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SGVPA March 2019 CE Event

Friday, March 8, 2019

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

12:00pm – 1:30pm

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Mechanism of Action and Effects on the Brain

  Presenter:  Todd Hutton, MD

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive form of neuromodulation that has been increasingly utilized since it was FDA approved for Major Depression 10 years ago.  Research in TMS is expanding rapidly, increasing our understanding of how the treatment and the brain work.  In 2018 a new TMS magnet was FDA-approved for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  

In this presentation, Dr Hutton will give a brief overview of the history of the development of TMS and the rationale for its use in psychiatric disorders.  The mechanism of action will be explained and how this leads to changes in neurons.  More specific information will be covered on the evidence for TMS in Major Depression and the state of the art in current clinical treatment. Information from recent research about how the brain is affected by TMS will be explained.  The new indication for OCD will be discussed as well.  

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

  1. Describe the mechanism of action of magnetic stimulation of the brain.  
  1. Identify patients with depression for whom TMS is an appropriate treatment.
  1. Explain the changes in the brain induced by TMS.

Presenter Biography
Dr. Todd Hutton has been a practicing psychiatrist in Pasadena for the last 25 years.   He did his undergraduate and medical training at UC Irvine followed by residency in psychiatry at LA County/USC Medical Center.  He began adding TMS to his practice in 2009 and is now the Medical Director of Southern California TMS Center, one of the largest TMS practices in the country with 24 TMS machines in eight locations.  He is very active in the field of TMS and speaks on the topic worldwide.  He is currently President-elect of the international Clinical TMS Society.

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

TMS event

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 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Mechanism of Action and Effects on the Brain – Todd Hutton, MD?  

Visit the Continuing Education Tab at www.sgvpa.org

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SGVPA February 2019 CE Event

Professional wills are documents that define how a psychologist’s professional practice will be managed in the event of the psychologist’s sudden death or incapacity. Professional wills enable psychologists to designate a colleague to manage the complex clinical and record maintenance issues that arise in these circumstances. Professional wills may also address how to handle business issues relating to closing a psychologist’s practice. When there is no professional will in place, these responsibilities typically fall on the psychologist’s grieving family members, who are unlikely to be familiar with the relevant clinical, ethical, legal and business issues. In this presentation, we will discuss in detail why and how to prepare a professional will. Topics to be addressed include: clinical care transitions, ethical considerations, record maintenance requirements, confidentiality, and steps to take in closing a psychology practice

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

  1. List three advantages of having a professional will.
  1. Identify and describe an ethical standard that addresses continuity of care in the event of a psychologist’s illness, death, or unavailability.
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the legal and ethical requirements for the maintenance of client records.

Presenter Biography
Dr. Winkelman is the Director of Professional Affairs at the California Psychological Association. In this role, she provides consultations and resources to CPA members on issues relating to recordkeeping, confidentiality, telepsychology, mandated reporting, and other standards of professional conduct. She also provides research and advocacy on laws and regulations that affect mental health professionals. Prior to joining the CPA staff, Dr. Winkelman worked at the American Psychological Association for many years, where she most recently served as Director of Legal and Professional Affairs.

Dr. Winkelman earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from The New School for Social Research and a JD from Columbia University School of Law. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York City and an APA Congressional Fellowship in Washington, DC.

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

Professional wills: Why and how to plan for the unexpected

Lunch – TBDP

*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 Professional Wills: Why and How to Plan for the Unexpected – Elizabeth Winkelman, JD, PhD? 

Visit the Continuing Education Tab at www.sgvpa.org

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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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A message from the Board about volience in our world.

Dear SGVPA-

As an association of psychologists, the Board of SGVPA is deeply concerned by the recent violence that has occurred both nationally and internationally, targeting the LGBTQ community, Black men, police officers, religious groups, as well as hundreds of innocents. These events are an assault on us all. They not only threaten our safety and our freedom, but they traumatize us.

Through our training, psychologists are in a unique position to understand the impact of trauma. Trauma tends to activate extreme reactions as a way to deal with vulnerability. Repeated exposure to violence through the news and Social Media coverage broadens and sustains a feeling that the world is unsafe. This is particularly difficult on those who have experienced direct violence, but strains us all.

We are particularly alarmed by how this violence has fueled hysteria and hate. We hope to strongly resist a polarization in our dialogue, and encourage a thoughtful and respectful dialogue rooted in empathy for all persons. We advocate for understanding and measures that strengthen community and build bridges between alienated groups.

SGVPA supports those of you who treat victims of violence in your therapy offices, those who treat perpetrators of violence in your therapy offices, those who do the arduous work of social reform, and those who work to keep our society safe through law enforcement and the armed forces.

While no single individual, group or country can resolve the complex issues of our world, we all have an important role to play. We encourage members to communicate their views and feelings about current events, as well as thoughts about how we as Psychologists can be more effectively involved in efforts to create solutions to the increasing violence in the world .

With sorrow and respect, The Board of SGVPA, including:

Larry Brooks, Program Chair
Jeremy Cernero, Student Chair
Suzanne Lake, Past President & Newsletter Editor
David Lorentzen, Treasurer
Karin Meiselman, SIG Chair
Ellen Miller Kwon, President
Laurie Nouguier, Membership Chair
Martin Hsia, Secretary
Wayne Kao, Diversity Chair
Dustin Plattner, Website Coordinator & LAN
Tiffany Shelton, Student Chair
Brett Veltman, Early Career Chair

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