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SDPA Event: Fall Conference

  • 11/04/2023
  • 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
  • San Diego Mission Bay Resort


  • CPD Committee Members Free for 2023
  • Wheel Chair Dancers
  • Guests of Dr. Coble-Temple

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The Impact of Trauma: 
Pervasive Experiences in Our Societal Fabric 
7.0 CE Credits

Saturday, November 4, 2023
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

San Diego Mission Bay Resort
1775 E. Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109





 Regular   On-Site
 Member         $150  $200 $225
 Member Graduate Student     $60        $75      $95
 Non-Member $195 $225  $255
 Non-Member Graduate Student   $85  $85 $110



7:15 am - 8:00 am         Registration  View Exhibits and Posters

8:00 am – 8:15 am        Welcome and Introduction - Darlene Townes, Psy.D.

8:15 am – 9:45 am  (1.5 CE Credits)

Countering the Historical Context for Present-Day Trauma:  The Role of Identity and Hope
Frank Worrell, Ph.D.

9:45 am – 10:00 am  Break - View Exhibits and Posters

10:00 am – 11:30 am  (1.5 CE Credits)
Enhancing Cultural Competency When Serving the Disabled Community: Implementing Effective, Fair, and Ethical Assessment and Interventions of Trauma and Abuse
Alette Coble-Temple, Ph.D.

11:30 am - 12:00 pm  SDPA Awards


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm   Lunch and Entertainment


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm  (1.5 CE Credits)
Harm Reduction and Social Justice:  A Trauma Informed Approach to Substance Use
Seema Clifasefi, Ph.D.

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm  Break - Snacks/Beverages  View Exhibits and Posters

2:45 pm - 4:15 pm  (1.5 CE Credits)
Psychometric and Psychophysiological Predictors of Posttraumatic Stress in Police
Nnamdi Pole, Ph.D.

4:15 pm - 4:30 pm  Break - Snacks/Beverages  View Exhibits and Posters

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm  (1 CE Credit)
Disenfranchising Trauma in Immigrants and Their Loved Ones:  What Mental Health Professionals Should Know
Mariela Shibley, Psy.D.

5:30 pm  Adjourn


Our Keynote speaker, Dr. Frank Worrell, Past President of APA (2022), will show the enduring legacies of the sociohistorical context of the United States include disparities in education and health care outcomes among ethnic-racial groups resulting in disproportionate levels of distress and trauma in some marginalized populations.  After reviewing the data, Dr. Worrell will explore the importance of cultural identities, hope, and positive attitudes toward the future as protective factors that promote resilience in individuals, including those in historically marginalized groups.  He will review data showing the positive outcomes associated with specific identity, hope, and time attitude profiles in adolescent and adult populations and suggest that educators and clinicians consider how they can use these constructs in their work with individuals in distress.  

Dr. Seema Clifasefi, Ph.D. understands the implications of trauma and addiction.  She also has extensive training that includes a broad set of compassionate and pragmatic approaches aimed at reducing substance-related harm and improving quality of life.  In this training, attendees will be introduced to the history of harm reduction and how its principles are based in racial, gender, and social justice.  Attendees will also learn how to embody the principles of social justice in their work with clients and patients and how to engage in trauma-informed care.  A central focus of this work is building awareness of the prevalence of trauma, how trauma (including intergenerational/historical and secondary trauma) presents, and obtaining skills needed to address trauma in our work.

Dr. Alette Coble-Temple will show Disability as one contextual variable intersecting all diversity components and trauma. While the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) was signed into law in 1990, the field of psychology continues to lag behind in delivering culturally responsive assessment, treatment, and intervention to the disabled community. One in four people are classified as disabled according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC; 2023). According to the American Psychological Association (2014), 80% of people with disabilities will experience some type of abuse/trauma over the course of their lifetime. Thus, psychologists need to understand the presentation of abuse within the disability community and learn how to effectively intersect the ethical mandates of abuse. 

Dr. Nnamdi Pole will provide research on the impact of trauma on police officers and how it relates to racial bias.  While the national conversation about policing has emphasized racial bias as an explanation for the excessive force exhibited by police, the possible role of trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress (PTS) in police misconduct has been neglected.  He will present findings of specific implications for preventive police interventions.  He will also consider possible generalizations to other first responders, military, and civilian populations.  Thus, the presentation will inform clinicians treating military or paramilitary personnel.

Finally, Dr. Mariela Shibley, through her extensive work with immigrant populations, will show the research on the nation’s immigrant population and how little focus is placed on how immigration policies affect mixed-status families, such as U.S. citizens married to an immigrant, or children born in the United States to foreign-born parents.  This presentation will shed light on the adversities immigrants and their loved ones face, how their mental health is impacted, and the often-disenfranchising nature of their trauma.


To Receive CE Certificate: Once you register for this event, you will receive an e-mail from CE-Go with a QR code.  Please bring the QR code with you in print or on your phone.  The QR code will be scanned to sign you in and out during the event.  The day after the event you will receive an e-mail with a link to your CE-Go dashboard where you will fill out the online evaluation forms and, upon completion, be able to print your CE certificate.

Attendance/Cancellation: To receive CE credit, participants must sign-in and sign-out of each course.  CE credit will not be issued to those that arrive more than ten minutes after the start time of the course or leave prior to sign-out. This policy is strictly enforced.  No refund will be given to any registered individual who is a no-show to a course.  Any registrant canceling within 72 hours of a course will be refunded 50% of the course fee. 

Note:  Under new California Board of Psychology licensure requirements, these continuing education courses qualify ONLY for CPD Learning Category #3 - Sponsored Continuing Education.  They DO NOT qualify for CPD Learning Category #2 - Academic  Self-Directed Learning.  All attendees are responsible for keeping their CE certificates for their own records.  SDPA does not keep copies of CE certificates. 


 American Psychological Association

The San Diego Psychological Association (SDPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SDPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

In California, APA approved CE’s are valid for licensed psychologists, licensed school psychologists, LCSW, LFMT, LEP & LPCC licensees. Though APA is a national organization, the out-of-state licensee should check with their state governing board to make sure that APA approved CE'’s are valid in their state for their license. 

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