Thursday | August 4th, 2016 -- morning
Author: Bob Hill
Title: Ethical Challenges in Rural Practice
Location: Denver Sheraton: Tower Court C
Specialty Board: Clinical Psychology
Division Affiliation: 12
Description: Among the most common concerns for mental health professionals in rural areas include: confidentiality, problematic multiple relationships and competence. These and related concerns will be discussed in an effort to heighten awareness to avoid potential liability. Clinical vignettes, relevant ethical guidelines, and common practical challenges for clinicians in small communities will be reviewed. Audience examples of ethical dilemmas related to confidentiality, dual relationship or competence dilemmas will be welcomed into the discussion. Decision guidelines will be provided as useful, and a peer consultation model emphasized.
Author: Thomas G. Plante
Title: Spiritual Practices in Psychotherapy - Thirteen Tools for Enhancing Psychological Health
Location: Sheraton Denver Hotel Director's Row 1
Description: Half day workshop on integrating spirituality and religious diversity into psychotherapy and other professional clinical services with 13 particular tools that are evidence based and ethically considered.
Author: Vega, M. E., Lequierica, A., Lu, Q., & Niemeier, J. P.
Title: Addressing Disparities in Behavioral Medicine Through Culturally Sensitive Interventions
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Convention Center
Division Affiliation: 22, 38, 45
Description: Symposium will address ongoing needs for more culturally effective and sensitive interventions and provider skill building in behavioral health domains of practice. The symposium presenters will describe variables affecting treatment presentation, treatment response, provider/client relationships, and treatment outcomes. The overall objectives are to improve provider empathy and awareness, improve relevance of mental health services for all persons, and lessen healthcare disparities.
Author: Bradley E. Karlin, Ph.D., ABPP, David Young, Ph.D., Robert A. Zeiss, Ph.D., & Andrew Bertagnolli, Ph.D.
Title: Promoting Opportunities for Clinical Psychologists to Serve in Administrative Leadership Positions
Time: 9:00-10:50 AM
Location: Convention Center Room 605
Specialty Board: Geropsychology
Division Affiliation: 12
Description: Clinical psychologists are well prepared to serve and have significant impact in administrative leadership positions within health care and human services organizations and systems. Working in administrative leadership positions within large health care and human services organizations provides opportunities for achieving significant impact and effecting broad change. Further, as the fields of health care and psychology continue to evolve and new models of practice replace traditional practice models, it is important for psychologists to consider and position themselves for nontraditional careers. The current symposium will present the perspectives and recommendations of three clinical psychologists who have devoted their careers to serving in administrative leadership positions of health care and human services organizations and systems (Seniorlink, Veterans Health Administration, and Kaiser Permanente). As part of the symposium, the presenters will discuss the nature of serving in an administrative leadership role, what psychologists have to offer in such positions, and how students and early and middle career psychologists may prepare for and pursue opportunities in administrative leadership.
Author: Kathleen Ashton, PhD, ABPP, Amy Sullivan, PsyD, Marilyn Stern, PhD
Title: Difficult Conversations: Ethical Considerations for Psychologists in Hospital Settings
Location: Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 4D
Specialty Board: Clinical Health Psychology
Division Affiliation: 38 Health Psychology
Description: This symposium will discuss complex ethical considerations for the psychologist working in the hospital setting. Issues discussed will include 1) obtaining informed consent with warm handoffs 2) confidentiality related to multidisciplinary team communication and the electronic health record, 3) difficult decisions weighing psychological versus medical risks, 4) challenges working with trainees in academic medical centers, 5) medical decision making for adolescents (assent/consent), and 6) cultural and sexual identity factors related to decision making. These ethical challenges will be discussed in the context of case presentations in the hospital setting including a bariatric surgery evaluation, a postpartum mother with depression presenting in a depression clinic, and an adolescent facing decisions about fertility in light of cancer treatment. The goal for participants will be to identify ethical considerations for each case, weigh the ethical issues through discussion, and identify systemic as well as individual areas for growth. Symposia leaders will ground the discussion with reference to ethical guidelines, evidence from the literature, and practical interventions/tools.
Author: Alice LoCicero
Title: Symposium: Psychological Approaches to Improving Dialogues on Social Justice and Multiculturalism
Date: Thursday, August 4
Time: 11-11:50 AM
Location: Convention Center Mile High Ballroom 3B
Specialty Board: Clinical Psychology
Division Affiliation: Sponsor: Div 32
Description: Resisting Recruitment: Helping Poor Kids Say No to Gangs, Football, ISIS and the Marines Recruitment is presented to kids as an invitation to honor, a designation of specialness, and affirmation of belonging to a high status group. But adult mentors must be mindful of the complexities of the tactics and outcomes of recruitment, and the implications when kids, whose cognitive abilities are not fully developed, are seduced into situations of violence and risk, falsely portrayed as pathways to toughness and solidarity. Kids may be recruited to fight for ISIS or against ISIS. The recruitment to ISIS is not as sophisticated, deliberate, costly, or persistent as recruitment to the US military. But the outcomes have parallels. A good kid from an oppressed group is guided from one situation of risk to another, taught to become a killer, and sent into a different sort of harm’s way. The misleading seductions are that the goals are to right a wrong, address a grievance, protect a group. Once recruited, kids become aware that they are not creating meaningful lives—they are being used to enrich the coffers of corporate high rollers and/or colonialists. The bottom line is always the same: the goals are not so noble as righting a wrong or protecting a group—the goals are money and power, and the kids recruited end up with precious little of either, compared to the beneficiaries: team owners, drug importers, Nike, Budweiser, Halliburton, or members of an elite class. Kids who survive bear the scars of being killers and the scars of being the targets of killers. The question we must all be asking is how we can provide alternatives to recruitment. How we can nurture and mentor kids at risk into lives of meaning, strength, solidarity, and economic and social stability.