Professional Development

Humanistic Psychology and APA

Clandis Payne, 5th year doctoral candidate, traveled to Washington, DC for APA’s convention last August to participate in a symposium: The Giving and Receiving of Voices in a Multicultural Mosaic,with Dr. Juliet Rohde-Brown, Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, and Mr. Art Cisneros. Earlier in that same year, she was in Chicago for the April Division 32 Humanistic Psychology Conference: In the World … On the Edge and participated in a panel on Diversity and Dialogue through the Arts: A Community Endeavor. Clandis is currently working at her predoctoral internship at BHC Alhambra Hospital.

Dr. Ryan Sharma and Dr. Juliet Rohde-Brown presented their poster: Outcome Assessment for Student Performance in Practicum, and conducted a well attended break out session for psychologists at the January 2012 Mid-Winter Conference of the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology in New Orleans. They also participated in a community service project at the Intercultural Charter School, a school that had been devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

Conventions by Betsy Bates Freed, PsyD, ‘11

I have been to a number of APA conventions now, early on as a medical journalist, then as a member of our 1st year PsyD cohort–we presented a poster–and later as a 3rd year student hoping to get the scoop on internships. In August 2011, I braved the heat of Washington, DC to present a paper as part of a symposium on prostate cancer, and to buy the best darned exam prep program I could find, at the best price, in anticipation of taking the EPPP licensing exam. For me, every trip to the convention marks a point on the map in my journey as a burgeoning psychologist. I anticipate that as my career evolves, so will the placement of tabs in the convention program, indicating the topics and rooms I hope to visit. This past year, I spent time in sessions and at posters addressing the issue of integrated care: the hoped-for marriage of psychology and primary care medicine to finally bring together mind and body under one therapeutic umbrella.

With a patient in mind, I attended a highly informative session unveiling longitudinal findings on patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. And, as always, I snuck out to the APA Film Festival, the best-kept secret of the meeting. This year, I particularly enjoyed an independent film about pressured children: Lost Adventures of Childhood–The High Price of Hyper-Parenting. But the highlight for me this year was the exhibit hall, with its abundance of charming salespeople willing to patiently explain the virtues of their programs to assure me of a stratospheric score on the EPPP licensing exam. I played hoops for a free drawing at one exhibit and tried my luck on a practice exam at another. I salivated over the convention-only discounts, and in the end, my Visa card enjoyed a ride through the scanning machine, the highlight of her East Coast trip. I haven’t taken the exam yet, but my time at APA will be well-spent.

APA Reflections  by Chris Beckley, MA, 4th Year Doctoral Candidate

This past summer I attended my first APA convention in Washington, DC. This was an eye opening experience, one I will not soon forget. After finishing my third year in the PsyD program, passing my comprehensive exams, and looking ahead to the internship process I was overwhelmed and unsure of my direction in psychology. Arriving at the convention center fostered these feelings due to the sheer size and variety of the talks and information. I quickly realized I would not be able to see and do everything. After attending a “First Timer’s” introduction orientation I had a better grasp as to my focus and planned my days accordingly. I wanted to concentrate on building a network with those who were involved in International Humanitarian Psychology. In doing so I met many professionals who shared a passion for helping abroad.

They were forthcoming with advice and networking possibilities. The speakers were the same individuals whose articles I had read in my classes. I was grateful for the accessibility to these professionals. I exchanged business cards, discussed  topics, and even received their PowerPoint presentations to review later. All the professionals I met were eager to get to know me and happy to help me anyway they could. By the third day I was excited and refocused.

Sharing the commonalities of the process of graduate school with those in programs all over the country was refreshing and validating. Through these relationships there was shared information about the convention, attending different talks together, and sharing each other’s focus in psychology that made the experience so worthwhile. There are many experiences I have from attending the APA’s annual convention. Most of all it is the relationships I have made and continue to develop personally and professionally. I would highly recommend attending this convention no matter what your passion or focus-there is something there for you to gain information about that could serve you well now or in the future.

The Santa Barbara County Psychological Association by Vanessa Olguin 5th Year Doctoral Candidate

The Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA) is a fantastic, local professional organization that has students, psychological assistants, and psychologists as its members. This organization is a chapter of the California Psychological Association, which is a state chapter of the American Psychological Association.

I have had the pleasure of being a student member since 2009 and have had the honor of serving on the board of directors as a student representative for the SBCPA since 2010. The organization is very student-oriented and has included events that are geared towards student’s interests as developing professionals in the field of psychology. The organization has also been very welcoming of its student members at all of their events! More importantly, student members have the opportunity of creating professional relationships with psychologists in the community. Not only are students able to build relationships with other graduate students and psychologists in the field, but working relationships have also been established which have included but are not limited to supervisor-supervisee opportunities.

One of the newer and more incredible opportunities that the SBCPA is offering is called student assistantships, which allow students to apply for an opportunity to shadow some of the board members of the SBCPA and become actively involved! The SBCPA is a fantastic way to create new professional relationships, feel a part of the field of the psychology at large, and promote your own professional development. Think about joining today! For more information visit

*Vanessa is currently working at her full time predoctoral internship and presented at the annual convention of the National Association for School Psychologists in Philadelphia, February 22-24, 2012!

Proposals Accepted at APA 2012

Dr. Steve Kadin co-authored a chapter in the 2011 book Engaging men in couples therapy, entitled “Male sensitive couples therapy with unfaithful men.” Dr. Kadin will be presenting the concepts of this chapter at the APA convention in Orlando this August. In addition, Dr. Kadin has begun serving his three year  board term on the American Board of Professional Psychology: Couples and Family Division. His responsibilities on the board include establishing ongoing competencies for psychologists specializing in couples and family psychology as well as examining candidates for ABPP certification.

Erin Holley, a second year PsyD student who has worked with Dr. Kadin as a research assistant, will be presenting a poster paper at APA in Orlando this August, on a related topic: a review of the literature concerning variabilities in the reporting of infidelity statistics.

Alexandra Schmidt, 5th year doctoral candidate, has fulfilled all of the necessary requirements for certification as a state-approved treatment provider for clients who have been convicted or accused of a sexual offenses, and is on track to achieve Associate Practitioner level in a few months. She is currently working at the San Francisco Forensic Institute in her predoctoral internship, and plans to present her research at the upcoming California Coalition on Sexual Offending conference in San Diego this May, 2012.

In October 2011, the doctoral program sponsored a Saturday workshop featuring Lobsang Rapgay, PhD. Dr. Rapgay presented “Classical Mindfulness Based Cognitive Behavioral Treatment For the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders with a Focus on PTSD.” Dr. Rapgay is a member of the Research Faculty at the Department of Psychiatry, UCLA. This well attended event included students, faculty, staff, and licensed professionals from the community.