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2016 HPA Convention

 Keynote Speakers Information


Louis Castonguay, Ph.D.

Crossing the Great Divide Between
Psychotherapy Research and Clinical Practice

This workshop will focus on cutting-edge research that has direct applicability to the clinician.  At the end of the workshop, participants will be familiar with up-to-date principles of therapeutic change, interventions that are most effective with particular types of clients, and the characteristics of therapists that make them more effective than others. 

In addition, the workshop will focus on what might be the most unfortunate and costly schism in the field of mental health - the lack of mutual influence and collaboration between clinicians and researchers.  New ways to keep current as well as further advance the field via naturalistic practitioner-research collaboration will be presented.  6 CEs will be awarded for this workshop.

With more than 190 publications (including eight co-edited books), Dr. Castonguay's scholarly work and research focuses on the process of psychotherapeutic change and training, especially within the context of psychotherapy integration.  He is the recipient of numerous national awards for his work to include the APA Distinguished Psychologist Award for lifetime contributions to the field of psychotherapy.  He has served as President of the North American Society of Psychotherapy Research as well as the International Society of Psychotherapy Research.  Dr. Castonguay is currently Professor of Psychology at Penn State University. 


Elena J. Eisman, Ed.D., ABPP

Integrated Care:
Why, When, and Where Do You Fit?

       
Integrated care allows psychologist's skills to be used more comprehensively to improve health outcomes, reduce healthcare utilization and costs, increase patient and provider satisfaction and to better integrate physical health with mental health. 

This presentation will explore the triple aim (now quadruple aim) goals underpinning the Affordable Health Act. It will describe why healthcare is moving in this direction, what new models are emerging and what new payment structures are being created. The pros and cons and obstacles for psychologist participation in these various new models will be explored.  1.5 CEs will be awarded for this workshop.

Dr. Eisman is the Director of the American Psychological Association's Center for Psychology and Health.  She also serves as APA's Associate Executive Director for Governance Operations.   Formerly, Dr. Eisman was the Executive Director / Director of Professional Affairs for the Massachusetts Psychological Association for over 20 years. In that capacity she worked extensively on psychology's role in healthcare reform and served on state-wide commissions, committees and task forces.  Dr. Eisman has written and presented in the areas of professional advocacy, credentialing, psychology education and healthcare reform.   She is the recipient of the Carl Heiser Award for state advocacy, and the 2001 State Leadership Award.  Dr. Eisman holds ABPP diplomates in Clinical Psychology and in Family Psychology.


Morgan Sammons, Ph.D., ABPP

   The Emerging Healthcare Market:
 Legal and Regulatory Issues That Will
 Change Your Practice

The expansion of professional psychology into the integrated healthcare environment and other specialized areas of practice represents a tremendous opportunity.  At the same time, there are equally significant risks if we fail to take advantage of these developments.  Other mental health professions, many less comprehensively trained than psychologists, will seize these opportunities unless we move nimbly.   

Most of us, as clinicians, are eager to apply our skills in the integrated healthcare environment.  But willingness is only part of the picture.  In this presentation, I will address the skills that will be needed to practice effectively in the emerging healthcare market.  I'll also focus on legal and regulatory changes that affect how psychologists practice, and offer some suggestions about how the profession can ensure how psychologists can expand their clinical armamentarium in order to compete in new models of healthcare delivery. 


Psychopharmacology Update for Psychologists    
Morgan T. Sammons, Ph.D., ABPP

Prescriber or non-prescriber, having an understanding of the new antidepressants, mood stabilizers, stimulants and antipsychotics, their side effects, mechanisms of action, and use in combined treatment strategies is essential for practitioners who work with patients who receive or are planning to use psychoactive medications.  This is a basic to intermediate level workshop on the topic; some prior exposure to psychopharmacology, either via classroom or clinical experience is preferred, but not required.  1.5 CEs will be awarded for this workshop.

Dr. Sammons is Executive Director of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He is a retired Navy captain and one of the first prescribing psychologists in the United States. He is past president of the Maryland Psychological Association, past president of APA's Division 55, and has served in numerous elected and appointed leadership positions in APA.  He writes and lectures extensively on psychopharmacology and the professional practice of psychology. 



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