2017 Convention Wrap Up!

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Fall 2017: Volume 73, Number 2

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Can We Talk? Connection, Compassion, Communication” was the theme for the 2017 convention held at the Hilton Bellevue November 3-5, 2017. This theme was echoed by renowned psychologist Russell Kolts, Ph.D., in his keynote presentation titled “Compassionate Connection: Creating a Context for Healing.” Dr. Kolts us a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Eastern Washington University. He pioneered the application of compassion-focused therapy(CFT) to the treatment of problematic anger, internationally recognized as an expert in CFT, has authored or coauthored numerous books and has appeared in his own TEDx Talk entitled Anger, Compassion, and What it Means to be Strong.

Those attending all three days had the opportunity to gain 18 CE credits. Attendees had an excellent lineup of current workshop topics to choose from such as these examples:

  • Technology in Clinical Practice presented by Sara Smucker-Barnwell, Ph.D.
  • The Duty to Protect: Ethical, Legal, and Professional Considerations presented by G. Andrew Benjamin, J.D., Ph.D., ABPP.
  • Brief Introduction: Affirmative Mental Health Care for Transgender Clients presented by Matt Goldenberg, Psy.D.
  • What You Should Know: Psychopharmacology for Psychologists presented by Davie Shearer, Ph.D, M.S.
  • Ethics and the Law: Complications in Communication with Clinical and Forensic Clients presented by Jeff Younggren, Ph.D. ABPP, from The Trust.

The lineup of presenters and workshops was developed by current board president Sonia Venkatraman, Ph.D. and 2015 board president Chris McCurry, Ph.D. The descriptions of all workshops can be viewed in the convention program at this link (click here).

The 2017 convention saw a 45% increase in attendees over the 3 days from the 2015 convention and was able to have a small net gain. With 2017 being WSPA’s 70th year, we were pleased to also receive letters of congratulations and success from Governor Inslee and APA President Antonio Puente, Ph.D.

In addition to the workshops, this year’s convention also included a Welcome Breakfast for Newly Licensed/Early Career Psychologists organized by WSPA’s ECP Committee. A student Poster Session, Washington Psychologists Awards Banquet, and WSPA Stakeholder’s Meeting was also included.

It was definitely a very full three-day convention, and staff and board members received many compliments by attendees on the quality of topics, logistics, and overall look and professional feel of the convention.

The convention was underwritten in part by The Trust and Therapy Notes, as well as our exhibitors and program advertisers.

Here are what attendees have said!

Worth every penny. I am an early career psychologist and I found every workshop I attended so valuable!
This was my first time attending a WSPA convention & it was a very positive experience!
Wonderful experience at the convention. Staff members were friendly, competent and very helpful! Terrific time at the convention with great speakers, excellent facilities, interesting and useful workshops and a good time with colleagues. Way to go WSPA!
I had a wonderful experience at this convention. It exceeded my expectations. The staff from WSPA–Marvo and Sierra–were terrific and they should be commended! It took a lot of hard work to put this together. The facilities at the Hilton were terrific. I also stayed 2 nights at the Hilton for the workshop and I had a great experience. The speakers that I listened to (3) were all outstanding. The titles for the Ethics workshop and Mindfulness workshop sounded very dry, but my experience was very rewarding, and all of the speakers were prepared, organized and were excellent instructors! …Awesome job, WSPA!

Fall 2017, Volume 73, Issue 2.