Community Events

    • 07/20/2019
    • 9:00 AM
    • 07/21/2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Cottage Clinic in Rancho Santa Fe, California
    Hold Me Tight© Couples Workshop 
    Relationship Enrichment Retreat in San Diego

    For All Committed Couples

    Facilitated by: Dr. Diana Weiss-Wisdom
    Licensed Psychologist #12476 
    Assisted by: EFT Therapists

    The Cottage Clinic in Rancho Santa Fe, California
    July 20-21, 2019

    Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    For more information, call (858) 259-0146,
    Please join us for this positive, research-based workshop for all couples that want to strengthen and deepen their relationship.

    Would you like to stop feeling lonely and start feeling safe, secure, and loved?

    Are you getting married and want a proven pre-marital preparation program?

    Do you want to feel even closer and more connected to your partner?
    $765 per couple, early bird rate ends June 1st.  After June 1st, the price per couple is $795. Includes yummy, healthy lunches, engaging, informative, fun presentations, private time for structured exercises with your partner, and support when needed from assisting therapists.

    CE's are available for all mental health professionals who attend with their partner.

    Over the weekend you will:
    • Identify strengths in your relationships;
    • Discover what is at the root of most conflicts;
    • Learn to be more accessible, responsive, and emotionally engaged with each other;
    • Discover the key moments that shape romantic, loving relationships;
    • Have structured skill building exercises to work on with your partner in private.

    This workshop is based on Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) and the best selling book, "Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love" by Dr. Sue Johnson. EFT focuses on creating and strengthening the emotional bond between partners by identifying and transforming the key moments that foster an adult loving relationship. Research shows that at least 7 out of 10 couples who go through EFT move from relationship distress to relationship satisfaction.

    Hold Me Tight© is a trademark of Sue Johnson

    • 07/21/2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Scottish Rite Event Center


    Presented by Hemlock Society of San Diego

    Join us at our informative free programs. All of our meetings are free and open to the public.


    July 21, 2019


    Scottish Rite Event Center
    1895 Camino del Rio S
    San Diego, CA 

    Click here for more information


    • Faye Girsh, EdD, Psychologist; Founder, The Hemlock Society of San Diego
    • Sally Hall, MD, Psychiatrist, Final Exit : Senior Guide & Medical Evaluation Committee
    • Bob Uslander, MD, Medical Director, Integrated MD Care
    • Elizabeth Semenova, MSW, MTS, Practice Director & Social Worker, Integrated MD Care

      • 07/25/2019
      • 6:30 PM
      • Searsucker

      • 07/31/2019
      • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
      • 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant

      The San Diego GSRD Forum’s Summer Cocktail Mixer!

      Your Hosts: Jennifer Rehor, LMFT and John McConnell, PhD 

      Wednesday, July 31, 2019

      6:30pm – 9:00pm

      94thAero Squadron Restaurant
      8885 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA 92123

      Look for us in the Back Patio area

      Please Bring
      Your partner(s)

      Please RSVP by Tuesday, July 30th to Sandra Koellmann at:

      Who Is Invited?

      Mental Health Providers (Licensed or Certified by the State), Academics at a College or University, and Students, in an advanced program working toward licensure or certification, 
      whose professional work is dedicated to affirming Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diversity (GSRD)

      GSRD is more expansive than LGBTQ. 
      For example, GSRD affirms the following, and more:

      - Persons who are Agender, Gender-Queer and Gender Fluid,  
      - “Spicy Sex” such as Kink, Bondage, Pain-Play, Fetish, Role-Play
      - Open, Poly, Swinging and Power Exchange Relationships.

      Our Goals

      To share food, drink, and conversation.  We want to build community, offer referral resources/networks, socialize, provide each other peer-to-peer support, and create synergy to generate projects. Please support the venue by ordering from their delicious beverage and food menus 

      • 08/01/2019
      • 08/04/2019
      • San Diego Marriott - Mission Valley



      August 1-4, 2019


      San Diego Marriott - Mission Valley

      Click here to register or for more information

      Gender Odyssey is an international conference focused on the needs and interests of transgender and gender diverse children of all ages, their families and supporters, and the professionals who serve them.

      Our conference is packed with thought-provoking workshops, including medical information and consultation opportunities, professional education, discussion groups, networking, children and youth programming, and social events. This one-of-a-kind annual gathering attracts people from all over the world for an uplifting weekend of connection, support, and community.

      • 08/10/2019
      • 5:00 PM
      • Hotel Del Coronado



      August 10, 2019
      5:00 PM


      Hotel Del Coronado

      Save the Date for the 8th Annual HRC San Diego Dinner! 

      Click here to register or for more information

      • 08/15/2019
      • 08/18/2019
      • Hilton San Diego Bayfront



      AUGUST 15-18, 2019  |  FULL CONFERENCE (4 DAYS)
      Approved for 25 hours

      AUGUST 16-18, 2019  |  MAIN CONFERENCE (3 DAYS)
      Approved for 16.5 hours


      Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. 


      Hilton San Diego Bayfront
      1 Park Boulevard
      San Diego, CA 92101

      Click here to register or for more information

      This conference will give practitioners a holistic approach to successfully diagnose and treat underlying issues contributing to the manifestations of neurological, behavioral, and psychiatric disorders.  Research has revealed that many disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, and autism spectrum disorders often have biomedical causes that contribute to symptoms, from nutritional deficiencies to chronic infections. Patients have better outcomes when these causes are addressed and treated through a combination of specialized testing and nutritional therapies, even in combination with traditional approaches.

      This year’s conference will have more new speakers and new topics than ever before!

      Registering as a group of 5 or more by June 30th provides a 20% discount off of the registration cost. If you would like to register as part of our group, please contact me by June 20th and designate what days you would like to attend. Please forward this to any other mental health providers who might also be interested. 


      • 09/06/2019
      • 2:00 PM
      • 5580 Overland Avenue, Suite 100, San Diego

      We want you to join our Disaster Psychology Committee because the existing members are aging out!  We are an innovative, forward thinking group but we need fresh minds, experience and ideas for the future!! 

      September 6, 2019
      2:00 pm
      5580 Overland Avenue, Suite 100
      San Diego, CA 92123-1294

      As an introduction to this area of psychology practice, we invite you to go with us on a tour of the SD County Office of Emergency Operations (OES) in Kearny Mesa. This opportunity is unique and informative!  You will learn how our county is prepared for natural and man-made disasters, more about your role as a clinician and citizen, how you can counsel your clientele and options for training in disaster preparedness and response. 

      Contact Dr. Wendy Tayer at:  wtayer@ucsd.eduwith your RSVP, questions or comments.  I look forward to hearing from you!

      • 09/30/2019
      • 8:00 AM
      • 10/01/2019
      • 5:00 PM
      • Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines


      This year’s Navy SEAL Foundation Impact Forum will include presentations from leading experts on how to put scientific facts into practical, everyday use to boost performance and emotional health. We are very excited to share this important forum with members of our Naval Special Warfare community, attending doctors, continuing education professionals and the community at large and we look forward to the positive outcomes it will create for those we serve.

      Registration coming soon

      • 10/26/2019
      • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
      • Brandman University Campus

      San Diego Bowen Family Systems Theory Conference

      Register Online:

      Saturday, October 26, 2019
      9 AM to 5:00 PM


      Brandman University Campus
      7460 Mission Valley Road
      San Diego. CA. 91910 

      • Conference Presenter: Michael Kerr, M.D., Director Bowen Theory Academy, Director Emeritus Bowen Center for the Study of the Family in D.C.

         Conference Topic: “Applying Natural Systems Thinking at the Cellular, Family, and Societal Levels.”

        Registration Fee: Licensed professionals/others - $200.00; Students/Trainees/Interns - $125.00 (Registration fully refundable by September 27, 2019).

        6.5 CE Credits – Conference approved by CPA – Office of Professional Development to sponsor continuing professional education to California licensed PSY/LMFT/LCSW. (#SOU042) 

        This conference includes four distinct presentations (two theoretical and two clinical) to illustrate the necessity of using natural systems thinking to understand biological and psychological complexity at multiple levels; cellular, family and society.

        This conference is designed to help you:

        1.    Assess a new theory about how cancers develop; TOFT Tissue Organization Field Theory; Relevance to Cancer and Bowen Theory
        2.    Explain how chronic anxiety plays a critical role in the development of all clinical symptoms.
        3.    Apply Bowen’s concept of basic self to assess the level of differentiation in an emotionally challenged individual.
        4.    Contrast Murray Bowen’s concept of emotional fusion in the parent/child relationship with John Bowlby’s description for attachment maladjustment between mother and child.
        5.    Discuss Bowen’s earliest research that led to the development of his concepts of fusion and unresolved emotional attachment.
        6.    Examine a clinical case and discuss the emotional process that can foster the development of psychopathy.
        7.    Explain how the variables in a family emotional process can lead to regression in the individual or the family as well a manifest at the broader level, resulting in Bowen’s concept of societal regression.

        Conference focus influenced in part by the title of Michael Kerr’s new book,Bowen Theory’s Secrets: Revealing the Hidden Life of Families 2019, W.W. Norton (

        Contact Name: Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D. (PSY15774), Director -  Southern CA Education & Training in Bowen Family Systems Theory

        Contact Phone: 619 525-7747

        Contact Email:;


    Past events

    07/13/2019 SDPA EVENT - San Diego Pride
    06/29/2019 SDPA Member Event - Documentary Discussions
    06/17/2019 Community Event - APsaA Annual Meeting
    06/17/2019 Community CE Event - Summer Training Institute 2019
    06/14/2019 Community CE Event -Desire to Help in Trying Times: Ethically Responding to Disasters
    06/07/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - This is the Talking Cure
    05/18/2019 Community Event - Disaster Mental Health Fundamentals
    05/17/2019 Community Event - 2019 Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast
    05/11/2019 Community Event - Equity In Action: Advancing Change Together
    05/10/2019 Community CE Event - The Neuroscience of Mindfulness-Based Meditation
    05/08/2019 Community Event - The Real Word
    05/08/2019 Community Event - Social Trends and Addiction Treatment
    04/27/2019 Community Event - TIME OUT a Day of Creativity and Mindfulness
    04/27/2019 Community Event - Integrated Care Across the Lifespan
    04/27/2019 Community Event - NAMI Walks/Run
    04/20/2019 SDPA MEMBER EVENT A Social Group for GSRD-Affirmative Therapists
    04/14/2019 Community Event - UCSD Community Psychiatry Program Mental Health Career Fair
    04/05/2019 Community Event - CPA-PAC Annual Dinner
    03/29/2019 Community Event - Update of Laws Affecting the Practice of Psychology
    03/29/2019 SDPA Member Event - Suicide Therapies That Work
    03/23/2019 SDPA Member - Yoga for Stress Reduction
    03/22/2019 Community Event - Advances in the Science of Psychotherapy
    02/25/2019 Community Event - The Diversity of Trauma
    02/16/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - Let the Poets Speak: Redemptive Love
    02/09/2019 Community Event - Making Music for Health and Happiness
    01/26/2019 Community Event - Hepatic Issues In Psychotropic Prescribing
    01/25/2019 Community Event - Clinical Work of Wilfred Bion
    01/19/2019 Community Event - Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Aging
    11/30/2018 SDPA Community - Freud's Last Session
    11/30/2018 Community Event - Building Bridges: Science & Community Forum
    11/21/2018 Community Event - Mirrors of the Mind 7: Psychotherapist as Artist
    11/17/2018 Community Event - Special viewing of Toward a Black Psychology
    10/27/2018 Community Event CE Event - LACPA Annual Convention
    10/18/2018 Community CE Event - 2018 NLPA Conference
    10/01/2018 Community Event - Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
    10/01/2018 Community CE Event - Navy SEAL Foundation Impact Forum
    09/28/2018 Community CE Event - California Sleep Society Educational
    09/22/2018 Community CE Event - Walk to End Alzheimer
    09/14/2018 CPA CE Event - Essentials in Clinical Psychopharmacology for Aging Adults
    09/13/2018 Community CE Event - Early Childhood Mental Health Conference
    09/09/2018 Community Event - Engagement Skills for Working with Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
    09/08/2018 Community CE Event - Seeking Safety
    08/20/2018 Community Event - Summer Training Institute
    08/11/2018 Community Event - Sixth Annual Stroke Conference
    08/10/2018 Community CE Event - Motivational Interviewing
    08/09/2018 Community Event - Walk to End Alzheimer's
    07/11/2018 Community Event - Working with Interpreters/Translators
    06/27/2018 Community CE Event - ABPsi International Convention
    06/21/2018 Community CE Event - AACN
    06/16/2018 Community Event -Juneteenth Celebration
    05/22/2018 Community Event - Disarming the Suicidal Mind
    05/20/2018 Community Event - Mental Health Career Fair & Education Day
    05/14/2018 Community Event - Healing the Hidden Hurts
    05/12/2018 Community Event - Human Trafficking Conference
    05/12/2018 Community Event - Tech Addiction
    05/06/2018 Community Event - Movie Night
    04/28/2018 Community CE Event - #MeTooLGBTQ
    04/28/2018 Community Event - NAMI Walks/Runs
    04/04/2018 Community CE Event - Male Victims
    03/30/2018 Community CE Event - Medical & Healthcare Privacy Breach Compliance
    03/24/2018 Community Event - March for Our Lives
    03/24/2018 Community CE Event - Systems Thinking in a Troubled World
    03/02/2018 Community CE Event - Brain Injury Rehabilitation
    02/10/2018 Community CE Event - The Power of Specificity Theory
    01/28/2018 Community Event - SDPC Movie Night
    01/20/2018 Community Event - Technology in Psychiatry
    01/20/2018 Community CE Event - Motivational Interviewing
    01/13/2018 Community CE Event - Treating Borderline Personality Disorder
    11/18/2017 Community Event - Mirrors of the Mind
    11/16/2017 Community CE Event - Applying CBT
    11/15/2017 Community CE Event - ABCT Eating Disorders
    11/14/2017 Community CE Event - Blocks in Addiction
    11/12/2017 Community Event - Walk in Remembrance with Hope
    11/06/2017 Community CE Event - Navy SEAL Foundation Impact Forum
    11/04/2017 Community CE Event - Child Psychoanalysis
    11/03/2017 Community CE Event - Post Traumatic Growth
    11/03/2017 Community CE Event - Chronic Adolescent Sexual Abuse
    10/28/2017 Community CE Event - The Hidden Life of Families
    10/27/2017 Community Event - Connect, Consult & Brunch
    10/14/2017 Community CE Event - Ethics and Risk Management
    10/13/2017 SDPA Member CE Event - MMPI-2
    10/13/2017 Community CE Event - Eating Disorders
    10/08/2017 Community Event - Nir Bergman
    10/08/2017 Community CE Event - 4th Annual OCPA Convention
    09/24/2017 Community CE Event - IVAT Summit
    09/15/2017 Community Event - Living Well
    08/27/2017 SDPA Networking Event - Summer Social
    08/25/2017 Community Event - Technical Safeguards
    08/23/2017 SDPA Member Event - CHILD
    08/18/2017 Community CE Event - Networking, Presentation, Tour
    08/04/2017 Community CE Event - Integrating Mind, Body & DBT
    07/28/2017 Community Event - Camp Erin
    07/26/2017 Community Event - Ongoing Assessment and Monitoring
    06/28/2017 Community Event - Gender Odyssey

    Contact Us:
    San Diego Psychological Association
    4699 Murphy Canyon Rd.  Suite 105
    San Diego, CA 92123

    Tami Magaro (Office Manager)
    (858) 277-1463
    Fax (858) 277-1402

    San Diego Psychological Association is a 501(c) 6 non-profit organization.
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