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Supporting Psychologists Who Serve Iowans

  • July 10, 2015
  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center, 8553 Urbandale Ave, Des Moines 50322


  • Registrants who wish to receive 1.5 Continuing Education Unit
  • Registrants who wish to attend but not received Continuing Education

Registration is closed

This event will begin with a panel presentation focused on professional issues by IPA members Drs. Brandon Davis, Greg Febbraro and Catalina D’Achiardi Ressler, as well as a specialist in completion of credentialing applications.  Some of the information presented by the panel you may know, while other parts will be interesting to you no matter what your career level. 
At the conclusion of the panel presentation, attendees will break into small groups to further discuss professional and business issue topics.

Brandon Davis, Ph.D.  Dr. Davis is owner of Davis Psychological Services, P.C. and provides individual psychotherapy, psychological evaluations and marriage counseling.  He also offers weight loss treatment. In addition, Dr. Davis is the chair of the Iowa Board of Psychology and has served as a supervisor for postdoctoral trainees.  Dr. Davis also has a business that provides billing services for other mental health professionals.

As a panelist, Dr. Davis will offer information so that attendees can learn about:

  • ·         Challenges and supports for developing a practice in rural Iowa
  • ·         Development of a practice specialty or niche
  • ·         Development of a billing service
  • ·         The role of the Board of Psychology and key concepts about the Board that every psychologist can benefit from knowing

Greg Febbraro, Ph.D.  Dr. Febbraro is co-owner of Counseling for Growth and Change, L.C., a multi-specialty mental health practice.  Dr. Febbraro provides individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy. Dr. Febbraro also serves at the state advocacy chairman for the Iowa Psychological Association, a role he took on after serving as the Association’s federal advocacy chairman. 

As a panelist, Dr. Febbraro will offer information so that attendees can learn about:

  • ·         Challenges and benefits of a multi-specialty practice
  • ·         What is meant by the term “advocacy”
  • ·         Importance of advocacy on state and federal levels
  • ·         Current IPA advocacy efforts
  • ·         Advocacy strategies and common pitfalls

Catalina D’Achiardi-Ressler, Ph.D.  Dr. D’Achiardi-Ressler maintains a private practice in West Des Moines.  Dr. D’Achiardi Ressler provides psychological evaluations and individual psychotherapy with a particular interest in treating eating disorders.  In addition, Dr. Ressler consults with physicians and provides evaluations for bariatric and spinal cord stimulator procedures.  She also does independent mental health evaluations for attorneys who litigate workman’s compensation cases. Dr. D’Achiardi-Ressler has a specific interest in serving the Spanish-speaking population of Des Moines and the greater Des Moines area.  Dr. D’Achiardi-Ressler opened her practice in 2011 after serving as Executive Vice President for Research for Kuder, Inc. Dr. D’Achiardi-Ressler is currently president-elect of the Iowa Psychological Association.

As a panelist, Dr. D’Achiardi-Ressler will offer information so that attendees can learn about:

  • ·         Transitioning among different career roles, e.g. researcher to private practitioner
  • ·         Challenges and supports for developing a practice in an urban area
  • ·         Development of a practice specialty or niche
  • ·         Importance of professional networking and strategies for networking
  • ·         Importance of state psychological associations


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