2020 Spring Conference

Join NDPA for the 2020 Spring Conference this year to network with many mental health professionals and learn more about topics that the world of psychology is awknowledging. This year we welcome Sara Boilen to speak about ethics in insular and rural communities. The second day will bring together three keynote speakers followed by a member forum discussion. Keep up with our Facebook and Twitter Page to see updates and information about conference!


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2020 NDPA Spring Conference Registration



Four Points by Sheraton Fargo Medical Center 

5064 23rd Ave S, Fargo, ND 58104



Keynote Speaker



Sara Boilen, PsyD., is the Chief Clinical Psychologist and Owner of Sweetgrass Psychological

Services in Whitefish, MT. Dr. Boilen earned her doctorate from the University of Denver where her clinical work focused on Therapeutic Assessment, Attachment, and Resilience. Dr. Boilen’s practice has expanded beyond her interests of assessment and attachment-based work to meet the ever-growing needs of her home: The Flathead Valley. Dr. Boilen has immersed herself in better understanding the specifics of Montana’s rural population and its unique characteristics and clinical needs. Dr. Boilen’s practice, Sweetgrass Psychological Services, a group practice and clinical training site, aims to make mental wellness accessible and available to all. Dr. Boilen is continually working to enrich the experience of providers in rural areas as we all work together to meet the mental health needs of our neighbors. Her book, Psychology in Rural America: Case illustrations and guidance for rural practice, is in press with Routledge Publishing.


Course description:

Individuals in rural and insular communities face challenges unknown to their urban counterparts. Using humor, storytelling, and didactic instruction, Dr. Boilen will enrich providers on the unique facets of managing a successful clinical practice in rural America. Participants will deepen their knowledge of their ethical responsibilities, explore the impossible binds imposed by many professional ethical guidelines and resolve ethical dilemmas in creative, collaborative ways.

Rural providers must somehow manage the privacy of ourselves and our clients while somehow staying within the confines of our competence and avoiding the multiple relationships lurking around every corner. Guaranteed to be the most fun you’ll have learning about ethics, this course will make anyone practicing in an insular or rural community feel supported, enlightened, and (hopefully) even a bit lighter.


Broken into four sessions, the day will be spent focusing on the many ways in which rural and insular communities create interesting predicaments for the ethical practitioner. The first part of the morning will be spent understanding rural communities and their unique needs. The second part of the morning will be spent discussion applied ethics in rural and insular communities, beyond the APA ethics code. The afternoon will start with interactive problem solving, applying Dr. Boilen’s model for resolving ethical dilemmas to participant’s real ethical dilemmas. Finally, the group will discuss the ways in which clinicians must think differently about rural and insular communities. Dr. Boilen will offer up some solutions and strategies while also reviewing some common pitfalls.


Learning Objectives


1. Know ethical pitfalls common to practice in rural / insular communities

2. dentify strategies and techniques for resolving ethical dilemmas

3. Comprehend the importance of the frame

4. Create solutions for navigating a practice in a rural / insular community

5. Understand and evaluate solutions to serving rural / isolated communities