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2021 Arizona Psychology Training Conference

Training for the Future of Psychology - the (virtual) Realities of our Profession

November 19, 2021    9:00am - 11:30am

The COVID-19 pandemic has created new realities for psychologists, and accelerated the pace of change beyond what many of us could once imagine.   The new world of psychologist training affords us many opportunities, but also challenges as we navigate technical, logistical and ethical issues in both the practice of psychology and in training in the midst of a rapidly evolving profession.  

The ongoing opportunities and challenge are in some ways exemplified in the 2021 Arizona Psychology Training Conference, as we are planning yet another virtual event when many of us had hoped to once again join our colleagues in person.  Our conference program is a reflection of this context, as we explore issues in training that connect to current realities as well as implications for training and practice moving forward. 

As was true last year, the format this year is designed to provide opportunities to share best practice ideas and strategies, as well as collegial interaction and support in a time when such opportunities have been significantly limited.   As such, the program will include breakout group times where participants will be able to engage in facilitated discussions.  Ideas and strategies from each of the groups will be shared with all participants.  

Program Schedule:

9:00 am - 9:10 am - Intro - Welcome - Intro to the Day – Lilia Miramontes, Ph.D.

9:10 am - 9:40 am - Nonspecific Stress and the Impact on Training and Practice – Christopher McBride, Psy.D.

While the past two years have provided unprecedented challenges, often the stress we experience from such challenge manifests in non-specific ways. Accumulation of small challenges, vague uncertainty about many things (often with a concurrent sense of possible catastrophic outcomes,) or the recognition hard to even know how to do our jobs any more can all contribute to significant stress.  The non-specific nature of such stress may even contribute to more stress as such experiences leave us with little to do to respond.  Such a reality has important implications for both practice and training.

9:40 am - 9:50 am - Structured Discussion 

9:50 am - 10:30 am - Assessment in an Increasingly Virtual World: Can we do it?  Should we do it?  How do we do it?  And how do you train for it? -  Panel Discussion led by Alison Reuter, Ph.D.

Perhaps more than any other area of psychological practice, assessments present significant challenges in their adaptation to virtual realities.  In this interactive panel presentation, experts in the areas of  neuropsychological assessment, personality assessment, and school psychology discuss the conceptual and ethical complexities of assessment, and training to manage such complexities effectively.

10:30 am - 10:45 am - Ethics when Specific Ethical Guidelines Don’t Exist - Introduction to Group Discussion by Daniel Schulte, Ph.D.

Ethical practice is typically grounded in concepts that reflect years of consideration on established ways of understanding our profession and issues that challenge us.  How do you negotiate ethical practice and train for ethics when the entire profession has been so revolutionized to quickly, that many of the old models on which ethical decision making was considered is not relevant, and many of the new circumstances that require careful ethical consideration have little or no precedent?

10:45 am - 11:15 am - Structured Discussion 

11:15 am - 11:30 am - Large group discussion of concepts from small group, wrap up



As a result of participating in this program, participants will be able to:

1)      Describe three (3) important impacts of non-specific stress relevant to professional functioning.

2)      Identify three (3) components of decision making related to virtual assessment.

3)      Discuss ethical decision-making process in context of uncertain or incomplete ethical guidelines.

Registration deadline for this virtual conference is November 17, 2021 at 5:00pm (AZ time).

All registered participants will receive an email on November 18, 2021 with a Zoom link for the conference.

Questions regarding the conference should be directed to Dr. Lilia Miramontes.