We’d like to thank The Trust for sponsoring the WV Psychological Association 2016 Spring Event!
The 2015 Fall Conference opened with “The Current State of the Tarasoff-related Duties,” presented by Dr. Bruce Clay. One partiipant said, “Excellent session with relevant information for all. Well thought, planned and executed.”
Long-time friends Vic Cera, Penny Perdue and Mun Kostka catch up during the morning break.
WVPA President Scott Fields presided over the awards luncheon and installation of officers for 2016.
The annual business meeting updated WVPA members on association activities and future plans.
2015 saw the return of the WV Board of Psychology Town Hall Meeting. Comments included, “Wonderful to have this interactive meeting with the Board! Do it annually. It was very nice to have the Board back at WVPA.”
Richard Cui, of West Virginia University, took first place in the student poster presentation. Presentation prizes were sponsored by Clayman & Associates, PLLC.
Briana McElfish of Marshall University took second place in the poster presentations.
Marshall University’s Josh Cater garnered third place honors.
Marshall University was well-represented, including this poster presented by Shannon Beish.
Gabrielle Mankin, center, of Marshall University, was another of our student poster presenters.
Madison Hassig represented University of North Dakota in the student poster presentations.
West Virginia University’s Olivia Scott was obviously excited to make her poster presentation.
Newly elected WVPA Board Student Representative Hannah Greenbaum presented a poster on behalf of West Virginia University.
Early career psychologists (ECPs) Penny Koontz, Emily Selby-Nelson and Jessica Luzier visited during Friday’s ECP mixer.
WVPA members and guests enjoyed a great cookout Friday night. Actually, thanks to the weather, it was more of a “cook in.”
From left, Roy Tunick, Vic Cerra, Penny Perdue, Mun Kostka and David Frederick enjoyed visiting with long-time friends and past WVPA presidents.
Old friends and new visited during Friday’s dinner.
Jeff Hammond and Marty Amerikaner visited with students.
Poster presenters gathered at dinner to share their experiences.
Emily Selby-Nelson hosted a table of early career psychologists and students at dinner.
The 11th Annual Psych Bowl generated conversation and learning between students, early career psychologists and seasoned professionals, as exhibited on this winning team!
Although this team didn’t come out on top, they agreed with one participant’s comment, “It was fun!”
“Throwing Yourself In: A Crash Course In Dialectical Behavior Therapy,” was presented by Drs. Patrick Kerr and Martha Fernandez. Glowing participant comments included, “Thank you for your integrity and commitment. Thanks for including some fun and smiles. Let’s have a Part II. Good teamwork!”
“Great ideas for interventions. Great presentation!” Those were just some of the comments received by Dr. Agnieszka Hornich for her presentation on mild TBI and comorbid PTSD.
Saturday’s lunch gave folks a great chance to renew old friendships and strengthen new ones.
Penny Perdue, right, and others enjoyed a relaxing lunch between sessions.
Exhibitor Ray Parsons of HIghlan Hospital joined WVPA members and guests to listen to the WVU-Oklahoma game during lunch.
Presenter Martie Fernandez, left, enjoys some down time between the morning and afternoon sessions with Briana McElfish.
“The ECP Supervisor: Clinical and Ethical Considerations Across Professional Settings and Roles” was presented by Drs. Emily Selby-Nelson, Penny Koontz and Jennifer Hancock. One participant commented, “I really valued connections to specific pragmatic examples.”
During the highest rated session of the conference, Dr. Meridith Smith presented “Risk and Rehabilitation in the Criminal Justice System.”
Sunday morning opened with Joseph R. Scotti, PhD, and Claudia S. Neely, MA, MDiv, WV Provisionally Licensed Counselor, presenting “Developmental Disabilities, Trauma and PTSD.” Participants commented that this was a great topic with great case examples.
“My best class,” is how one participant described the final conference session, “Getting a Life: Parent and Professional Collaborations for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum,” presented by Joseph R. Scotti, PhD, and Claudia S. Neely, MA, MDiv, WV Provisionally Licensed Counselor.