The 2014 Fall Conference opened with a session on motivational Interviewing, presented by Drs. Daniel W. McNeil and Emily Selby-Nelson. The session received overall ratings of 4.63 and one participant said, “Excellent overall workshop. It’s challenging to keep audience interest over a full day and they did this very well.”
In our second session, Drs. Jennifer Hancock and Alicia Smith shared innovative ways to identify and treat at-risk youth. With overall session ratings of 4.34, one participant said, “Excellent presentation of very valuable information! Great job!”
Our third session, dealing with the use of prolonged exposure treatment for PTSD, was led by Dr. Patrick Kerr. One participant described Kerr as “Wonderful educator!! A natural!” The overall session rated 4.64 on a 5.0 scale.
Saturday opened with the science of forgiveness in therapy, taught by Dr. Kevin Larkin. One word from a participant summed up his presentation, “Phenomenal!” This was backed up by his overall rating of 4.80 on a 5.0 scale.
Dr. Lane Wagaman came from North Carolina to discuss evolving ethical considerations for psychologists in behavioral health care. He received overall scores of 4.49, and one participant commented, “Lane validated and extended my practice work and I leave refreshed and recommitted to review and “touch up” my forms and I leave energized by and grateful for his work.”
The Psych Bowl was the highlight of the weekend for the tenth consecutive year. This year, Dr. Jessica Luzier substituted for Dr. John Linton, who was called away to WVU for meetings.
Our first place poster was “Attitudes toward mental health services in military men and women of Central Appalachia and impact on treatment seeking behaviors,” by Emma Cogar, M.A., Marshall University and Dr. Keith Beard Psy.D., Marshall University.
Our second-place poster was “Weight-Related Bias in Healthcare Majors Within an Appalachian University Population,” by Britni Ross, M.A., Marshall University; Thomas Holland, Marshall University; and Penny Koontz, Psy.D., Marshall University.
Our third place poster was “Researching Stigma in Seeking Mental Health Treatment in Primary Care Settings in Rural West Virginia,” by Paul Robrecht, M.A.
Dr. Jeannie Sperry received her president’s plaque from Dr. Martin Boone.
In a surprise move, Dr. Sperry also received her certificate of election to Fellow status in WVPA!
Members of the 2015 Board of Directors were installed during the Awards Banquet. They are, from left, Immediate Past President Marty Boone, Secretary Sarah Jarvis, Student Representative Alyssa Frye, President-elect Jeff Boggess, APA Council Rep Marty Amerikaner, Treasurer Penny Koontz and President Scott Fields.
The remainder of these photos show the great time our members and guests had visiting with our exhibitors and each other during the conference. We’d like to thank our exhibitors:
New Hope Treatment Centers
River Park Hospital
WV Disability Determination Section
Our conference was sponsored by The Trust.