Collaborative Holiday Event: GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY

co-hosted by
SGVPA’s Child and Adolescent SIG
SGVPA’s Networking and Professional Development SIG
& LACPA’s Networking Committee/Pasadena Area


When: Friday, December 1, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30p

Where: Institute for Girls’ Development, 95 N. Marengo Ave., Suite 100, Pasadena, CA 91101

Connect with your colleagues and learn about psychotherapy groups being offered locally. Join us for a brief discussion about core group components and inform your colleagues about the groups you currently lead.

Don’t offer groups? Don’t Worry! Please come and learn about other groups in the area, share your experience, or suggest an area of need for group psychotherapy.

Enjoy light holiday refreshments and don’t forget to bring your business cards.

RSVP to drjocelynlevitan@gmail.com or mjohnson@instituteforgirlsdevelopment.com

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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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A message from the Board about volience in our world.


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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January Jubilee 2016!!

It’s time to hold the date for the annual January Jubilee—which will be held on Friday January 29, 2016!!

Remember, we are the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association… So this year, we will venture to the outer southwest edge of the San Gabriel Valley, just about 20 minutes from Pasadena proper!

Honoring our rich cultural diversity and the history of our area, January Jubilee 2016 will be held at the historic and beautiful Luminarias Restaurant – 3500 W Ramona Blvd, Monterey Park, CA 91754. On a hilltop in Monterey Park overlooking our sparkling, illuminated Valley.

We will honor this year’s Distinguished Member.

Come early for yummy hors d’oeuvres and drinks (from the cash bar), and plenty of opportunity to schmooze and network with friends and colleagues, visit our exhibitors, and of course, renew your SGVPA membership at a discount!

Stay for the Board Installation, a full dinner buffet, and more cavorting with friends and colleagues. Stay later for dessert and coffee. And for anyone, who wants late night entertainment, there is optional (not hosted by SGVPA) dancing to either DJ’d or live-music in the Luminarias bar.

Please encourage colleagues, SGVPA members and non-members alike to join us. Can’t wait to party with you there!

Your JJ Chair,
Elisse Blinder, Ph.D.


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