The Fall 2018 Convention returned to the Hilton Hotel in Bellevue November 2-4, and from the comments received it was an overall success. Attendees gave a thumbs up on the quality of topics and speakers and it was good to see many long-time members attend for the first time in a number of years. Click here to view photos.
There were over 125 registrations over the 3 day convention–many of them attending 2 to 3 days. Also contributing to the overall excitement of the convention were 12 exhibitors, double the number from last year.
The first day on Friday was a very busy and full day with nine 1.5CE sessions to choose from, an opening Keynote plenary, Student Poster session, Washington Psychologist Awards Lunch, Annual Stakeholders meeting, and a retirement presentation and celebration for our retiring DPA Dr. Lucy Homans.
The new Chief Deputy of the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC), AnnaLisa Gellerman, JD, was our Keynote Speaker and her speech opened the convention. She spoke on the role OIC has in the regulation of the insurance industry, relationships OIC has with psychologists and other mental health providers, and ways OIC may help advocate for those in need of mental health services. She also spoke about a new 2-year grant the Office of the Insurance Commissioner received from the federal government to uncover any barriers to accessing mental health and substance use disorder treatments that may exist for Washington consumers.
The student poster session featured submissions from Bachelors, Masters, and Grad students. The winning poster “Results from a Four-Week Pilot Study of an Academic Course to Enhance University Students’ Resilience and Well-Being” was submitted by Soo mi Kim, a grad student at Seattle University.
The Washington Psychologist Awards recognized six categories, including a special Outstanding Service Award given to our retiring DPA, Dr. Lucy Homans. A list of award winners and photos is found at these links: Award Winners Photos
The Annual Stakeholders Meeting gave an overview of WSPA’s membership and improving financial picture.
The celebration for Dr. Homans’ retirement after 25 years as DPA featured stories from a number of long time members of her achievements. She was also given a special Certificate of Recognition for her evil twin “Skippy” whom Dr. Homans’ was fond of mentioning in her DPA reports.
Saturday featured six 3CE workshops to choose from and a networking lunch for attendees and one for ECPs. The networking lunch was a nice addition which allowed members to re-connect with colleagues they had not seen in a while, and allowed Trustees Shelley Mackaman and Casey Ward to update attendees on various ways to get involved through committees.
Sunday featured a 6CE Ethics workshop sponsored by The Trust with over 70 people attending.
2019 Convention Dates!
The 2019 Convention Dates have already been set for October 11-13, 2019. The location will be secured by April 2019. A call for CE Proposals will also be sent out in February or March so that we can have our speaker line up secured well in advance.