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2020 Annual Conference: Bridging the Gap: From Fundamentals to Innovation
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When: Saturday, Nov.14, 2020
8:00am - 5:00pm
Where: The Sheraton Four Points
1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike
Norwood, Massachusetts  02062
United States
Lynne Casey

Phone: 781-263-0080 x 10

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.

Please check back soon for program specifics and registration.


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