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We Need to Talk: A Changing Culture, A Changing World, Our Changing Selves (6.5CE). Featuring a keynote address from Samuel R. Sommers, Ph.D. of Tufts University. $179 for Members, $120 for Life Members, $60 for Student Members, $239 for Non-Members and $75 for Non-Member Students. EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! Register by October 20th and receive $20 off your fee. Sustaining Members always receive 50% off!

When: Saturday, 11/3/18
8:00 AM
Where: Four Points Sheraton
1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike
Norwood, MA  02062
United States
Contact: Lynne Casey
781-263-0080 ext 13

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The landscape of our work is constantly evolving!  Sometimes that evolution comes at such a rapid pace that we can barely keep up with the changes in our world, our profession, our clients, and ourselves.  It can feel as though the whole ground is shifting, perhaps seismically.  The #MeToo movement, issues of immigration and refugees, and the opioid crisis catch our national attention and deep concern, while apps, telehealth, blogs, and new treatments knock at the doors of our clinical practices for both early career and seasoned clinicians. Training and supervision of the next generations seek to encompass innovations and current concerns, while research lends a perspective on issues that goes so much deeper than the headlines.  Both content areas of change and the process of change itself can be both inspiring and challenging.  Many have questioned what our roles as psychologists might be in this swirling confusion.  It’s time to talk about this.



Please join your colleagues at the 2018 MPA Conference to explore:

· Changes happening all around us and their effects on clients, psychotherapy, training, assessment,  advocacy, and research.


· How we can reflect upon and integrate these changes in ourselves and our work?


· As Gandhi said, how we can “become the change we wish to see in the world” on whatever level we choose?

How we can embrace the changes that make our work more relevant and effective?




A Keynote Address from Samuel R. Sommers, Ph.D.
Professor and Laboratory Director
Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab
Department of Psychology, Tufts University

The Science of Stereotyping and Implicit Bias (1.5 CE)

This interactive presentation will explore cognitive and behavioral science research on the nature of contemporary bias.  While the modern era is one in which most professionals believe themselves to be fair-minded individuals—perhaps even genuinely prioritizing egalitarian values—social categories including age, gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation continue to have profound effects on how we see and interact with the world around us in legal domains, in the classroom, and more generally throughout the course of daily life.  What research tells us is that contemporary bias is often unconscious, but this doesn't make its implications for organizational climate or the individuals within that environment any less real.  The science also demonstrates, however, that we are not hopelessly at the mercy of the power of expectation and bias, and we will identify the circumstances under which bias is most likely to emerge and evaluate potential strategies for trying to curtail such tendencies. Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to: explain the concept of implicit bias and the cognitive and social processes that contribute to it; predict the circumstances under which bias is more versus less likely to emerge; and strategize as to how to best to curtail bias in academic and professional psychology settings.

Sam Sommers received his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has been at Tufts since 2003.  Professor Sommers is an experimental social psychologist interested in issues related to stereotyping, prejudice, and group diversity. His research focuses on two general (and often overlapping) topics: 1) race and social perception, judgment, and interaction; 2) the intersection of psychology and law. In other words, he is interested in how race impacts the way people see and interact with the world in a wide range of social settings.  At Tufts, Professor Sommers teaches courses in Introduction to Psychology (PSY 1), Social Psychology (PSY 13), Experimental Psychology (PSY 32), and upper-level seminars in social psychology and psychology and law. In 2007 he won the Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Advising at Tufts; in 2009 he was named Gerald R. Gill Professor of the Year by the Student Senate. He has written two general audience books:  Situations Matter and This is Your Brain on Sports. He is also a co-author of textbooks for Introductory Psychology and Social Psychology.     


An Awards Ceremony honoring Eric A. Harris, Ed.D., J.D. as the first recipient of the newly renamed

Eric A. Harris, Ed.D., J.D. Distinguished Service Award

MPA has renamed the Distinguished Service Award in his honor. 
This award recognizes individuals who have provided extraordinary service to the advancement of psychology, and who has made significant contributions to, and an impact on, MPA.  


A Plenary Session presented by Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D.

Professor and Department Chair, Clinical Psychology
Director of Practica, Clinical Psychology
Antioch University New England

Where Do We Go from Here?  Reflecting and Moving Ahead (1 CE)

As practicing psychologists, the themes of change and talking about difficult issues should be very familiar to us since they are part and parcel of many aspects of psychologists’ work.  In fact different schools of psychotherapy have well-developed theories about how people change. There is even a transtheoretical theory of change that is often used in psychology, which makes room for the idea that change is a complex process requiring different strategies/interventions/approaches based upon where a person is on the change continuum.   Likewise, our field has diverse models of ways to speak about emotionally charged or contentious issues, yet such conversations remain challenging, in part due to the influence of implicit bias and stereotypes on our interactions.  There is often loss and even grief associated with such changes and with initiating such conversations. Issues of diversity can be intimately involved with both the change process and with talking about important issues.  In this final workshop of the day, participants will be asked to reflect upon these themes and how they have appeared throughout the day in the different workshops and presentations.  Our goal is twofold.  The first is to get a better sense of where in oneself, one’s work, one’s community, or society at large there are some important changes happening already or just starting, and how to foster that change.   The second is where, with whom, and in what way does one need to have a deeper level of conversation, and how does each person move forward in that endeavor. Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to: describe the various ways that theory and/or research in psychotherapy frames the change process; and assess their own paths forward vis-à-vis change and talking, the role of diversity in the process for them, and next steps in their personal and professional lives.

Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D., a graduate of Duke University for her bachelor’s and University of Kansas for her doctorate, is a Professor and Director of Practica in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Antioch University New England in Keene, New Hampshire. Teaching, clinical, and research interests include training issues, group therapy, supervision, creativity, psychodynamic and relational theory, loss and grief, women beyond midlife, mentoring, and meaning-making in Bruce Springsteen’s work. She has published, with Donna DiCello, Psy.D., Daughters, Dads, and the Path through Grief: Tales from Italian America.




8:00AM                              Registration and Breakfast

8:20AM - 8:45AM             Annual Business Meeting

8:45AM - 9:00AM             Welcome from MPA President, Dr. Margaret Lanca

9:00AM - 9:10AM             Introduction from MPA Conference Chairs

9:10AM - 9:20AM             Break & Transition to Sessions

9:20AM - 10:10AM           Morning Breakout Session I (1CE) 

10:10AM - 10:25PM         Morning Break - Exhibitors & Networking

10:25AM - 11:40AM         Morning Breakout Session II (1.5CE)

11:40AM - 12:15PM         Student Poster Session, Exhibitors & Networking

12:15PM - 1:15PM           Lunch & Awards

1:15PM - 1:30PM             Afternoon Break - Networking & Exhibitors

1:30PM - 2:50PM             Keynote Address by Samuel R. Sommers, Ph.D. (1.5CE)

2:50PM - 3:00PM             Break & Transition to Sessions

3:00PM - 4:15PM             Afternoon Breakout Session (1.5CE)

4:15PM - 4:25PM             Break & Transition to Plenary

4:25PM - 5:15PM             Plenary Session with Lorraine Mangione, Ph.D. (1CE)

Breakout Sessions
(Choose one from each session upon registration)

Morning Breakout Session I
(all 1CE)

Policing, Use of Force, and the Impact of Psychology
Presented by Gerald Sweet, Ph.D., Steven Trask, Kenneth Ferguson, and Sean Riley

Police psychologists have played an increasing role in the effort to address the issues related to police use of force and police-community relationships. These psychological specialists have worked with law enforcement leaders in the areas of pre-employment psychological evaluations, fitness for duty evaluations, law enforcement/mental health collaboration, and community policing programs.

In this presentation, an experienced police psychologist will be joined by law enforcement officers in a discussion of these often polarizing issues. Participants will be encouraged to join with the presenters in a discussion about the relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: describe the issues that continue to cause conflict between law enforcement and the communities they serve; and explain the functions that police psychologists fulfill in trying to promote police effectiveness and collaborative relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.

Dr. Gerald Sweet began his career as a general hospital psychologist. He became interested in legal issues and moved to California where he worked for the Los Angeles Police Department from 1995-2010. During his time with the LAPD, Dr. Sweet provided mental health services to police officers and was actively involved in their training. He also consulted to the SWAT Crisis Negotiation Team, Special Operations Bureau, Counterterrorism Bureau and several patrol divisions. In 2011 Dr. Sweet returned to Boston to continue his practice in forensic and police psychology. He has been a faculty member in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at William James College since 2012. After completing his Ph.D. program, Dr. Sweet completed three years of postdoctoral fellowship training. Earlier in his career, he served as a psychologist in the United States Army Medical Service Corps.

Chief Steven Trask has been a member of the Framingham Police Department for 31 years. After working his way up the chain of command, he served as the Department’s executive officer for four years. He also served as the director of emergency management for 12 years. He was named acting chief of police in April 2018. In September 2018 he was nominated by the mayor of Framingham to be the city’s seventh chief of police. Chief Trask has a master’s degree in public administration from Framingham State University.

Chief Kenneth Ferguson served in the Framingham Police Department for 34 years. After working in patrol and detectives, he was promoted to a supervisory position. He then served as a lieutenant and as a deputy chief. In 2013 he was named as the city’s sixth chief of police, a position he held until 2018. Chief Ferguson is known for his commitment to police-community partnerships and the implementation of community policing in Framingham. Prior to joining the Department, he served in the United States Air Force. Chief Ferguson has a master’s degree in public administration from Framingham State University.

Lieutenant Sean Riley has been a member of the Framingham Police Department for 17 years. He is currently the officer-in-charge of Internal Affairs Bureau and Recruitment in the Department. He also supervises the Field Training Officer Program. During his years with the Department he worked in patrol and detectives, and he was involved in several community policing initiatives. He currently serves as an instructor for Fair and Impartial Policing. Prior to joining the Department, Lieutenant Riley served with the Winthrop Police Department and the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department.

Is Psychology Meeting the Assessment Needs of Latinx?  The State of Affairs, Practice Implications, and Future Directions
Presented by Lara Guzman-Hosta, Psy.D.

The health disparities facing Spanish-speaking Latinx in healthcare systems across the US are still significant.  Psychology has not closed its own gaps with regard to the assessment services available to Latinx across a variety of settings.  This presentation will discuss the current state of our field with regard to psychological assessment services that are linguistically and culturally appropriate for this population.  It will also discuss the ethical and practice implications inherent when conducting these assessments.  Advocacy, practice, and policy recommendations will be discussed.  Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: list at least two areas in psychological assessment in which Latinx are at a disadvantage compared to individuals from the majority culture in the US; identify the ethical and social justice implications of inappropriate assessment or lack of assessment services to this population; describe the procedures that are indicated to ensure that Latinx receive appropriate assessment services; identify practical steps to take when their individual practice or agency does not have the resources to adequately assess the individual; and list at least two areas of advocacy that could help close the gap in assessment disparities for Latinx.

Lara Guzman-Hosta, Psy.D. is currently a Forensic Psychologist working at the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s (UMMS) Mobile Forensic Team in Worcester, MA and a Licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts since 2008.  She is an alumni and former faculty member of the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology program.  Over the years Dr. Guzman-Hosta has offered clinical, evaluation, supervision and forensic services in various organizations since 2005.  Her teaching, supervision, and scholarly interests focus on the translation of psychological instruments, diversity, social justice, and services to individuals involved in the criminal justice system.  She was part of a research project in Puerto Rico in 2002 that looked at victim and perpetrator variables associated with childhood sexual abuse.  In 2007 she published a study on the back translation of a measure of suggestibility for the Puerto Rican population.  She has presented in the MA conference for Designated Forensic Professionals 2017 on the topic of court testimony in civil commitment cases.  In August she led a conversation hour at the APA 2018 conference in San Francisco, CA on the need for professionals working in the criminal justice system to develop a social justice lens.

The Power of Peer Influence: How My Teen Groups Have Changed Me
Presented by Renee Hoekstra, Psy.D.

In this presentation Dr. Hoekstra will share some of her own growth and process in working with teens, best interventions that she has found essential for effective group facilitation, struggles and challenges that have been encountered, and how variabilities in her own clinical training keep reminding her of what really matters most. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: identify key dialectical processes needed to facilitate teen groups; and describe at least two clinical interventions to help teens enrich social connections with each other.

Dr. Hoekstra graduated from Seattle University’s existential-phenomenological program while completing DBT training through the University of Washington, and then went on to get her Psy.D. from Pacific University in Portland, Oregon. Harvard tempted her out to Boston for a DBT post-doctorate position through Massachusetts Mental Health Center and after that she never left. She has been in private practice since 2009 when she started adult DBT groups and started ongoing outpatient teen groups in 2010. She has incorporated everything from structured DBT worksheets, psychodrama, role rehearsal, skill building, ACT worksheets, treatments for social anxiety, general group discussion, data tracking, parent classes, and creative mindfulness activities to start every single group.


Morning Breakout Session II
(all 1.5CE)

Abuse of Power and Therapist/Physician Sexual Misconduct:
Psychologists, Lawyers and Social Media Changing the Rules

Presented by Rina Folman, Ph.D. and Stanley J. Spero, Esq.

This workshop is designed to educate Psychologists about current findings regarding the prevalence of Therapist Patient sex, locally and nationally, and the damage to abused patients. Dr. Folman and Attorney Spero will present guidelines and risk management strategies for therapy situations involving:

1) sexual attraction to a patient, including a review of factors that contribute to why some therapists engage in sexual intimacy with patients

2) patient attraction to the therapist

3) patients reporting sexual intimacy with a previous therapist to the current therapist.

Participants will become familiar with APA Ethical Codes & professional standards as well as state laws regarding therapist patient sexual intimacy including obligations to report Psychologists who are sexually involved with a patient. The damage caused by therapist sexual abuse will be explained, especially in terms of betrayal of trust and transference issues. We will provide actual cases and ethical dilemmas, in order to explore how participants believe they would respond in these situations. Attorney Spero will discuss a recent Massachusetts case in which he represented the patient who was sexually abused by her Psychologist. The case was reported in the Boston Globe and a complaint was filed with the Massachusetts Licensing Board. We will invite participants to share their reactions to how the Board responded to this complaint and will encourage recommendations for the future, including the possible use of Social Media, legislative action, educational programs and improved support options.  Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to: cite and apply the APA Ethical Principles that prohibit sexual intimacy with current and former patients; list at least 2 appropriate responses to current therapy patients who report sexual intimacy with a former therapist; describe the role and responsibility of the Licensing Board when responding to complaints of Therapist Sexual Misconduct; and cite at least two states that have laws prohibiting therapist sexual intimacy with a patient.

Rina Folman, Ph.D. received her doctorate from Boston University Psychology Department. Her training included both research and clinical appointments at Harvard Medical School and Boston University Medical Center. Dr. Folman currently is on the Psychiatry staff at UMass Memorial Health Alliance and has offices in Brookline and Fitchburg Massachusetts. Since the 1990’s she consulted with lawyers, psychologists and patients and served as expert witness for cases involving Professional Misconduct allegations. Dr. Folman was founder of the MPA Task Force to Improve Professional Standards and served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representative Committee on Sexual Misconduct by Physicians, Therapists and other Health Professionals. Her private practice has included over 500 cases involving patient allegations of Therapist Misconduct, numerous educational programs for therapists, and she has testified as to the damages caused by therapist abuse of patients

Stanley J. Spero, Esq., The Law Offices of SJ Spero & Associates (formerly Spero & Jorgenson) was founded in 1983 to protect the rights of victims of professional misconduct and abuse, including clergy abuse. His practice is devoted exclusively to this highly specialized area of law. His Boston based firm handles professional misconduct cases throughout the country. Attorney Spero’s firm has published extensively in this area of the law; articles and significant cases have appeared in Lawyers Weekly, Psychiatric Times and numerous professional journals and law reviews. Attorney Spero received his law degree from Boston College Law School and has been admitted to the Bar in Massachusetts and the United States Supreme Court. He has received numerous honors and awards.


Evolution of a Counseling Center:
A Conversation about our Progress Toward Multiculturism in our Psychotherapy, Outreach and Supervision

Presented by Dennis Tyrell, Ph.D., Martin Pierre, Ph.D., and Roberta Caplan, Ph.D.

In this workshop, we will present how the Brandeis Counseling Center is moving toward an identity as a multicultural agency, a process comprised of the integration of new learning with some old skills and the unlearning of others.  We will focus on the impact of this process on both staff and on intern training, particularly the role of the supervisor’s identity in the supervision relationship.   Following our presentations, we will leave ample time to listen and respond to our attendees (hopefully in circle), who are invited to share their thoughts and experiences. Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to: demonstrate steps an agency can take toward multicultural awareness and promotion of social justice in daily clinical work and training; and recognize the centrality of clinicians’ (psychotherapists, supervisors, trainees) confronting their own identities and demonstrate both pitfalls and opportunities for progress in facing this challenge. 

Roberta Caplan, Ph.D. is Director of Training and Staff Psychologist at the Brandeis Counseling Center and in private practice in Waltham MA and faculty, Psychodynamic Couple and Family Institute of New England.   She has supervised psychologists -in training for 30 years at Brandeis and elsewhere.

Dr. Dennis Tyrell earned his PhD at Boston College and did internship training at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at BU School of medicine. He currently works at Brandeis University Counseling Center and is Co-owner of Ashmont Counseling, located in Dorchester. Over the years, training future psychologists has been a very rewarding aspect of his career.

Dr. Martin Pierre is a staff psychologist at Brandeis University Counseling Center.  He served as the Co-Director of Behavioral Health at the Steward Carney Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program and is co-founder of Ashmont Counseling Associates, Dr. Pierre served as the Mental Health coordinator for Generation Excel, , has provided mental health services to the Boston Public Schools and the Community Re-Entry Centers (DYS). He is a Board Member of the Massachusetts Psychological Association and co-chaired the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (MPA).  In addition, he serves as a Board Member for the Boston Ten Point Coalition. He has written scholarly articles that examine the relationship between racial identity and psychological stress.  He co-authored the script to “Red Monster”, a film that seeks to illuminate the racial and psychological dimensions of sexual trauma in the lives of urban, African-American men.

Providing Quality Care in an Ever-Changing Healthcare Milieu
Presented by Leila Volinsky, MHA, MSN, RN, PCMH CCE, CPHQ and Kelsey Baker, MPH, PCMH CCE

This presentation will deliver information to clinicians on various Quality Payment Program (QPP) measures/activities that can be reported on and place a focus on addressing diversity in patient populations; specifically, in regards to age and co-occurring chronic conditions. Additionally, this presentation will cover Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) standards and guidelines which have a strong emphasis on mental health and diversity. More specifically, presenters will address the PCMH Distinction in Behavioral Health Integration as well as the measures that cover diversity and equal access to care. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to: describe the key elements of quality reporting programs and clinical integration; identify behavioral health measures and activities associated with the Quality Payment Program and Patient-Centered Medical Home recognition; and demonstrate how they can apply these programmatic requirements into their daily practice

Leila Volinsky, MHA, MSN, RN, PCMH CCE, CPHQ, is Senior Program Administrator for Healthcentric Advisors and Regional Lead for the New England Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization’s Quality Payment Program work. Ms. Volinsky has over 9 years of experience in healthcare and quality improvement. In her current role, Ms. Volinsky works directly with many practices, healthcare organizations and clinicians on various aspects of quality improvement and workflow redesign, focusing her efforts on health information technology utilization and optimization, quality reporting and regulatory programs.

Ms. Volinsky’ s demonstrates extensive knowledge of healthcare information technology, clinical workflows and governmental quality and process improvement programs. Ms. Volinsky has a wide-breadth of expertise related to healthcare payment reform and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and presented at numerous national and regional conferences on MACRA. Within her work, Ms. Volinsky assists practices, organization and clinicians to identify applicable quality measures and workflows to support successful Quality Payment Program participation. Ms. Volinsky is also the project manager for work with the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission around the administration of a dual diagnosis survey to identify the availability of and barriers to care for patients with mental health and substance use disorders.

Prior to joining Healthcentric Advisors, Ms. Volinsky assisted a large hospital organization in New Hampshire with the Meaningful Use reporting and submission for both the eligible hospital and eligible providers, earning the organization over $2 million in positive payment each year. As a Nursing Informatics Specialist, Ms. Volinsky assisted this organization is developing their care coordination and Core Measures documentation tools; carefully evaluating workflows and determining the most effective and efficient means for capturing the necessary documentation. Ms. Volinsky also administered the NH Medicaid Meaningful Use program, performing quality checks and audits on data that was submitted by organizations and providers. Ms. Volinsky has successful managed several large healthcare improvement projects as a Six Sigma Green Belt, which include the expansion of a lung cancer screening program and the evaluation of readmission rates related to patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Congestive Heart Failure.

Ms. Volinsky holds a Master’s of Science in Nursing, a Masters of Health Administration and is in the process of obtaining her Doctorate in Public Administration, with a focus on health policy. Ms. Volinsky is recognized as a National Council of Quality Assurance Patient Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert (PCMH CCE) and a National Association of Healthcare Quality Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ). Ms. Volinsky has also completed a Six Sigma Green Belt training program through Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, NH.

Kelsey Baker, MPH, PCMH CCE is a Program Coordinator and works on the Quality Payment Program task assisting eligible clinicians in reporting data in order to earn maximum incentive payments to their Medicare Part B claims. This assistance includes individual technical assistance via phone calls or screen sharing platforms as well as in-person presentations and webinars. Kelsey is also a certified trained Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME) leader and hosts workshop across Massachusetts for Medicare beneficiaries. Kelsey works to recruit the most at-risk beneficiaries (individuals who are elderly, of a racial or ethnic minority, live in low-socioeconomic or rural areas, and who are dually eligible) to attend the DSME workshops.

Prior to joining Healthcentric Advisors, Kelsey worked at Lynn Community Health Center as a Quality Improvement Coordinator in the Behavioral Health Integration department. Kelsey assisted their primary care locations on co-locating clinical social workers and psychologists into their sites; also assisting to roll out screening tools for primary care providers to use in order to address behavioral health or substance use needs (ie. PHQ, SBIRT, AUDIT, DAST, CRAFFT etc.). Kelsey initiated training programs for the clinicians at the health center in order to learn how to utilize the screening tools and helped to develop workflows to support integrating them into their visit. Ms. Baker utilized data in order to improve processes and workflows with the Quality Improvement team. Kelsey also assisted the health center in obtaining the Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Prime recognition; the second practice in the state of Massachusetts to receive this recognition.


Afternoon Breakout Session
(all 1.5CE)

Practice in the 21st Century: Exploring Telehealth and Alternate Revenue Streams for your Practice
Presented by Jennifer B. Warkentin, Ph.D.

Do you have difficulty achieving a full caseload in your practice?  Do you feel like you’re getting burned out by clinical work, but can’t afford to scale back?  Do you worry that   Many psychologists are struggling with these issues, and one possible solution is to diversify.  Use the skills and tools you’ve gained through years of training and experience, and apply them to other contexts, or branch out your services to include other modalities for your practice.  This presentation will explore opportunities such as telehealth, consulting work, public service, and combining clinical and non-clinical part-time positions as a means to create a more gratifying professional life and stable financial future. Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to: describe at least 5 different opportunities to diversity their practice.

Jennifer B. Warkentin, Ph.D. is the Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) for the Massachusetts Psychological Association.  Her work includes providing professional consultations and educational materials to members, participating in various behavioral health task forces and workgroups, and engaging in legislative, regulatory, and health plan advocacy efforts.  Through her private practice, JBW Psychological Services, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of older adults, as well as trainings and presentations on a range of topics.

Managing Performance Anxiety: How to Perform Masterfully in High Stress Situations
Presented by Pamela Enders, Ph.D.

Based on research from sport and performance psychology plus the presenter’s experience as a performing artist, this workshop will focus on the cognitive and emotional aspects of performance (public speaking, networking, interviews, etc.). Participants will learn how to: assess their “mental toughness;” set realistic performance goals; assess strengths/liabilities and strategies for managing and changing the mental hurdles which negatively affect performance.  Participants will also have the opportunity to “perform” while incorporating these techniques and gain helpful tips on how to improve their performance as a public speaker.  We will also discuss challenges/opportunities in considering multicultural factors in one’s audience. Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to: identify typical factors that interfere with optimal performance; identify and apply specific techniques that minimize anxiety to improve performance; and distinguish between outcome goals and performance goals so that realistic performance goals can be established along with specific strategies for achieving those goals.

Pamela Enders, Ph.D. has lived in Cambridge for over 38 years where she has worked as a clinical psychologist in private practice and, until her retirement earlier this year, as a supervisor/teacher in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH/Harvard.  Dr. Enders' training (and practice) has included long term psychodynamic therapy, hypnosis, behavior therapy, and coaching. Her “other life” as a (previously nervous) jazz singer led her to learn techniques to master stage fright and perform with confidence and joy and so she is also a performance coach, helping others with similar challenges.

At the Intersection of Immigration & Trauma: Psychologists’ Role in “Promoting Human Welfare.”
Presented by Charmain F. Jackman, Ph.D., Nancy Macias-Smith, Psy.D., and Sukanya Ray, Ph.D.

As psychologists in Massachusetts, we are charged with a mission to “advance psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting human welfare.” Yet, recent legislation policies and practices have undoubtedly shaped the way in which we view immigrant youth and adults. We have seen national policies that have endorsed separating children from families and move to end programs that have given young people and adults shelter from deleterious conditions in their home countries. Regardless of one’s political views, it is evident that there is a psychological impact to individuals and their families whose immigration status is in limbo. Due to the diversity among immigrants and their various migration experiences, immigrants often experience psychological, social, medical, and educational needs that may go unrecognized, untreated, and/or undertreated. In this workshop, we will present a brief timeline of immigration to the U.S.A., define acculturative stress, and discuss the psychosocial factors that cause stress and trauma in immigrant populations. We will identify strategies for screening and adapting clinical interventions to meet the needs of immigrant populations.

Through didactic information, documentaries, and case studies, we will identify changes that psychologists can make in their research, clinical practices, and training of students to strengthen cultural competency and cultural humility frameworks when working with immigrant youth and their families. Upon completion of this presentation, participants will be able to: define acculturative stress and describe five (5) psychosocial factors that serve as environmental stressors for ethnically and linguistically diverse immigrant populations; describe three (3) strategies that they can implement into their clinical, research, and/or training practice that will address the needs of immigrant youth and adults; and design one (1) goal and three (3) action steps that they can make to change a current practice or policy in professional role.

Charmain F. Jackman, Ph.D. (Dr. J) is a licensed psychologist of Barbadian heritage who holds a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Jackman trained at Boston Children’s Hospital, specializing in pediatric care and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Forensic Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, she was an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School for 10 years. Dr. Jackman currently serves as the Director of Health & Wellness at Boston Arts Academy, a Boston public high school for visual and performing arts. In addition to her full-time position at the high school, Dr. Jackman owns a private practice in Watertown, where she works primarily with adolescent girls and women of color in therapy. She also conducts parenting capacity assessments for families involved with the Department of Children & Families; leads professional development trainings for mental health professionals; serves as a consultant to local universities; and engages with media outlets and community audiences on mental health-related topics. Dr. Jackman is actively engaged in shaping the conversation about social justice and cultural competency among mental health professionals. In 2017, she launched a new initiative, Social Justice in Mental Health Discussion SeriesTM, where she brings therapists together to discuss issues related to social justice and mental health. Dr. Jackman’s mission is to increase access to quality mental health care for underserved communities and to lessen disparities in mental health care.

Dr. Nancy Macias-Smith is a Licensed Bilingual Clinical Psychologist. She has extensive experience in community service as a coordinator of ESL program; as a lead senior technical assistant nationwide specialist with the Education Development Center; as an independent consultant for the City of Somerville; and as a private practitioner. Most of Dr. Macias-Smith’s work has been concentrated on working for youth at risk, women and children affected by poverty and environmental stressors. Dr. Macias-Smith believes in the power of change, of authentic voices, of representation and equity for all.

Dr. Sukanya Ray is a tenured Associate Professor in Psychology at Suffolk University. She is a native of India and has trained/worked in India, Australia & USA. She has taught undergraduate and graduate psychology courses in psychology at a number of countries and has been a community consultant, researcher and educator in multicultural issues. Her research interests include Asian Mental Health, Community Mental Health/Health Disparities, Cultural perspectives on Eating /Body Image issues, Trauma/Resiliency and Cyberpsychology. Dr. Ray is an active community consultant for Asian and other immigrants in Massachusetts. She has been involved in various community service activities developing community empowerment programs for minority women and underserved communities. She has served as board member in many non-profit community organizations including Asian Task Force against Domestic Violence (ATASK) in Boston. Dr. Ray has presented her work both at national/international conferences and has written book chapters, published her research in peer reviewed journals and co-authored a recently published book: Beyond the Campus: Building a Sustainable University-Community Partnership. She received 2014 Stanley Sue distinguished lecture award for her contribution of diversity education to the field of psychology at University of Maine, Orono.




This program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Psychological Association.  MPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

CE credit for this event will be awarded on a session by session basis.
Please note that you attend a session in its entirety in order to receive credit.  Partial credit will not be granted, no exceptions.

Cancellation and Refund Policy: Fee minus $30 administrative charge if cancelled 5 or more business days prior to event.  No refund if cancelled less than 5 business days before event. 

This continuing education event is appropriate for psychologists, psychiatrists, licensed social workers and other licensed mental health professionals, though credit is only available to psychologists.  Please contact MPA if you have any questions.


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