ONLINE CE and Continuing Professional Development



In conjunction with the American Psychological Association Office of Continuing Education, several workshops from the 2013 ABPP Conference and Workshops have been video recorded and are now available for you to view and obtain CE credit.


Part of the ABPP 4th Annual Summer Workshop Series.


The annual ABPP Workshop Series provides top quality professional development opportunities to psychologists, as well as opportunities for networking and collegial interaction. All workshops are instructed by psychologists who are ABPP board certified specialists in their area of presentation, with the occasional exception being a highly respected individual of another profession, such as law. 


Recordings were selected from highlighted, day long programs at the 2013 Series.




DSM-5: The Journey


CE Credit: 3


Understanding DSM-5 requires thorough knowledge of the historical foundations of diagnostic criteria. The first section of the presentation will provide a broad historical background of medical and psychiatric diagnosis and a brief review of the field of nosology. The history of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manuals starting with DSM-I in 1952 will be presented, with an overview of changes from one version to the next of the editions of the manual. The second section of the presentation will cover the history of the development of DSM-5 including a summary of the procedures for revision of the diagnostic criteria, the organization of the manual, general changes to the diagnostic criteria, and changes to specific diagnostic sections. The final section will cover the DSM-5 field trials, their purpose, how they were conducted, and the main scientific results. This presentation will also address a number of controversies surrounding the DSM-5 and will provide expert perspectives on scientific issues at the core of the diagnostic criteria and their use.


Presenter: Alina M. Surís, PhD, ABPP


Dr. Surís completed her B.A. in psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1983. She received her MS degree in 1987 and her PhD in 1991, both in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston. She joined the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in Dallas in 1991 as a clinical psychologist, were she specialized in treating PTSD, most recently as the Clinical Director of the Mental Health Trauma Services Program and the Director of the Women’s Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma Program. She is now the Chief of Psychology at the VA North Texas Health Care System where she is in charge of over 70 psychologists. She is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Surís is board certified as a clinical psychologist and is a member of the Clinical Board of the American Board of Professional Psychology. She was also elected to represent the Clinical Board to the ABPP Board of Trustees (BOT) and was recently elected to serve on the Executive Board of the BOT as the secretary.


Forensic Mental Health Assessment: A Principles-Based Model


CE Credit: 6


This workshop will focus on the current iteration of broad, foundational principles of forensic mental health assessment. By focusing on each principle in the presentation and discussion, and providing participants with relevant scientific and professional literature, the workshop provides an opportunity to consider, debate, and draw conclusions about good forensic practice across a variety of clinical-legal topics.


Presenter: Kirk S. Heilbrun, PhD, ABPP


Dr. Heilbrun is currently professor, Department of Psychology, Drexel University. His research and practice interests involve forensic mental health assessment, violence risk assessment and risk management, and community alternatives to prosecution of individuals with severe mental illness. He runs a forensic clinic in the Department of Psychology that provides forensic evaluations to courts and attorneys in criminal, juvenile, and occasionally civil areas. He is a past president of the American Psychology-Law Society and the American Board of Forensic Psychology.


The Risk Assessment of Suicidal Clients


CE Credit: 5.5


Twenty-five percent of psychologists will experience the suicide of a client during their careers. This workshop will first provide an overview of the demographic, historical and clinical suicide risk factors with a focus on high risk groups such as elderly, veterans and sexual minorities. Next, the current theories of suicidal behavior will be described. The second half of the workshop reviews the self-report suicide measures and then presents two structural clinical interviews for adult and adolescent clients at risk. The workshop concludes with response guidelines for suicidal clients using case examples.


Presenter: William J. Fremouw, PhD, ABPP


Dr. Fremouw is a Professor of Psychology at West Virginia University and is board certified in forensic psychology (ABPP). He is the author of a book on suicide risk assessment and three suicide-related structured clinical interviews. He also has a forensic practice in which he conducts risk assessments, malpractice case consultations and other forensic evaluations. During his career, he has published over 100 articles, chapters and books.


Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders


CE Credit: 5.5


The Unified Protocol for the Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP; Barlow et al., 2011) is a recently developed transdiagnostic, emotion-focused cognitive-behavioral treatment (CBT) that targets deficits in emotion regulation that occur across the neurotic spectrum. This workshop will briefly review evidence supporting the development of such transdiagnostic interventions and describe and demonstrate how to apply core UP treatment modules, along with the similarities and differences between the UP and traditional CBT for anxiety and mood disorders. Illustrations of core treatment interventions (e.g., mindful awareness, emotion exposures) will be presented, along with detailed case examples involving complex comorbidity. Attendees will be invited to participate in exercises as part of these demonstrations.


Presenters: David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP; James F. Boswell, PhD; Todd J. Farchione, PhD; and Shannon E. Sauer-Zavala, PhD


Dr. Barlow is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He received his PhD from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 500 articles and chapters and over 60 books mostly in the area of the nature and treatment of emotional disorders. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Distinguished Scientific Award for Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association and James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award honoring individuals for their lifetime of significant intellectual achievements in applied psychological research.