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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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SGVPA September 2018 CE Event – Bipolar disorder in children: A tale of two paradigms – Presenter: Steve Khachi, M.D.

Bipolar Disorder (BD) is a disabling disorder with potentially significant negative outcomes for the patients and their families, leading to suicide in 10-15% of those with the disorder. It is also a significant public health cost – estimated $45 billion in the U.S. affecting up to 4% of the population. Due to a variety of factors, more and more adolescents are receiving this diagnosis as the disorder has received significant attention over the last few decades. Once thought rare in pre-adolescents, BD is now increasingly diagnosed in children. The medications used to treat BD can carry significant side effects. While some believe that the sharp increase in BD reflects overdue recognition of this disorder in children, others argue that BD in children is poorly defined and often misdiagnosed leading to inappropriate treatments. We now have a better understanding of BD’s biological and genetic underpinnings, treatments, and its varying clinical presentations in children and adolescents.  In this presentation, we will discuss the most recent knowledge base of adolescent BD, including its epidemiology, typical clinical presentation, diagnosis, assessment, and treatment.

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

1. Identify and explain current hypotheses of the pathogenesis of BD and epidemiology

2.Demonstrate knowledge of clinical features, assessment and diagnosis of BD 

3. Describe current available treatment options for BD in children and adolescents

Presenter Biography
Dr. Khachi is a Stanford-trained, double board certified physician, who specializes in child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry. His expertise is in psychopharmacology and various types of individual and family psychotherapy. In his practice, he integrates academic and evidence-based clinical approaches with practical experiences in an empathic, trusting, and collaborative environment.  Dr. Khachi attended University of California Santa Barbara, where he obtained his bachelor of science in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology and received his medical degree (M.D.) at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

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

Lunch – Tequila Lime Pasta with Chicken or 

Westerner Salad w/Chicken

**Deadline to reserve lunch is noon,

Wednesday, September 12**

*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 Bipolar disorder in children: A tale of two paradigms – Steve Khachi, M.D.?  Visit the Continuing Education Tab at www.sgvpa.org

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Register here for the SGVPA June Event, Dr. Enrico Gnaulati presents on Disciplined Compassion. (3.0 CE hours for Psychologists, MFTs and LCSWs.)

Dear Members,

Click below to register for the upcoming SGVPA 3 hour CE Event in June with featured speaker Dr. Enrico Gnaulati.

Register Here

If you have any question about registration please contact Dr. Ellen Miller Kwon here.

The San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association is thrilled to announce an opportunity to learn, network with colleagues, enjoy a continental breakfast, and earn 3 CE’s (Psychologists, LCSWs, and MFTs) towards relicensure! And, all for a very resonalble rate, without having to fight traffic driving across town–since the event will be held locally, at the beautiful Altadena Country Club.

Dr. Enrico Gnaulati, an internationally recognized practitioneand writer in the field of psychology, will present Disciplined Compassion: Reaching Beyond Mere Empathy and Therapeutic Neutrality to Optimize Client Improvement.

Dr. Gnaulati is a popular speaker, both for the quality of his scholarship and for his engaging and invigorating style of presenting.  He is a past president of SGVPA, and the past recipient of our Distinguished Member of the Year award.

Dr. Gnaulati has published numerous journal and magazine articles, and has been featured on major media platforms.  He is a nationally recognized reformer of mental health practice and policy, by means of such works as Back to Normal:  Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Saving Talk Therapy:  How Health Insurers, Big Pharma, and Slanted Science are Ruining Good Mental Health Care.

Event Details

Date:  Saturday, June 9, 2018

Time:  9:00 – Noon

Place:  Altadena Country Club

Cost:  SGVPA members:  $55

           Non-members:        $65

           Students:                 $30  

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