Workshop Description/Objectives
Saturday, November 13th
All times are Eastern Standard Time

9:00 AM - 12:15 PM 

LIVE TRACK 1:   S01. Psychological Practice with Appalachian Populations, 3.0 CE

Presented by David Hanna, Ph.D., Sherri Lynn Haas, M.A. 

This workshop is designed to promote appropriate practice with people living in Appalachian Kentucky as well as people who have migrated from Appalachia to other parts of the state. The first half of the workshop will include a discussion of how the region’s history and culture has contributed to the area’s unique strengths and challenges. Physical and behavioral health issues common to the area will be highlighted. Research on cultural variables impacting service delivery will also be reviewed. The second half of the workshop will feature three psychological practitioners who live and work within Appalachian Kentucky describing their practices and cultural considerations relevant to work in Appalachia and with Appalachian populations. Ample time will be allowed for participant discussion and reflection on how cultural awareness with Appalachia relates to other diversity issues in practice. Skill Level: Intermediate. 

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe health disparities that are common to Appalachian Kentucky.
  • Describe evidence-based interventions that incorporate cultural values to improve physical and behavioral health in Appalachian Kentucky.
  • Become acquainted with the experience of practicing in Appalachian settings through discussion with psychologists working in the area.
  • Place a cultural understanding of psychological practice within Appalachia within a wider context of cultural awareness with diverse populations. 


LIVE TRACK 2:   S02. Psychologists as Advocates and Public Policy Change Agents, 3.0 CE

Presented by Sheila Schuster, Ph.D., Lisa Willner, Ph.D., and Georgeann Brown, Ph.D. 

Legislative advocacy – changing public policy to improve people’s lives – is a critically important activity for psychologists. Understanding how public policy is established through the state legislative process is foundational to mastering advocacy techniques and tools to shape the outcome. Presenters include a psychologist who is a veteran of over forty years of advocacy at the state level, a psychologist advocate and state legislator who will use banning conversion therapy for LGTBQ youth as a case study, and a psychologist with years of experience as the Federal Advocacy Chair and point person for KPA's Psychology Day at the State Capitol. Participants will learn strategies about the legislative process, how to establish relationships with their legislators, and opportunities to get more involved with advocacy initiatives.

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to: 

  • List the steps in the legislative process to move an issue-solution from idea to passage and the role of advocates, utilizing the lessons learned from the perspectives of an experienced psychologist/legislative agent, a psychologist/state legislator and a psychology advocacy leader.
  • Describe various methods of communicating with and educating legislators and policy-makers on issues of public policy concern, utilizing data and lived experiences and generating the advocacy arguments and approaches best suited for various legislative priorities and the range of policy-makers’ positions.
  • Discuss the efficacy of building advocacy coalitions and partnerships, and the contributions which various stakeholders and coalition members can make in mounting a successful advocacy campaign, focusing especially on members of diverse and underrepresented communities whose voices are not often heard in the halls of the legislature, and utilizing a case study of advocacy around protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy
  • Describe the importance of multiple types of advocacy and how KPA is advocating for the profession of psychology, for public welfare and for social justice; and will be able to list 2021 legislative session successes and proposed advocacy priorities for the 2022 session.


12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

KPA Annual Membership Meeting

Hear updates about what KPA is doing, and help recognize our Leadership Academy Fellows and new Mentorship Program

1:45 PM - 3:15 PM 

LIVE TRACK 1:   S03. Blind Spots that Ethically Trip Us Up, 3.0 CE

Presented by Mark M. Leach, Ph.D.

The purpose of this presentation is to (a) present recent evidence of normal human biases that contribute to ethical decision-making, (b) discuss pertinent and applied ethical dilemmas that could be considered from multiple perspectives depending on context, including non-egregious ethical issues, and (c) update participants on the development of the next iteration of the APA code. Skill Level: Beginning. This workshop fulfills the KRS 319 ethics/risk management requirement for psychology professionals. 

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify and describe two biases that influence ethical decision-making.
  • Identify and articulate principles and standards relevant to common ethical dilemmas.
  • Identify and describe two changes occurring with the next iteration of the ethics code.


LIVE TRACK 2:   S04. Transitioning or Closing Psychology Practice: Special Considerations for Ourselves and our Colleagues 1.5 CE

Presented by Katie McBride, Ph.D., Stephanie Lenox, Psy.D., Benjamin Mast, Ph.D. 

What do we need to consider NOW in order to be prepared to shift or close our psychology therapy and/or assessment practices? We will discuss best practices for practice policies, record management, and professional wills. An expert panel discussion around special considerations and resources for psychologists who develop cognitive impairment will follow. Skill Level: Beginning. This workshop fulfills 1.5 out of the necessary 3 hours required for KRS 319 ethics/risk management requirement for psychology professionals. 

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to: 

  • Identify rationale for best practices for record management, the need for a professional will that will best support a gradual or sudden closing of a practice.
  • Identify best practices for termination with clients for retirement, or transition away from clinical practice.
  • Identify special considerations to best resource oneself or colleagues if faced with cognitive impairment diagnoses.


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

LIVE TRACK 1:   S03. Blind Spots that Ethically Trip Us Up, 3.0 CE (Continued)

Presented by Mark M. Leach, Ph.D.

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LIVE TRACK 2:   S05. PSYPACT and Kentucky: A Road Trip, 1.5 CE

Presented by Janet Pippin Orwig, MBA, CAE

This presentation will discuss the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT). A discussion of its history and current status will be provided along with information about requirements and applying.

Based on the content of this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe what PSYPACT is and what it allows psychologists to do.
  • Describe the status of PSYPACT with respect to participating states and upcoming dates of implementation.
  • Describe the requirements and application process for PSYPACT.

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