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SGVPA January 2019 CE Event!

Older Clients: Strengths-based approaches to teaming up with an Aging Life Care Professional™

Friday, January 11, 2019

Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N Oakland Ave  Pasadena, CA 91101

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Presenter:  Brenda Shorkend, M.A.

Working with older people has its rewards and its challenges.  Especially when a therapist has been working with a client for many years it can be difficult to differentiate between so-called “normal” aspects of aging and other neurological or physiological changes that might require additional clinical team members and services.  In addition, the client may ask for help with both the practical and emotional aspects of their role as informal caregiver (or carepartner) for their spouse or parent.  This presentation will assist clinicians in raising their awareness of the opportunities to build support and treatment teams in the face of clients’ psychological, neurological, and physiological symptom changes.  It will emphasize the importance of being aware of ageism, and shifting from a deficit-based approach to a strength-based approach.  Older people can continue to age successfully despite a myriad of challenges if they develop a strong support network early on.  Collaboration between professionals is crucial in creating and maintaining this network.  Case examples will highlight how psychologists and Aging Life Care Professionals can work together to benefit our aging clients.

Learning Objectives:  After attending event, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify client strengths during normal aging while attending to the deficits of cognitive and physical decline.
  1. Identify possible treatment-team additions to address client age-related changes, including side effects of prescription medications, deficits in minerals or vitamins, illegal drugs, marijuana or alcohol; vision, gait and hearing impairments.
  1. Describe the role of an Aging Life Care Professional in building a team to enhance the welfare of clients and their families.

Presenter Biography
Brenda Shorkend, M.A., is an independent Aging Life Care Manager™/Geriatric Care Manager with over 25 years of experience working with seniors and people with disabilities and their families.  She has a background in Rehabilitation Psychology and is a member of the Aging Life Care Association (formerly National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers).  She has worked in a wide variety of hospital and community settings, including Huntington Hospital’s Senior Care Network.  Brenda has broad knowledge of local resources and services.  Brenda is a strong advocate for her clients. She works with seniors and people with disabilities and their families to tailor unique solutions for each individual that maximize their independence and autonomy while ensuring their safety and well-being. 

This is a Lunch Event (optional).  Register at Eventbrite Here

Lunch – TBD

*contact ellen@drmillerkwon.com with registration questions

CE – the program offers 1.5 hours of credit

CPA is co-sponsoring with The San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licenses. Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 1.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Please join us after the program for informal networking until 2:00pm.

Have questions about Older Clients: Strengths-based approaches to teaming up with an Aging Life Care Professional™Brenda Shorkend, M.A.?

Visit the Continuing Education Tab at www.sgvpa.org

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January Jubilee

Come join us at Bodega Wine Bar to celebrate our January Jubilee and start the new year off with your fellow clinicians and our exciting program recognizing our community.

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Voices of Experience 2018!

SGVPA December Non-CE Event

Friday, December 14, 2018

Women’s City Club of Pasadena , 160 N Oakland Ave  Pasadena, CA 91101

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Working as a Psychologist: Variety and Self-Design

Over the past few years, SGVPA has established a regular tradition of hosting a non-CE event each December called “Voices of Experience.”  These panel discussions aim to shed light on areas of practice in psychology that are familiar, or might be different from what you have envisioned.  We especially hope the program will interest early-career psychologists and students by providing a diverse panel of participants who will discuss their unique modes of work and pathways to their current positions.

Brinell Anderson, Psy.D. (panelist) is a licensed psychologist with an academic background in African-American studies as well as Community Psychology.  She works half-time in private practice in Pasadena and half-time as a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry College Mental Health Division treating graduate and medical students on the health science campus of a major university.

David Hindman, Ph.D. (panelist) currently serves as the Director of Clinical Standards & Training (CST) for the Los Angeles County-Substance Abuse, Prevention & Control Unit (SAPC).  He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine & Science as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine.

Laura Ruaro, Psy.D. (panelist) earned her doctorate from London Metropolitan University and is licensed in both California and the United Kingdom.  She also completed a Postgraduate Fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Wright Institute, Los Angeles.  Dr. Ruaro works at Dr. Paula Bruce & Associates, a group practice in Los Angeles, with adults, couples and families from the psychodynamic perspective and has a special focus in Perinatal Psychology. 

Rick Williamson, Ph.D. (panelist) is a licensed psychologist at Emmada Psychology Center, a group practice in Pasadena and West LA.  He works primarily dynamically and cognitively, with a focus on culture and faith in his psychotherapy practice.  He also conducts psychological testing, organizational consulting, and brings his training in psychopharmacology to his analysis of client experiences.  He consults nationally and internationally on stress and trauma with Headington Institute and Dreams Indeed, Inc. 

Richard LaBrie, Psy.D. (moderator) is a clinical psychologist in full-time private practice in Pasadena and a some-time Adjunct Professor of Health Psychology at CSPP/Alliant, LA.  He works primarily psychodynamically and also utilizes cognitive, systems, and community mental health approaches.  He treats trauma, dissociative disorders, depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, and creative issues.  He is the current chair of the SGVPA Education Committee.

This is a Lunch Event (optional).  Register at Eventbrite Here: 

TBA

Lunch – Tequila Lime Pasta with Chicken or 

Westerner Salad w/Chicken

**Deadline to reserve lunch is noon,

Wednesday,December 12**

*contact ellen@drmillerkwon.com with registration questions

This is NOT a CE event

Please join us after the program for informal networking until 2:00pm.

Have questions about 

Voices of Experience 2018

Working as a Psychologist: Variety and Self-Design?

Visit the Continuing Education Tab at www.sgvpa.org

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SGVPA November 2018 CE Luncheon

Parenting in the Digital Age: Opportunities and Risks for Intact and Divorced Families      

Presenter: Angela Bissada, Psy.D.      

Friday, November 9, 2018 Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N Oakland Ave Pasadena, CA 91101 12:00pm – 1:30pm 

Digital technologies have become central in young people’s lives, and it is clear that they have become an important social context.  Recent research also suggests that new technologies present both risks and opportunities for children’s development and family well-being.  With the proliferation of mobile technology, smart phones/devices have become commonplace in homes – very young children use them to play games and apps and older youth use them to connect with friends and even family members.  Media such as television have always been important in family systems, and are often a source of family conflict. Digital media are no different, and the smart phone has become a third party in families and often a source of contention and conflict.  In this presentation, we will begin by examining what we have learned about youth, parents and families’ use of technology, and the risks and opportunities that they present. We will present case examples to illustrate potential risks and to propose resolutions to problems caused by the excessive use of digital media, differing parent rules/expectations and the use/misuse within the context of divorce and its litigation.

Learning Objectives:  After attending event, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the most common digital media used by children, co-parents and families.
  1. Describe the effects of digital media on the social and emotional development of children and adolescents. 
  1. Design strategies to identify and manage common disputes that arise between parents regarding their children’s technology use.

Presenter Biography
Dr. Angela Bissada, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in children, adolescents and families.  She earned her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1995 with a Child-Family Clinical emphasis.  The topic of her doctoral project was divorce.  Dr. Bissada completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and once licensed, was hired on to develop a treatment program serving children and families who had experienced trauma.  She created Project Heal and continued her work as director of this program for five years.   For the last 18 years, Dr. Bissada has been in private practice working with children, teens and families.  In addition to her trauma specialty, Dr. Bissada has expertise in developmental disabilities, depression, anxiety, AD/HD, sexualized behaviors, as well as working with the children and families of divorce, specifically in the area of High-Conflict including collaboration with the legal system.  Dr. Bissada has spoken as an expert on the topic of high-conflict divorce for the video program, “The Divorce Project” and has also made several professional presentations on a variety of topics based on her expertise.  She is also a board member of the California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children as well as a member of the Collaborative Practice group, Family Divorce Solutions of San Fernando Valley. 

This is a Lunch Event (optional).  Register at Eventbrite Here

Lunch – TBD

*contact ellen@drmillerkwon.com with registration questions

CE – the program offers 1.5 hours of credit

CPA is co-sponsoring with The San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licenses. Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 1.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Please join us after the program for informal networking until 2:00pm.

Have questions about Parenting in the Digital Age: Opportunities and Risks for Intact and Divorced Families – Angela Bissada, Psy.D.?  Visit the Continuing Education Tab at www.sgvpa.org

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SGVPA October 2018 CE Luncheon – The Erotic and the Eroticized Transferences: A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approach – Presenters: Stephanie Law, Psy.D. and Peter Radestock, LL.B., Ph.D., Psy.D.

Women’s City Club of Pasadena, 160 N Oakland Ave  Pasadena, CA 91101

Friday, October 12, 2018

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Erotic transference is, for example, when a patient develops sexual feelings for the therapist as a way of reviving developmentally based longings that had been previously closed own. Eroticized transference is, for example, when archaic needs for mirroring have become eroticized. Patients with this transferential configuration have often been repeatedly rejected and their experience of being admired has become organized around their physical appearance. Participants will learn the difference between the erotic and eroticized transferences and what underlying dynamics contribute to each. The focus will be on learning to define the configurations relationally and to reduce the incidents of shame. Interventions drawn from an Intersubjective Psychoanalytic approach will be elucidated. A case is discussed, which will illustrate these two transference configurations. 

Learning Objectives:  After attending event, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the difference between the erotic and eroticized transferences. 
  2. Describe the distinction between the repetitive and developmental dimensions in the transference from Intersubjective Systems theory. 
  3. Demonstrate how an intersubjective dysjunction can occur within Erotic and Eroticized Transferences.

Presenter Biographies

Dr. Stephanie Law has been in private practice in Pasadena since 2006. Stephanie has served in multiple roles for SGVPA over the last 12 years. She’s served as the Membership Chair, been on the Ethics Committee, and was the representative to both LACPA and CPA. In 2012, she was elected SGVPA President. Under her leadership, SGVPA won CPA’s coveted “Most Outstanding Chapter” award and she herself was presented SGVPA’s “Most Distinguished Member” in 2017. She specializes in Mood Disorders, Trauma, PTSD, Grief, Fertility Issues and Cross Cultural Adjustment, and lectures widely on topics related to Psychoanalytic Theory, Grief, and Trauma. She currently co-facilitates the Psychoanalytic Special Interest Group for SGVPA.

Dr. Peter Radestock obtained his psychoanalytic training at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis. He chaired many committees at ICP, was the Founding Chair of the ICP Pasadena Psychotherapy Program, and served as President of ICP in 2007/2008. He is a Training and Supervising Analyst, and continues to teach at the Institute. In 2016, Dr. Radestock represented the psychoanalytic profession before the California Legislature. His bill passed both the Assembly and the Senate unanimously, before being vetoed by the Governor! He co-facilitates the SGVPA Psychoanalytic Special Interest Group with Dr. Stephanie Law. Dr. Radestock is in private practice in Pasadena. He is also the Producer, vocalist, and rhythm guitarist with his band Raskull 10, and is currently in rehearsal for their next show in 2019.

This is a Lunch Event (optional). 

Register at Eventbrite Here

Lunch – TBD or 

**Deadline to reserve lunch is noon,

Wednesday, October 10**

*contact ellen@drmillerkwon.com with registration questions

CE – 1.5 hours credit for psychologists,

LCSWs and MFTs by CPA.

CPA is co-sponsoring with The San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. CPA co-sponsored credit is also accepted by the Board of Registered Nursing and the Board of Behavioral Sciences for their licenses. Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 1.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

Please join us after the program for informal networking until 2:00pm.

Have questions about The Erotic and the Eroticized Transferences:

 A Contemporary Psychoanalytic Approach – Stephanie Law, Psy.D. & Peter Radestock, LL.B., Ph.D., Psy.D.?  Visit the Continuing Education Tab at www.sgvpa.org

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