CONTINUING EDUCATION

Voices of Experience Dec 13 2019

SGVPA December Non-CE Event

Friday, December 13, 2019

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

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Voices of Experience 2019

For the Benefit of the Client: Integrating Different Theoretical Orientations, or Not

Facilitators/Panelists:

Thomas Duke, Ph.D. and Richard LaBrie, Psy.D.

Guest Panelists:

Ryan Howes, Ph.D., Ashwini Lal, Psy.D., Supatra Tovar, R.D., Psy. D., Amee Velasco, Psy.D.

SGVPA’s Programming Committee ends each year with a non-CE open forum/panel discussion on pertinent topics in our field.  This year, we will discuss how a diverse group of clinicians blends intervention styles, orientations, and conceptualization approaches in their work.  We will also discuss the transition from formal training models in one orientation to an integrated style, if in fact one chooses to do that.  We will touch on possible encroachments and limitations into this practice of psychology by outside forces, such as insurers, the medical model, and evidence-based versus empirically-supported research approaches.  We hope the audience will join in on what is likely to be a lively conversation.

Panelist Biographies:

Ryan Howes, Ph.D., ABPP,  Dr Howes is a board certified psychologist, a writer for Psychotherapy Networker Magazine, Psychology Today, and BuzzFeed, a musician, and a former adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. He formed National Psychotherapy Day with graduate students and developed a storytelling event called “Moments of Meaning,” featuring SGVPA members. 

Ashwini Lal, Psy.D.,– Dr. Lal has trained and worked in different hospitals (county, state, veterans affairs) and university health settings. He currently works as a Staff Clinical Psychologist at the California Institute of Technology. Prior to this position, he worked at the health center at Stanford University. Throughout his career, he has contributed to the research literature, has written online articles, and has been involved in radio shows addressing mental health issues. He uses an integrative approach to psychotherapy focused on increasing awareness into factors contributing to struggles and works collaboratively to increase one’s ability to manage symptoms. 


Supatra Tovar, R.D., Psy.D. – 
Dr. Tovar holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology, a Masters of Nutritional Science, and completed her doctorate in Psychology at CSPP, Los Angeles. Supatra has delivered presentations at several national conferences on a variety of health topics, including disordered eating, weightism, and interventions for bariatric surgery eating disorders. She is currently completing her post-doctoral training with Dr. Richard LaBrie in Pasadena. Supatra specializes in providing holistic and integrated treatment for trauma, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.

Amee Velasco, Psy.D., – Dr. Velasco completed her Psy.D. with an emphasis in both Gender and Multicultural/Community studies from CSPP, San Francisco. Professionally, her interests also include traditional and indigenous healing, mindfulness, and meditation. She treats survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as patients with addiction and chronic mental illnesses including major depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. She co-founded “Healing Rhythms Mental Health,” a community practice in Monrovia, CA along with her husband. Through their clinic, Dr. Velasco has developed ‘A Sip Of Mindfulness,’ a program dedicated to mastering mindfulness through the practice of drinking tea.”

Thomas Duke, Ph.D., – Dr. Duke is a psychologist in private practice in Pasadena. He specializes in working with children and adolescents, and will soon be launching a new group practice along with Dr. Dave Lorentzen, focusing on the needs of boys and men. He has been a SGVPA member since 2011, has been on the SGPA board for the past three years, and is the current Membership Chair. He lives in Altadena with his wife and two daughters. 

Richard LaBrie, Psy.D. – Dr. LaBrie is a psychologist in private practice in Pasadena.  He works primarily with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, creative struggles, trauma and dissociation.  Aside from his private practice, he is Program Chair for SGVPA, an Adjunct Professor at CSPP LA, a steering committee member for the Alliant Educational Foundation, and a member of the CPA Gun Violence Task Force.  He also consults for federal agencies on mental health, security, and behavioral concepts in relation to active shooters and insider threats.

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

Voices of Experience 2019: For the benefit of the client: Integrating different theorectical orientations, or not

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 Voices of Experience, 2019?

Visit the Continuing Education Tab at www.sgvpa.org

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SGVPA CE Event – November 2019

Friday, November 8, 2019

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

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Outpatient Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Adults

Presenter:  Keith Valone, Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.C.P.

The lifetime prevalence of bipolar spectrum disorders is 4.5% in the general population, making bipolar disorder a diagnosis that psychologists encounter frequently in general outpatient practice. However, the treatment of adult bipolar disorder is a specialized practice area requiring competence in a set of integrated skill sets and core competencies. Psychologists who treat adult bipolar patients in their outpatient practices are encouraged to be aware of and develop the necessary skills to provide safe and effective treatment. A model for the outpatient treatment of adult bipolar disorder will be presented that addresses these core areas of knowledge and expertise that psychologists should have when treating adult bipolar patients in outpatient settings:

  • Bipolar disorder as a condition
  • Assessment and diagnosis of bipolar disorder and co-occurring disorders
  • Multidisciplinary collaborative care models
  • Psychopharmacology including medications used to treat bipolar disorder
  • Evidence-based psychotherapies for bipolar disorder
  • Treatment of co-occurring psychological and substance use disorders
  • Assessment and management of crisis situations

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

  1. Describe three psychiatric disorders that commonly co-occur with bipolar disorder
  2. Identify major classes of medications used to treat bipolar disorder in the outpatient setting
  3. Describe the three most important evidence-based psychotherapy approaches for treating bipolar disorder

Presenter Biography
Dr. Keith Valone 
is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice in outpatient and hospital settings in Pasadena for over 30 years, specializing in the treatment of bipolar disorder and other serious mental illnesses. He is also a certified psychoanalyst and has a post-licensure Master of Science in clinical psychopharmacology.  Dr. Valone is the Founder, CEO, and Clinical Director of the Arroyos Treatment Centers, an outpatient treatment center in Pasadena. He oversees the provision of assessment and treatment for patients by a multidisciplinary treatment team. Clinical services include individual, family, and group therapy, medication management by staff psychiatrists, drug and alcohol testing, an intensive outpatient program, and crisis management and evaluation, including placing patients on 5150 holds for hospitalization.

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

Outpatient treatment of bipolar disorder in adults

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 Outpatient Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Adults – 

Presenter:  Keith Valone, Ph.D., Psy.D., M.S.C.P.

Visit the Continuing Education Tab at www.sgvpa.org

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Growing up digital – SGVPA October CE Event

SGVPA October CE Event

Friday, October 11, 2019

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

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Growing up digital – The role of technology in 

youth mental health and well-being

 Presenter:  Kaveri Subrahmanyam, Ph.D.

Young people are growing up immersed in digital worlds. Often called digital natives, their technology use has been the source of much optimism but also concern, particularly with regard to their mental health and well-being.  It has become clear that technology presents both opportunities and risks for youth.  While early research focused on extent and amount of technology use, research increasingly suggests that the relation between youth technology use and well-being is complex and depends on the interaction of technology use and users’ strengths, resources, and challenges.  This presentation will describe different aspects of technology use (e.g., digital communication) and user characteristics (e.g., gender) that may be relevant for the mental health and well-being of adolescents and young adults. The presentation will also discuss the legal ramifications and ethical challenges surrounding youths’ problematic technology use.

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

  1. Describe current research regarding the relation of technology use and user characteristics to youth well-being.
  2. Describe the relation between technology use (e.g., digital communication) and internalizing symptoms, externalizing symptoms, and substance use among adolescents and young adults.
  3. Articulate the legal ramifications and ethical issues surrounding youths’ problematic technology use that clinicians may face. 

Presenter Biography
Kaveri Subrahmanyam 
is a Professor of Psychology and Associate Director of the Honors College at California State University, Los Angeles Subrahmanyam received her Ph.D. from UCLA.  In 2013, she was a recipient of the Cal State LA Outstanding Professor Award.  Her research has investigated the cognitive and social implications of interactive media use.  Recent research examined the relation between digital communication and well-being; using both daily diary, correlational survey, and experimental designs she has investigated the relation between face-to-face and digital interactions and well-being, sleep, and substance use among youth.  Dr. Subrahmanyam has published numerous research articles and book chapters on youth and digital media.  She has co-edited a special issue on social networking for the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology(2008) and a special section on interactive media and human development for Developmental Psychology(2012). She is a co-author (with Dr. David Smahel) of Digital Youth: The Role of Media in Development(Springer, 2010).  

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

Growing Up Digital – Registration Link

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.

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SGVPA September CE Event

SGVPA September CE Event

Friday, September 13, 2019

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

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Supporting Sleep, the Unsung Pillar of Mental Health: 

An Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

            Presenter:  Martin Hsia, Psy.D.

It’s no secret to any psychologist or mental health professional that adequate sleep is a cornerstone of how we thrive. Consistent with this awareness is how sleep problems, such as insomnia, can so starkly correlate with every other type of issue our clients may present, from trauma, to depression, to eating disorders, to addictions, and beyond. This brief presentation will share some significant statistics about the relationship between sleep and mental health, common challenges that arise relevant to the psychology of sleep, as well as how to address the most common sleep disorder, insomnia. Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is increasingly supported by research to help individuals across diagnoses and life stages to put insomnia to rest and get themselves to sleep.

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

  1. Describe the impact of insufficient sleep on mental health. 
  2. List the psychological and behavioral mechanisms that can maintain sleep problems. 
  3. Describe the components of Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I).

Presenter Biography
Dr. Martin Hsia 
practices in the Glendale office of the Clinical Director of the Cognitive Behavior Therapy Center of Southern California (aka CBT SoCal), a group practice specializing in empowering individuals with OCD, Anxiety Disorders, and Insomnia with the support and tools to thrive.Dr. Hsia has been an SGVPA Board member for 8 years, has lectured and supervised as a Clinical Assistant Professor at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and also hosts the podcast called Psych Rally, which addresses a range of issues related to psychotherapy and mental health.

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

Supporting sleep, the unsung pillar of mental health: An introduction to cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)

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 Supporting Sleep, the Unsung Pillar of Mental Health: 

An Introduction to Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) – Martin Hsia, PsyD? 

Visit the Continuing Education Tab at www.sgvpa.org

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SGVPA July 2019 CE Event

SGVPA July CE Event

Friday, July 12, 2019

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

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Dissociative Identity Disorder: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Accompanying Complexities

            Presenters: Bobbi Carlson, Ph.D., Richard LaBrie, Psy.D.

ADissociative Identity Disorder (DID) is often considered a difficult diagnosis to recognize and treat by clinicians.  Some practitioners question its existence.  And yet, a wide variety of studies place prevalence rates at an average of one to three percent of the population.  This would mean between three and nine million people may be afflicted in the United States alone.  International studies have successfully demonstrated DID’s prevalence outside of US media influence to address suspicions of fantasy and fallacy diagnostic trends.  Overlaps between PTSD and all dissociative disorders are common and accepted in our field, with combined prevalence of over 40%.  With these high numbers – and the significant impairments and misdiagnosis risks patients report – more training is needed in our field.  This presentation will provide clinical information, diagnostic and treatment guidelines, and case vignettes to meet the stated learning objectives.

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

1.  Describe prevalence, diagnostic indicators, symptoms, and assessment tools for DID.

2.  List the three primary treatment phases for working with DID.    

3.  Identify risk factors for both patients and clinicians in working with DID.

Presenters’ Biographies


Bobbi Carlson, Ph.D.
– Dr. Carlson has been treating teen and adult patients for over 40 years in her private practice and hospital settings.  She specializes in psychological issues related to Trauma, Addiction, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, ADHD, as well as psychological issues related to adult stages of life.  She also provides consultation for Alternative Sentencing Treatment Planning and Expert Witness Testimony in Trauma Issues for legal proceedings. She serves as a business consultant, assisting in areas of communication, assertiveness training, conflict mediation, and executive coaching. Currently, she is on the Medical Staff at Aurora Las Encinas Hospital in Pasadena, CA.  In 1976, she achieved her PhD in Professional Psychology from United States International University, now CSPP-LA at Alliant International University. Dr. Carlson has been Registered Nurse, Professor of Nursing, Director of various psychological service organizations, and has created a number of treatment programs.  She also trains early-career psychologists.  She formerly served on the Advocacy Committee for SGVPA and currently sits on the Program and Continuing Education Committee.

Richard LaBrie, Psy.D.– Dr. LaBrie is a licensed psychologist with a private practice in Pasadena.  After 35 years in the film and television business, he entered graduate school and received his Clinical Psy.D. in 2015 from CSPP LA.  He works primarily with adults suffering from depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, creative struggles, and he has a specialty area working with trauma and dissociation, including DID.  Aside from his private practice, he is Program and Continuing Education Chair for SGVPA, an Adjunct Professor in health psychology at CSPP LA, and a steering committee member for the Alliant Educational Foundation.  He also consults on mental health, security, and behavioral concepts in relation to active shooter/mass casualty planning and internal threats for federal agencies.   

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

Dissociative identity disorder: Diagnosis, treatment, and accompanying complexities

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 Dissociative Identity Disorder:  Diagnosis, Treatment, and Accompanying Complexities, Bobbi Carlson, Ph.D., Richard LaBrie, Psy.D.? 

Visit the Continuing Education Tab at www.sgvpa.org

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