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SDPA CE Event: Fall Conference

  • 11/05/2022
  • 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
  • San Diego Mission Bay Resort


Stigmatization in Mental Health: 
Impact on Diverse Populations - 6.5 CEs



Saturday, November 5, 2022
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

San Diego Mission Bay Resort
1775 E. Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109



 Regular   On-Site
 Member $150  $215 $225
 Member Student $50 $50  $50
 Non-Member $195 $245 $255
 Non-Member Student $75 $75 $75
 Special Rate $150  $215 $225
 Special Rate Student $50 $50 $50

Conference Program 

7:45 am - 8:30 am         Registration, CE Sign In and Poster Presenters

8:30 am – 8:45 am        Welcome Address - Joanna Savarese, Ph.D.

8:45 am – 10:15 am      Keynote Address
Averting the Potential for Pathologizing Normal Childhood Maturational Challenges (1.5 CE)
Enrico Gnaulati Ph.D.

10:15 am – 10:30 am – Proceed to Track 1 or Track 2

10:30 am – 12:00 pm (Track 1) (1.5 CE)
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of the Asian American & Pacific Islander Community 
Koko Nishi, Psy.D.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm (Track 2) (1.5 CE)
Why Is Growing Old So Unappealing and What Don’t We Understand About the Aging Experience
Ken Dellefield Ph.D. RN CNS

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm - Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 pm 
Shame, Stigma, and the Therapy Relationship (2 CEs)
Bruce S. Liese, Ph.D.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm    SDPA Awards  

Legislative Award
Akilah Weber, M.D., California State Assembly Member from the 79th District

Media Award
Paul Sisson, SD Union Tribune

Local Hero Award
Sheila Brown, San Diego Rescue Mission

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm        Break, Snacks, and Poster Presenters

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm  
From Ethical Uncertainty to Clarity: Understanding Today’s Ethical Struggles and Dilemmas for Clinicians (1.5 CEs)
David Jaffe, Ph.D., Debra M. Halliday, Psy.D., Phil Cisneros-Seibel, Ph.D., David Leatherberry, J.D.

Come Join Us 


The SDPA Graduate Student Committee invites you to join the Graduate Student Mixer following the fall conference! All SDPA student members and professional members are encouraged to attend this networking opportunity, which will be held in the Cove Room. Light refreshments and beverages will be provided. 



American Psychological Association

The San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SDPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


CE Attendance/Cancellation Policy 
To receive CE credit and certificates, participants must sign-in and sign-out of the course.  CE credit and certificates will not be issued to those that arrive more than ten minutes after the start time or leave prior to sign-out.  Sign-in sheets will be taken up ten minutes after the start time and replaced for sign-out at the end of the program.  This policy is strictly enforced.  No refund will be given to any registered individual who is a no-show to a course.  Any registrant canceling within 72 hours of a course will be refunded 50% of the course fee. 

CE Conflicts of Interest
As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, SDPA is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair their objectivity, competence, or effectiveness.  Any questions regarding conflicts of interest related to a CE course presentation should be directed to the SDPA Office.

CE Diversity Policy
SDPA selects presenters and develops program content for its continuing education that respects cultural, individual and role differences, including those based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language, and socioeconomic status.  SDPA maintains committees whose focuses are on diversity issues.  These committees are encouraged to work with the CE Committee and the President and Board to propose culturally competent educational programming.  In addition, the President and Board work to increase recruitment of psychologists. from diverse communities into membership and leadership positions in SDPA; to recruit prospective continuing education course presenters from these communities as well as those with education, training and clinical experience working with persons from these diverse communities.

CE Accommodations for Disability Policy
SDPA ensures that all continuing education programs accommodate individuals with disabilities, according to the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Particular attention is paid to issues of accessibility, customer service and publicity.  Most continuing education programs are presented at the SDPA Office that is located in an ADA compliant building.  When larger continuing education events are scheduled, the CE Committee ensures that the venues selected are accommodating as well.  Signage is utilized to communicate the locations of accessible parking, toilets and communication resources.

Course promotion materials clearly state SDPA's commitment to nondiscrimination and accessibility and work to communicate to prospective participants the availability of ADA compliant resources.  Course registration materials request specific information regarding accommodations necessary for participants.

SDPA prepares all staff and volunteers at the continuing education events to serve individuals with disabilities in a knowledgeable and sensitive manner.  This includes respect for autonomy and agency: accommodation for the need for more time to communicate, complete required tasks, and move from one location to the next; and availability of information regarding the location of communication equipment, accessible bathrooms, and ramps.  Program staff members ensure the identification and availability of staff members to handle inquiries and requests related to disability.

Course promotional materials are offered in multiple formats and media (print, internet based, radio or television) to ensure wide dissemination.  Print materials are reviewed to increase accessibility for the visually impaired and are also disseminated on internet-based platforms (website, social media) to increase accessibility.  When necessary, CE Committee staff members will work with local disability advocacy groups to publicize events to members of the community who may not be reached by traditional media.

CE Grievance Policy
SDPA is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles of Psychologists. SDPA will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the chair(s) of the Continuing Education (CE) Committee, the chair(s) of the Ethics Committee and the chair(s) of the Workshop/Conference, if applicable.

While SDPA goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues that come to the attention of the CE Course or workshop/conference staff which require intervention and/or action on the part of the CE Course or workshop/conference staff or an executive officer of SDPA. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such grievances.

When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken. 

1.  If the grievance concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the grievance will be asked to put their comments in written format.  The chair(s) of the CE Committee or the chair(s) of the workshop/conference will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the grieved individual.

2.  If the grievance concerns a CE Course or a workshop/conference course offering, it's content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the CE Course or the workshop/conference was offered, the chair(s) of the CE Committee or the chair(s) of the workshop/conference, respectively, will mediate and will be the final arbitrator.  If the participant requests action, the chair(s) of the CE Committee or the chair(s) of the workshop/conference will:

a.  Attempt to move the participant to another course or

b.  Provide a credit for a subsequent year's course or

c.  Provide a partial or full refund of the course fee.

Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes.  The note need not be signed by the grieved individual.

3.  If the grievance concerns the SDPA CE program, in a specific regard, the chair(s) of the CE Committee will attempt to arbitrate.

Please contact the SDPA Office Manager (see below) to submit a complaint, or if you have additional questions.

CE Complaint Form                                                           

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

Diana Garza
Office Manager
(858) 277-1463
Fax (858) 277-1402

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