ABPP Presentations at APA
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Thursday | August 6th, 2015 -- morning

9:00 AM


Author(s): Mark B. Sobell, Ph.D., ABPP

Title: Joe Brady, Serendipity, and Unmet Needs in Alcohol Research  

Date: Thursday, August 6, 2015

Time: 9:00-9:50 am

Location: Convention Centre Room 201F

ABPP Specialty Area: Cognitive and Behavioral

Division Affiliation: 28

Description: Brady-Schuster Award Address — Most career award presentations allow a presenter to describe his or her career trajectory. While this one does that, I am fortunate to have been mentored by Dr. Joe Brady very early in my career, and thus I will briefly describe how Dr. Brady played an important and seminal role in my career development. Another very important factor in my career development was serendipity. These two factors combined to change my planned career trajectory from performing operant conditioning research with pigeons to a career as a clinical researcher in the alcohol treatment field. A series of small studies was nearing conclusion when we were visited by Dr. Brady, a consultant on the NIMH grant supporting the research. Treating us as colleagues, he posed a very intriguing question: How do you weave those studies into a meaningful application? That short and simple interaction led to the development of a program of research that focused our careers for many years. Those early years constituted an invaluable training experience that had an enormous impact on my conceptualization of alcohol problems. With regard to those early years, my presentation will review some of the important insights gained from our intoxication research, an area that 40 years later still needs serious study.


10:00 AM


Author: Stewart E. Cooper

Session Title: 1134 Boundary Patrol---The Ethics of Coaching Versus Therapy With Elite Performers

Session Type: Symposium

Date: Thu 08/06 10:00AM - 11:50AM

Division/Sponsor: CPG-Central Programming Group; Co-List: 47, 13

Building/Room: Convention Centre/Room 714A South Building-Level 700

Description: This presentation will cover key frameworks and ethical standards associated with the sometimes

ambiguous, murky, and complex border between coaching and psychotherapy. Specifically, the

presentation will cover two helpful frameworks articulated by Stephen Behnke, Director of the

APA Ethics Office the metaphors of The Four Bins (APA Monitor, February 2014), and of the

Moon, the Clouds and the Earth (APA Monitor, September, 2006).Subsequently, the presentation will elaborate on 

four ethical standards from the 2002 APA Code of Ethics for Psychologists (revised in 2010) that are particularly 

germane to this boundary. Particular standards that will be covered are: 2.01 Boundaries of Competence; 3.05 Multiple

Relationships; 3.10 Informed Consent; and 3.11 Psychological Services Delivered To and

Through Organizations. The legal issues of Professional Negligence/Malpractice and Breach of Contract will also be

introduced. Case examples of consultant coaches doing work to enhance the performance of

leaders in business and organizations will be interspersed throughout the presentation.


11:00 AM


Author(s): Ruthellen Josselson
Title:  Existential Psychotherapy in China---Verbal and Nonverbal Cultural Exchanges

Date: Thu 08/06

Time: 11:00AM - 11:50AM
Location: Convention Centre/Room 201D North Building-Level 200
ABPP Specialty Area: Group Psychology
Division Affiliation: 32-Humanistic; Co-List: 24, 52

Description: Psychotherapy was nonexistent in China until just a decade ago. Following the opening to the West under Deng Xioping, the Chinese began translating Western books on psychotherapy.  Among the books that spoke to them were works by Irvin Yalom, which emphasized both relational and existential themes. We were invited to design and implement a training program which would certify (non-English-speaking) Chinese therapists to train others in this approach. In working with them over seven years, we learned about the Chinese psyche and how our relational and existential focus had particular impact in this context. Generational and historical trauma has influenced existential issues and relational patterns, specifically around expression of feeling. Our approach to psychotherapy involves using language to investigate  - and then try to modify - emotion-laded structures, to reveal the past and construct new possibilities for the future. Language is slippery in translation, but the effort to communicate deeply held experiences added to the existential challenge of overcoming aloneness.Over the course of the training, we worked together toward increasing personal authority and responsibility, the freedom to express feelings and the necessity of tolerating difference.  Chinese people were emboldened by the opportunity to speak about previously suppressed experiences and this led to personal growth and change in their relationships. This presentation will highlight some of the main themes that emerged over the course of the training program and will reflect on the universality and specificity of existential and relational themes across these very different cultures.


Author(s): Steve K. D. Eichel, Ph.D., ABPP
Title: Cults, Extremist Movements and the Child Custody Evaluation: Pitfalls and Strategies
Date: Thursday, 8/6/15
Time: 11 AM
Location: Convention Centre Room 704
ABPP Specialty Area: Counseling, Forensic
Division Affiliation: 17, 41
Description: The potential for extreme harm to children when parents are involved in cults and other high demand groups is well-documented. The practices and structures of these groups can place children at risk of neglect, abuse and even death. Extremist and/or cultic groups typically function as closed societies that resist outside help or intervention and may often oppose any investigation of possible harm. Custody evaluators need to be aware of the issues related to parental involvement in extremist or cultic movements. The presenter has conducted numerous child custody evaluations in which extremist or cultic involvement was suspected. The paper outlines strategies for investigating extremist or cultic groups and evaluating the potential impact of parental involvement in them. These strategies are based on a structured, evidence-based and court-tested methodology for determining the degree to which such involvement might affect parenting competence and child safety.




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