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 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 & NASW CT Chapter Member - $110      

    Non-CPA  & Social Worker, LMFT, & LPC - $150

    5 Continuing Education Credits for Psychologists

    5 CE Credits for CT Social Work Licensure Renewal &

    Criteria for CT LMFTs and LPCs 

    This seminar may qualify for up to 5 hours of CLE credits for attorneys

    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 circuitry 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.

    • 16 Apr 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    • Independent Neuropsychological Evaluations

      Presenters: Howard Oakes, Psy.D., ABPP-CN & David Lovejoy, Psy.D., ABN

      April 16, 2019 

      9:00-10:30 am 

      Hospital of Special Care, 2150 Corbin Ave, New Britain

      1.5 CEs for Psychologists 

      CPA Members - $10 / Non-CPA Members - $25

      Summary of Workshop :

    • The competent practice of clinical neuropsychology requires an ongoing process of education, training, and consultation.   An exponential growth of neuropsychological services in the medico-legal and disability arenas over the past several decades has created more exposure to practice issues in these areas for neuropsychologists.  

      While we will discuss on neuropsychological IMEs conducted in the context of civil litigation, workers’ compensation, fitness for duty, and state or federally sponsored disability programs, we will emphasize IMEs conducted for private disability insurance companies.  

      It is in this context that we hope to provide insights into the basic framework for conducting IMEs.  We believe that the information contained in this talk will have relevance for the novice IME provider, as well as providers that have greater levels of experience and expertise in this area.  We will discuss some of the complex issues associated with disability related assessments by explaining the language and context of “disability”, relevant ethical and professional considerations, and business aspects of IMEs as well as particular neuropsychological related issues.  


      1.     Participants will be able to contrast between their roles in clinical and independent evaluations.  

      2.     Participants will be able to define disability related terminology including impairment, restrictions, and limitations.

      3.     Participants will be able to identify data interpretation issues in disability related evaluations.

    • 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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