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2017 NDPA Summer Family Conference

08/03/2017 - 08/04/2017  
Medora, ND

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Conference Details

Where: ND Cowboy Hall of Fame

When: August 3-4: 1 full-day ethics workshop (Thursday) and a second full day (Friday) with a mini workshop, panel discussion and Red Cross update


Medora Hotel and Entertainment Logistics

Hotel: Make your sleeping room reservations soon!

Or AmericInn

(Self-Organized) Attractions such as Medora Musical, Pitchfork Fondue, Bully Pulpit Golf, TRNP:


Continuing Ed Content

Combined CE for 2 days: 13 hours


Thursday’s Ethics Workshop:

Ethical Decision-Making in a Changing World -- 6.5 hours CE

Workshop Description

Ongoing clinical practice often contributes to a kind of ethical “drift”.  In addition, the internet, social media, and other technological changes have offered new ethical challenges for psychologists.  Using case examples, discussion, and lecture, participants in this workshop will consider how the APA Ethical Code applies to the changing world of clinical practice.  Special emphasis will be placed on developing psychologists’ understanding of decision-making processes used in arriving at ethical courses of action in the context of a changing world.  The workshop will highlight issues of informed consent, competence, confidentiality, and boundaries/multiple relationships.  Using case studies and vignettes, psychologists will be invited to consider what might be the best course of action in a variety of scenarios presenting ethical dilemmas. 

Learning Objectives 

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  1. discuss the assumptions and theories behind ethical decision making models
  2. be able to identify and explain a practical model for ethical decision-making
  3. summarize how ethical decision-making models can apply to issues of informed consent, competence, confidentiality, and dual relationships

Biographical sketch

Dr. Jeff Ashby is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Psychological Services at Georgia State University.  He is the Director of Georgia State’s Counseling Psychology doctoral program, a licensed psychologist, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Ashby has taught ethics at the graduate level for over 20 years and has served as Chair of the Ethics Committee of the International Association of Play Therapy and as an ethics content expert with the State of Georgia Psychology board.  He has made over 200 presentations at professional conferences and authored/co-authored more than 100 professional publications and two books. He regularly presents on ethics at the American Psychological Association, including an invited Distinguished Lecture in 2011 and the Clinicians’ Corner Continuing Education Series, and for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. 


Friday’s Conference topics:

Friday Morning Mini-Workshop on Bullying

Understanding and Treating the Bullying (and Cyber-Bullying) Child or Adolescent—3 hrs CE

Presenter—Dr. Jeff Ashby

Workshop description

Bullying and peer victimization continues to garner attention in the professional literature.  Recent research (e.g., Ladd, Ettekal, & Kochenderfer-Ladd, 2017) has found that 24% of children experience chronic bullying throughout their school years.  Children and youth who bully others are more likely to exhibit delinquent behaviors, dislike school, drop out of school, bring weapons to school, think of suicide and attempt suicide, drink alcohol and smoke, and hold beliefs that support violence (e.g., Cook et al., 2010).  The purpose of this workshop is to highlight a stress-diathesis model for the development of bullying behavior (both traditional and cyber-bullying) and ways that psychologists can conceptualize and devise creative interventions for children and adolescents who bully.

Learning Objectives 

As a result of this workshop, participants will:

  1. Define bullying as it applies to children and youth
  2. Identify the characteristics of child and youth bullies
  3. Understand the various forms of and settings where bullying occurs
  4. Articulate a conceptualization of bullying behavior in children and youth
  5. Practice creative interventions for treating children and youth who bully


Afternoon Panel Discussion 2 hrs CE

Come join Dr. George O’Neill and a panel of ND psychologists to discuss current issues and how we might address them. This workshop will discuss issues ranging from professional identity, our changing role in society, how to advocate for our patients and our profession, confidentiality concerns such as the mandate to report autism and reimbursement issues that threaten our livelihoods. Join the discussion groups to better understand current issues and explore possibilities.


Red Cross Disaster Response Update with Kit O’Neill--1.5 hrs CE

The American Red Cross invites psychologists and other mental health professionals to serve as Disaster Mental Health volunteers.  These volunteers provide basic emotional support, crisis intervention, and referral for individuals and families impacted by disasters of all types, including house fires, storms, wildfires, floods, and transportation accidents.  Disaster mental health volunteers also assist other Red Cross workers in handling the stress of disaster response, and work to help build resilience in the communities they serve.  The needs are real, and the rewards for volunteering include the heartfelt gratitude of those who are helped, and the satisfaction of giving back to one’s community. 

This session will provide an overview of the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health program, including the qualifications needed to participate and training requirements.  Examples of recent disaster responses in the Dakotas, and opportunities for involvement will be discussed.  The session also will highlight recent changes in Red Cross policies that impact mental health professionals, such as the inclusion of retirees as volunteers. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the Disaster Mental Health mission and how it fits into the array of Red Cross services provided by local chapters and on disaster relief operations
  • Recognize the difference between services provided as a Disaster Mental Health worker and as a mental health professional
  • Identify the next steps for becoming a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health volunteer


Dr. Kit O’Neill is a licensed psychologist with 25 years of disaster experience.  She is currently the Disaster Mental Health Lead for North Dakota and the Disaster Mental Health Advisor for the North Central Division of the Red Cross.  She has previously served as the NDPA Disaster Response Network coordinator, and is a Life Member of NDPA.

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