SDPA Member Events

Events included in the list below are events produced independently by SDPA members.

    • 02/15/2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 02/16/2020
    • 5:00 PM
    • The Cottage Clinic in Rancho Santa Fe, California
    Hold Me Tight© Couples Workshop 
    Relationship Enrichment Retreat in San Diego

    For All Committed Couples in San Diego

    Facilitated by: Dr. Diana Weiss-Wisdom
    Licensed Psychologist #12476 
    Assisted by: EFT Therapists

    The Cottage Clinic in Rancho Santa Fe, California
    February 15-16, 2020

    Saturday and Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    For more information, call (858) 259-0146,

    Or Register at

    $795 per couple

    Join us for this positive, research-based program for all couples that want to strengthen and deepen their relationship.

    Imagine being able to understand each other better and build an even more loving relationship, that just gets stronger over a lifetime.
    In our workshop, you will learn what is at the root of most conflicts between you and your partner, and how to change those moments through a proven method that all couples can do.
    Our *Hold Me Tight® Workshop for Couples is based on Attachment Theory, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, and the international best-selling book "Hold Me Tight: 7 Conversations for a Lifetime of Love" by Dr. Sue Johnson.
    Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy has been shown through research to be the most effective approach to helping couples:

    • Change the negative cycle of repetitive arguments and distancing that can cause alienation, frustration, and pain;
    • Understand emotions and needs in romantic relationships and how to tend to each other in a way that creates positive, bonding moments;
    •  Begin to repair old relationship injuries and how to build more trust moving forward;
    • Learn and practice a new way of communicating with each other that promotes a closer connection, more effective problem solving skills, and can help you have more fun and freedom together in your life.

    This is an educational and experiential program for couples given in an intimate, warm, indoor/outdoor setting; the format and schedule include: Educational talks, video presentations, and couple's exercises (in private, not in front of the group), with a catered lunch brought in each day (dietary preferences of attendees are always taken into consideration).
    *Hold Me Tight© Workshops are given all over the world. Since 2010, Dr. Diana Weiss-Wisdom has been facilitating these transformative weekend retreats for couples at her charming Cottage Clinic in Rancho Santa Fe, California. She offers 3-4 weekend retreats a year.
    The weekend takes place in a nature retreat on private property in Rancho Santa Fe, California (North Coastal San Diego, California). It is a relaxing and peaceful setting that promotes relaxation and enjoying quality time with your partner in nature.
    Price is all inclusive: includes Workbook, Lunch, beverages, and snacks on both days but does not include lodging.

    * Hold Me Tight®" is a registered trademark to Dr. Sue Johnson

    • 03/06/2020
    • 03/29/2020
    • The Boathouse at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort

    EMDRIA-Approved EMDR Basic Training offered by EMDR Readiness Academy 

    Training offers 52 CE Credits


    March 6-8 2020 and March 27-29 2020
    8:00 am - 11:00 am

    The Boathouse at Lakehouse Hotel & Resort   
    1025 La Bonita Dr. 
    San Marcos, CA 92078

    Cost $1500 (visit website for discount options)

    For more information and to register visit

    Why train with the EMDR Readiness Academy?
    We are a boutique training agency dedicated to excellence in preparing clinicians to provide safe and effective EMDR therapy.

    In order to provide personalized support in integrating EMDR therapy into clinical practice, we strictly limit Basic Training Consultation to groups of 4 (versus the standard of 10 per group permitted by EMDRIA).

    Each member of our team of facilitators/consultants has advanced skills in applying EMDR therapy to developmental/attachment trauma and dissociation, which is essential for navigating the real-world complexity of using EMDR therapy with clients.

    Our team is comprised of specialists with expertise in treating specific populations with EMDR therapy, allowing you the opportunity to choose a consultant experienced in a treatment area of interest to you.
    Come in your comfy clothes!  We have chosen a warm, restorative setting that is ideal for learning and practicing EMDR therapy skills for the first time – or as a refresher course.

    Why become an EMDR therapist?
    Trauma-informed treatment is increasingly recognized as essential for addressing the underlying vulnerability caused by Adverse Childhood Events (ACE).  Higher ACE scores have been associated with a markedly increased incidence of mental health disorders, addictions, and medical conditions.

    Advances in the EMDR therapy field have created an understanding of how “second generation” EMDR therapy can be used to treat the effects of insecure attachment, unmet developmental needs, and the “small t” traumas of adverse life events that can underlie and drive anxiety, depression, and other emotional, behavioral, and relationship difficulties.

    EMDR therapy was initially developed to treat trauma in the late 1980’s and has been been researched extensively in the decades since. Over 24 randomized controlled trials – the gold standard of study in the field – have provided empirical validation of its efficacy.

    EMDR therapy has been assigned to Category A as “strongly recommended” for the treatment of trauma by the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense (2004, 2010).  EMDR Therapy has been included in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (2011) for the reductions of trauma-related stress, anxiety, and depression.  Most recently in 2013, the WHO (World Health Organization) has formally approved the recommendation of EMDR Therapy for adults and children with PTSD.

    Completing a Basic Training approved by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) provides the foundation for learning to safely and effectively use EMDR therapy in clinical practice.  EMDRIA-Approved Basic Trainings undergo rigorous review to ensure quality standards and are required to provide a minimum of 20 hours of instruction, 20 hours of supervised practicum, and 10 hours of consultation.

    • 03/07/2020
    • 03/08/2020




    Please contact Maria Monroe at 760-632-9699 or via email at


    IMAGO COUPLES WORKSHOP SAN DIEGO invites you to experience the intimate adventure of a lifetime in one transformational, educational weekend.

    IMAGine that you can:

    • GET TO the root of your problems and dissolve them
    • SUCCESSFULLY communicate your frustrations and desires, getting your needs met
    • CREATE fun, romance, passion, and intimacy

    The 2 Day Imago Couples Workshop is for You if...

    • You and your partner SEEM TO BE DRIFTING APART
    • You are just starting a new relationship and WANT IT TO BE THE BEST it can be
    • You seem to keep having the SAME ARGUMENTS over and over
    • You are CONSIDERING ENDING your relationship because it feels hopeless
    • You are in a GOOD RELATIONSHIP and want to deepen your connection.

    This 20 hour IMAGO couples workshop, developed by Harville Hendrix (video of Oprah's favorite therapist), has been offered worldwide to over 100,000 couples. It is open to all couples of all sexual orientations, whether you are in a solid relationship, navigating a shaky one or in distress.

    Watch Alanis Morissette discuss Imago and view other Imago videos.

    • 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.
      • 04/03/2020
      • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • National University-Spectrum Campus, San Diego CA

      The relationship training institute presents…

      Suicide Therapies That Work
      Presenter: Lisa Firestone, Ph.D.

      Apr 3 2020 (Fri)
      8:30am-3:30pm/6.0 CE hours

      National University-Spectrum Campus, San Diego CA

      $150-$190 (Early-bird/Allied Agencies/Student discounts apply)

      Discounted rates for SDPA/SD Psychoanalytic/SD-CAMFT/SDNC-CAMFT

      PROGRAM: ALL CALIFORNIA PSYCHOLOGISTS NOW REQUIRED TO ATTEND TRAINING IN SUICIDE THERAPIES (STARTING 2020), AND ALL MFTS/LCSWS ALSO REQUIRED (STARTING 2021) —THIS OUTSTANDING COURSE MEETS ALL REQUIREMENTS FOR LICENSURE AND RE-LICENSURE! Join internationally-recognized author Dr. Lisa Firestone to identify the most important techniques/tools for assessing suicidal risk, recognize innovative and effective suicide therapies which will assist clinicians in practicing to the standard of care, and activate strategies to minimize the risk of successful lawsuits or sanctions.

      FACULTY: Lisa Firestone, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara and the Director of Research and Education at The Glendon Association. She is the author of Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion and The Self under Siege. Dr. Firestone is a national and international presenter on the topics of suicide and violence as well as couple relationships and parenting.

      For more information…

      • Visit our website at
      • Contact Suzanne Smyth-Cohen at 619.296.8103, ext. 10
      • E-mail:

    Past events

    12/16/2019 SDPA Member Event - Integrating Measurement Into Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): A Review of Best Practices
    12/06/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - The Neurobiology of Trauma: What To Do When You Are Stuck
    12/06/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - The Art & Science of Love Couples Workshop
    11/08/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - Relationships in Conflict
    11/02/2019 SDPA Member Event - Hold Me Tight© Couples Workshop
    10/26/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - San Diego Bowen Family Systems Theory Conference
    10/11/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - The Art & Science of Love Couples Workshop
    09/26/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - AToN Center CE Event
    09/13/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - Diversity in Parenting Conference
    08/09/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - The Art & Science of Love Couples Workshop
    07/31/2019 SDPA Member Event - The San Diego GSRD Forum’s Summer Cocktail Mixer!
    07/27/2019 SDPA Event - Brew Ha Ha 2019
    07/25/2019 SDPA Member Event - The Transformative Power of Disconnection
    07/20/2019 SDPA Member Event - Hold Me Tight© Couples Workshop
    06/29/2019 SDPA Member Event - Documentary Discussions
    06/07/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - This is the Talking Cure
    05/17/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - Law & Ethics 2019
    05/10/2019 SDPA Member Event - Superhero Therapy
    05/06/2019 SDPA Event - An Emerging Framework for Healthcare
    04/26/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - The Art & Science of Love Couples Workshop
    04/20/2019 SDPA MEMBER EVENT A Social Group for GSRD-Affirmative Therapists
    04/05/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - You Said What? Becoming a Better Supervisor 2019
    03/29/2019 SDPA Member Event - Suicide Therapies That Work
    03/23/2019 SDPA Member - Yoga for Stress Reduction
    03/23/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - "...something deep...": Emotion, Perception, and Bias in Bowen Theory
    03/17/2019 SDPA Member Event - Dinner Discussion
    03/01/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - Shamanic Perspectives on Healing
    02/16/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - Let the Poets Speak: Redemptive Love
    02/16/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - The Hold Me Tight Workshop
    02/12/2019 SDPA Member Event - The Art of Insight 16-week group
    02/08/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - Healing Power of Symbolic Memory
    02/07/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - Pesso-Boyden System Training
    02/01/2019 SDPA Member CE Event - The Predicted Stages of Growth in Couples
    11/30/2018 SDPA Member CE Event - Hidden Life of Families
    11/03/2018 SDPA Member CE Event - The Hold Me Tight Workshop
    10/26/2018 SDPA Member CE Event - Law & Ethics 2018
    10/26/2018 SDPA Member CE Event - Hold Me Tight For Polyamorous
    10/19/2018 SDPA Member CE Event - Transforming Interlocking Relational Trauma
    10/12/2018 SDPA Member CE Event - Suicide Therapies That Work
    08/05/2018 SDPA Member - The Practice of Mental Imagery for Mind/Body Health and Healing
    07/14/2018 SDPA Member CE Event - The Hold Me Tight Workshop
    03/16/2018 SDPA Member CE Event - Suicide
    03/11/2018 SDPA Member Event - The Practice of Mental Imagery
    03/01/2018 SDPA Member Event - Ins and Outs of ADHD for Parents
    02/10/2018 SDPA Member CE Event - The Hold Me Tight Workshop
    11/09/2017 SDPA Member CE Event - Sex & Relationships
    11/03/2017 SDPA Member CE Event - Mindfulness and Relationships
    10/13/2017 SDPA Member CE Event - Superhero Therapy
    09/19/2017 SDPA Member Event - Executive Functioning

    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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