Upcoming events

    • 7 Jan 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • 31 Mar 2019
    • 11:59 PM
    • The Riverhouse, Haddam, CT

            CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS      


     October 25, 2019 The Riverhouse, Haddam CT

    The Connecticut Psychological Association is now accepting proposals for the Year 2019 Convention. Programs from Academicians, Clinicians, Researchers and Students are welcomed.  

     Deadline: Abstracts must be postmarked by March 31, 2019

    The Convention Committee is looking forward to an exciting, high quality conference with a multitude of activities.

    Jeremy Richman,,Ph.D., a neuropharmacologist and co-founder of the Avielle Foundation  to highlight our day of diverse presenters.  

    The CPA Annual Convention is an opportunity to learn about your professional organization, exchange ideas, gain visibility, share successes and insights, enjoy being creative and renew professional relationships. 


    This year’s Convention will offer a variety of themes to address the array of interests expressed by our clinical, academic and community based colleagues. We seek to enhance the knowledge and interface of all sectors of our psychological colleagues.  Innovative approaches/interventions, research/academic questions and programs, forensic issues, integrative care models, ethnic diversity, geriatric and pediatric populations, collaboration with other professions/disciplines and neuropsychological issues are appropriate for submission. 

    When submitting a proposal, please note the following:

    1. The curriculum vitae of the primary presenter must be included.  
    2. All lead presenters need to pre-register for the Convention and pay the registration fee prior to the Convention.It is hoped that auxiliary presenters will register as well to attend the Convention.
    3. Final decisions regarding acceptance of programs, time allocated to each presentation and time of day for presentations will be made by the Convention Committee. 
    4. All submissions will be acknowledged. If you do NOT receive a confirmation receipt, please contact Convention Chair at ilene4kids@aol.com
    5. Proposal decisions will be determined by 5/1/2019. 

    Given the large number of excellent proposals submitted in recent years we anticipate that not all proposals will be accepted. Proposals will be selected based on relevance to professional psychology and their “fit” with the overall program framework. Only proposals submitted before March 31, 2019 will be considered.


     Ilene Grueneberg, Ph.D. 


    200 Oak Street

    Glastonbury, CT 06033

    • 22 Feb 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    CPA Webinar hosted by Darius Fathi, Psy.D.

    What Psychological Science Tells Us about Living Long and Well

    Presenter:  James J. Connolly, PhD

    Friday, February 22, 2019

    12:00 pm -1:00 pm. 

    Free for CPA Members      $35 for non-CPA Members

    ** A Link for the webinar will be sent out to registrants **

    Summary: Personality, lifestyle and attitudes make substantial contributions to both the length of life and the quality of later life. According to research, psychological characteristics appear to make significant contribution to length and quality of our lives that are at least roughly comparable to the contributions of genetics. In this Webinar, Dr. James Connolly will speak about how psychological characteristics (such as risk avoidance, conscientiousness, and positive attitudes) work in conjunction with lifestyle factors (such as a whole foods diet, moderate levels of physical activity, positive social networks) to promote longevity and wellness while we age. 

    Presenter: James J. Connolly, PhD received his undergraduate and graduate

    training in psychology at the University of Chicago and the University of

    Michigan. He has worked as a clinical and forensic psychologist in Connecticut

    since 1987. He is currently the President of the Forensic Division of the

    Connecticut Psychological Association and a board member of the Connecticut

    Psychological Association. He has also received several research grants to pursue a

    longitudinal study of 300 Connecticut couples who were engaged to be married in

    the late 1930s, now referred to as the Kelly/Connolly Longitudinal Study (KCLS).

    Dr. Connolly and his associates have performed repeated followups on this study

    group since 1980. His last publication on the subject of psychological predictors

    of longevity appeared in the journal Psychological Science in 2015. Dr. Connolly

    is in private practice with his spouse, Madeleine Leveille, PhD, in Waterford,

    Connecticut, providing court-related evaluations and professional opinions on

    forensic issues.

    • 8 Mar 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Gaylord Hospital, Chauncey Conference Center


    Training in the Biopsychosocial Model 

    to Enhance Coping Skills of 

    Individuals with Musculoskeletal Pain 

    Who Have Work-Related Injuries


    Presenters:   Traci Cipriano, JD, PhD

    Arnold Holzman, PhD, ABPP

    Robb Wright, OTRL

    Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Trust


    Friday March 8, 2019

    9:00 AM-12:00 PM 

    (8:30 am Registration)  

    Gaylord Hospital, Chauncey Conference Center

    Wallingford, CT


    $55 CPA Members, $75 non-members

    No refunds

    3 CEU for Psychologists

    Learning Objectives

    Participants will be able to describe:

    ·       Social and policy factors which have led to increased interest in, and implementation of, the biopsychosocial model, as well as the current strong demand for psychologiststrained in the treatment of pain.  Short-term and longer-term goals for increased implementation of the biopsychosocial model and interdisciplinary care within the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation System via the existing treatment protocols, and beyond. 

    ·       The biopsychosocial model as applied to pain and recovery from injury, and how to apply this model clinically in the graduated manner specified in the Medical Protocols for Psychological Pain Assessment and Treatment .

    ·       Assessment approaches, integration of pain management services with medical care, and brief treatment methods to enhance coping and enable workers to return to a higher level of functioning.

    ·       Why psychological intervention in the treatment of pain and injury is important from a payor’s perspective.  

    Presenters : 

    Traci Cipriano, JD, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and former practicing attorney.  She has been involved advocating for the promotion of the biopsychosocial model of chronic pain in the Connecticut Worker’s Compensation System for nearly 2 years.  She is a member of the Connecticut Worker’s Compensation Commission’s Medical Advisory Panel, and has been working with the state medical society towards educating physicians, psychologists and insurers on the effectiveness and value of the biopsychosocial model for treating chronic pain, with the goal of promoting use of the existing chronic pain protocols as standard practice.  She was invited to present at the Annual Connecticut Legal Conference in June 2018 on the biopsychosocial model, pain management and her advocacy work in this area.  Dr. Cipriano has been involved in the promotion of interdisciplinary care for several years, including as a member of the CPA Healthcare Reform Task Force. Dr. Cipriano helped draft the APA Practice Organization’s integrated care policy, which was adopted by the APA Board of Directors in 2018.  She also presents, provides workshops, and writes about issues related to the relationships among psychological health, physical health and well-being in the workplace.  

    Arnold Holzman, Ph.D., ABPP is a licensed psychologist with a longstanding practice in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with chronic pain and injury. He has published in this field and has worked consultatively with many pain management physicians throughout the state. Dr. Holzman currently manages a small network of providers offering these services to a workers compensation company. Dr. Holzman also serves as the managing partner of Behavioral Health Consultants, LLC a mental health group practice and consulting organization.  He has been working with the state medical society towards educating physicians, psychologists and insurers on the effectiveness and value of the biopsychosocial model for treating chronic pain.

    Robb Wright, OTR/L,  is a Return to Work Specialist/Managed Care Manager for the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation Trust.  Robb has been active in the Workers’ Compensation arena for over 25 years specific, caring for and functionally evaluating injured workers, assessing work place injury exposures and working to prevent work place injuries. Robb is also has expertise in ergonomics, safe work practice, the ADA/Reasonable Accommodation and other industry specific venues. Robb brings his many years of technical and practical expertise to assist Trust member’s with their return to work programs. Robb is a registered and State of Connecticut licensed Occupational Therapist. Robb received his education from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and a Certificate in Occupational Therapy. Robb has collaborated on the Occupational Therapy Interventions textbook specific to the chapter on ‘work,’ lectured nationally on the topic of Functional Capacity Evaluations and locally on given topics associated with Return To Work efforts. 

    • 22 Mar 2019
    • 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Gaylord Hospital, Brooker Lecture Hall

             Cybersex Use and Abuse: From Fantasy to Addiction 

    Presenter: Elaine Ducharme, Ph.D. 

    9:15 am - Registration 

    9:30 am - 4:00 pm  - Presentation 

    Brooker Lecture Hall, Gaylord Hospital

    Wallingford, CT 

    Lunch will be included

    CPA Member - $110           Non-CPA Member - $150

    5 CEs 

    Internet addiction has become a serious mental health concern in many countries. While many individuals can engage in on-line behaviors with no serious consequences, there are specific pulls that lead many beyond the level of periodic pleasure to compulsive and addictive behaviors. While many of the same issues occur in terms of on-line gaming and gambling, this is particularly true regarding sexual activity, often referred to as cybersex. 

    This workshop provides in depth information regarding frequency of cybersex use by men, women and teens and information on why cybersex has been referred to as the next sexual revolution. Initially, Participants will learn the 3 specific reasons that make cybersex so appealing and participate in a discussion regarding whether or not these behaviors are actually an addiction. The impact of cyber sexual behaviors on the reward system of the brain will be presented. 

    Participants will learn the components of assessment and current treatment recommendations for cybersex addiction. The program will then provide information on the impact of sexual addictions on the individual and family as well as guidelines to help with the healing of trauma for partners confronting sexual addictions..

    This workshop is designed to help participants:

    1.     Be able to describe both sides of the professional debate on whether or not internet addiction is a legitimate diagnosis and discuss implications for practice

    2.   Recognize and adequately describe the similarities of cybersex addiction to on-line gaming addiction

    3.   List the positive and negatives effects of cybersex

    4.   Discuss the impact of cybersex addiction on the reward circuity of the brain 

    5.   Be able to select and utilize the appropriate components for adequately assessing cybersex addiction  

    6.   Learn and successfully apply identified treatment techniques for cybersex addiction into their own practice       

    • 2 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Diagnosis and Management of Psychogenic Nonepileptic Seizures (PNES)


    Stacy Cruess, PhD (Psychologist, Institute of Living and Hartford Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center)

    Gabriel Martz, MD (Medical Director, Hartford Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center)

    April 2, 2019 

    5:00-7:00 pm 

    Hartford Hospital

    Jefferson Building, Room 118

    (Free parking is available at nearby Hartford Hospital Hudson St Garage) 

    Workshop is Free for all

    CPA Members receive FREE CE

    Non-CPA Members - $25 for CE 

    Psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES) are paroxysmal changes in responsiveness, movement, or behavior that superficially resemble epileptic seizures but are not caused by epileptic neuronal discharges in the brain. Etiology is multifaceted and includes interaction of predisposing, precipitating, and perpetuating factors, of which psychological factors are hypothesized to play a significant role. Research has also suggested the potential role of altered structural and functional brain connectivity. PNES can be debilitating and stigmatizing – individuals with PNES often have the same or greater healthcare and disability costs as patients with similar, well-defined medical problems.  Unfortunately, it typically takes years for people with PNES to get an accurate diagnosis and many individuals go for an extended period of time without appropriate treatment. Furthermore, as individuals with PNES typically present to Neurology specialists rather than to mental health professionals, many community-based mental health treatment providers have little to no experience in treating PNES and other Conversion Disorders.  Treating neurologists often struggle with identifying clear pathways to access mental health care where their patients with PNES can receive appropriate treatment from providers who are experienced with the disorder.  The purpose of this seminar is to educate mental health providers on what psychogenic nonepileptic seizures  are, how they are diagnosed, common biopsychosocial correlates of PNES, and current knowledge of best practices for treating this disorder. 

    Presentations will be given by Dr. Gabriel Martz, an epileptologist and Medical Director of the Hartford Hospital Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, and by Dr. Stacy Cruess, a clinical health psychologist in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center who provides evaluation and treatment of PNES patients. Through educating other mental health professionals about PNES and its treatment, Drs. Martz and Cruess also hope to begin to generate a network of providers in Connecticut to improve access to effective treatment for individuals diagnosed with PNES.  Furthermore, Drs. Martz and Cruess hope to begin to establish relationships with interested mental health providers to facilitate ongoing collaborations for effective treatment and improved communication across disciplines to promote integrated care for people with PNES. In addition to didactic presentations, there will be opportunities for questions and discussion, with the goal of facilitating an interactive and dynamic dialogue. 

    Participants will be able to :

    1.       Describe the gold standard process for the diagnosis of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures.

    2.       Identify psychological, social, and neurobiological factors that are associated with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures.

    3.       Identify the 4 stages of treatment for psychogenic nonepileptic seizures and empirically supported treatment options for acute management of symptoms.

    • 26 Apr 2019
    • 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Gaylord Hospital, Brooker Lecture Hall

    CPA Retreat  with Special Guest, Dan Abrahamson, Ph.D.

    Dan Abrahamson is the Deputy Chief of Professional Practice at the American Psychological Association and serves on the Practice Management Team. In his role as Deputy Chief he works on association-wide initiatives and supports the work of the Chief of Professional Practice. Additionally, he oversees the State Advocacy Office where he and his staff coordinate the annual Practice Leadership Conference, manage the APA grant program for state associations, and provide consultation to APA’s 60 affiliated state, provincial and territorial psychological associations.

    April 26, 2019 

    9:30 am - 12:00 pm   - Free for all CPA Members 

    Gaylord Hospital, Brooker Lecture Hall

    Wallingford, CT

    Lunch at Laskara in Wallingford following the Retreat. Cost will be $30 for all attendees. 

    2 CEs will be offered  

    Presentation - The Reciprocal Nature of Psychology 

     This presentation will address the critical relationship between state psychological associations and the American Psychological Association in addressing a broad range of issues impacting the profession and discipline of psychology.  These topics include: clinical practice guidelines, psychology's clinical data registry, HIPAA, Medicaid coverage for psychology interns, the APA Practice Leadership Conference, mental health parity and getting involved in political advocacy.  This program is designed to stimulate thought and discussion about the critical roles of APA and CPA in addressing the needs of psychologists and the people we serve.


    Foster an understanding of the reciprocal relationship between APA and state psychological associations.

    Be able to integrate thinking about science, education, public interest and practice considerations into one’s work as a psychologist.

    Be prepared to take one specific step to improve the systematic nature of one’s work as a psychologist.


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