All SDPA Events

    • 12/06/2019
    • 12/08/2019
    • WindanSea Beach - La Jolla

    The Art & Science of Love Couples Workshop

    A Cozy, Intimate Workshop that will transform your relationship!

    Please call us at (858) 456-7040 or register here

    A very special and private workshop limited to seven couples and held in a peaceful retreat-style setting in the WindanSea Beach area of scenic La Jolla, California. The brand new Art & Science of Love toolkit will be provided that includes a workbook, playful card decks and more.


    December 6-8, 2019


    Friday Evening 3:30pm – 7:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am – 5:30pm
    Sunday 9:00am – 1:00pm 


    Location A private retreat location in the WindanSea Beach area of beautiful La Jolla, California. Address and directions will be sent to confirmed attendees

    *Note: Once registration is complete, staff will be in contact to ask a few questions prior to the Workshop to gather a little more information.  The call will take 5-10 minutes. 


    What You’ll Learn: 

    At the workshop, couples learn how to:

    • Foster respect, affection, and closeness
    • Build and share a deeper connection with each other’s inner world
    • Keep conflict discussions calm
    • Break through and resolve conflict gridlock
    • Strengthen and maintain the successes in your relationship

    The Workshop Program:

    When hearing information, we will be seated together in a comfortable living area. When it comes time to do exercises, you may move to special outdoor spots on the patios or garden areas, one of which has an ocean view.

    Couples work privately on exercises designed to address the challenges in their relationship.  Dr. Stanley is available to support couples one-on-one during exercises. There is no group work, sharing, or public disclosure. 


    Workshop Topics:

    • Learn to recognize the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and what to do if they are attacking your marriage.
    • Learn how Love Maps provide a solid foundation for your marital intimacy.
    • Use the Fondness and Admiration System to renew respect and care for one another.
    • Learn small, easy steps that increase romance in your relationship.
    • Create an Emotional Bank Account that you can draw upon in times of stress.
    • Learn about the effects of physiological flooding and how it may affect conflict resolution.
    • Develop your problem-solving skills, including the 6 skills for conflict resolution.
    • Discover how you can make your and your partners life dreams come true.


    Intensive Couples Therapy: Intensive Couples Therapy sessions will be available before and after the workshop. Please contact Trish Stanley directly at 858-775-9388 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

    CEUs: This course meets the qualification for 12 hours of continuing education credit through R. Cassidy Seminars for qualified professionals. The fee is $40.00 and is completed separately after the workshop.

    Cancellation policy: If cancellation is made three weeks, or 21 days, before workshop date, a full refund minus a $50 processing fee will be given. After the cut-off date, your registration will be converted to a credit, good for a full year, that you can use to attend future workshops.


    For more Workshop Information:

    Call (858) 456-7040 or email

        • 12/06/2019
        • 6:30 PM
        • 12/07/2019
        • 12:00 AM
        • Handlery Hotel San Diego

        Many Voices/One Heart; Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion in our SDPA Community.

        The SDPA Party of the Year!

        December 6th, 2019
        6:30 PM until Midnight

        Register by November 15 to be entered
        into our Many Voices/One Heart raffl

        The Handlery, Garden Ballroom
        950 Hotel Circle North
        San Diego, CA 92108

        Come and celebrate your SDPA community and honor our community members who have inspired inclusion, and diversity awareness. 

        Inclusion, Diversity, Equality; Everyone Belongs at SDPA!

        • $60 for all SDPA members and their guests 2 Drinks Hosted
        • $40 for all Student members and Post doc members

        Appetizers, Cocktails (hosted and no host bar), Awards, Dinner, and Dancing! (Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Whole 30, and Gluten free options available by request!)

        Our members are the “heart” of SDPA come and we want to feel your heart beat! Come and join us for a night of connection, community, inspiration and fun!

        *Guests are encouraged to wear attire that reflects your connection with your own unique culture of origin or identity, or simply what inspires you!

        • 12/16/2019
        • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

        Integrating Measurement Into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A Review of Best Practices


        Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) represents an ideal therapeutic approach for integrating measurement-based care principles – including leveraging the power of ACT-consistent measurement for case conceptualization, outcome monitoring, and data-driven decision making purposes.

        This workshop will cover best practices for using measurement in ACT approaches to psychotherapy, including information about commonly-used ACT screening and assessment measures, how to use outcome measurement in clinical practice, and a review of research on measurement-based mental healthcare.

        Join Dr. DuBois December 16th for a 60-minute online workshop on actionable steps you can take today to integrate measurement into your ACT practice.

          • 03/14/2020
          • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
          • Brandman University Campus

          San Diego Bowen Family Systems Theory Conference

          Saturday, March 14, 2020
          9 AM to 5:00 PM

          Brandman University Campus
          7460 Mission Valley Road
          San Diego. CA. 91910

          Contact Phone: 619 525-7747

          Contact Email:

          Register Online:

          Conference Presenter:  Daniel Papero, Ph.D. Senior Faculty from the Bowen Center for the Study of the Family, Washington, D.C.

           Conference Topic: “Bowen Theory’s Concept of Cut-off and its Importance to Family Psychotherapy”

          Registration Fee:  Licensed professionals/others - $200.00; Students/Trainees/Interns - $125.00 (Registration fully refundable by February 15, 2020).

          6.5 CE Credits – Conference approved by California Psychological Association– Office of Professional Development to sponsor continuing professional education to California licensed PSY/LMFT/LCSW. (#SOU042) Sothern CA Education & Training maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

          Topic Overview:

          One of the later concepts added to Bowen Theory’s eight concepts, the concept of “Cut-off,” addresses the emotional distance that develops between generations in a family system. More colloquially the term has been employed to describe the emotional distance that can occur between family members, not just cross-generationally. The loss of emotional contact can occur in many ways marked by intense anger to a gradual slow-drifting loss of contact over time. This conference will review the concept of cut-off, it’s appearance and function for the family unit and the benefits and costs that flow from it. It will also review the clinician’s efforts to address cut-off in a family system. While each clinician may approach it slightly differently, the basic techniques of coaching appear to be universal and will be discussed.

          Course Content and Learning Objectives:

          1.      Review Bowen Family Systems Theory’s concept of cut-off.
          2.      Discuss the four components of cut-off.
          3.      Review the relevant neuroscience on theories of emotion and the relevance to family emotional process as understood in Bowen Theory.
          4.      Discuss the dynamics of distancing.
          5.      Explain the function of cut-off in a family system.
          6.      Analyze the costs/benefits of cut-off to the individual and to the family system.
          7.      Describe the first steps in reversing a cut-off.
          8.      Review the clinician’s efforts to address cut-off in a family system.
          9.      Discuss five function of the Bowen coach/clinician and describe the application of the fundamentals of “coaching through cut-off.”

          Contact Name: Carolyn Jacobs, Psy.D. (PSY15774), Director - Southern CA Education & Training in Bowen Family Systems Theory

          To request accommodation for special needs, please contact Dr. Jacobs.


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          Contact Us:
          San Diego Psychological Association
          4699 Murphy Canyon Rd.  Suite 105
          San Diego, CA 92123

          Tami Magaro (Office Manager)
          (858) 277-1463
          Fax (858) 277-1402

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