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2017 Fall Convention

WSPA 2017 Fall Convention

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You are invited to attend our 2017 fall convention in celebration of our 70th platinum anniversary. This year’s theme, Can We Talk? Connection, Compassion, Communication, highlights the essence of what we do as psychologists. The three-day convention is the premier event for member and non-member psychologists and affiliated mental health professionals to earn up to 18 CE credits and experience peer to peer networking that can never be matched online.

Our programming will cover new ways clinicians and clients connect with each other, policies that affect our profession, and conversations about psychology with the general public. Workshops on current and trending topics including technology in practice, the transgender community, ethics and the law, and the current status of our state’s duty-to-protect policy. Please click here to view the convention schedule in .pdf format.

Other convention highlights include our keynote speaker, Dr. Russell Kolts, a student poster session, reception for newly licensed psychologists, our annual stakeholder’s meeting, and the prestigious Washington Psychologist Awards ceremony.

Host Hotel and Lodging

This year’s host hotel is the Hilton Hotel in Bellevue, WA., conveniently located off of I-405, 10 minutes from downtown Seattle and approximately 20 minutes from SeaTac airport. Attendees will enjoy free parking, a special convention Wifi connection and nearby eateries for lunch. A limited number of specially priced guest rooms are also available through October 2, 2017. Click here for more information on the Hilton Hotel.

Sponsorship, Advertising and Exhibitors

The convention has many affordable opportunities for individuals, groups, vendors, and corporations to support our 2017 convention. There are seven sponsorship levels, display advertising in the convention program and Washington Psychologist Awards program, and a limited number of exhibitor spaces available. Please click here for details on sponsoring, advertising, and exhibiting.

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Convention Schedule

The information below are workshops that have been approved to date. Attendees have the opportunity to earn up to 6 CEs per day. We will update the workshops as they are approved, so check back often.

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017


Please click here to view rates and register for the convention.
Please click here to view approved workshops to date.
Please click here to view the convention schedule in .pdf format.
Please click here to view the Dropbox
Please click here to view the course evaluation links


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Russell Kolts presenting "Compassionate Connection: Creating a Context for Healing"

Russell Kolts, PH.D.

Russell L. Kolts, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University, where he has taught for the past eighteen years and has received numerous awards, including twice being named the Associated Student Body's Faculty of the Year (in 2002 and 2014). Kolts has authored or coauthored numerous books and scholarly articles, including CFT Made Simple and The Compassionate-Mind Guide to Managing Your Anger, and has pioneered the application of compassion-focused therapy (CFT) to the treatment of problematic anger. An internationally recognized expert in CFT, he regularly conducts trainings and workshops on compassion and CFT, and has appeared in his own TEDx Talk entitled "Anger, Compassion, and What it Means to be Strong."

Topics scheduled for Friday include:

  • Helping Parents Manage Child ADHD - 1.5 CE credits
  • Technology in Clinical Practice - 1.5 CE credits
  • More than Al-Anon and Nar-Anon: Therapeutic Approaches and Techniques to Help Families of Loved Ones with Addictions - 1.5 CE credits
  • The Duty to Protect: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Considerations - 1.5 CE credits
  • Risk Factors and Treatments for Seasonal Affective Disorder - 1.5 CE credits
  • The Basics of Opening a Private Practice: Clinical, Ethical, and Management Considerations - 1.5 CE credits


Additional events scheduled for Friday:

  • Meeting for Newly Licensed Psychologists (by ECP Committee invitation only)
  • Student poster session all day
  • Washington Psychologist Awards Ceremony (Note: this event is not a CE workshop, all convention registrants are welcome at no additional charge. There will be a fee for non-convention attendees and guests.)

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017


Please click here to view rates and register for the convention.
Please click here to view approved workshops to date.
Please click here to view the convention schedule in .pdf format.
Please click here to view the Dropbox
Please click here to view the course evaluation links


Topics scheduled for Saturday include:

  • Mindfulness and Acceptance-based Therapies for Children and Their Parents - 3 CE credits
  • Practice Check-Up Part 2 - 3 CE credits
  • Cannabis Use & Mental Health: Existing Evidence and Clinical Consideration - 3 CE credits
  • Brief Introduction: Affirmative Mental Health Care for Transgender Clients - 3 CE credits
  • What Every Psychologist Should Know About Washington's Death With Dignity Law - 3 CE credits (Ethics)
  • What You Should Know: Psychopharmacology for Psychologists - 3 CE credits


Additional events scheduled for Saturday

  • WSPA Stakeholder's Meeting (Note: this event is not a CE workshop; all WSPA members are welcome. This is a free event.)


One 6 hr ethics CE workshop is scheduled for Sunday.

  • Ethics & the Law: Complications in Communications with Clinical and Forensic Clients - 6 CE credits
    • The Trust policy holders will receive a 15% discount on their Professional Liability coverage for two consecutive years at policy renewal.
    • This course meets Washington’s 4-hour ethics requirement


Conference Sponsors

Therapy Notes    The Trust

Washington State Psychological Association (WSPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. WSPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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