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    • 07 Jul 2020
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    • 01 Jul 2021
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    MePA Telepsychology Webinar


    Panel Presentation moderated by President Thomas Cooper, PsyD

    Panelists: Kendra L. Bryant, PhD, Marshall Robinson, PhD, Diane A. Tennies, PhD, and Julie L. Quimby, Ph.D.

    This webinar was designed to promote best practices in a COVID-19 Telepsychology world. Topics of discussion explore clinical considerations, practice management, and technological resources.

    After watching the webinar, contact Amy Safford at asafford@mepa.org for a short quiz to earn 2 CEUs.


    • 28 Sep 2020
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    • 28 Sep 2021
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    Working with the LGBTQA+
    Community Across the Lifespan

    2 hours (2 CEUs)


    $20 Members
    $40 Non-members

    Moderated by Susan Maataoui, PhD
    Co-presented by Douglas Kimmel, PhD and James McElligott, PsyD

    Description: This presentation will cover psychoeducation and terminology for working with the LGBTQA+ community and focus on meeting the unique clinical needs of LGBTQA+ clients across the lifespan, from adolescence to adulthood to the aging community. This presentation will also include discussion of the impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQA+ community and ways of supporting LGBTQA+ clients during this time.

    Douglas Kimmel, PhD, is Professor Emeritus, City College, C.U.N.Y., where he taught in the Department of Psychology from 1970 until 1999 (including three visiting professorships in Tokyo, Japan). In 1975 he began a research project on older gay men, finding that they were a varied group, including some in long-term relationships, and many who were well-adjusted and aging successfully. In 1997 he and Clarence Adams conducted a similar study with African American older gay men. He was a co-founder of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders) in New York City in 1977, and SAGE Maine in 2013. He had an independent psychology practice in Hancock, Maine, until retiring in 2014. He served as Chair of the MePA Committee on Peace & Social Justice for several years and has been active in many roles in the American Psychological Association. His textbook, Adulthood and Aging (Wiley, 1974, 1980, 1990), included a discussion of sexual orientation and a series of interviews with a gay man over the 16-year life of the book. He has many publications on sexual orientation, including Psychological Perspectives on Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Experiences (co-edited with Linda Garnets) Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging: Research and Clinical Perspectives (co-edited with Tara Rose and Steven David). Doug and his husband, Ronald Schwizer, had a church wedding ceremony in Boulder, Colorado, in 1969 and were married legally in Hancock, Maine, on August 19, 2013. His website is: www.tamarackplace.com/kimmel.

    Dr. James McElligott is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Counseling Center of New England in Portland. He has been with the Counseling Center of New England since May 2019 and previously completed his post-doctoral training and served as a staff psychologist at the VA Maine. He specializes in working with the LGBTQA+ community and providing evidence-based trauma treatment and offers individual therapy, group therapy, psychological evaluations, and gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy evaluations for transgender and gender non-conforming clients. He can be contacted through www.counselingcenter.com and at jmcelligott@counselingcenter.com.

    • 13 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM (EST)
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    Join MePA as a full member at the 50% rate of $155.00, and then register for the conference at the $130 Member rate.

    Morning Session (3 CEUs):

    The ACT Matrix: Psychological Flexibility Training During the Pandemic and Beyond featuring Kevin Polk, PhD

    Agenda

    8:00am – 8:15am  Opening: President Thomas Cooper, PsyD

    8:15am – 8:45am  Keynote: APA President Sandra Shullman, PhD

    9:00am – 12noon  The ACT Matrix (3 CEUs)

    12noon – 1:00pm  Lunch Break

    1:00pm -- 4:00pm  Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Panel (3 CEUs)

    4:00pm – 4:30pm  Closing & Awards, President Thomas Cooper, PsyD

    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
    The ACT Matrix: Psychological Flexibility Training During the Pandemic and Beyond

    ACT in itself is a powerful method. However, ACT is not necessarily a tool. Traditionally, the six core ACT processes have been presented as a hexagon known as the hexaflex that offers a good conceptual description of how ACT works. Of course, there’s a big difference between concepts and actions. And when people (clinicians included) are stuck, they rarely need concepts; they need skills.

    There is no learning curve with the Matrix Method. There is no extra level of compliance needed to administer it in a session. The reason the Matrix Method works so well is because it is simple and almost defies science. Unlike the ACT Method, or Exposure Therapy, or RFT, or Cognitive Therapy, the Matrix Method can be used with anyone in any setting.

    Objectives:

    1. Participants will learn how to engage people in a values-based workability process.
    2. Participants will learn how to use perspective-taking to defuse verbal entanglement and increase psychological flexibility.
    3. Participants will learn simple ways of practicing verbal aikido.
    4. Participants will explain the basic philosophy and theory at the root of Acceptance and Commitment Training and Therapy.
    5. Participants will demonstrate how to enhance present-moment awareness using noticing practice.

    Bio:

    Dr. Kevin Polk was born in Texas and was mostly raised in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He attended high school in Oklahoma City, attended Oklahoma State University for many years, and somehow ended up with a Ph.D. In Clinical Psychology. He worked at the Togus VA in Maine, managing a series of PTSD programs. While dabbling with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a form of in-vivo exposure, in 2009, he stumbled upon the ACT Matrix as a way of quickly engaging people in the ACT psychological flexibility process. In 2011 he stumbled some more and came up with the ProSocial Matrix while working with David Sloan Wilson’s “Neighborhood Project” in Binghamton, NY. (The ProSocial Matrix targets increasing psychological safety in workgroups.)

    There have been two “ACT Matrix” books published, with a third to be out soon. Kevin is semiretired and cohosts an online show called “Matrix Talk.” He enjoys spending time with his wonderful wife and hearing about the adventures of his three grown children and two granddaughters. His family includes four dogs, one cat, two goats, and about 500,000 honeybees. Since age five or so, he’s been working at becoming a handyman, with varying degrees of success.

    Please click below for full agenda:

    MePA Annual Conference Agenda 2020 (1).pdf

    Afternoon Session (3 CEUs):

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Panel: Listening Session supporting the Psychological Resilience of Underserved Communities featuring Blanca Santiago, LCSW, Family Resource Specialist Multilingual & Multicultural Center and Norman Maze, Deputy Director and Housing Director at Shalom House, Inc.

    To register for panel only, please click here

    Panel Agenda

    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Panel: Listening Session supporting the Psychological Resilience of Underserved Communities 

    4:00pm – 4:30pm
    Closing Remarks and Awards, President Thomas Cooper, PsyD


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    • 13 Nov 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EST)
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    This registration page is for panel only. For information on full conference, please click here

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Panel: Listening Session supporting the Psychological Resilience of Underserved Communities featuring Blanca Santiago, LCSW, Family Resource Specialist Multilingual & Multicultural Center and Norman Maze, Deputy Director and Housing Director at Shalom House, Inc.

    Agenda

    1:00pm - 4:00pm
    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Panel: Listening Session supporting the Psychological Resilience of Underserved Communities 

    4:00pm – 4:30pm
    Closing Remarks and Awards, President Thomas Cooper, PsyD

    SPONSORED BY:
     

Past events

02 Oct 2020 Webinar: Sequence IX: Ethics & Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums
18 Sep 2020 Working with the LGBTQA+ Community Across the Lifespan
26 Jun 2020 Webinar: Telepsychology Considerations for Practice in a COVID-19 World
15 Nov 2019 Intimate Partner Violence, Abuse, and Anger: Critical Issues in Case Formulation and Treatment
20 Sep 2019 Psychotherapy in a Tumultuous Sociopolitical Climate
31 May 2019 Navigating through Loss and Grief: How Continuing Bonds, Creativity, Religion/Spirituality and Culture Contribute to the Journey
09 Nov 2018 Telehealth and Psychotherapy: Best Practices, Current Research and Ethical Considerations
14 Sep 2018 Navigating a Board Complaint: What’s the Process and How to Deal with It? A Morning with the Chair of the Board of Examiners and a Legal Expert
22 Jun 2018 Psychopharmacology Update: How Medications Work, Effective Collaboration with Prescribers, and Current Ethical Guidance
10 Nov 2017 Mood Assessment 2.0: Improved Accuracy, Treatment Selection and Outcomes
02 Jun 2017 “Out of Practice? Into Retirement: A Guide for Psychologists”
18 Nov 2016 Treating Chronic Pain: Evolving Models of Care
07 Oct 2016 The Medicare Authorization and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)– What Does it Mean for You?
01 Jul 2016 Therapeutic Risk Management: Assessing and Addressing Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Among Those at Risk for Self-Directed Violence
08 Apr 2016 "Supervision" Workshop, Featuring Mark W. Steege, Ph.D.