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Multicultural Conference Plus Afternoon Ethics, March 11, 2016

Online registration is closed. On-site registration will be available for multicultural workshops. The ethics workshop is currently full.

Location: Doubletree in Pikesville (Directions)

Networking Breakfast: 8:00 am - 9:00 am
This informal event provides an inviting way to get to know colleagues in our ethnically and culturally diverse community of Maryland psychologists. It is also designed to enhance communication among psychologists who have an interest in collegial support and the treatment of underserved populations. Sponsored by MPA's Diversity Committee. All are welcome. (details below)

Multicultural Workshops: 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Choose one of the three (3 CE) workshops for the morning session - all workshops meet the MD license renewal req. for Cultural Diversity. The workshop by Dr. Goode-Cross will meet either your diversity requirement or supervision requirement for license renewal. Keep in mind though that during each reporting period, CE hours may be earned only once for the same activity.

Afternoon Ethics Workshop: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Managing Risk Through Multiple Strategies: Ethics in Applied Psychology
3 CE, Meets the MD license renewal requirement for Ethics/Laws/or Risk Management.

Hotel Rooms: MPA has reserved small room block for those who would like to stay overnight. The rate is $119.00 for either a Double Queen or Standard King Room. Guests may call the hotel at 410-653-1100 and use the code: MPA or MD Psychological Association or book online through this link. The discounted rate is available until February 9, 2016.


There is no potential conflict of interest and/or commercial support for these programs or their presenters.

Networking Breakfast

The Maryland Psychological Association and its Diversity Committee is once again delighted to announce a unique pre-conference breakfast networking opportunity for conference attendees, colleagues, and graduate students. Held in conjunction with the Multicultural & Ethics Day, this informal event provides an inviting way to get to know colleagues in our ethnically and culturally diverse community of Maryland psychologists. It is also designed to enhance communication among psychologists who have an interest in collegial support and the treatment of underserved populations. A unique opportunity to participate in an initiative to enhance communication among Maryland psychologists on issues of diversity beyond the conference will be shared.

With support from MPA friends interested in providing networking opportunities such as this, MPA is proud to continue this new tradition that began in 2011 at a Banneker Center event honoring the role of several African American psychologists in Maryland. We hope that you find your participation at this breakfast a rewarding enhancement to your multicultural professional education experience.

MCC1 - Discussing Freddie Grey and Donald Trump: Facilitating Dialogues about Race in Supervision

David Goode-Cross, Ph.D.

Workshop Instructional Level: Intermediate. This workshop is designed for psychologists who may provide supervision to other mental health practitioners. Attendees should be familiar with the Guidelines for Clinical Supervision in Health Service Psychology prior to attending the presentation.

Recent and current events such as the #blacklivesmatter movement, discussions of immigration and domestic terrorism, and the upcoming presidential election all deal with race and ethnicity to some degree. Particularly in light of the death of Baltimorean Freddie Grey, Maryland psychologists have and will likely find themselves dealing with issues of race and ethnicity (among others) when providing psychotherapy. Depending on where and when one trained, psychologists may have more or less experience in discussing race, ethnicity, and to a certain degree socioeconomic status with their clients. Regardless of one's experience with the subject, APA's recent Guidelines for Clinical Supervision in Health Service Psychology implore psychologists serving in supervisory roles to both serve as role models and seek to enhance their supervisees' diversity competence. Using a competency based framework and the ethics codes of psychologists (APA), counselors (ACA), and social workers (NASW) as guides outlining diversity competence across disciplines, this workshop will provide information and opportunities to explore concepts like privilege, oppression, racism, microaggressions, and social justice in the context of providing clinical supervision.

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David Goode-Cross, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-Columbia, in Counseling Psychology, (APA-accredited), July 2009. He is currently a behavioral health training manager at Chase Brexton Health Care. Dr. Goode-Cross has many publications and has presented on diversity issues since 2006. He is a past member of American Psychological Association Continuing Education Committee (2013-2015) and Secretary, APA Division 17 Section on Racial & Ethnic Diversity, (2012 – 2015). He is also a current board member of the Black Mental Health Alliance.

MCC2 - Culturally affirmative clinical practice with trans* and gender nonconforming clients: Integrating the 2015 APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice into treatment considerations

Julie A. Eastin, Ph.D.

Workshop Instructional Level: Beginning to Intermediate: I will gear this workshop to both beginner and intermediate levels of understanding and will survey the audience at the outset to determine the correct balance in terms of terminology, explanation of references and clinical examples.

During the past couple of years, there has been a noticeable increase in transgender awareness and visibility that highlights both the struggles as well as the resilience of the community and its diverse members. Indeed, psychotherapy is increasingly sought by transgender and gender nonconforming individuals who may be exploring their gender identities, examining the congruence of their bodies with their gender identities, seeking to make their bodies more congruent with their gender identities and simultaneously struggling with the stigma and discrimination of a society that monitors, judges and oftentimes punishes gender non-conforming individuals.

This three hour workshop will focus on increasing participants' knowledge and understanding of issues important in clinical work with the diverse range of clients who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming. The workshop discussion will focus on developing culturally competent and affirmative language and terminology, understanding the clinical concerns and risk factors specific to trans* clients, increasing awareness of gender transition associated processes, and examining the role of the psychotherapist in meeting the needs of this very diverse community. Clinical case examples will be used to illustrate these concepts throughout the lecture and discussion. The workshop will provide information about current standards of care and best practices in working with transgender individuals with special attention being given to the recently published APA Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People (2015).

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Julie A. Eastin, Ph.D., is the Director of Behavioral Health at Chase Brexton Health Care, Inc., Glen Burnie Center. Dr. Eastin was an Assistant Professor at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy in Washington DC, where she taught an elective in clinical practice with LGBTQ clients. Dr. Eastin previously served as a part time staff psychologist, Assistant Director, Director and Senior Director of Chase Brexton Behavioral Health, an agency founded to serve the LGBT and HIV positive communities. Dr. Eastin is both a member of MPA and past Board member as well.

MCC3 - Psychological Gender Differences and Similarities

Nicole M. Else-Quest, Ph.D.

Workshop Instructional Level: Beginning or Intermediate.

Gender is a social construct, though it is often grounded in biological characteristics. It is one of the major categories by which humans organize one another; for example, infants as young as 2 months can distinguish male from female faces and gender schemas are well-developed before children enter kindergarten, forming the basis for self-socialization and the gender role acquisition. Men and women differ on rates of psychological disorders, including disorders in attention regulation, mood disorders, and addictions.

Gender is central to our experience, and empirical research on psychological gender differences abounds. Much of this research is grounded in the differences model, in which gender differences are essentialized and emphasized. The difference model contrasts with the similarities model, in which differences are greater within genders than between them. We will describe these discrepant models, their assumptions, and the risks that each incurs.

Meta-analysis, a statistical technique that systematically combines the results of multiple studies to synthesize comprehensive and compelling conclusions about the field, can be used to evaluate the differences and similarities models. This workshop will describe, conceptually, the process of meta-analysis and how to interpret meta-analytic findings. Contemporary meta-analytic findings that evaluate the gender differences and similarities models will be described and evaluated. Content areas that have particular relevance to psychological practice include self-esteem (both general and domain-specific), temperament, emotion, and sexuality.

Intersectional approaches in psychology emphasize that the experience of our gender depends upon the experience of other social identities (e.g., sexual orientation, ethnicity, and age). Acknowledging that the personal is political, understanding the role of the broader sociocultural context in psychology invites a discussion of multiple dimensions of diversity, privilege, and automatic bias.

This workshop is designed to help you:

Nicole M. Else-Quest, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of Psychology and Affiliate Associate Professor of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She earned her doctoral degree in developmental psychology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2006. Dr. Else-Quest's interests are in diversity and inclusion in education, intersectional approaches, and the development of psychological gender differences/similarities across ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural contexts. She is co-author of Half the Human Experience, an undergraduate psychology of women textbook, and regularly teaches courses in psychology of women, aging, lifespan development, and research methods.

Managing Risk Through Multiple Strategies: Ethics in Applied Psychology

Workshop Instructional Level: All levels.

Presented by members of the MPA Ethics Committee: Richard Bloch, Esq.; Joyce Derby, Ph.D.; Deborah Hazel Johnson, Ph.D.; John Lefkowits, Ph.D., Ellen Lent, Ph.D., Jacob B. Roth, Ph.D., Georgia Royalty, Ph.D., Cindy Ward Sandler, Ph.D., Beth S. Warner, Ph.D. (presenter bios)

The members of the MPA Ethics Committee will present a workshop focusing on applying APA's ethical principles to situations relevant to the practicing psychologist. The workshop will focus on vignettes portraying situations similar to inquiries received by the Committee but with details changed to protect confidentiality. The Committee members will lead small groups in analyzing these vignettes, using ethical reasoning to come to conclusions regarding what to do in such a situation, as well as to explore some ways that such ethical quandaries might be prevented in the future. The content of the vignettes will include ethical dilemmas in providing therapy to children in the middle of a high conflict divorce, dealing with organizations, and doing assessment, and ethical and legal issues in telepsychology.

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Registration Fees

MPA Members

$85/one workshop OR
$155 all day

Non-MPA Members

$155/one workshop OR
$240 all day

Box lunch