Vermont Psychological Association

2020 Offerings

Rescheduled

The Future is Now: Beginning Telepsychology Practice

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Rescheduled

The Future is Now: Beginning Telepsychology Practice

RESCHEDULED-DATE TBD

6 CE Credits

Speakers:  Deborah C. Baker, J.D. & Ken Major, Psy.D.

More information HERE


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April 27

Borderline Personality Organization & Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

8:30am - 4:30pm

Colchester

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April 27

Borderline Personality Organization & Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

Available for live stream as well as in-person attendance

Monday, April 27

6 CE Credits

Speaker:  Dr. Louis Diguer, Laval University

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8:30am - 4:30pm

Colchester

June 26

The Digital World & Social Media: Understanding & Working with Families & Adults

8:30am - 4:30pm

Colchester

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June 26

The Digital World & Social Media: Understanding & Working with Families & Adults

6 CE Credits.

Speaker:  Dr. Michael Osit

More Information HERE.

8:30am - 4:30pm

Colchester

August 14

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Introduction

8:30am - 4:30pm

Montpelier

Event Details

August 14

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Introduction

6 CE Credits

Speaker:  Martin Seehuus, Ph.D., Middlebury College

More information HERE.

8:30am - 4:30pm

Montpelier

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Telehealth -- RESCHEDULED

The Future is Now: Beginning Telepsychology Practice

6 CE Credits (pre-approved for psychologists and LICSWs)


Co-sponsored by Health Care & Rehabilitation Services (HCRS)

  

Health Care & Rehabilitation Services (HCRS) is a non-profit community mental health agency serving more than 4,000 people across Windsor and Windham counties every year. HCRS offers comprehensive programs for individuals and families dealing with the challenges of mental health, developmental disabilities, and/or substance abuse. Services include supporting clients to obtain employment, housing, transportation, and other social determinants of health, as needed.


The morning program will look at the increasingly dynamic field of telepsychological practice, including an overview of the key principles identified in the APA Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology -- developed jointly by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of State and Provincial Psychological Boards (ASPPB), and the Trust.  We will also outline considerations unique to telepractice, examine the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) to facilitate telepractice across state lines and highlight relevant laws, regulations, and other policies relating to issues of informed consent, insurance coverage mandates, and privacy and security considerations.


The afternoon program will first review relevant practice-related research on telepsychology issues and applications, ranging from outcome data to crisis management, and including supervised practice settings (such as clinics and hospitals) as well as video to home services.  Secondly, we will introduce core areas of competence for managing a variety of treatment boundaries, client presentations, technology issues, and other complex situations unique to or significantly impacted by a video-based approach to psychological services. The remainder of the workshop will integrate the day’s material with video vignettes and facilitated discussion to build skillful responses to clinical, ethical, and legal challenges related to the practice of telepsychology. 

 

General Registration Discounts for Non-Members:

Academic/Researchers ($25 off):  use coupon code RSRCH

Students ($130 off):  use coupon code STUDENT


Presenters:

Deborah Baker, J.D. - APA Practice

Ken Major, Psy.D. 


Objectives:

At the end of the program participants will be able to:

  1. Identify critical professional, legal, and ethical issues in providing telepsychological services as outlined in the APA Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology. 
  2. Discuss and consider potential regulatory mechanisms considered by licensing boards for overseeing telepsychology practice, including interjurisdictional practice, to ensure patient access and safety. 
  3. Evaluate patient confidentiality, privacy and security concerns, and payer policy issues specific to telepsychology practice.
  4. Summarize existing research on treatment efficacy, inclusion/ exclusion criteria, and other primary dimensions of telepsychology services.
  5. Identify four domains of competence for telepsychology service delivery. 
  6. Anticipate, identify, and skillfully respond to at least five common challenges involved in the practice of telepsychology.


Biographical Information: 

Deborah Baker is the Director of Legal & Regulatory Policy in the Office of Legal & Regulatory Affairs of the American Psychological Association's Practice Directorate.  Since joining APA in 2004, she has worked with state psychological associations, APA leadership and members, and regulatory bodies on a variety of issues involving scope of practice/ licensure, testing, telehealth, prescriptive authority, HIPAA compliance as well as other legal and regulatory issues. 


In addition to her work with various APA governance groups, such as the Board of Professional Affairs (BPA), on legal/regulatory issues affecting professional practice, Ms. Baker has also provided support to several APA task forces, including the joint APA-ASPPB-APAIT Task Force on Telepsychology, which developed the APA Guidelines on the Practice of Telepsychology as well as task forces established to review and revise APA policies on prescriptive authority for psychologists and designation of psychopharmacology training programs.  She has most recently assisted with the initial drafting of the APA Guidelines for the Use of Social Media which is currently undergoing internal review.  Ms. Baker has also authored numerous articles on telehealth issues as well as co-authored a chapter on interjurisdictional practice – see Campbell, L. F., Millán, F. A., & Martin, J. N. (Eds.). (2018). A telepsychology casebook: Using technology ethically and effectively in your professional practice. Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.


Dr. Major is a Vermont psychologist-doctorate and resident.  He works for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Greentree Regional Clinical Resource Hub, based in Pittsburgh, PA, as part of a team that provides video-based specialty mental healthcare to underserved rural veterans across six states.  He previously worked as an outpatient psychologist in the White River Junction VA Medical Center system, where he was the trauma recovery services coordinator and worked on projects with the National Center for PTSD to produce a number of nation-wide patient and provider educational resources.  Dr. Major was VPA’s Ethics Chairperson from 2014-16, and was the Director of Risk and Quality Management for a Vermont designated agency from 2011-13.

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Schedule:

9:00   APA Practice Guidelines for Telepsychology and Relevant HIPAA & Payer Policy Considerations

9:45 Interjurisdictional practice issues, including PSYPACT 

10:30 Break

10:45 Telepsychology vignettes applying principles of APA Telepsychology Guidelines 

12:00 Lunch (1.5 hours)

1:30 Review of Practice-focused Research 

2:00  Four Domains of Competence in Telepsychology

2:45 Video-based vignettes: Technological Proficiency and Boundaries 

3:15 Break

3:30 Video-based vignettes: Treatment Alliance and Crisis Management

5:00 Program Ends

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Crisis Intervention -- RESCHEDULED

Individual & Group Crisis Intervention

17.5 CE Credits (pre-approved for psychologists and LICSWs)


This is a 3-day intensive course designed to provide an introduction to both individual and group crisis intervention as delivered with the overarching context of the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) model.


Presenters:

Lori P. Gurney, M.S., CTS, CCISM, Managing Clinician for the Vermont Department of Public Safety

William Elwell, AAS ( fire services); Chaplain; CCISM; Director, First Responder Core Wellness, LLC


Objectives:

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the natures & definitions of a psychological crisis and psychological crisis intervention.
  2. Discuss the Johns Hopkins’ resistance, resiliency, and recovery continuum.
  3. Describe the nature and definition of critical incident stress management (CISM), its 6 factors, and its role as a continuum of care.
  4. Apply basic crisis communication techniques.
  5. Describe common psychological and behavioral crisis reactions associated with critical incidents.
  6. List the empirically-derived mechanisms of action in psychological individual and group crisis intervention.
  7. Utilize the SAFER-Revised model of individual psychological crisis intervention.
  8. Utilize the SAFER-Revised model for suicide intervention
  9. Describe and apply informational group crisis intervention.
  10. Describe and apply interactional group crisis intervention. 
  11. List and apply the principles of strategic planning.
  12. Describe and discuss the risks of iatrogenic “harm” associated with psychological crisis intervention and will further discuss how to reduce those risks.


Biographical Information:

Lori Gurney is a licensed clinical psychologist-master with over 20  years of experience.  She has worked in many professional capacities, including school settings and community mental health.  Lori has a demonstrated history working with first responders and is currently serving as the managing clinician with the Vermont Department of Public Safety and the Vermont State Police (VSP) in their wellness program. She provides ongoing clinical support and serves as a member on their Members Assistance Team. In her role with VSP she also provides education and training as well as consultation and direct counseling support to law enforcement personnel.


Lori is trained and certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) and is an approved instructor with The International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). 


Chaplain Bill Elwell found a family in the fire service and larger world of public safety that has been a source of life for over thirty-five years. As a seminary-trained local pastor, chaplain, and first responder, Bill has provided trauma-informed spiritual and emotional care to help some of the bravest among us serve in healthier ways, experience healing from trauma, and overcome the challenges of career or volunteer public safety.


Bill believes that roles of public safety personnel are often misunderstood, their commitment minimized, and their value ignored. “All of us have the capacity to heal, learn from, and grow through some of the most horrific events that happen. The pain experienced in serving a community when the storms of life are raging is inevitable. However, suffering becomes optional when we realize there is an alternative.”    ​Bill has spent the last 20  years studying responder wellness and critical incident stress management and providing peer support. 



Rescheduled

This is a 3-day course.  You must attend all 3 days in order to get CE credit from VPA.


Check-in at 8:00 a.m.

Program 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Each Saturday


Vermont Fire Academy

93 Davison Drive

Pittsford, Vermont


Click here for a detailed schedule.

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Borderline Personality Organization

Borderline Personality Organization & Transference-Focused Psychotherapy

6 CE Credits (pre-approved for psychologists and LICSWs)

  

In this workshop, we will first present the object relations models of the mind and their main differences with the structural model.  Then we will explain that according to these models, personality pathology is best understood and more useful to therapists when it is conceived of in terms of Personality Organizations and particularly Borderline Personality Organizations (BPO).  The main dimensions of BPO will then be explained (such as identity pathology, distortions of reality, primitive object relations and poor regulation of impulses and aggression).  Finally, the workshop will present a specific treatment for BPO in line with this concept: Transference-Focused Psychotherapy, which concentrates its action on the present-moment patient-therapist interaction in order to explore and change the relational and self pathology that are at the core of BPO.  Video extracts of therapy sessions will be presented and discussed with participants to help integrate the content of this workshop.


General Registration Discounts for Non-Members:

Academic/Researchers ($25 off):  use coupon code RSRCH

Students ($130 off):  use coupon code STUDENT


Presenter:

Dr. Louis Diguer, Ph.D.


Objectives:

  

  1. Describe the object relations approach to personality disorders.
  2. Explain some problems with the categorical definition of personality disorders (like the DSM).
  3. Define the Borderline Personality Organization and its main dimensions.
  4. Describe the main characteristics of Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP).


Biographical Information:

Louis Diguer, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and full professor in the Department of Psychology at Laval University.  After earning his Ph.D. in Canada, he did post-doctoral research with Lester Luborsky at the Center for Psychotherapy Research at the University of Pennsylvania.  Back in Canada since 1994, he is now very active in psychotherapy training and supervision of doctoral students and professional therapists, and he does research on personality pathology and its treatment.  He is an accredited therapist and supervisor in Transference-Focused Psychotherapy and is associated with the Personality Disorders Institute of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Check-in 8:30 am

Program 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Let us know if you want to join by live stream!


In-person attendance:


Hampton Inn by Hilton

42 Lower Mountain View Dr.

Colchester, Vermont

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Social Media

The Digital World & Social Media: Understanding & Working with Families & Adults

6 CE Credits (pre-approved for psychologists & LICSWs)


Digital devices and social media are embedded in our lives.  They are not just a conduit in our culture, they define our culture.  The unique and clinical issues screens are having on child development, parenting, family functioning, and adult relationships will be presented.  Clinicians now need to be equipped with a unique understanding and strategic clinical approaches in working with 21st-century clients.


General Registration Discounts for Non-Members:

Academic/Researchers ($25 off):  use coupon code RSRCH

Students ($130 off):  use coupon code STUDENT


Presenter:

Dr. Michael Osit, Clinical Psychologist/Author


Objectives:

By the end of the program participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss at least 3 developmental issues that screens and social media impact child development in the digital age.
  2. Apply at least 5 clinical interventions to help 21st-century parents.
  3. Identify and describe unique clinical strategies in working with today’s youth.
  4. Describe how screens and social media affect self-esteem in adults.
  5. Explain  at least 3 ways screens and social media impact social relationships.
  6. Apply unique strategies in working with adults and couples immersed in the digital world.


Biographical Information:

Dr. Michael Osit is a practicing psychologist with over 40 years of experience working with children, adolescents, families, adults, and couples.  Dr. Osit is a frequent presenter, using an info-tainment format, to psychological, educational, and parenting organizations both locally and nationally on a wide variety of topics.


In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Osit is the author of Generation Text: Raising Well Adjusted Kids In An Age Of Instant Everything (Amacom, 2008), which was awarded “Best Book of the Year” by Instructor Magazine, and was one of 5 finalists out of 440 books reviewed for the 13th Annual Books For Life Awards in the category of "Parenting."  His most recent book is entitled The Train Keeps Leaving Without Me: A Guide To Happiness, Freedom, and Self-Fulfillment  (Creative Publishing, 2016).  Dr. Osit also writes a monthly health psychology column called Mind the Mind" in a New Jersey publication, and has had a strong media presence appearing on local, national, and cable TV shows.  Additionally, he has been interviewed in the print media for magazines such as Parenting, Women’s Day, Better Homes & Gardens, Self, and Parade.

June 26, 2020

Check-in:  8:30 a.m.

Program 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Hampton Inn by Hilton

42 Lower Mountain View Dr.

Colchester, Vermont

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ACT

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy: An Experiential Introduction

6 CE Credits (pre-approved for psychologists and LICSWs)


This experiential discussion will introduce the theory and practice of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) through both a high-level discussion of ACT’s goals and techniques, and through practicing those techniques ourselves. This class is an introduction to ACT that may help therapists decide whether or not to pursue further training and experiences, but it’s also an opportunity for those more experienced with ACT to practice, discuss, and explore in a supportive group environment.

 

General Registration Discounts for Non-Members:

Academic/Researchers ($25 off):  use coupon code RSRCH

Students ($130 off):  use coupon code STUDENT


Presenter:

Martin Seehuus, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College and Clinical Educator at the University of Vermont


Objectives:

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the theoretical framework of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to a colleague or patient, including the fundamentals of Relational Frame Theory.
  2. Explain to a patient how ACT differs from theoretical orientations like CBT, DBT, or psychodynamic orientations, including the focus that ACT places on acceptance and not symptom reduction.
  3. Describe to a colleague or patient the role of values in ACT, and be able to guide a patient through an appropriate values exploration exercise.
  4. Explain to a patient or colleague the role of exposure in ACT treatment, and how the goals of that exposure only partially overlaps with exposure’s use in other theoretical domains.
  5. Thoughtfully discuss their experiences with some of the processes and exercises associated with ACT, and explain the value of ‘doing ACT’ to ourselves.


Biographical Information:

  

Martin Seehuus is an assistant professor of psychology at Middlebury College and a clinical educator at the University of Vermont’s department of psychological science. His clinical background includes education and experience in CBT, DBT, and ACT, as well as the not-as-easily-abbreviated existential-phenomenological approach. His published research covers a broad range of topics, including sexuality, fantasy, sleep disturbance, and college student and refugee mental health. His teaching includes human sexuality, CBT for insomnia, ACT, and a comparative review of theories of clinical psychology. He lives in Middlebury, where he sometimes paints things. 

August 14, 2020

Check-in at 8:30 a.m.

Program 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center

100 State St.

Montpelier, Vermont

CE Workshop Policies

The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Vermont Psychological Association maintains responsibility for its  programs and their content.


The Vermont Psychological Association is also pre-approved by the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners and the Office of Professional Regulation  to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSW).  Licensed mental health counselors (LCMHC) and licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) may receive approval for this course from the Vermont Board of Allied Mental Health.


  • Certificates for continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  


  • Partial credit will not be awarded.  


  • Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.


  • Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only.


  • Registrations at the door for all individuals are $195, regardless of  membership or professional status.


  • No refunds can be offered for our programs.  If you find yourself unable to attend a workshop for which you registered, please contact us as soon as possible.


  • If you have any difficulties or complaints about one of our CE offerings, please refer to our CE Grievance Policy for information on filing that complaint.

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