Fall Convention Takes Shape


Over the past three weeks details of the 2018 Fall convention began to take shape and we are now able to give details now that the new website has been published.

The convention returns to the Hilton Bellevue November 2 – 4. Building off of last year’s very successful convention, the planning committee has a number of high quality, topical presentations in approval status. Attendees can earn up to 18 CE credits by attending all three days and can now review fees and register.

For those traveling to the convention, a special room rate at the Hilton is now available through October 1.

Keynote and Notable Speakers

photo of anna lisa gellermanAnnaLisa Gellermann, JD, is the new chief deputy commissioner for the Office of the Insurance Commissioner (OIC) as of August 27, 2018 and will be the keynote for our 2018 Fall Convention. Ms. Gellermann will speak on the 2-year grant OIC received to address issues of mental health parity violations and uncover any barriers to behavioral health services that may exist for Washington consumers. She joined the OIC in 2013 as the Deputy Director of the Legal Affairs, and then assumed leadership of the Policy and Legislative Affairs Division.

Elena EismanElena Eisman, Ed.D., ABPP is the Director, Center for Psychology and Health and Acting Executive Director for Governance Operations at American Psychological Association. She will be presenting a 1.5 CE on psychology’s role in addressing the opioid crisis on Friday.


Dan Taube PhotoDaniel Taube, JD, Ph.D. is a popular presenter from The Trust Insurance. His areas of professional focus include ethical and legal issues in professional practice, child protection, addictions, and disability and parenting. In addition to his teaching and research interests, he has been in private practice for 23 years, has served on the APA Ethics Appeals Panel for the past 20 years. He will present a 6CE (Ethics) workshop on Sunday.

Please visit the 2018 convention pages our website for weekly for updates on speakers and workshops. Topics planned for the convention include:

• Substance Abuse
• Psychopharmacology
• Duty to Warn
• Compassion Fatigue
• Asylum Evaluation Training
• Cultural considerations when working with underserved groups
• Workshops on ASD, DBT, PTSD

Photo of 2017 Ethics workshop
Photo of 2017 Ethics workshop

In addition to the three days of CE presentations several other activities are planned for Friday and Saturday.


  • A Student Poster Session. Applications are due September 21, 2018 and students must be WSPA members.
  • Exhibitors
  • Washington Psychologist Awards Luncheon. Nominations can be made online through Sept. 30th. A special award will be given to Dr. Lucy Homans, who is retiring in December.
  • 5:30 pm to 6 pm WSPA Annual Meeting open to all WSPA members
  • 6 pm to 7:30 pm – Cocktail reception celebrating Dr. Lucy Homans’ retirement and her 26 years as WSPA’s outstanding Director of Professional Affairs. This free reception is open to all convention goers and WSPA members (including +ones). Light hors d’oeuvres, no-host bar.


  • Exhibitors
  • 7:45 am – 9 am – Newly Licensed Psychologists Breakfast (Free. A special invitation email will be sent to Psychologists who have become licensed within the past 15 months)
  • Early Career Psychologist Lunch

Convention Advertising, Exhibitors, Sponsors

Advertisers, exhibitors and sponsors are needed to help defray the cost of a state wide convention. WSPA members in small group or large group practices, as well as solo practitioners can support the convention with a business card ad or larger display ad in the convention program or sponsoring one of the planned luncheons. Pricing for advertising is affordable and the program is often saved by attendees. Visit the advertising page for rates here.

Photos of 2017 program and tote bag.
Advertising and sponsor opportunities for WSPA members are available in the convention program and tote bag.