosis:" How to Effectively Diagnose and Manage Migraine Headaches - 1 CE Credit
Presenter: Jeffrey A. Carmen, PhD

Migraine "cure" is a myth, but they can be managed using behavioral techniques and specific types of biofeedback. A woman who wants to become pregnant, is pregnant, or is nursing, cannot safely take any prophylactic or abortive migraine drugs, making this population a significant source of new patients. It also feels good to help them. Content: Migraine auras that can mimic mental disorders. Interventions that are legal within our scope-of-practice. Where/how to get further training.


Immigrant or Refugee? Performing Discriminant Forensic Psychological Evaluations of Asylum Seekers - 1 CE Credit
Presenter: Gabrielle Stutman, PhD

Immigration attorneys are becoming increasingly aware of the value of a psychological evaluation when pursuing a determination of refugee status for their clients. In this workshop we will review the judicial process to which asylum seekers are subject as groundwork for administering a Psychological Evaluation that meets current legal standards for asylum. Step by step instructions for an effective discriminative evaluation and affidavit will be given. Ethical issues of the attorney-psychologist and interpreter-psychologist relationship will be reviewed.

Externalizing the Architecture of Consciousness: A Technique based on the work of Albert Pesso
Presenters: Matt Fried, PhD, MFA and Carolyn (Carrie) Fried Sutton, PsyD

Drawing on the groundbreaking work of the late Albert Pesso, we will teach concepts and tools that can immediately widen the therapist’s frame of reference and bring enhanced clarity and inner connectedness to the patient’s experience. These tools enable externalization of the patient’s inner limiting beliefs so that they are perceived in an entirely new way. They can be used to help the patient sort out complex situations in which they feel overwhelmed and/or conflicted. 


3:15 - 4:30 pm: Friday Session 2

Bridging Helping and Hope: An Integrated Treatment Approach for Guiding Family Responses to Loved Ones Struggling with Substance Use Disorders
Presenters: Nicole Kosanke, PhD, Carrie Wilkens, PhD

This workshop will present a unilateral treatment program that blends Motivational Interviewing and The Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) strategies to help family members respond to loved ones struggling with addiction. Presenters will review the four domains of the intervention: Helping with Understanding; Helping with Self-Care; Helping with Words; Helping with Actions. Participants will also be introduced to free text material to bring these Intervention strategies into the consultation and clinical context.

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
Presenter: Frank J. Corigliano, PhD

This state of the art, research, and practice workshop will integrate 3 primary sources of official guidelines for the ethical practice of telepsychology including The American Psychological Association, and The American Telemedicine Association, and the US Department of Defense. It will present a “5 Telepsychology Services Model” with a strong research evidence base covering psychological Assessment, Intervention/psychotherapy, consultation, supervision, training/research. It will provide take-home copies of “Core Telemedicine Documents” such as a Telepsychology Emergency Protocol, the “7 Lens Approach to Developing a Telepsychology Program Model,” and Business Associate Agreement.

An Invisible Shade of Blue: Standards for the Evaluation of Correction Officers
Presenter: Chris Sbaratta, PhD

This presentation centers on the public safety role of the Correction Officer. Dr. Sbaratta will introduce this oft overlooked law enforcement position and discuss how psychologists in the New York City Department of Correction (NYCD) serve to mitigate public safety risk.

Bruce Hammer, PhDMourning the Past; Preparing for the Future: The Environmental Crisis Through a Psychoanalytic Lens: Knowing, Denial, and Vulnerability
Presenters: Bruce Hammer, PhD, Elizabeth Allured, PsyD and Anthony Wilson

Our three-person panel explores the interaction between three distinct threats that we and our patients face: the threat of unprecedented human-created climate change; the consequences of dissociation-driven denial of its relevance and magnitude; and the breakthrough of symptoms of overwhelming loss and heightened anxiety as defensive denial unavoidably breaks down. Both personal and societal, these threats, reactions, and subsequent symptoms, are yet to be sufficiently acknowledged by psychotherapists of all persuasions.


4:45 - 6:00 pm: Friday Session 3

Assessment and Treatment of Sex Offenders: The Roles Psychologists Can Play
Presenter: Susan L. Cox, PhD

A review of current research and evidence based techniques involved in evaluating the dangerousness of sex offenders. New York State's Civil Commitment laws will be reviewed along with the role psychologists can play. Current goals and techniques for treating sex offenders will also be reviewed.

Violence and Acts of Terrorism: Psychological Impact to Victims, First Responders, and Society
Presenter: Roy Aranda, PsyD, JD

Emotional disorders such as PTSD can develop in victims, bystanders, rescue workers, treatment providers, and people exposed through media to violent acts including terrorism, mass and serial homicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, urban and gang violence, and captivity such as child exploitation rings and the sex slave trade industry. Assessment and treatment considerations will be examined. Clinical/civil applications and forensic applications will be examined.



OEF, IEDs, and UAVs: What You Need to Know When Treating Veterans and Families of Recent Wars
Presenter: Amanda Spray, PhD, Irina Wen, PhD and Pat Pitta, PhD

Post-9/11 veterans face unique challenges that differ in significant ways from their predecessors. This symposium will provide information enabling the practitioner to treat the modern veteran by tailoring interventions to best meet their needs. Dr. Spray will present a culturally competent approach for individual therapy for post-9/11 veterans; Dr. Wen will present tailoring couples therapy; and Dr. Pitta will present on treating adolescent children of veterans. Data will be presented on effectiveness of interventions.

The Political is Clinical: The Post-Election Interface Between Social Identities of the Therapist and the Client on Interventions from an Integrative Framework - 1 CE Credit
Presenters: Pamela LiVecchi, PsyD and Mayowa Obasaju, PhD

By integrating multiple treatment perspectives, these clinicians would like to discuss how the current political climate impacts clinical practice by taking into account the individual, their relationships with their community, their race, class, gender, and sexuality, and the broader attitudes and ideologies of American culture. Examples will be given from a small, liberal arts, women`s college and from community-based treatment for a young adult who is undocumented.

6:30 - 7:30 pm Reception in Broadway Ballroom

7:30 - 9:00 pm Dinner in Broadway Ballroom


Saturday, June 3

8:00 - 9:30 am Breakfast and Leadership Institute Graduation Ceremony

9:00 - 9:30 am Poster Session

9:30 - 10:45 am: Saturday Session 1

Use of Heart Rate Variability with Cognitive Behavior Therapy to Facilitate Treatment - 1 CE Credit
Presenter: Paul Gunser, PsyD

This presentation will inform participants in the efficacy of using Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback along with Cognitive Behavior Therapy to facilitate treatment. It has been valuable to reduce anxiety, enhance mood and decrease chronic pain symptoms. There is also initial evidence that combined with neurofeedback it may improve cognitive functioning.

PROGRAM CANCELLED Challenges in the Treatment of Sexual Assault Survivors: Current Research and Implications for Clinical Practice
Presenters: Gwendolyn L. Gerber, PhD, Florence Denmark, PhD, Janet Sigal, PhD and Frank J. Corigliano, PhD

Current research on sexual assault and approaches to working with survivors in psychotherapy will be discussed by the panel. Research has found that Individuals who have been sexually assaulted more than once differ from those who have been assaulted once--for example, they engage in more self-blame. Implications for treatment will be addressed in addition to innovative techniques for helping patients discuss issues related to sexual assault. College students and military personnel are at particular risk for sexual assault; risk factors, myths and incidence will described for each of these groups.

How to Administer a Sex History

Presenters: Peter Kanaris, PhD and Rachel Keller, MSW, LICSW

Many psychologists are not well trained in administering a sexual history to patients. Taking a thorough sexual history is the foundation of treating sexual issues. This workshop will outline and demonstrate how to administer a sex history and identify the kinds of challenges that may be met by the therapist and how to overcome them. We will also discuss different points of view about learning about a patient's sex life in both traditional and non- traditional relationships.


Individual Psychological Assessment: Learn How to Apply Your Assessment Expertise to Talent Selection and Hiring - 1 CE Credit
Presenter: Christine M. Allen, PhD

Psychologists are experts in psychological assessment. These skills are valuable in the workplace, where psychologists are qualified to use most instruments (except for proprietary assessments). With a little guidance, psychologists can easily learn how to complete a talent selection and hiring assessment, especially for leadership and for team and cultural fit. This skill can add a valuable revenue stream for an enterprising and entrepreneurial psychologist. In this presentation, psychologists will learn how to get started!

11:00 am - 12:15 pm: Saturday Session 2

Synergetic Therapy: A Workable Model for In Depth Psychotherapy Integration
Presenter: Henry Grayson, PhD, ABPP

Cohesive model for drawing from the best of diverse psychotherapies for different syndromes and issues, as well as drawing from the new sciences of neuroscience and quantum physics, world wide spiritual wisdom, mind/body research, as well as the most effective evidence based trauma treatments such as EFT and EMDR.


Cyber Infidelity: A Treatment Model for the Great Challenge to Contemporary Relationships

Presenter: Peter Kanaris, PhD

Access, affordability, and anonymity have made the Internet a primary portal to infidelities. The more recent developments of the iPhone and social media have significantly exacerbated this problem. This workshop will present an innovative and effective model of treatment to address this issue that is becoming much more common. A clinical case presentation will be utilized to illustrate this treatment approach.

Exploring Psychologists’ Self-Reported Comfort and Competence Working with Members of the LGBT Community

Presenters: Daniel Kaplin, PhD (Chair), Nicholas Tambora, MA, Derek Giannone, BS, Herb Gingold, PhD, Dinelia Rosa, PhD (Discussant)

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss LGBT-related competency. We begin with a discussion of the unique challenges that face members of the LGBT community and factors that impact a clinician’s self-reported competency when working with members of the LGBT community. Afterwards, the qualitative data from our competency measure is presented. Next, we present the general findings from our survey. We conclude with a case presentation that highlights salient treatment considerations.


Overcoming Your Social (Media) Phobia: A Crash Course to Get You Connected!
Presenters: Simon A. Rego, PsyD, ABPP, ACT and Shane G. Owens, PhD, ABPP

While the rise of social media has created numerous benefits to psychologists (e.g., collaborating with colleagues, disseminating information to the public, etc.) many psychologists avoid participating in this “social media revolution” due to feelings of anxiety, confusion, and concern. This workshop will help attendees treat their “social media phobia” by providing an overview and offering tips on how to get started, with a focus on how psychologists might approach social media differently than other users.



12:30 - 2:30 Lunch and Keynote Presentation

Sheldon Solomon, PhD: The Worm at the Core: On the Role of Death in Life

The uniquely human fear of death has a pervasive effect on human beings' thoughts, feelings, and behavior.  Humans manage the terror of death by adhering to culturally constructed beliefs about reality that provide a sense that one is a person of value in a world of meaning, and thus eligible for either literal or symbolic immortality.  The quest for immortality underlies some of humankind’s most noble achievements.  However, it also engenders some of our most ignominious affectations, including: hostility and disdain for people with different beliefs; indifference to, or contempt for, the natural environment; and, the mindless pursuit of material possessions—which, if unchecked, may render humans the first form of life responsible for their own extinction.  I will present an overview of these ideas and empirical work that corroborates them, and then consider the implications of these notions for individual and social behavior. 

2:30 - 3:00 pm Poster Session


3:00 - 4:15 pm: Saturday Session 3

Understanding and using Neuropsychological Test Reports
Presenter: Mark V. F. Johnson, PhD

This program will instruct psychologists in understanding and interpreting psycho-educational and neuropsychological testing reports in the treatment of clients. Provide an overview of how reports are structured, content/domain areas covered, and ways to implement recommendations in practical terms.

The Politics of Kink
Presenters: Shara Sand, PsyD

Discussing the BDSM community, and the ways that such sexual activity contributes to intimate relationships, how are these things negotiated and navigated, etc. Focus on things like safe words, contracts, and consensual BDSM and how it differs from abuse or other situations that would be reason for concern.

Working with LGBTQ Clients: Recognizing and Treating the Effects of Unconscious Bias and Minority Stress

Presenter: Deborah Glazer, PhD and Barbara Warren, PsyD

This panel will explore concepts related to gender identity and sexual orientation, particularly as it relates to client’s experience of unconscious bias and minority stress. Being the target of bias and discrimination can adversely affect an individual’s mental and physical health. We will look at both facilitating safe environments for developing youth and for adult clients. Discussion will focus both on facilitating safer external social systems and how we can more supportive psychotherapy providers.

Integrated Care: Opportunities and Challenges for Psychologists Engaged in Hospital Based Care and in Private Practice
Presenters: Shibani Ray-Mazumder, PhD, Suzette Brown, MD, MPH, FAAP, Deborah DeSantis, PhD, Jessica Gerson, PhD, Sabrina Esbitt, PHD

This presentation will discuss the importance of establishing the role of psychologists on  integrative primary care and palliative care teams and ways to bring elements of this model into a private practice setting.  We will offer an introduction to the integrated care model, which is becoming increasingly viable and necessary in today’s healthcare economy.  This will include descriptions of pediatric care and residency training models that are currently being successfully applied.  An example in which psychologists are not considered to be “core” team members, as in palliative care, will also be reviewed.  Historical reasons for this exclusion as well as regulatory limitations will be discussed and the importance of advocating for inclusion for the benefit of present and early career practitioners.  Finally, methods to bring elements of integrative care into a private practice setting will be addressed.



4:30 - 5:45 pm: Saturday Session 4

Psychedelic Medicine for Mental and Addictive Disorders: Current Clinical Research and Opportunities - 1 CE Credit
Presenter: Elizabeth M. Nielson, PhD

Clinical research on psychedelics has recently made an astonishing comeback. This presentation reviews current psychedelic research focusing on discussion of two ongoing studies, both occurring in New York: Phase-II trial of psilocybin-assisted treatment of alcohol use disorder and Phase-III trial of MDMA-assisted treatment of PTSD. The current state of rescheduling and expanded access efforts will be presented, along with information on how to obtain training to provide psychedelic-assisted therapy upon FDA approval

Renegotiating Terms of Couples’ Engagement: Integrative Perspectives - 1 CE Credit
Presenters: Evelyn Rappoport, PsyD and Pat Pitta, PhD

A case will be offered of a young married couple who presents for treatment around issues of betrayal, intimacy and commitment. To complicate matters further, the couple chooses to become pregnant as an attempt to stabilize and solidly their relationship. The pregnancy results in a miscarriage during the last trimester. Each presenter will conceptualize treatment from their specific integrative models and will offer treatment strategies.

Collaborative Divorce: An Innovative Approach to Working with Families in Transition
Presenters: Bob Raymond, PhD and Jeffrey Steiger, LCSW

Mental health professionals are now working with attorneys and financial professionals to enable couples to divorce without going to court. Families are empowered as they reconstitute without acrimony. New techniques are utilized as psychologists take a leadership role in mediating with couples and working out final divorce settlements which benefit children and their parents. This is a highly valued non-insurance based service. Collaborative divorce is an evolved and humanistic approach gaining momentum throughout the country.

Assuring Your Future: Advocacy Matters!
Presenter: Dinelia Rosa, PhD
Co-Presenters: Roy Aranda, PsyD, JD, Tom Barkley, PhD, Jerry Grodin, PhD, Alan Hack, PhD, Nicole Robinson, PsyD

Whether new or not to grassroots advocacy, this is a must to strengthen your advocacy skills. Useful knowledge designed to help ensure that policy makers are responsive to issues that affect the profession of psychology and the psychological needs of their constituents will be presented. This workshop will teach strategies to help you succeed in your advocacy and lobbying efforts. As part of the training, we will review the process of how a bill is implemented from the beginning stage until it is passed and enacted.


 6:00 - 8:00 pm Reception


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Registration Fees:


Full Convention - includes all programming, Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch and Saturday reception (Friday dinner requires a separate ticket purchase)

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 choice of Friday programming and Friday reception (Friday dinner requires a separate ticket purchase)
Member: $95; Non-Member: $150


Student (with Valid ID) - includes all programming, Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch and Saturday reception (Friday dinner requires a separate ticket purchase)

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 requires a separate ticket purchase)

Friday Networking Dinner



Hotel Accommodations

A room block has been made available at the Saratoga Hilton for conference attendees. Rates start at $199 plus applicable taxes.  Click here to book your hotel accommodations. The room block is available until May 2, 2017.


Travel Information

Greyhound Bus Service

Fares start at $90 round trip from the Port Authority in New York City (625 8th Avenue) to the Amtrak Station in Saratoga Springs. Several departure times are available.

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Amtrak Train Service

Amtrak has trains going to the Saratoga train station which is less than 10 minutes away from the Saratoga Hilton.

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Amtrak offers a 10% discount off the best available rail fare to (Albany, NY) between (May 30, 2017 – June 06, 2017).  To book your reservation call Amtrak at 1 (800) 872-7245 or contact your local travel agent.
Conventions cannot be booked via Internet.  Please be sure to refer to Convention Fare Code X78E-969 when making your reservation.  This offer is not valid on the Auto Train and Acela Service.  Fare is valid on Amtrak Regional for all departures seven days a week, except for holiday blackouts.  Offer valid with Sleepers, Business Class or First Class seats with payment of the full applicable accommodation charges.