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IPA Spring Conference 2017

  • April 20, 2017
  • April 21, 2017
  • Radisson Quad City Plaza Hotel, 111 East 2nd Street, Davenport IA 52801


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Conference Brochure with Schedule

To follow along with this year's presenters,
PowerPoint slides can be found here:

Behavioral Activation, Dr. Martell

Ethical Concerns for the Information Age, Samuel Lustgarten

Location of Self & The Diverse Empty Chair, Drs. Brittain and Barazanji

Collective Identities, Dr. Maria Bruno and Colleagues
(slides intended for pre-presentation prep) 

To rate student presenters follow the links below:

Annie Roche_________Mary Schenkenfelder 

Marc Wyers___________Melissa Van Veldhuizen and colleagues

Marcie King___________Rebecca Louison and Tori Roe

Conference Overview: This year’s presenter is Dr. Christopher Martell, a world-renowned expert on treatments for depression, specializing in behavioral activation. He will give an 8-hour workshop that will focus on the empirical support for BA as an effective treatment for depression as well as ways of utilizing a BA formulation in work with a wide variety of clients. The workshop will be a combination of didactic presentations, role-plays, and case discussions and questions.  

In addition to the behavioral activation workshop, our spring conference will also feature additional presentations by IPA members. These include a session highlighting Iowa student research and a session regarding understanding and enhancing culturally competent practice given by Dr. Maria Bruno and colleagues.  

The conference will also include two ethics workshops.  The first, conducted by Samuel Lustgarten, a doctoral candidate at the University of Iowa, will focus on how current technologies may threaten ethical obligations and how practitioners can prevent harm. This workshop will include practice opportunities for making ethical decisions using case vignettes.

The second ethics presentation will be conducted by Drs. Krista Brittain and Dana Barazanji.  This session will focus on ethical standards for cultural competency across various disciplines, and will emphasize discussions of intersectionality, a current “hot topic” and area of focus in multicultural conversations, work, and research. This presentation will also address privilege, systemic barriers to treatment, and how we navigate these issues as clinicians and professionals. 

In addition to these two days of programming, IPA will also be sponsoring a networking Happy Hour following Day 1 of the Conference at Me and Billy’s in downtown Davenport (approximately 3 blocks from the Radisson).  This will be an excellent opportunity to catch up with colleagues and get to know new ones over drinks and appetizers!  Lunch sessions will also include our regular business meeting as well as award presentations.


Behavioral Activation Workshop:  This workshop will bring to life the principles and strategies of behavioral activation (BA) as a treatment for depression and its potential use with other disorders.  This 8-hour workshop will cover the initial Randomized Clinical Trial data that opened a resurgence of interest in behavioral treatment for depression as well as an update on the continuing research on utilizing BA with different populations, in various modalities (group, on-line), an in diverse settings (therapist’s office, primary care).  The day and a half will be balanced with didactic presentations, video examples created specifically for training, role-play interactions from participants, and case discussion/questions.  Audience engagement is expected to make this workshop an active, informative, experience that will enhance current skills, encourage future research ideas, or teach new strategies.

For more information, please visit Dr. Martell’s website: http://www.christophermartell.com/index.php

You can register for the conference online here or mail a registration form (here) to:

PO Box 11125

Cedar Rapids IA  52410-1125

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