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

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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 Future of Psychology Scholarship

The SGVPA Future of Psychology Scholarship is now accepting applications from students and early career professionals. This $750 scholarship will be awarded to one applicant and will be used to finance attendance for a conference, workshop or other professional event of the applicant’s choosing.  Applications can be submitted starting September 1st.

For those interested in applying, here is the scoop:

  • Any SGVPA member early career psychologist (3rd year graduate student through five years post licensure) may apply.
  • Please submit a 750 word (maximum) essay by December 31, 2015 in which you describe your hopes for the future of psychology and your aspirations for your own career.
  • Please submit a separate, brief description of the event that you are proposing participating in with the funds available in the scholarship.
  • You must express your commitment to submitting a follow-up article for the SGVPA newsletter, AnalyzeThis!, in which you will share your experience of the event, and what you learned as a result of attending it.
  • Please submit two brief letters of recommendation from psychologists and one letter from your school’s Director of Clinical Training (if you are a student) to verify your standing and enrollment in school. Or, if you are already licensed, please submit a copy of your license instead.
  • Your submission should be sent to the SGVPA President, Dr. Ellen Miller Kwon at
  • Your application will be considered by a Scholarship Committee composed of Board members and other psychologist members of SGVPA.


For more information about the Scholarship, please review the article in the July/August Newsletter at:


Please note: the Newsletter article stated that the scholarship was $500, but it is actually $750!


Please contact Dr. Miller Kwon with questions. Good luck!

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