DPA - Delaware Psychological Association

Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming events

    • May 31, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
    • Virtual Zoom

    Navigating Social Media Relationships: Parasocial to Self-Image and Everything in Between

    Friday, May 31st, from 9AM-12:15PM EDT

    3 CE Credits

    Presented by Dr. Erika Dawkins

    This workshop will cover the impact that social media has in various areas of our lived experience, including the way that we relate to the worlds around us, one another, and ourselves. We will explore social media application on mediums that allow for commenting, interacting, and resharing such as TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. The focus will be to help psychologists assist clients to understand how these interactions with social media impact the way that they interact with themselves and others. An additional focus will be to help psychologists gain a better sense of how they might appear professionally on these platforms, understanding both desired and undesired impacts of potential clients viewing them in the social media space. This will help psychologists to be intentional about their internet and social media presence. 

    Workshop Objectives:

     1.             Analyze social media platforms, including TikTok, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for evidence of relational dynamics.  

    2.             Identify patterns of joy, anxiety, envy, or loneliness that arise from consuming or participating in online content.  

    3.             Discuss techniques to mitigate social media-induced stress, screen time management, and fostering meaningful connections online.  

    4.             Utilize tools for monitoring online reputation, handling negative reviews, and responding to client inquiries to clean or create a current social media presence. 

    • June 28, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
    • Virtual Zoom

    The Role of Psychology in Addressing Pain and Related Opioid Dependence

    Friday, June 28th, 9AM-4:45PM 

    Virtual Workshop (Zoom), 6 CE Credits

    See Program Brochure with Full Agenda

    Presented by:

    Ravi Prasad, Ph.D., Jennifer Kelly, Ph.D., ABPP, 

    Daniel Bruns, Psy.D., FAPA. 

    Moderated by Alexandra Pappas, Psy.D.  

    Chronic pain affects approximately 20% of the U.S. adult population. Our nation’s opioid epidemic—which intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic—has encouraged patients, clinicians, and payers to seek nonpharmacologic options to assist with managing pain.

    Psychological interventions for chronic pain can reduce or eliminate the use of prescription opioids and improve patient functioning and recovery, and the U.S. Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force has recommended educating patients, clinicians, and the public about the role of psychological pain management interventions and expanding access to these services.

    To address this crisis, APA is pleased to offer The Role of Psychology in Addressing Pain and Related Opioid Dependence to the Delaware Psychological Association. This video workshop provides information on the role of psychology in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of pain for psychologists practicing both inside and outside clinical health settings.

    As a result of this workshop, participants will be able to:

    1.   Explain chronic non-cancer pain and its relationship to the opioid crisis. 

    2.   Critique pain theories and biopsychosocial approaches to care. 

    3.   Recognize the importance of patient and social factors.

    4.   Demonstrate how to incorporate basic pain evaluation and evidence-based treatment into an existing practice. 

    5.   Review billing and reimbursement. 

    6.   Approach pain treatment with a focus on coping and function, rather than analgesia. 

    7.   Identify when to refer to a pain specialist. 

    8.   Discuss ethical considerations and future directions in the field.

    Workshop Agenda

    9AM-10:30AM: Unit 1 (1.5 hours/1.5 CEs)

    ·      Intro to Pain and the Opioid Crisis

    ·      Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Part 1: Pain Theory and Biology

    ·      Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Part 2: Psychological Factors; the Initial       Psych Interview; Psychologists Role on an Interdisciplinary Pain Team

    ·      More Adverse Childhood/Adult Experiences

    10:30AM-10:40AM: 10 Minute Break

    10:40AM-11:40AM: Unit 2 (1 hour/1 CE)

    ·      Biopsychosocial Model of Pain Part 3: Social Factors; Social, Cultural, Racial, and Health Care Disparities as It Relates to Pain


    ·      Q&A for Units 1-2


    ·      Break for Lunch

    12:45PM-1:45PM: Unit 3 (1 hour/1 CE)

    ·      Pain Guidelines

    ·      Pain Assessment (Testing), Psychometrics, and Research on Outcome Variables

    ·      Billing (HBAI, Psych Codes, SBIRT)

    1:45PM-3PM: Unit 4 (1.25 hours/1.25 CEs)

    ·      Pain Treatment (Behavioral Tools for Pain Management)

    ·      Additional Populations, Conditions, and Considerations

    ·      Telehealth and the Impact of a Pandemic

    3PM-3:10PM: 10-minute break

    3:10PM-4:25PM: Unit 5 (1.25 hours/1.25 CEs)

    ·      Need For All Psychologists to Understand Pain

    ·      Core Competencies to Be a Pain Psychologist

    ·      Case Histories Roundtable


    ·      Q&A for Units 3-5

    Please take note:

    “The Role of Psychology in Addressing Pain and Opioid Dependence,” 6 CE credits, issponsored by the Delaware Psychological Association. The Delaware Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Delaware Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 

    Social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors can receive continuing education from continuing education providers approved by APA. Because DPA is approved by APA to sponsor continuing education, licensed social workers, licensed clinical social workers, licensed marriage and family therapists, and licensed professional counselors will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirement by attending DPA continuing education programs.

    For further information, please visit the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors (https://dpr.delaware.gov).

    As an APA-approved sponsor of continuing education, DPA is committed to the identification and resolution of potential conflicts of interest in the planning, promotion, delivery, and evaluation of continuing education. Consistent with concepts outlined in the APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, potential conflicts of interest occur when an individual assumes a professional role in the planning, promotion, delivery, or evaluation of continuing education where personal, professional, legal, financial, or other interests could reasonably be expected to impair his or her objectively, competence, or effectiveness. No conflicts of interest or commercial support have been identified for this workshop.

Past events

April 17, 2024 Screening of What About Our KIDS?
March 08, 2024 COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on Youth: Pathways, Opportunities, and Interventions
November 09, 2023 DPA's 21st Annual Convention
October 26, 2023 Connecting the Dots Listening Series: Racism, Education, and Mental Health – Part 3: Fostering Healing and Promoting Restoration
October 13, 2023 Firearm Injury Prevention for Behavioral Health Providers
September 18, 2023 Group Therapy with Clients with Long COVID
August 30, 2023 How COVID Impacts People and Your Practice
June 23, 2023 Neuropsychological Manifestations of Long COVID: Part 3 of the Long COVID Series for Mental Health Professionals
June 16, 2023 Telepsych and PSYPACT
May 31, 2023 Long Covid: Research, Treatments, and Recommendations, Part 2 of the Long Covid Series for Mental Health Professionals
May 12, 2023 Sequence XII: Navigating Challenging Conversations: Ethics and Risk Management
April 28, 2023 Use of Attachment-based Family Therapy for Adolescents Struggling with Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
April 14, 2023 An Introduction to Long COVID for Mental Health Professionals
March 31, 2023 An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults
February 10, 2023 Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Challenging Times
January 27, 2023 The Minds, Lives, and Motivations of Mass Attackers
November 11, 2022 DPA's Annual Convention: Embracing Refugees, Immigrants, and Asylees through Trauma Informed Care
September 09, 2022 Two Trains Running: Whiteness and Racism in Psychotherapy
August 26, 2022 Don't Let the "TR" Fool You: The DSM-5-TR is Far More Than a Text Revision
June 17, 2022 HIPAA, Encryption, and the Thorny, Not-Always-Clear Regulations Around Email and Texting
June 10, 2022 Digital Tools/Software – How to Choose Really Great Stuff and avoid the Not-So-Great
June 03, 2022 What is an Electronic Health Record (EHR?)
May 20, 2022 Equipping psychologists to advocate for LGBQT+ youth in our communities and beyond.
May 06, 2022 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) 2-Day Workshop
February 18, 2022 Ethical Myths and Mysteries
February 04, 2022 A Conversation about Blackness, Whiteness, Psychology, and Humanity
November 06, 2021 DPA's Annual Convention with Dr. Courtois - SATURDAY ONLY. Sexual Boundary Violations in Psychotherapy: Facing Indiscretions, Transgressions, and Misconduct.
November 05, 2021 DPA's Annual Convention with Dr. Courtois - FULL CONFERENCE - (Friday and Saturday Discounted Rate)
November 05, 2021 DPA's Annual Convention with Dr. Courtois - FRIDAY ONLY. Innovations in Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: The PRISM Meta-Model and Its Application.
September 10, 2021 Understanding and Treating Racial Trauma
June 04, 2021 The Trust Presents...Sequence X: Perplexing Problems in Psychological Practice: Decision Science, Ethics & Risk Management
May 14, 2021 Clinician’s Guide to Psychological Treatments for Chronic Pain in Kids, Teens, and Young Adults: A Skills Based Workshop
April 23, 2021 Principles of Forensic Psychology: National and Local Perspectives
February 19, 2021 Ethical & Clinical Assessment & Intervention with Inappropriate Sexual Behavior in Children, Adolescents, and Adults
January 29, 2021 Working with Transgender and Gender Expansive (TGGE) Youth: Ethical and Practical Considerations
November 06, 2020 DPA Annual Convention: All Psychologists Should Strive to be Anti-Racists: Using the Crawford Bias Reduction Theory & Training (CBRT) to Reduce Bias, Prejudice & Racism
November 06, 2020 DPA Annual Meeting for Members
October 23, 2020 Diabetes and Mental Health
September 25, 2020 Transitioning from the War on Childhood Obesity to the Battle for Body Diversity: Strategies for Reducing Weight Stigma in Pediatrics
July 14, 2020 Talking with Children about Race and Identity: Considerations for Providers and Caregivers
November 08, 2019 DPA Annual Convention
June 07, 2019 The Trust presents: Ethics and Risk Management in Complex Clinical Conundrums
April 12, 2019 Evidence-Based Assessment of Learning Disabilities and ADHD in Older Adolescents and Adults
March 08, 2019 HB 302: The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Delaware's New Gun Law, A Legal and Ethical Discussion
November 09, 2018 DPA Annual Convention - Using Emotionally Focused Therapy with Difficult Clients: Application to Individual and Couples Therapy
June 01, 2018 CE Workshop - Awareness, Identification & Management of Culture-based Countertransference
May 04, 2018 CE Workshop - Theaters of the Mind; The Psychodynamics of Dream Process
March 16, 2018 Mindfulness for Clients and Ourselves: Concepts, Benefits, and Practices
November 10, 2017 DPA Annual Convention: Treating Complex Trauma and Paying Attention to Your Own Self-Care
September 08, 2017 Developing and REsearching Advanced Models of Integrated Primary Care (DREAM IPC Conference)
August 25, 2017 Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR)
June 16, 2017 CE Workshop - Beyond the Basics of Sleep
May 12, 2017 CE Workshop - The Trust presents: Legal and Ethical Risks and Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice Sequence VII: Working with Couples and Families, Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient, and Legal and Ethical Issues
April 28, 2017 CE Workshop - Minimizing Health Disparities
April 07, 2017 Issues Arising in Cases of Parental Alienation
March 17, 2017 CE Workshop - What Every Psychologist Needs to Know About Law
December 02, 2016 The Trust's Ethics and Risk Management Webinar: "The Affordable Care Act and Professional Psychology: Everything You Didn't Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask"
October 21, 2016 DPA Annual Convention - Interpersonal Treatment of Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating and Body Image Issues: Integrating Neurobiology, Attachment, Affect Regulation and Clinical Conundrums
June 10, 2016 Psychopharmacology Update Children, Teens & Adults
March 11, 2016 "Reporting Child Abuse: The Legal Mandate"
October 23, 2015 DPA Annual Convention - Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care: The Business Case, the Skills Needed, and the Future
June 12, 2015 Ethics and Risk Management in the Age of The Affordable Care Act: Everything You Didn't Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask
April 30, 2015 Interdisciplinary Integrated Care Forum
April 17, 2015 Introduction to WISC-V
February 27, 2015 CBT for Pediatric Anxiety and Related Conditions
October 24, 2014 DPA Annual Convention - Developmental Milestones and Clinical Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Sexually-Fluid Individuals
June 13, 2014 Sussex County - Boundaries, Borders, and Multiplicities in Psychotherapy: Ethics and Professionalism for Psychologists
June 13, 2014 New Castle County - Boundaries, Borders, and Multiplicities in Psychotherapy: Ethics and Professionalism for Psychologists
May 16, 2014 CE Workshop - Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Theory, Practice, and Strategies to Enhance Distress Tolerance
March 07, 2014 Continuing Education Workshop: "Treating Children, Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders"
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