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District of Columbia Psychological Association

N ewsletter 2013

President Anthony Jimenez, PhD

President-Elect Stephen Stein, PhD

Vice President of Operations Jean Gearon, PhD

Past President Stephen Bowles, PhD, ABPP

Vice President of Membership and Community Affairs Larry Sank, PhD

Vice President of Professional Affairs Giselle Hass, PsyD

Secretary Maria Thestrup, PhD

APA Council Member Walter Hillabrant, PhD

Member at LargeClinical Suzan Stafford, EdD

Member at LargeStudent Representative

Professional Affairs Update Giselle Hass, PsyD

As your Vice-President of Professional Affairs and Federal Advocacy Coordinator, my responsibilities include the dissemination of APA policy, action alerts and general information to the DCPA and APA community in Washington, D.C. I also pay close attention to policy issues related to psychology at a federal level and how they may impact the profession of psychology and DCPA’s membership. You have been receiving these very important alerts and news in your email. As I am writing this column our lobbying and policy watch have come to a halt because we are going through a government shutdown, as Congress has been unable to reach an agreement on funding levels for the federal government for fiscal year 2014. The shutdown will have an impact on psychologists who work in the District. Psychologists who provide services for Medicare or related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) now in process will be minimally affected. For Medicare providers, claims will continue to be processed and paid, and beneficiaries will continue to receive services. With a reduced staff, however, contacting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for information or assistance may be delayed. The Department of Health and Human Services has indicated that it has mandatory funding (not subject to the appropriations debate that has led to the shutdown) to operate new Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and to continue its implementation of the new law. Psychologists who work for the District of Columbia will not be impacted right now because Mayor Gray has made emergency funds available to cover the district’s expenses, but only for three weeks. Should the shutdown last longer than 21 days (which has been the longest in history) the salary of psychologists working for the DC government could be in jeopardy. Moreover, given the large number of federal agencies in D.C. it is likely that psychologists working in or having contracts with federal departments and agencies may be (Continued on page 2)

Angela Legner alegner@ego.

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Professional Affairs Update cont. impacted. For instance, The Department of Health and Human Services — which includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and a number of other agencies and offices —will furlough 52 percent of its staff, or 40,512 people, according to the department. Psychology researchers waiting for results of their grant applications or disbursement of the money for the grant they have received may also be affected by delays. Adding to this professional stress is the psychological impact of the shutdown on the families affected by financial uncertainty, disrupted schedules, and workplace disruption, especially as we are approaching the holiday season. The ripple effects and long-term consequences of this shutdown are very concerning for the stability and mental health of the population at large. These events underscore the importance of legislative action to advocate for psychologists’ fair compensation and job stability in all the different settings where psychologists work. In addition, it is important that, as psychologists, we acknowledge the stress of these uncertain times and support our friends, colleagues, and community. Make it a point to care for your own emotional well-being and reach out to others in these stressful times, and consider supporting our advocacy efforts to protect our profession from further challenges. Giselle A. Hass, Psy.D.

Nominations for DCPA President-Elect, Treasurer, and Student Representative-Elect DCPA is accepting nominations for president-elect, treasurer, and student representative-elect for 2014. Nominations are open from October 15, 2013 through November 15, 2013. Please contact any Board member to have your name placed in contention. Board contacts are listed on the DCPA web page at

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Professional Development Series & Workshops Stephen Stein, Ph. D. President-Elect, DCPA The Continuing Education and Professional Development Committee of DCPA is actively engaged in the provision of on-going training programs designed to promote professional development, clinical training, and ethical consultation. It is our goal to establish a supportive intellectual community that serves to enhance both the personal and professional growth of the mental health community in a vibrant and collaborative environment. To accomplish this objective we have conducted and are in the process of implementing the following programs. 1. Ethical Decision Making for Psychologist and APA Code — December 2011 Presented by Stephen H. Behnke J.D., Ph.D. Director, APA Ethics Office 2. Colleague Assistance and Professional Development Program—Four Session Series — May 2012 Presenters: Maria Thestrup, Ph.D. and Stephen Stein, Ph.D. 3. Applications in Military Psychology and Mind/Body Approaches for Psychological Intervention — June 2012 Presenters: Dr. Paula Domenci, Center for Deployment Psychology Dr. Wendy Law, National Military Medical Center Dr. Deborah Norris, Mindfulness Center of Bethesda Colonel Stephen Bowles, Past President DCPA Dr. Mary Kralj, Consultant 4. Challenges of Emerging Technology in the Practice of Psychology — October 2012 Presenters: Marilyn Schwartz, Ph.D.—Member, DCPA Ethics Committee Jeanette Witter, Ph.D.—Member, DCPA Ethics Committee 5. Mindfulness and Psychotherapy—October 2012 Presenter: Bill Harman, Ph.D.—Member, DCPA Ethics Committee 6. An Introduction to Clinical Practice Through the Lens of Relational Psychotherapy, Neuroscience, and Mind/Body Principles – October/November 2012 Presenters: Maria Thestrup, Ph.D. and Stephen Stein, Ph.D. 7. Ethics, Diversity and Multi-cultural Competence in the Clinical Encounter—December 8, 2012 Presenters: Nahid Aziz, Psy.D. Giselle Has, Psy.D. 8. An Introduction to Clinical Practice Through the Lens of Relational Psychotheraphy, Neuroscience and Mind/Body Principles A) Jade Wood, M.A and Stephen Stein, Ph.D April 4, –April 25, 2013 B) Maria Thestrup, Ph.D and Stephen Stein, Ph.D June 6 –June 27, 2013

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Professional Development Series & Workshops Cont. 9. The Transmission of Trauma Across Generations: Psychological, Biological & Therapeutic Implications—June 28, 2013 Presenter: Jean Gearon, Ph.D. 10. Military Psychology — June 28, 2013 Presenters: Commander, Roderick Bacho Dr. Mark Bates Colonel, Stephen Bowles, Ph.D. Colonel, Rick Campise David Riggs, Ph.D. 11. DSM-5: What Clinicians Need To Know and Clinical Applications — July 12, 2013 Presenter: Darrel Regier, M.D., M.P.H., Vice-Chair, DSM-5 Task Force 12. Mind/Body Approaches and Life Enhancement — July12, 2013 Presenters: Deborah Norris, Ph.D. Jade Wood, Ph.D. Stephen Stein, Ph.D. 13. Contemporary Suicidolgy: Effective Assessment and Management of Suicidal Risk—September 20, 2013 Presenter: David Jobes, Ph.D., ABPP 14. Healing the Wounds of Refugee and Immigrants—October 18, 2013 Presenters: Nahid Aziz, Psy.D. Giselle A. Hass, Psy.D. Yeshashwork Kibour, Ph.D. 15. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as an Integrative Approach—October 18, 2013 Presenters: Jelena Kecmanovic, Ph.D. Christopher Wemple, Ph.D. FUTURE WORKSHOPS AND TRAINING PROGRAMS Potential workshops and training programs planned for Spring 2014 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Assessment and Treatment of Severe Dissociate Disorders Cultural Neuroscience Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Eating Disorders An Integration of Neuroscience, Mind/Body Principles and Contemporary Psychotherapeutic Approaches Ethic and Diversity Programs to be announced.

We look forward to meeting and working with you. It is our hope these programs and training experiences will enhance your practice and serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas and the acquisition of the collective wisdom and energy of the group. We would especially like to thank Col. Stephen Bowles whose dynamism, leadership, vision and energy made all this possible.

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DCPA Committee Updates ECP Committee

Student Committee

The Early Career Psychologists committee is focused upon identifying relevant ECP needs and interests as well as increasing ECP involvement in DCPA to further provide a community of shared resources. The ECP committee recently held its first event, a happy hour on August 9 which was well attended with over 30 attendees. Since this event, the ECP committee has focused efforts upon identifying interests of those who attended the first event as well as how to develop those into future programming within DCPA. The committee is currently working on a schedule of events aimed at providing ECP’s with information about relevant issues such as starting and maintaining a private practice, developing the business side of a private practice, financial planning including tax liability and accounting, as well as dealing with the therapists’ own relationship with money and how this can impact one’s private practice.

The Student Committee is seeking both seasoned and early career psychologists to serve as mentors for our graduate student members. Mentors may be rewarded by sharing clinical knowledge and skills, helping others succeed, and supporting the profession. All you need is a passion for the profession and a willingness to spend a couple hours per month developing a relationship with a student. Are you ready to serve as a mentor? If yes, then email with the following information and we will match you with a student mentee. • Full Name


• Degree • Years of experience



• Clinical interests/areas of expertise • Research and/or other areas of interest

Ethics Committee The DCPA Ethics Committee is poised to further its discussion on the ethical dimensions of diversity and social justice within our profession and our clientele. Anyone insterested in joining such a discussion is encouraged to contact the committee chairman, Doug Favero.

Student Committee Announcement The DCPA Student Committee is hosting a two-part research forum event for students to learn about the processes of developing and presenting doctoral level research. Geared towards clinical psychology doctoral students, the overall goal of this series is to facilitate a comprehensive graduate student-mentoring program whereby DCPA students have the opportunity to collaborate with professionals in their field of interest. The student committee will also provide students with information on research funding, guidance and support. Our first research forum event will be held on October 25th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Argosy University, 1550 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia. The student committee will be hosting a student social immediately following the event.

• Anything else(particular areas you would like to be of help to a mentee) • Number of Mentees (minimum-maximum) • Preferred contact information (email, phone, inperson)

This event will include a poster presentation by volunteer researchers, a research discussion panel, and a forum through which students may obtain research funding advice, helpful tools, guidance, and networking opportunities with seasoned experts and like-minded peers. Students who attend this event will have the opportunity to participate in our upcoming student poster session in 2014 and be eligible for a $250 cash prize! DCPA Student Members will also have the opportunity to meet the DCPA Executive Committee and sign up for a professional mentor. The DCPA Student Committee is seeking experienced researchers to volunteer their time and attention in order to mentor interested students! Please contact Angela Legner, DCPA Student Representative, if you would like to attend and/or present at this event by emailing

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