Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    • Thursday, September 12, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • California State Capitol


    Committee Hearing - July 10th - 1pm

    Come see the Senate Health Committee meet and vote on bills pertaining to public, mental, and physical health systems in California. Each bill is presented by the Author, then witnesses speak in favor and opposition, and then the committee members are allowed to ask questions and make statements in support or opposition about the bill.

    During this portion, you will see how bills are divided up into different committees depending on their content. On this day, you will hear more bills pertaining to our field; however, you could go at any time to hear different categories as well. If you are feeling up to it, you can advocate on this day and make your voice heard by simply walking up to a microphone to state your name (for the record) and whether you support or oppose a particular bill. It is one of the easiest ways to advocate for something you feel strongly about.  

    Floor Session - September 12 - 9:30am

    Come see the State Assembly and State Senate meet to debate and vote on legislation in a fast-paced atmosphere. Assemblymembers and Senators offer a speech about each bill, and their colleagues have the opportunity to ask questions, make statements in support or opposition, and then vote on the bills. 

    This is an opportunity for you to see your hard work in action and a bill one step closer to becoming state law. You will gain experience in understanding how these two entities work together to bring about change. 

    Each session will last for no more than 60 - 90 minutes and the SVPA group will meet after to debrief.

    • Friday, September 06, 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 601 University Ave, Sacramento (East side of building)

    • Friday, October 04, 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Hilton Arden-West, 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, CA 95815


    8 - 9 AM: Registration and Breakfast

    9 - 10:30 AM: Welcome and Keynote Plenary Session

    Helping the Helpers: Preventing Burnout by Prioritizing Purpose and Presence

    By: Christina Spragg, Ph.D.

    10:30 - 11 AM: Break for Group Photo, Networking, Exhibits

    11 - 12:30 PM: Break out sessions

    The Eye of the Storm: Finding Peace Amidst Chaos

    By: Marjon Fariba, M.D., Lynn Wilcox, Ph.D., Mohammad Sadoghi, Ph.D., & Nasim Bahadorani, DrPh, MBS, CHES

    ADHD Across the Lifespan: Considerations for Outcomes and Treatment

    By: J. Faye Dixon, Ph.D., Samantha Blair, Ph.D., Agnieszka Mlodnicka, Ph.D., & Tici Silba, MEd

    Psychophysiologic Disorders: Integrated Approaches to Understanding and Treating Somatic Symptoms

    By: Les Aria, Ph.D. & Stacie Lloyd, M.A.

    12:30 - 1:30 PM: Lunch, Exhibits

    1:30 - 3 PM: Break out sessions

    Navigating Neurocognitive Disorders for the Mental Health Practitioner

    By: Carol Chambers, Psy.D. & Linda Trettin, Ph.D.

    Psychotherapy Related Research and CBT Treatment of Children and Adolescents in Private Practice

    By: Lothar Mader, Ph.D.

    Identifying and Effectively Using Your Competence Constellation: A Workshop for Practicing Psychologists

    By: David Jull-Patterson, Ph.D.

    3 - 3:15 PM: Break

    3:15 - 4:45 PM: Break out sessions

    Incorporating Fathers in Behavioral Health Treatment of Children and Adolescents

    By: Olivia Briceño Contreras, Psy.D. & Jennifer Bob, Psy.D.

    Systematic Affair Recovery Therapy

    By: Talal H. Alsaleem, Psy.D., LMFT

    Fitness for Duty Evaluations and Health Law Considerations

    By: Amir Ramezani, Ph.D.

    4:45 - 5 PM: Checkout/ Pick up CE certificates

    5 - 6:30 PM: Social Hour

    An application for 6 CE credits has been submitted to the California Psychological Association (CPA) and is under review.

    For information about CE credits, email Dr. Ryan Cheperka at

    Refund Schedule for Cancellations:

    By September 6, 2019: 80% refund

    By September 27, 2019: 60% refund

    By October 3, 2019: 40% refund 

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