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Call for Student Posters!

We are opening up calls for Student Posters to be presented at our monthly CE lunches.

Next presentation option is: Feb. 14, 2020

Deadline for Proposals: Jan. 10, 2020

For details go to: https://www.sgvpa.org/students/

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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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Upcoming Neurocognitive SIG Mon. Nov, 4 2019

The Neurocognitive SIG will be meeting on Monday, Nov. 4 at 11:00 AM.  The topic will be the microbiome and the brain.  If you plan to attend, please email James Grave, PhD, PsyD at: j.graves@sbc.global.net and he will reply with the log

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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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SGVPA/LACPA Pasadena Networking, Oct 25: Creating PODCASTS for mental health professionals

Join Us!

Friday, October 25, 2019  12:00 – 1:30

PODCASTING IN PSYCHOLOGY

More Here: http://podcasting-in-psychology—sig-event

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