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Multicultural Conference Plus Afternoon Ethics, March 11, 2016

Afternoon Ethics Workshop: 1:30 pm - 4:45 pm
Managing Risk While Practicing Ethically in a Complicated World
3 CE, Meets the MD license renewal requirement for Ethics/Laws/or Risk Management.


Ethics Committee Presenter Bios

Ethan Bliss, Ph.D., is in practice in Frederick Maryland. He works with children, adults, and couples. He is a generalist with interests in complex trauma and high functioning individuals with challenging diagnoses.

Richard Bloch, Esq., is President of Shiling, Bloch & Hirsch, P.A. and has been in private practice in Maryland since 1972. He received his B.A. from the George Washington University and his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law. Mr. Bloch is admitted to practice in Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, the United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His practice focuses primarily on health law, representation of health practitioners before the licensing boards, estate planning, general business, trade association law, and civil litigation. He is a member of the the Baltimore County Bar Association. Mr. Bloch has been General Counsel to the Maryland Psychological Association since 1979. He has written numerous articles and lectures frequently on legal and ethical issues pertaining to the practice of psychology and mental health.

Michael C. Heitt, Psy.D., Dr. Michael Heitt is a licensed psychologist in private practice. The primary focus of his clinical and consultative activities center around working with physicians, executives and other professionals who are dealing with personal and occupational challenges. He frequently consults to small and mid-size companies on a variety of workplace and organizational issues, and is recognized by local Courts as being an expert witness in the fields of Clinical and Forensic Psychology. Dr. Heitt has presented internationally on topics ranging from workplace violence and professional impairment to human resources and personnel development, as well as topics such as psychological ethics, disaster psychiatry and clinical assessment. He has been a faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University and Loyola University Maryland, and he is the instructor for the Maryland State Jurisprudence Licensure Exam preparatory course offered by MPA.

John Lefkowits, Ph.D., is a board certified clinical psychologist with a specialty in forensic work. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Psychologists and has over twenty years of experience in the field. Dr. Lefkowits has testified as an expert in multiple jurisdictions throughout Maryland as well as US Federal Court and DC Superior Court. He performs forensic psychological evaluations, custody evaluations and often testifies as a rebuttal or review witness Dr. Lefkowits has often given talks on subjects related to family law to professional groups on topics such as custody evaluations, ethical issues, domestic violence, alienation and gatekeeping as well as relocation. His primary office is in Rockville Maryland where he also participates in mediation and collaborative divorce while maintaining a small clinical practice as well.

Ellen Lent, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist, psychotherapist, coach, and workplace consultant with over 30 years’ experience in a variety of settings. She has worked and consulted in high-technology manufacturing and software corporations, state and federal government, universities, and health care institutions. Her practice focuses on organizational and executive coaching. For 20 years, she has provided practicum supervision for the University of Maryland’s doctoral counseling psychology students. She is a member of the inaugural APA Media First Responder Corps and has training in disaster mental health.

Jacob B. Roth, Ph.D.,is a licensed psychologist in private practice for over 25 years. He is currently the director of a group practice offering a broad range of therapeutic services, as well as school consultation and comprehensive psycho-educational evaluations. Dr. Roth is a member of the Maryland Psychological Association, American Psychological Association (Division of Psychology and the Law, Division of Psychotherapy, Division of Independence Practice). Dr. Roth is currently serving in his second year of his three year term as Chair of the Ethics Committee.

Cindy Ward Sandler, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who earned her Master's and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland College Park. She is in private practice specializing in child and adolescent development, learning and emotional well-being through providing psychological assessments. In addition to her diagnostic work, she provides community service presentations and co-hosted call-in talk shows, The Learning Connection and Team Radio. She serves on the board of Camp Attaway, a local therapeutic day camp for children with behavior and emotional disorders.

Teresa Trabue, Psy.D., is a Maryland licensed psychologist in the 23rd year of clinical practice in Prince George’s County Maryland. Dr. Trabue works with a diverse array of clinical issues including using a wide variety of psychological and neuropsychological techniques for determining learning style and learning needs, and diagnosing developmental disabilities, as well as treating children, adolescents and adults with a wide range of adjustment issues. In addition to individual therapy with adults, Dr. Trabue offers relationship therapy, parent training and small group work with women. Dr. Trabue is a board member for AutismFYI.Org, a national registry on ways to best support individuals with spectrum disorders in emergency situations in the community. She is past president of the Association of Practicing Psychologists in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties. She works with corporations to provide counseling, seminars, and evaluations to employees to help them identify ways to optimize their performance in the work place.

Beth S. Warner, Ph.D., earned her doctorate in Clinical/Community Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has worked in community, clinical, administrative, and research positions. She is currently in private practice in Greenbelt, MD, and provides therapy and psychological evaluations to children, adolescents, and adults. She has particular interest in working with adolescents, grief and loss, and community violence issues. Dr. Warner is a member of the Maryland Psychological Association and has been a member of the Ethics Committee since 2014.