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Past Seminars

Please click on event titles to view more about past seminars, including slides and photos when available. GSPP is proud to provide training opportunities both by supporting organizations and producing relevant seminars several times a year. Please join our mailing list to be notified of upcoming seminars and opportunities to participate.

  • October 16, 2014
    Master Scholar Lecture: Dr. Robert Cantu
    "Concussion Management: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow"

    Dr. Cantu is a Clinical Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Co-Director at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, at the Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA.  He is also Senior Adviser to the NFL Head, Neck and Spine Committee, and founding member and Medical Director of the Sports Legacy Institute.

    This presentation was part of the 31st Annual Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado Conference: Navigating the Future. 

    (Thanks to sponsorship by the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, GSPP students attended Dr. Cantu’s lecture and Q&A session for FREE!)

  • October 7, 2014
    Master Scholar Lecture: Dr. Susan McDaniel
    "Psychological Healthcare"

    APA Presidential Candidate and foremost Health Psychology expert Dr. Susan McDaniel joined us for a lecture on Psychological Healthcare.

    Dr. Susan McDaniel PhD, ABPP is the Dr. Laurie Sands Distinguished Professor of Families & Health in the Departments of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York. She serves as Director for both the Institute for the Family, and the URMC Patient-and Family-Centered Care Physician Communication Program. Additionally, Dr. McDaniel is the Associate Chair of the Department of Family Medicine. She has built a career as a leader in the health psychology and family therapy fields and is regarded as a pioneer in women's leadership.

  • August 1, 2014
    The Art & Science of Psychotherapy

    6.0 hours of CE

    Registrants joined us for a day-long CE experience, 'The Art & Science of Psychotherapy' featuring two of the country's most visible psychotherapy scholars, Drs. William Pinsof and Jonathan Shedler. This presentation was followed by our first ever GSPP Book Fair (sales and signing) with cocktails and appetizers.

    Presentation Details

    "Empirically Informed Multi-Systemic Psychotherapy: Integrating Science & Systems in Psychotherapy"

    Presented by Dr. William Pinsof, PhD
    Northwestern University, The Family Institute

    The purpose of this presentation is to present theory about and illustrate empirically informed, multi-systemic psychotherapy. Empirically informed psychotherapy is both a complement to and alternative for empirically supported psychotherapy. Bill Pinsof and his colleagues at The Family Institute at Northwestern University have developed the STIC—a comprehensive internet based system for collecting data from clients and feeding it back to therapists over the course of therapy. The STIC is both multi-systemic and multi-dimensional —measuring multiple factors within multiple systems (individual adult and child, couple, family), regardless of the type of therapy. Participants will be introduced to the STIC and will learn how it can be used with clients to facilitate collaborative assessment (What's wrong?), treatment planning (What are we going to do about it?) and progress evaluation (What is getting better and what isn't?). Participants will also learn how the STIC can be used to measure the therapeutic alliance within the client system and with the therapist, as well as how to identify and repair alliance ruptures. STIC data will be used throughout the presentation to illustrate the process of empirically informed therapy.

    "The Talking Cure in the Era of Evidence Based Practice"

    Presented by Dr. Jonathan Shedler, PhD

    Dr. Shedler will present a lecture followed by a hands-on clinical workshop. The lecture—based on Dr. Shedler's internationally acclaimed article, "The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy"—will review seven core psychodynamic principles that underlie all effective therapy (regardless of "brand"), such as enhancing self-knowledge, recognizing recurring life and relational patterns, and addressing problematic relational patterns as they arise in the therapy relationship. Dr. Shedler will also compare effectiveness of psychodynamic therapy with other "evidence-based" treatments such as CBT and antidepressant medication. The clinical workshop will apply concepts from the lecture to practical clinical challenges. Through case discussion, "live" supervision, and role play, participants of all theoretical orientations will have an opportunity to enhance clinical skills working with challenging patients.

  • May 16, 2014
    Diagnosis Refresher: What You Need to Know about DSM-5 (plus a brief intro to ICD)
    Presented by Dr. Lynett Henderson Metzger

    This 3-hour program is being offered as a courtesy to all current GSPP students and recent graduates who had their diagnosis classes prior to the release of DSM-5 in May 2013.

    It is designed to bring you "up to date" on changes to the DSM-5 and provide a brief overview of the International Classification of Diseases system.

  • April 25 & 26, 2014
    Co-Sponsored by Colorado Assessment Society
    Working with Shame in Psychotherapy & Psychological Assessment
    Presented by Dr. Stephen E. Finn

    12.0 Hours of Continuing Education

    It is now recognized that shame is one of the most important and frequent client experiences in psychotherapy and psychological assessment, yet few psychologists and psychotherapists receive direct training in how to help their clients with shame.

    In this two-day intensive workshop, Dr. Finn will lecture about contemporary research and theory about shame and discuss implications for applied clinical work. He will show videotapes—of himself and other clinicians from the Therapeutic Assessment Institute—working with clients around shame, and will teach a number of specific, effective interventions that can help clients heal shame.

    At various points during the day, participants will work in small groups doing role plays of these shame interventions. (At no point will participants be asked to disclose personal information to each other.) Finally, Dr. Finn will discuss shame in clinicians, and how it both limits our effectiveness and gives us empathy for our clients.

    At the end of the workshop, participants will:

    • Understand contemporary psychological theories of shame and be familiar with research about the neurobiology of shame
    • Learn to recognize signs of shame in themselves and in their clients
    • Know and have a chance to practice a number of specific interventions that can help clients heal from shame
    • Have a better awareness of their personal shame

    About Dr. Stephen E. Finn

    Stephen E. Finn, PhD, founder of the Center for Therapeutic Assessment, is a licensed clinical psychologist in practice in Austin, TX, a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin, and Senior Researcher and Director of Training at the European Center for Therapeutic Assessment at Catholic University of Milan, Italy. In 2011 Dr. Finn was awarded the Bruno Klopfer Award from the Society of Personality Assessment for distinguished lifetime contributions to the field of personality assessment.

    He has published 50+ articles and chapters on psychological assessment, psychodiagnosis, and other topics in clinical psychology, and is the author of In Our Clients' Shoes: Theory and Techniques of Therapeutic Assessment (Erlbaum, 2007) and A Manual for Using the MMPI-2 as a Therapeutic Intervention (1996, University of Minnesota Press). Dr. Finn also co-edited, with Constance Fischer and Leonard Handler, Collaborative/ Therapeutic Assessment: A Casebook and Guide (Wiley, 2012).

  • February 21, 2014
    1st Annual Elevating the Conversation Event
    Critical Skills Training in Suicide Risk Assessment, Management & Support (with Dr. Thomas Joiner)

     6.0 Hours of Continuing Education


    In his theory of suicidal behavior, Dr. Thomas Joiner, PhD proposes three factors that mark those most at risk of death: The feeling of being a burden on loved ones; the sense of isolation; and, perhaps chillingly, the learned ability to hurt oneself. He tests the theory against diverse facts taken from clinical anecdotes, history, literature, popular culture, anthropology, epidemiology, genetics, and neurobiology--facts about suicide rates among men and women; white and African-American men; people with anorexia, athletes, sex workers, and physicians; members of cults, sports fans, and citizens of nations in crisis.

    Learning Objectives

    • to list basic facts about the epidemiology and risk factors for death by suicide
    • to describe a new theory of suicidal behavior
    • to discuss anecdotal, clinical, scientific evidence that evaluates this new theory
    • to utilize effective approaches to suicide risk assessment
    • to describe new developments in the treatment of suicidal behavior
    • to discuss developments in suicide prevention
    • to assess the experience of people who are bereaved by suicide

    Target Audience

    • Healthcare professionals
    • Behavioral health & mental health providers
    • Peer supporters
    • Bereavement support providers
    • All those interested in learning more!

    About Dr. Thomas Joiner

    Dr. Joiner grew up in Georgia, went to college at Princeton, and received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He is The Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University (FSU), Tallahassee, Florida. Dr. Joiner's work is on the psychology, neurobiology, and treatment of suicidal behavior and related conditions. Author of over 475 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Joiner was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Residency Fellowship. He received the Young Investigator Award from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the Shakow Award for Early Career Achievement from the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, the Shneidman Award for excellence in suicide research from the American Association of Suicidology, and the Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions from the American Psychological Association, as well as research grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Department of Defense (DoD), and various foundations. The Lawton Professorship, which Dr. Joiner received in 2010, is FSU's single highest honor.

  • October 25, 2013
    6th Annual Cocktails & Continuing Education Event

    ICD Diagnosis: Changes on the Horizon (with Dr. Carol Goodheart)

    4.0 Hours of Continuing Education


    Dr. Carol Goodheart's lecture, followed by a professional panel, offered clinicians a crucial review of the changing diagnostic paradigm. The clinical utility of the ICD-10 and its relationship to the DSM-V were highlighted in this intensive and engaging presentation. Panelists included Dr. Lynett Henderson-Metzger, Dr. Michael Karson, and Dr. Shelly Smith-Acuña.

    About Dr. Carol Goodheart

    Dr. Goodheart is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academy of Psychology, a Registrant in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and the recipient of national and state Psychologist of the Year Awards from Psychologists in Independent Practice and from the New Jersey Psychological Association, as well as the recipient of the Distinguished Psychologist Award for lifetime contributions to psychotherapy from the Division of Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association. She is also a clinical supervisor for doctoral students at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University; a seasoned speaker for public and professional audiences; the author and editor of numerous articles, chapters and seven books; and consultant to programs, agencies, and health care organizations.

    Dr. Goodheart was the 2010 President and currently serves on the Board of Directors as Past President of the American Psychological Association. Located in Washington, DC, the APA is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and is the world's largest association of psychologists. Dr. Goodheart earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at Rutgers University and is a licensed psychologist practicing in Princeton, New Jersey.

  •  September 27, 2013
    6th Annual Translational Neuroscience & Colorado Educator's Conference
    TBI Prevention & Intervention: A Curriculum on Children, Youth & Adults

    6.0 hours of Continuing Education


    Dr. Nazanin Bahraini

    "Risk Reduction and Health Promotion: A Public Health Approach to Preventing Suicidal Behavior After TBI"


    Dr. Jeff Kreutzer 

    "Resilience after Brain Injury: Theory, Application, and Practice"

    Dr. Karen McAvoy

    "School-Based Interdisciplinary Assessment and Intervention: A Common Sense Approach"


    Dr. Kim Heidenreich

    "TBI: The Need for Pharmacological Intervention"


    Dr. Chuck Bombardier

    "TBI and Depression: State of the science and clinical implications"

    Beth Urbanczyk

    "Self Regulated Self Talk: Context-Sensitive Supports and the Development of Cognitive and Behavioral Supports for Children and Adolescents"


    Dr. Theresa Hernandez

    "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Following Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Current Status and Lessons from the Laboratory"

    Beth Urbanczyk

    "Structured Flexibility: Positive Supports for Individuals with Complex Needs Following Neurological Injury & Impairment"


    Meet & Greet with snowboarder and TBI survivor Kevin Pearce;

    Screening of "The Crash Reel," which documents Kevin's TBI and rehabilitation


    View photos from our 2013 conference & reception!

  •  March 8, 2013
    5th Annual Cocktails & Continuing Education Event

    3.0 Hours of Continuing Education


    Nicole Taylor, Ph.D.

    "Supervisor Boot Camp: Practice-based Success"

    Judith Fox, Ph.D.
    (Discussant) Michael Karson, Ph.D., J.D., A.B.P.P.

    "Supervising Child Psychotherapy: 'Do I have to work with these parents?'"
    Artur Poczwardowski, Ph.D., CC-AASP
    Jamie Shapiro, Ph.D., CC-AASP, NCC

    "The Professional as Performer: Engage, Enjoy, Excel!"

  •  May 25, 2012
    5th Annual Translational Neuroscience Conference
    Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) & Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

    6.0 Hours of Continuing Education

    Morning Plenary

    Dr. Kathleen M. Chard

    "Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD/TBI"

    Afternoon Plenary

    Dr. Theodore Tsaousides

    "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for TBI"

  •  November 11, 2011
    4th Annual Cocktails & Continuing Education Event
    Neuropsychology, Ethics & Networking

    4.5 Hours of Continuing Education


    Dr. Andrea Vincent

    "Computerized Assessment of Cognition - ANAM Basic"

    Dr. Tresa Roebuck Spencer

    "Computerized Assessment of Cognition - ANAM Advanced"

    Dr. Jenny Cornish
    Dr. Michael Karson
    Dr. Lynett Henderson Metzger

    "Hot Topics in Ethics"

  •  March 4, 2011
    4th Annual Translational Neuroscience Conference
    State of the Science: Across the Lifespan

    6.0 Hours of Continuing Education


    Dr. John Povlishock
    Dr. Jeanne Dise-Lewis
    Dr. Jeff Barth
    Dr. Jim Kelly
    Dr. Mark Rapoport
    Dr. Rodney Vanderploeg

  •  April 9, 2010
    3rd Annual Translational Neuroscience Conference
    Supporting Recovery from Brain Injury: Issues & Interventions
     Archived content forthcoming.

  •  November 5, 2010
    3rd Annual Cocktails & Continuing Education Event
    Evidence-Based Practice: Benefits for your Clients & Supervisees
    Archived content forthcoming.

  •  April 3, 2009
    An Early Researcher Round Table Luncheon
    Practice in Mind: Connecting TBI Research & Practice
    Archived content forthcoming.

  •  November 6, 2009
    2nd Annual Cocktails & Continuing Education Event
    Using Technology in Your Psychological Practice
     Archived content forthcoming.

  •  November 7, 2008
    1st Annual Cocktails & Continuing Education Event
    State of the Art Supervision: Current Trends & Issues
     Archived content forthcoming.