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2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference - Bridging the Gap: From Fundamentals to Innovation
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2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference - Bridging the Gap: From Fundamentals to Innovation
2020 VIRTUAL Annual Conference - Bridging the Gap: From Fundamentals to Innovation

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11/14/2020 to 12/5/2020

When: November 14, November 20 and December 5
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Annual Conference is Going Virtual
United States
Lynne Casey

Phone: 781-263-0080 x 10




In the interest of health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Conference will be held virtually this year. The conference will take place via three webinars from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday, November 14th, Friday, November 20th and Saturday, December 5th. Please check back soon for program specifics and registration. 

MPA's annual Business Meeting will take place on November 14th from 8:30 - 9:00 am, and the MPA Awards Presentation will be held on December 5th from 8:30 am - 9:00 am. For information on submitting an award nomination, CLICK HERE

Bridging the Gap: From Fundamentals to Innovation
Psychology is a science and practice rooted in an historical context from which has evolved a body of knowledge, ethical principles, shared professional values, and established practices.  Emerging directly from these foundations, however, is the quest for more complete knowledge, novel discoveries, better ways to understand and help, more inclusive and welcoming ways of thinking and working, and new technology that adds to our repertoire.  The highest standards of care in mental health necessitate both our grounding in the basics of our knowledge and practice, and the opening up to better and more useful knowledge and practice. Sometimes innovation can catch us completely by surprise, almost make us catch our breath in wonder and astonishment, and at other times it may seem like the obvious next step to a long-standing set of issues and solutions that have fallen short.  Innovation keeps us open and searching, while the fundamentals keep us moored.

The 2020 MPA Conference, Bridging the Gap: From Fundamentals to Innovation, will help academic and practicing psychologists span the distance from prior foundational learning to the innovations that are moving the field forward.  Rather than focusing solely on the novelty of progress, speakers and workshops will demonstrate how fundamental principles undergird new developments in order to weave a context for innovation and deepen the learning experience for participants. Some of those fundamentals to consider include:

  • the central role of relationship in so much of our work,
  • the demand for scientific bases for our work,
  • the necessity of training and supervision,
  • the ethical foundation that helps us navigate the roads ahead,
  • the attention to diversity and inclusivity,
  • a sense of social justice.

Keynote Speakers: We are so very excited to announce our two keynote speakers for the upcoming MPA Annual Conference. We were looking for psychologists who had deep enduring foundations in the fundamentals of our profession such as science as our basis, relationship as central, ethics, diversity and inclusivity, social justice, and the necessity of excellent training and supervision, yet were also reaching forward into the future in innovative and creative ways to shape our work, our mission, and ourselves. We feel we have found them in Dr. Christopher Muran, who will be speaking on Saturday, November 14th, and Dr. Janet Helms, who will be speaking on Saturday, December 5th.

Dr. Muran is the Associate Dean in the Gordan F. Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University and the Principal Investigator of the Psychotherapy Research Program at Mount Sinai Beth Israel.  He has done pioneering clinical research on the psychotherapeutic alliance, with a strong background in both cognitive and psychoanalytic therapy.  He brings an integrative and evidence based approach to relational dynamics, diversity, ruptures, and repairs. Please read more about him at these two websites:




Dr. Janet Helms is the Augustus Long Professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology, and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and Culture at Boston College.  She has been writing, teaching, and consulting in the areas of  race, culture, social justice, and inclusiveness for decades and is known for Diversity Challenge, her signature conference that brings together scholars and clinicians from around the country each year.  Please read more about her at these two websites:




Please check back for additional information and registration which will be available soon!


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