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2017 HPA Convention

Speakers Information


Catherine A. Moonshine, Ph.D.
Friday October 27th, Full Day

Catherine A. Moonshine, Ph.D.Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): Working With the Challenges of Mental Health, Addictions and Dual Diagnosis

Dr. Catherine Moonshine is an internationally recognized expert who has conducted over 100 workshops and training programs in Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  She has over 20 years of experience in public and private mental health and addictions and dual diagnosis treatment programs across all levels of care. Dr. Moonshine is currently the Director of the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics in Portland, Oregon.


This all-day workshop is applicable to all providers working with clients with mental health, addictions and dual diagnosis difficulties.  The program will provide a strong foundation and a broad understanding of the philosophy and skills of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) applicable to those at all levels of experience with the modality.  

Some of the learning objectives include:

    • Building a foundation of mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness to treat challenging and complex clients 
    • Learning and conceptualizing how to utilize the Meta Skills of DBT
    • Applying these skills to mental health, addiction, and dual diagnosis clients
    • Integrating a focus on self-care and effectively managing countertransference

Alex M. Siegel, JD, Ph.D.
Friday October 27th

Telepsych and PSYPACT

Dr. Alex M. Siegel is an attorney and clinical psychologist. Currently, Dr. Siegel is the Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) for the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. In his role as DPA, he serves as a liaison between ASPPB and state and national psychological associations. He was staff to the APA/ASPPB/APAIT joint task force on telepsychology and to the ASPPB task force on regulations for interjurisdictional telepsychological practice. In addition, Dr. Siegel consults with state governments, attorneys, courts and maintains a small clinical and forensic practice.


Dr. Siegel will discuss the need and explain the rationale for allowing psychologists to use electronic communications interjurisdictionally to provide telepsychological services ethically and legally to patients. He will examine the APA Guidelines on Telepsychology with a particular focus on competency, informed consent and confidentiality and security of the data, and will review the ASPPB Standards on Telepsychology. The presentation will explore the obstacles for interjurisdictional telepsychology practice and offer solutions for psychologists who want to provide ethical and legal clinical services across state lines. Dr. Siegel will also discuss the ASPPB's E.Passport program and Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT).

Larry C. James, Ph.D., ABPP
Saturday, October 28th

Profiling Domestic Radicalized Terrorists

Colonel (Retired) Larry C. James, Ph.D., ABPP is a nationally recognized expert in national security, defense issues, clinical psychopharmacology and clinical health psychology. He is currently the President & CEO of the Wright Behavioral Health Group, LLC and a Professor at Wright State University. He has published six books and has completed over 100 publications and conference presentations on a variety of clinical psychology, health psychology, and terrorism-related topics.


Recently in the United States there have been a number of horrific shootings and attacks by American citizens with no previous ties to terrorist organizations. In this workshop, Dr. James will review the psychological, family and demographic variables, and the school and legal issues, that make up the profile of a radicalized domestic terrorist. Colonel James will present new data and analyses on the 205 men and women he has studied who have been arrested or charged with domestic terrorism. These profiles will be compared to the psychological profiles of international terrorists from around the world. Strategies for the prevention of domestic terrorism will be offered.

Jeanne Wendel, Ph.D & William O'Donohue, Ph.D.
Saturday, October 28th

Healthcare Economics and Current Challenges and Opportunities

Jeanne Wendel, Ph.D. is a healthcare economist and a Professor of Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno. She is a prolific writer who specializes in measuring the effects of quality improvements in healthcare systems. With O'Donohue, she is coauthor of the textbook Understanding Healthcare Economics.

William O'Donohue, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also Director of the University's Victims of Crimes Treatment Center and Co-Director of their Psychological Services Center. Over the last 30 years he has published over 80 books, 140 book chapters and 150 articles on a wide range of clinical practice, economic and professional issues in behavioral health.


The triple aim of healthcare is to increase healthcare access and reduce cost and at the same time increase healthcare quality. These three goals can at times be in conflict: e.g., increasing access can increase overall cost. Current healthcare spending in the U.S. is approximately $3 trillion dollars and approaching 19% of GDP while in 1960 it was 5% of GDP. A discussion of the economic reasons for this explosive growth will be presented. In an attempt to help meet these healthcare goals, psychologists have been active in advancing integrated care - although many key questions are unresolved regarding this initiative. This symposium will provide psychologists with a needed understanding of the economic factors impacting the future of clinical practice and will offer a number of business opportunities for the practicing psychologist to consider. 

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