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April CE Luncheon: Relational Grit

Melissa Johnson, Ph.D.

Relational Grit: Helping children, teens and young adults have what it takes to navigate today’s increasingly complex interpersonal worlds.

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March CE Luncheon: When The Political becomes Personal And the Personal Becomes Political

When The Political becomes Personal And the Personal Becomes Political: Panel discussion on the impact of the election

Moderated by Rich LaaBrie Psy.D.

Panel: Douglas C. Haldeman, Ph.D., Indhushree Rajan, Ph.D., and Wayne Kao Psy.D.

When: Friday March 10, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

Where: The Women’s Club of Pasadena

1.5 CE Hours

NOTE: There will be an optional 30 minute open discussion, processing period from 1:30 – 2:00pm for those who would like to stay. It is not a requirement to earn the CE units.

Free parking behind the building off Madison!

We hope you’ll join us!

Description of Program. Psychotherapy clinicians have reported that the recent U.S. Presidential campaigns and election resulted in significant impacts on clients. These impacts appeared to increase or retrigger various symptoms, increase time spent processing, and challenge clinicians’ own sense of neutrality, bias, and countertransference dynamics. Concerns have also been expressed about the future, in concrete arenas like access to services, increases in violence and discrimination, and abstract concepts like stability, safety, and general existential dread.

In this panel presentation, Drs. Haldeman, Kao, and Rajan will field questions from Dr. LaBrie and the audience. Planned questions will elicit a clinically-oriented conversation about possible psychological and social reasons for the election outcome, implications to the health services field, clinical impacts from possible rights violations, advocacy, clinical neutrality, and possible therapeutic relationship effects moving forward. Time will be allotted for each panelist and the audience to expand on or add new topics in the discussion.


Douglas C. Haldeman, Ph.D., is Chair of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at John F. Kennedy University, and President of the California Psychological Association. He has a background of 30 years in private practice, and has served a variety of capacities in the American Psychological Association for the past 25 years, including a term on the APA Board of Directors, three terms on the Board of the Insurance Trust and Chair of the Council Leadership Team. An APA Fellow of 12 Divisions, his lengthy record of scholarly publication encompasses the competent and ethical treatment of LGBT and other marginalized groups and the relationship between politics, culture and mental health.

Dr. Indhushree Rajan earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, and her M.A. in Literature, with an emphasis in Postmodern and Postcolonial Cultural Theory, from California State University, Fullerton. Dr. Rajan’s teaching career has spanned more than a decade, and includes work with at-risk, incarcerated youth, junior college, college, and graduate level students. In clinical settings and in the nonprofit sector, Dr. Rajan has spent over 20 years working with child, adolescent, and adult survivors of physical, sexual, and psychological trauma, in diverse cultural and socio-economic communities in California. For the past nine years, Dr. Rajan has been focused on work with sex trafficking survivors in California and India. She is the founder and executive director of Project Satori, a nonprofit organization committed to providing mental health care to survivors of sex trafficking and their families, and promoting education and advocacy around the sex trafficking pandemic, both domestically and abroad. Dr. Rajan is an internationally published author, and is currently working on a book recounting the stories of trafficking survivors with whom she has worked in Kolkata, India, developing Project Satori, and doing psychotherapy and psychological assessment testing work in private practice as a psychological assistant to Dr. Paula Bruce, in Beverly Hills, CA., as she works towards licensure this year.

Dr. Wayne Kao discovered his passion for psychology at the age of 15, earning his Clinical PsyD. in 2008 at CSPP-LA. He currently holds multiple positions in the field of psychology. He is an Associate Clinical Director with CHE Services where he created a treatment and training program working with geriatric and chronic/severely mentally ill patients, an adjunct professor at Pasadena City College and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, maintains a private practice in Monrovia, and serves as Diversity Chair on the Board of SGVPA.


Richard LaBrie, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Pasadena, CA. He serves on the San Gabriel Valley CE Selection Committee and the Los Angeles Dissociative Disorders Study Group Steering Committee. Dr. LaBrie is an early-second career psychologist, having worked for 35 years in the entertainment media as an editor, writer, director, and producer. He completed post-doctoral training under Dr. Colleen Warnesky, and pre-doctoral training at Glendale Adventist Hospital, Hillview Mental Health Center, Santa Anita Family Service, the Alhambra Unified School District, and the Suicide Prevention Center at Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services. He is a graduate of CSPP, Los Angeles and New York University.

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Diversity Discussion Group

Topic: Community Psychology vs. The Psychology Community: How connected are we as a community of mental health professionals?

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 12pm
Location: 521 1/2 S. Myrtle Ave Suite 7, Monrovia, CA

A light lunch will be served. Please join us for an open discussion.

We will consider topics such as the purpose and service of community mental health and working with underserved populations vs. how we foster a community within our field of professionals. Do we also struggle with isolation in parallel with those seeking help in community mental health?

To RSVP, please contact Dr. Wayne Kao, diversity chair (

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Mindfulness Brunch

What: Mindfulness Strategies for coping with Grad School Stress

When: April 22nd 11:00AM to 1:00 PM

Where: Location TBA

Questions?: Contact Tiffany Shelton (, graduate student representative Co-chair

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CPA Lobby Day!

The California Psychological Association (CPA)
Annual Lobby Day in Sacramento

When: Tuesday, March 14th 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

What: CPA’s Lobby Day is an exciting opportunity for psychologists and graduate students to learn hands-on techniques for promoting positions on legislation in the Capitol that affect the practice of psychology in our state. CPA then provides an opportunity for participants to talk to directly to their legislators about issues that affect them and their clients.

Who: Every CPA member is encouraged to attend, free of charge. There is no fee for attending and participating.

Where: The Citizen Hotel, 926 J Street, Sacramento—just blocks away from the
Capitol Building!

Food: CPA will provide a light continental breakfast and lunch to all attendees.

Lodging: Anyone wishing to spend Monday night in Sacramento will be responsible for finding their own hotel arrangements. CPA suggests staying at the Citizen Hotel located in Downtown Sacramento. The hotel is conveniently located at 926 J Street, Sacramento CA 95814 and their phone number is (916) 447-2700. Parking is available at The Citizen Hotel or City of Sacramento lots within blocks of the hotel for $20-28 per day. Unfortunately, CPA is unable to reimburse for any travel or ancillary costs incurred to attend Leadership and Advocacy Day.

What to expect: The day starts at 8:00 am with a continental breakfast and registration at the Citizen Hotel. Beginning promptly at 9:00 a.m., we will be briefed on current issues regarding psychology, provided lobbying training, and then go on to meet, in groups, with legislators and their staffs in the Capitol. For your convenience, all of your appointments will be scheduled by CPA staff. Please dress in business attire, and bring business cards and a camera.

Registration? Registration for Lobby Day lasts until February 28. Please go to

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