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WSPA Spring CE Workshops

Timeline for CE Events


May 6, 2017
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

Transgender Care 101: Psychological, Medical, and Pharmacological Perspectives 9 AM - 12 PM
Presenters: Dr. Laura Asbell, Ph.D., Dr. Sasha Carey,
M.D., Dr. Debra Gore, M.D., Dr. Cheyenne Newsome,
Pharm.D., and Dr. Darrelle Volwiler, Ph.D.
3 CE

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April 29, 2017
Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA

Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment of OCD in Adults
 Travis L. Osborne, Ph.D., ABPP
3 CE

Assessment and Treatment of OCD in Youth and Adolescents 
Leafar Espinoza, Ph.D

3 CE

 May 12th, 2017
Bastyr University, Kenmore, WA

 Practice Checkup - Bring your Practice Up to Code
Half Day

 Lucy Homans, Ed.D
3 CE

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April 1, 2017
Upon Registration for April 1st's Event, you will receive a promo code that allows you to purchase a ticket for the May 6th CE event at the Early Bird rate up until the day of the event

Gonzaga University - Cataldo Hall - The Globe Room, Spokane, WA

Making Ethical Decisions in Complex Clinical Decisions 9 AM – 1 PM
David Jull-Patterson, Ph.D., F.T. (San Francisco, CA)
4 CE (Ethics)

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Transgender Care 101: Psychological, Medical, and Pharmacological Perspectives 


At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to describe common reasons transgender individuals seek psychological services, and the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for working with transgender individuals.
  2. Participants will state common medical concerns transgender individuals face, and identify strategies for working effectively with doctors in coordinated care.
  3. Participants will be able to state common pharmacological issues transgender individuals face, and identify strategies for working effectively with pharmacists in coordinated care.

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Program Description:

This expert panel will provide a comprehensive overview of competent care for transgender individuals. Our two psychologists will review basics of transgender identities and the psychological disorder of gender dysphoria, reasons transgender individuals commonly seek psychological services and what forms of psychotherapy may be useful for them, and the American Psychological Association’s guidelines for competent transgender care. Our two doctors will describe common medical concerns transgender individuals confront across the lifespan and related medical interventions. Our pharmacist will describe the effects, timeline, and some concerns of pharmacologic agents used in gender dysphoria, and the unique role a pharmacist can play in the coordinated care team. All presenters will describe how psychologists can best facilitate coordinated care for transgender individuals at different ages and points of transition.

About the Presenters:

Presenters: Dr. Laura Asbell, Ph.D., Dr. Sasha Carey, M.D., Dr. Debra Gore, M.D., Dr. Cheyenne Newsome, Pharm.D., and Dr. Darrelle Volwiler, Ph.D.

Dr. Asbell is a clinical psychologist in independent practice in Post Falls, Idaho and her practice includes transgender clients. Dr. Carey is a doctor at Rockwood who is board certified in pediatrics and adolescent medicine. Dr. Gore is a doctor at Group Health who is board certified in family medicine. Dr. Newsome is a clinical assistant professor at Washington State University in Pharmaceuticals and a pharmacist at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center. Dr. Volwiler is a clinical psychologist also at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center.

Evidence-Based Assessment and Treatment of OCD in Adults


At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to identify common subtypes of OCD.
  2. Participants will be able to describe the cognitive-behavioral model of OCD
  3. Participants will be able to explain the rationale for exposure-based treatment for OCD.
  4. Participants will be able to describe the components of ERP treatment for OCD.

Program Description:

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a relatively common condition, however, few mental health professionals have specialized training in how to treat this disorder. Considerable advances have been made in recent decades regarding the development of effective treatments for OCD and data on OCD treatment outcomes indicate that it is a highly treatable problem. This presentation will focus on evidence-based methods of assessment and psychotherapy for adults with OCD. In particular, attendees will learn about: (1) common symptom presentations/subtypes of OCD; (2) common clinical issues that arise when treating OCD; and (3) core components of the gold-standard psychotherapy for OCD - exposure and response prevention (ERP). 

About the Presenters:

Travis Osborne, Ph.D., ABPP is the Co-Director of the Anxiety Center at the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle (EBTCS). Dr. Osborne is a specialist in evidence-based treatment for anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, with a particular expertise in exposure-based treatments. He is passionate about the treatment of OCD and is a graduate of the International OCD Foundation’s Behavioral Therapy Training Institute (BTTI), volunteers his time as a consultant to the OCD and Hoarding Support Group of Seattle, and is the co-founder and co-director of Camp DCO, an annual camp for teenagers and adults with OCD.

Assessment and Treatment of OCD in Youth and Adolescents


At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:


Describe the theory underlying and the empirical support for E/RP for OCD.
Identify OCD subtypes and map out obsessions and compulsions using the Children’s Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (CY-BOCS).
Develop specific and practical exposures for obsessions and compulsions.
Identify key factors in maximizing treatment effectiveness when working with children/adolescents and their families in the individual outpatient therapy context.


Program Description:

This training is for mental health professionals interested in gaining a deeper understanding of the theory and practical aspects underlying the assessment and treatment of pediatric OCD, with a focus on Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP), guidelines for mapping out and developing effective in-vivo and imaginal exposures for obsessions and compulsions, and strategies for maximizing success when working with children/adolescents and their parents. Professionals with a background in CBT and experience in treating anxiety will not only learn about the core components needed for the effective treatment of pediatric OCD in their practice, but also about E/RP strategies that be applied to related areas of anxiety.

About the Presenters:

Leafar Espinoza is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D., ABPP, who is board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and has extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of pediatric anxiety disorders. He specializes in OCD and Parent Management Training, is the clinical training coordinator for the OCD Intensive Outpatient Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and leads anxiety and disruptive behavior disorder treatment programs for parents and children. Areas of interest include OCD, anxiety/tic disorders, parent management training, clinical training, and the dissemination of evidence-based treatments.

Practice Checkup: Bring Your Practice up to Code (Half Day)
Course Objectives: 
At the end of these 2 seminars, participants will be able to:
1. Complete an annual HIPAA risk assessment for their clinical practice;
2. Know relevant state law regarding record retention;
3. Create effective treatment record writing to reduce risk of insurance audits;
4. Develop and write a digital & social media policy that is appropriate & effective for individual practices;
5. Use both the Medicare “opt out” and PQRS systems
6. Expect changes to the clinical practice environment in the next 5 years.


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Program Description:

Participants will learn how to complete an annual HIPAA  practice risk assessment, and will update their knowledge of federal HIPAA regulations. Participants will also review relevant Washington State law regarding record retention, and how to both write and maintain records to reduce risk of insurance company audits.
About the Presenter
Dr. Lucy A. Homans, is a licensed psychologist in Washington State. She is currently the Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) and Legislative Consultant for the Washington State Psychological Association. She has served as DPA since 1992. Dr. Homans received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1982. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tufts University in 1970. Prior to attending graduate school, Dr. Homans served on the staffs of Boston mayor Kevin H. White and U.S. Representative Paul N. McCloskey, Jr. She maintained a private clinical practice in Seattle, Washington from 1983 through 1999.

Making Ethical Decisions in Complex Clinical Decisions Course Objectives: 
At the end of this seminar, participants will be able to:

• Increase awareness of legal and ethical issues in providing mental health services
• Identify the complexity of those issues and decisions
• Use a model for making ethical decisions and apply it to ethical dilemmas

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Program Description

Many articles, books, and workshop presentations have been developed to help practitioners understand the clinical issues in delivering mental health care, particularly for clients with or at risk for HIV.  However, there has been relatively little work devoted to practical strategies for dealing with ethical situations presented by clients with or at risk for HIV. Existing publications tend to be legalistic and overly abstract. A more sophisticated, practical and systematic framework is needed for preparing mental health practitioners to work compassionately and ethically with people living with HIV/AIDS and behavioral health problems.
In 1996, the APA HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) Program, under contract with CMHS, assembled a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural group of contributors to develop a new training curriculum entitled, Ethical Issues and HIV/AIDS Mental Health Services. These contributors included several mental health practitioners, a psychologist/ethicist (formerly the chair of the APA ethics committee), and a professor of law who specializes in legal issues associated with HIV/AIDS and mental health practice. The resulting curriculum, upon which this workshop is based, was designed to teach the full range of mental health service providers (i.e., psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses and mental health counselors) to use a systematic decision-making process for dealing with ethical challenges posed by clients with HIV/AIDS.
The decision-making model on which the workshop is based is not specific to HIV/AIDS. It was designed on the basis of key ethical and legal concepts that apply to all practice situations. The systematic decision-making model on which this extensively pilot-tested and widely presented workshop is based offers several advantages over less structured methods of analysis. Because it requires clinicians to analyze cases from a variety of perspectives while carefully documenting each step of analysis, it serves to reduce impulsive judgments that frequently occur when therapists feel pressured to act quickly in an uncertain ethical and clinical situation. It also helps to sharpen thinking and clarify the clinical issues at hand because it requires one to perform separate, sequenced analyses. This is not a didactic workshop.  Its intent is NOT to review recent literature or studies.  Although the workshop as a whole is generally interactive, the model itself is presented in a didactic fashion. Each step in the model is covered in detail, emphasizing not only what is to be done, but why each step is important and the ways in which each step is based on key concepts from practice, ethics, and research literatures. 
During this 4-hour workshop participants will review the model, referencing two case studies to develop their ethical decision-making skills. The model is presented below: 

  1. Pause and identify your personal responses to the case
  2. Review the facts of the case
  3. Conceptualize an initial plan based on clinical issues
  4. Consult your agency’s policies and your professional ethics codes
  5. Analyze Your Plan Based on the 5 Ethical Principles
  6. Identify the Legal Issues
  7. Refine your plan so that it:
    • Is most congruent with your personal values
    • Maximizes clinical interests
    • Permits operation within agency policies and professional ethics code
    • Minimizes harm to client and relevant others
    • Maximizes all other ethical principles to greatest extent possible
    • Allows operation within the law
  8. Implement the Course of Action: Monitor & Discuss Outcomes
  9. Choose a Course of Action and Share it with Your Client
About the Presenter

David Jull-Patterson, Ph.D., F.T., maintains an independent practice in clinical health psychology, working with adults diagnosed with life-threatening diseases. As a consultant and instructor, he provides workshops and courses on ethics, sociocultural issues in psychology, palliative care, and loss and grief. Formerly a senior faculty member for the American Psychological Association’s HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE) program, he taught courses and workshops at San Francisco State University, Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, and Alliant International University. He has served as a consultant for curriculum development and implementation of cultural competence trainings for providers and staff in a variety of health care settings and organizations. A clinical professor in Medical Psychology at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, he co-leads a two-year essential core curriculum course for medical students titled Foundations of Patient Care. Affectionately, he (privately) subtitles it How To Remain A Human Being While Learning To Become A Physician. Although the course focuses on what most people think of as “bedside manner,” students are also given exposure to the fields of cultural competence, interprofessional education, grief and bereavement, health care disparities, sexuality, professional development, heuristics, human development, health policy, and ethics. His skill is recognized with the designation of Master Facilitator as well as two Essential Core Teaching Awards from his UCSF students: Inspirational Teacher and for Excellence in Clinical Small Group Teaching. He is a Fellow in Thanatology in the Association for Death Education and Counseling. Currently, he is an appointed member of the Ethics Committee of the California Psychological Association. A seventh generation Californian of English and French descent, Dr. Jull-Patterson was trained as a thanatological counselor at New York University and was on staff at Metropolitan Hospital, a public medical center in the Spanish Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan. As part of the first AIDS focused treatment team in the early 1980s at Metropolitan, he worked with children and adults as well as trained medical students and residents. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology with an emphasis in health psychology at UCSF, and has been associated with that institution since 1987, working in psychiatric emergency service, pediatric palliative care, a variety of clinical and research settings, and general adult medicine. He and his husband have raised and fledged two daughters, a third daughter by osmosis, and two sons. What empty nest?! 

Cancellation policies 

  • During early bird registration period 100% refund of registration

  • During regular registration period a $50 cancellation fee will be assessed for full day pricing, $25 cancellation fee for half day pricing

  • During late registration period no fees will be refunded 


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.


Ethical Issues & HIV/AIDS Course Objectives: 
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