Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, May 08, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Sutter Center for Psychiatry, 7700 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento

    • Sunday, June 10, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Start: Crocker Park, 3rd and N, Sacramento

    Join SVPA for the second year of walking in the Sacramento LGBTQ+ Pride Parade!

    Last year was an exciting experience, and the community was thankful for psychology to show up and support the LGBTQ+ community.

    Please join us for this fun day!

    Parade begins at 11am. We will gather in the parking lot near Crocker Park (3rd and N) around 10am. Parade ends at the Capitol, where the Pride Festival happens. 

    More details to come. 

    Please email Dr. Rick Grant-Coons for more information:

    • Tuesday, June 12, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Sutter Center for Psychiatry, 7700 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento

    Providing Compassionate, Effective, and Collaborative Gender Transition Support Services for Adults 

    By: Malakai Coté, Ph.D.

    This presentation aims to help practitioners explore Standards of Care in working with diverse transgender adults (e.g., binary, non-binary, agender individuals) seeking medical intervention and address key elements within ecological behavioral health assessment for gender diverse individuals. This training will assist practitioners in working with clients to go beyond “rehearsed narratives” to foster openness and collaboration in making referrals for gender confirmation surgeries. 

    Learning Objectives 

    1. Describe and discuss recent research and clinical insight into areas of risk and resilience for transgender and gender diverse adults with attention paid to intersecting identities and diverse life experiences. 

    2. From initial contact, utilize collaborative and mindfulness approaches to encourage therapeutic trust building. 

    3. Describe World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) Standards of Care, Version 7 Guidelines for assessing and providing support documentation for adults seeking medical gender confirmation interventions. 

    4. Develop an ecological assessment and aftercare planning protocol to promote client postoperative success and wellness. 

    2 CE credits will be provided pending approval from CPA.

    • Saturday, June 16, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Alliant International University, 2030 West El Camino Ave, Sacramento, CA

    This workshop is based on Dr. Waldman’s 40 years of highly successful clinical, forensic private psychological practice and on-going study of the topic.  Many psychologists are unfamiliar with effective business strategies and are uncomfortable with marketing; some even consider practice development to be unethical.  This seminar will teach necessary practice management tools and the importance of promoting one’s practice through ethical, effective and efficient marketing methods.  Participants will be introduced to emerging technologies, such as online processes. 

    One cannot help the client they don’t see.  Through this workshop psychologists will benefit their community and their profession by educating more people regarding the many services psychologists provide.  In this very practical workshop the following topics will be addressed:  Private Practice as a Business; Effectively Getting Started; Necessary Practice Management Concepts; Managing Managed Care; Proven, Productive, Efficient, Ethical Marketing Techniques; Become the Expert; Non-Traditional Ways of Earning Income; and Online Marketing.

    The workshop is appropriate for early-career clinicians but also is quite useful for more experienced providers who desire to develop a more lucrative, satisfying practice.  Participants will be enabled to make immediate changes in their professional functioning.  Not only will this workshop be most relevant, it will also be entertaining, as Dr. Waldman is a trained, professional speaker.

    This is a day-long workshop.  Six hours of CE credit are offered pending approval from CPA.

    • Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    How to Become an LGBTQ+ Affirmative Therapist

    By: Rick Grant-Coons, Psy.D.

    • Friday, October 19, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Hilton Arden-West

    Application Information:

    Applications to present must be submitted to Dr. Rick Grant-Coons, Programming Coordinator, by May 25th:

    Application Requirements:

    *Program Description

    *Copy of Presenter(s) CV(s)

    Program Description Requirements

    Sample Program Description

    Letter from CE Chair

    Please direct any questions to Dr. Grant-Coons (Programming Coordinator) at or Dr. Cheperka (Conference Chair) at

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