SDPA Member Events

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

    • 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
        • 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
        • Marina Village Conference Center

        The Neurobiology of Trauma: What To Do When You Are Stuck - 3 CEs



        December 6, 2019 
        8:00 am - 11:00 am

        Marina Village Conference Center
        1936 Quivira Way
        Room C-1
        San Diego, CA 92109

        Faculty:  Dr. Bridgett Ross, PsyD, Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY#22304). Intermediate level course appropriate for licensed clinical staff in private practice, community clinics, hospitals and other facilities treating trauma disorders.
        This workshop is well-grounded in research and will teach you:
         (a) how effective treatments aim to rewire the brain.
         (b) how our naturally adaptive stress response changes when impacted by trauma.
         (c) how trauma and chronic stress wire the brain for a life of danger/threat/fear.
        Gain the skills to effectively share this information with your clients in order to help them understand the importance of engaging in evidence-based treatments to help heal from past trauma.


        $89 Individuals
        $79 Groups of 3-5
        $69 Groups of 6 or more

        ** Early Bird Registration! If you register before 11/6/19
        $74 Individuals
        $69 Groups of 3-5
        $64 Groups of 6 or more

        Day of Event: Sign-In/Registration is from 7:30am - 8:00am. Class starts promptly at 8:00am. Must be present for full class to obtain CE credit.


        • 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.

          • 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

          • 03/14/2020
          • 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.


          Past events

          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

          San Diego Psychological Association is a 501(c) 6 non-profit organization.
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