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Summer 2013

FEEDBACK South Carolina Psychological Association Inside This Issue: President’s Column

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2013 SCPA Convention Recap Page 3 Treasurer’s Report: The Importance of Non-Dues Revenue Page 5 SCPA Conference Survey Findings— Planning for 2014 Page 6 Historical Bit: Remembering Carl Murchison

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SCPA Conference Poster Competition Page 8 SCPA Community Service FYI: “Life Without Parole” Page 9

Volunteers Needed!

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A Season of Revitalizing… South Carolina Psychological Association PO Box 1448 Cedar Park, TX 78630 Phone: 512.788.0207  Fax: 800.784.9034  Feedback Editor: Maxine Barker, PhD email:

Summer 2013

FEEDBACK South Carolina Psychological Association Summer 2012

President’s Column Caleb Loring, Psy.D.

psychologists who have been underrepresented in our membership. Facebook & Twitter: Please like our Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter as well. We are working at developing SCPA social networking, and we need everyone’s participation.

As the hot blanket of summer descends upon us in The Palmetto State we are looking at some exciting plans coming forth with SCPA. We recently had our Annual Spring Conference in Myrtle Beach. It was a great conference that was held in a beautiful hotel, and we had some great presentations. I’d like to thank everyone involved in the planning and execution of these events, especially the people who took the time to prepare and present. We learned a lot from our conference this year, and we would like to increase our attendance for next year. Part of the strategy to do this will be earlier preparation, and we are already making plans for the conference in 2014. In an effort to make this upcoming conference even more attractive to members and family friendly, we will be offering an alternative schedule with more fun activities and more free time to enjoy hotel amenities. The planning committee, under the leadership of our president-elect, Dr. Jeannine Monnier, is also working on formalizing the program and speakers earlier than we historically have, so that people will be better able to schedule it into their spring activities. Please stay tuned as we disclose the details as the year unfolds. Social Events There will be upcoming social events in Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, and Hilton Head. A calendar of these events should be formalized by the beginning of July. Please try and attend the event closest to your home. It will be a great opportunity to meet other psychologists in the area. These get-togethers will also be great recruiting events for SCPA. Please bring a friend and invite all your colleagues who are not yet members of SCPA. Online Academic Journal: The Board will be discussing the possible creation of an online academic journal as well. This will be an outstanding project. We are hoping that this will increase communication among our members and reach out to a population of students and academic Facebook & Twitter: Please like our Facebook Page and 2follow us on Twitter as well. We are working at developing SCPA social networking, and we need everyone’s participation.

Disaster Network: We have also expanded our Executive Council (EC). Dr. Jim Ruffing has joined the Board as our Disaster Network Coordinator. He will be attending APA training sessions and will be updating us on the details of this position and on events as they occur. Through this position we may have a real opportunity to serve the citizens of our state and help people after natural disasters like hurricanes, etc... Rural Care Coordinator: Dr. Marianne Osentoski is a new member of SCPA and new citizen of South Carolina. She moved here recently from Michigan where she served the Michigan Psychological Association in this capacity. We will be hearing from her soon too, and are looking forward to hearing her plans for our state. Areas in Need: Diversity Delegate and Early Career Psychologist: We need a diversity delegate to serve on the EC as this position was recently vacated. We are also looking for a representative to serve on the Executive Council as our “early career psychologist.” This person should be a newly licensed psychologist. Both the early career psychologist and diversity delegate positions are funded by the APA to attend the State Leadership Conference in Washington, DC next year. We need for our state to be well represented at this conference, and it is a fun event to attend. Please keep in mind that our ultimate goal is to increase the membership this year. SCPA has a rich long standing tradition, and we want to see it continue. Our membership has increased in the past couple of months, which is wonderful, but we need to keep growing. As an organization, the more our membership expands, the more power we can potentially have legislatively, and the more we can accomplish as a profession. Thanks for all you do to support our organization. Best,


Summer 2013

2013 SCPA Convention Recap

The spring conference in Myrtle Beach turned out to be a fantastic event with lots of interesting presentations and events for practitioners, academics, and students to participate in. Thanks to all the people who worked so hard to put this together including the SCPA Board and our executive director, David White, and his team. A special thanks goes out to those who presented. While the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes was a beautiful place for a conference, our presenters are what really made the event special. As our keynote speaker we had Dr. Randy Phelps, The Director for Professional Practice from the APA. He braved some nasty weather and flew down from Washington DC to talk about advocacy for professional psychology in health care. We will be hearing more about this timely topic in the future, and Dr. Phelps did a nice job briefing the attendees about what will hopefully be an unfolding collaborative process between psychologists and medical providers in the future. Dr. Dawn Wilson from the University of South Carolina was our Master Lecturer and discussed some of her fascinating research involving an ecological approach to obesity prevention in high risk populations. This topic is of particular interest to those in South Carolina, but also to people looking to improve the health of people around the world. Dr. Wilson’s research has indicated that some community based interventions can impact the health of an entire community, and she has been presenting her results internationally. There were many other speakers who offered presentations on diverse topics like Medicaid Reimbursement, Violent Behavior Prediction, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Motivational Interviewing. There was, indeed, and a little something for everyone. We were thrilled to have so many students attend as well. Many participated in the student poster competitions, and the winners are listed in this edition of Feedback. Thanks for all the presenters’ efforts. We will look forward to seeing you all again in the future! A lovely reception was held to honor the late Dr. John Roitzsch, a longtime member of SCPA and friend/mentor to many attendees. During the reception it was announced that the SCPA Board had unanimously decided to change the name of the SCPA Lifetime Achievement Award to the “Roitzsch Award for Achievement in Psychology.” Several awards were given out to members during the conference. Drs. Shirley Vickery, Brian Sullivan, and Maxine Barker were all recognized for their individual service to SCPA. Recognition was extended to Dr. Jonathan Bassett for his tenure as President of SCPA, and Dr. Dawn Wilson was presented with a certificate in appreciation of her role as Master Lecturer. The weather started out fairly wet for the weekend but by the time Saturday rolled around the sun was shining, and most people got to spend time enjoying the beach and pool. Thanks again to everyone who attended and participated. Hope to see you there again in 2014!


Summer 2013


Summer 2013

Treasurer’s Report: The Importance of Non-Dues Revenue By Michael Sullivan, PhD

stellar presentations and wonderful networking and socializing opportunities at a first class resort, with over 60 participants. Yet it did not quite break even. This has unfortunately been a common occurrence not only for SCPA but also for other SPAs in recent years. Last year

In the last issue of Feedback, I discussed the importance

SCPA tried a variation of having a one-day conference in

of dues revenue in funding SCPA’s operations. We also

Columbia, which drew more attendees but also did not

thanked by name all 124 members who had renewed

generate the hoped-for revenues.

their SCPA dues for 2013. Since then we have had 10 more new or renewing members who are equally deserving of SCPA’s gratitude:

In my life as APA’s Assistant Executive Director for State Advocacy many years ago, I had the good fortune to speak at SPA conferences in all 50 states. SCPA’s conferences are

Lewis Harvey

Marianne Osentoski

the equal of any I have attended, and our rate of student

Kyle Hunneke

James Osberg

and faculty participation is far higher than most SPAs. I

Shawna Kirby

Maureen Peters

would highly recommend attending our future CE

Rhea Merck

Robert Phillips

programs and conferences, especially to those members

Robert Nelson

Cara Reeves

who have not done so in awhile.

State psychological associations (SPAs) are always looking for ways to enhance non-dues revenue as a way to supplement dues payments. Non-dues revenue enables membership organizations to provide more services and to avoid dues increases. Clearly this is very desirable, but it is also hard to attain. None of SPAs are in the enviable position of very large membership associations like the American Psychological Association (APA) which have large revenue streams from operations such as publishing. Providing continuing education opportunities is the most common source of non-dues revenue for the SPAs.

Diversifying non-dues revenue sources is necessary when there are so many events competing for people’s time in our 24/7 whirlwind culture. David White, SCPA’s executive director, has extensive experience in creating and managing non-dues revenue programs with other associations that also have the potential to help SCPA. Some of these expand on CE workshops to include CE Trips - Family Get-a-Way; CE Sponsorship Programs - cosponsorship with other associations; CE Events - "night at the movies"; and CE tracking services. Other sources include convention exhibitors; grant programs; credit card programs; a career center; SCPA logo merchandise; royalty programs; WEB site development; mailing labels; book

SCPA recently completed its largest CE offering of the

publishing; and retention of psychologist files. We look

year at its Annual Conference in Myrtle Beach. Our

forward to David’s creativity and ingenuity in helping

president, Dr. Cabe Loring, and the other conference

SCPA develop reliable sources of non-dues revenue in the

organizers did a splendid job in hosting this event. The


conference, held on April 12-13, 2013 at the Marriott Myrtle Beach Resort and Spa at Grand Dunes, was a resounding success in all aspects but one. It featured stellar presentations and wonderful networking and socializing opportunities at a first class resort, with over 60 participants. Yet it did not quite break even. This has


Summer 2013

SCPA Conference Survey Findings— Planning for 2014 By Jeannine Monnier, PhD

Psychology is a rich and diverse field with much to offer. The 2014 Conference Planning Committee is envisioning our 2014 conference to be representative of this diversity, and for it to be a venue for sharing our advances and experiences in the field with our fellow psychologists, students, and community at large. As SCPA's president-elect, I am charged with chairing the planning committee for our next conference. Drs. Loring, Bassett, Vickery, and Carter have graciously volunteered to serve on this committee. Our committee has been reviewing the 2013 conference and has noted the strong points. We have begun to work on our next conference in 2014. We are planning to build on past strengths to make 2014 more relevant and meaningful to our members and conference attendees than it has ever been! To this end, we recently sent out a survey by way of survey monkey to members asking what they would like to see included in our next conference. A big “thank you” to the SCPA members who completed the survey. There was a response rate of 21%. Below are the results of this survey: Research: When asked about research topics, most respondents indicated an interest in original research (78.3%). To a lesser extent, respondents were interested in hearing about grant writing and publishing (26.1%), publishing academic work in nonacademic publications (21.7%), and statistics (4.3%). Respondents noted that the applied research presentation by Dawn Wilson, at the 2013 conference, was very useful and they wanted more presentations like it at our next conference. Clinical: When asked about clinical topics they were interested in, most indicated that they wanted to hear about clinical interventions (60.7%). Additionally, respondents indicated interest in psycho-pharmacy (50.0%), ethics (35.7%), and the role of technology in treatment (32.1%). Further, respondents provided some ideas for clinical topics, including: DSM 5 changes and the role of psychotherapy given the DSM 5’s push toward pharmacotherapy, PTSD, oppositional behaviors in children, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and autism through the lifespan. Also of interest were DBT, ACT, and other trans-theoretical treatment approaches. Other topics mentioned included training on new assessment tools, forensics, women's issues (e.g., postpartum depression), and interventions with adolescents. Practice Management: When asked about what practice management issues members would like to hear about at our next conference, 40.9% indicated an interest in billing issues, 40.9% indicated an interest in electronic medical records, and 27.3% indicated an interest in electronic claim submissions. Additionally, 22.7% listed other topics, which included: the implication of healthcare reform, and issues related to confidentiality and electronic communication. Students and Teaching Topics: In regard to student-related topics, most respondents indicated an interest in hearing about jobs in psychology (69.2%). Respondents also indicated an interest in information related to publishing (46.2%), applying to grad school (38.5%), and applying for internship (15.4%). In regard to teaching, respondents were interested in topics related to techniques for engaging students and hybrid course development. Additionally, there were suggestions for presentations on supervision. We are planning for the 2014 conference format to include symposia, seminars, workshops, and a keynote address. We are also planning on having our traditional student poster competition. As indicated by responses to the above-mentioned survey, members are interested in original research. Thus, we are encouraging those of us psychologists in the state who are conducting research to consider presenting, or having their students present their research. As was discussed at the 2013 conference, we are eager to increase the communication between our membership and our state licensing board, and hope to provide an opportunity to foster this relationship at the 2014 conference. We also hope to have legislative updates for our membership, which we will share at the conference. Finally, we will be working to establish opportunities for a “cross-pollination” of ideas, catching up with old friends, and general socializing! If you missed the survey, please follow the link below to the survey and complete the questionnaire: Thank You!


Summer 2013

Historical Bit REMEMBERING CARL MURCHISON By Bob Heckel, Ph.D., ABPP Carl Murchison (1887- 1961) is one of our pioneering (and forgotten) psychologists who made enormous contributions advancing the field of psychology. A tracing of his history, from his birth in the town of Hickory, North Carolina, with education starting at Wake Forest (AB, 1909), Harvard 1909-1010; Rochester Theological Seminary 1910-1913; Yale 19141916. His formal schooling was interrupted to serve in WWI from 1917-1919. He then returned to graduate school at Johns Hopkins where he received his PhD in 1923. This history at least indicates that he got around a bit. His teaching and administrative roles involved Miami of Ohio (pre-doctoral), then extended service at Clark University where he restored the program to its former eminence through his efforts as Director of the psychological laboratories, Department Head of Psychology and vigorous activities as editor of five psychological journals, his publishing of a number of books and monographs. Much of his writing and research focused in the area of Social Psychology, though his most lasting efforts were in his gathering and reporting biographical data on eminent psychologists. Perhaps his most significant contribution involved reaching across to psychologists in other countries to unite in developing communication with psychologists internationally. This approach was best reflected in his editing and publishing of The Psychological Register in 1929, a directory identifying psychologists throughout the world. His team of eight contributors in this three-year study were able to develop an international network of psychologists and form significant communication links. As part of his interests in communicating with other psychologists, he developed and served as editor of five major psychology journals. All this is to suggest that growing up in a small North Carolina town may not be too bad a place to start a career.


Summer 2013

SCPA Conference Poster Competition

Graduate 1st Place


PTSD + Inescapable Social Stress: Sailing as a Community Reintegration Method Shannon M. Rogers Medical University of South Carolina

1st Place The Privilege Walk: Variation in Types of Privileges According to Ethnicity and Gender Emily Whetsel and April Andrews University of South Carolina Sumter Faculty Advisor: Salvador Macias, III, Ph.D.

2nd Place Does Priming Immortality Promote or Reduce Concerns about Suffering and Injustice? Samuel Jackson Lander University Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jonathan F. Bassett

3rd Place An investigation of the effects of parental divorce on romantic relationships of offspring: Positive priming as an intervention Holly Cantrell Lander University Faculty Advisor: Nathan D. Klein


Faculty Advisor: Ron Acierno, Ph.D.

2nd Place Predictors of Standardized Test Performance for Challenging Horizons Program Participants Marissa Miller University of South Carolina Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bradley H. Smith

3rd Place Dosage Effects of Motivational Interviewing on Middle-School Students’ Academic Performance: Randomized Evaluation of One versus Two Sessions John Terry University of South Carolina Faculty advisors Bradley H. Smith a, Gill Strait b, Sam McQuillin c University of South Carolina; b Arkansas State University; c University of Houston

Summer 2013

A SCPA Community Service FYI: “Life Without Parole”

Dr. Susan Knight, who works at the Medical University of South Carolina and is a SCPA member, contacted the SCPA Board a few weeks ago. She and a professor from Cornell Law School, Mr. John Blume, are working on the “Life Without Parole” project which is an effort to try and change a law so that juveniles cannot be charged with a life sentence without the possibility of parole. This case has gone before the Federal Supreme Court, and the APA filed a research-backed Amicus brief supporting the project. Now they are trying to do it in the individual states. I've spoken to them both, and Mr. Blume and Dr. Knight believe a letter from our organization will help them in South Carolina. If this passes, it ultimately means that 37 juveniles will be re-sentenced, and in future cases juveniles will not be able to be sentenced to life without parole. After discussion among SCPA board members, we have decided to provide them with this letter primarily for the following reasons: 1. This letter will be consistent with the APA’s position. 2. This letter will support work a member is trying to do. 3. This is a good partnership and a pathway for SCPA to obtain some exposure. Please feel free to contact Dr. Caleb Loring at or David White at if you have any input you would like to share regarding this.

Cabe Loring, President, SCPA


Summer 2013

Volunteers Needed We are currently in the process of reshaping our legislative committee and we need more member involvement. During the next year we are hoping to monitor and introduce legislation to benefit psychologists in the state. If you are interested in becoming part of this group please contact Cabe Loring via email at

Attention SCPA Academicians: Disaster Response Network Volunteers! SCPA is currently in the process of building up our Disaster Response Team and we are looking for volunteers. Members interested in learning more about the Disaster Response Network should contact Dr. Jim Ruffing at

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