5:00 pm17:00

GPPA May Social

  • Chatham's Eden Campus - Amphitheater

Join us at Chatham's Eden campus for

live music by the Molly Alphabet Band,

hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

       Eden Campus Map

6:30 pm18:30

"A Better Life": A Psychoanalytic Exploration of Immigration through Film

  • The Mellon Board Room (basement of Mellon Center)

Cost: $10 Professionals and Community members, $5 students and an $5 additional charge for the 3 CE credits (INTRODUCTORY LEVEL)

Join the Pittsburgh Psychoanalytic Center, the Chatham University Psychology Continuing Education Program, and the Chatham University Graduate Psychology Diversity Committee for a film viewing and discussion of psychological perspectives of the undocumented immigrant experience. This program will examine the interplay between external and internal conflict and oppression. The film "A Better Life" will be shown followed by a presentation and discussion. The main characters in this film experience oppression in the forms of both cultural and state violence. How these experiences of external oppression interact with the internal psychology of the characters will be discussed following the film. Matt Markon, JD, LCSW will be the speaker after the film.

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Feb 15

Dialectical Behavior Therapy Conference


Day 1 : Basics and Beyond.

Day 2 Advancing Your Dialectical Behavior Therapy Practice.

John Lothes, M.A., LPA. LCAS-A.

CE Credits: 6.25 one day, 12.5 for both days.

Fee: One day, $219.99, both days, $389.98.  

For information: 800-844-8260 or


6:00 pm18:00

2017 Legacy Award Dinner

  • Bar Marco

Please join us to celebrate the career and accomplishments of  

Robert Schwartz, Ph.D.

at the 2017 GPPA Legacy Award Dinner.

Cocktails at 6:00 followed by family style dinner at 7:00.

Register for the Legacy Award Dinner

Robert Marc Schwartz Ph.D. has been in professional psychology since the early 1970s, making contributions to research, clinical work, and professional practice.  Jokingly referring to his career as having experienced “the worst of both worlds,” Dr. Schwartz has had significant impact in both academic and clinical circles.

Dr. Schwartz’s academic research on the “States of Mind” model has gained international attention in clinical and positive psychology circles, and it is regularly discussed in leading psychology and psychiatry journals.  Dr. Schwartz also taught in various academic institutions including the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. 

Clinically, Dr. Schwartz has again found himself “riding multiple horses,” through his dedication to an integrative approach that spans across the psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral schools.  The very name for the group practice that he co-founded, Cognitive Dynamic Therapy Associates, speaks to his dedication to cultivating a professional clinical psychology that is diverse.  He also developed a clinical specialty as a certified sex therapist, which led to his co-founding the Kurtz Center for Love & Intimacy, one of the premier national training centers for sex therapy. 

Dr. Schwartz is equally devoted to his family and his faith. He is the father of four young men of whom he is very proud, and the husband of Amy, the love of his life. He currently splits his time between Jerusalem and Pittsburgh and he continues to write professional papers.  Please join us to celebrate Dr. Schwartz’s legacy.

5:00 pm17:00

Challenging Geriatric Behaviors

  • Doubletree Pittsburgh Monroeville

Steve Atkinson, PA-C, MS.

CE Credits: nothing specifically for psychologists, but 6 credits for Marriage or Family Therapists.  For other professions it fulfills 380 minutes instructional content. You are responsible for retaining you certificate of completion and contacting the appropriate state board or organization to find out how to apply for credit.

Fee: $199.99 by 1/17/17 or $219.99. For information:800-844-8260 or

Avoiding the 'Cringe': Risk Management and Skills for the Licensed Psychologist
1:00 pm13:00

Avoiding the 'Cringe': Risk Management and Skills for the Licensed Psychologist

  • Clark Hill PLC

It is every practitioner’s fear to be contacted by the State Board of Psychology regarding a complaint. Even for the most careful and conscientious practitioners, it may happen at some point in their career.  For most, the complaint and investigation process is a complete unknown, full of dread. 

In this presentation, Elizabeth Collura, Esq., will provide an overview of the complaint and investigation process and equip you with the tools to diligently and confidently respond.

Dr. John Gavazzi will discuss ethical practices to decrease the risk of complaints to the Board. He will reinforce psychologist's existing knowledge of the licensing laws by providing examples of cases the Board has heard, as well as reference risk management techniques and their application in clinical practice.

Elizabeth and John will discuss the priorities of the State Board in prosecuting complaints, identify best practices to avoid complaints and manage risk, and provide key pointers to enable you to accurately and fully respond, should you be faced with an investigation. Q&A time included.

Dr. Shannon Edwards will assist in facilitation of the panel, as well as provide case law, and applicable APA and Forensic Specialty Guidelines.

Elizabeth is an attorney with Clark Hill PLC who has represented practitioners in licensing proceedings and can help you navigate an investigation. Dr. John Gavazzi is a licensed psychologist in Central, PA. He is Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and has expert experience assisting the State Board of Psychology in Pennsylvania, both defense and prosecution, with the aforementioned cases. Dr. Shannon Edwards is a licensed psychologist in Pittsburgh, PA who specializes in forensic psychology. She provides psychological evaluations, therapeutic services, and expert testimony to the Courts.

Partnering with Chatham University Counseling Psychology Program to provide 3 hours of Continuing Education credits.

Click here for more information and to register