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2017 Annual Convention

 Export to Your Calendar 11/16/2017 to 11/18/2017
When: 11/16/2017
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The Westin Galleria
5060 W Alabama St
Houston, Texas  77076
United States
Contact: Sherry Reisman

Online registration is available until: 11/16/2017
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2017 Annual Convention

Growing Psychology

November 16-18, 2017

Westin Houston at the Galleria

Convention Hotel Reservations

Reservations can be made at the Westin Galleria Houston at the group rate of $159 + tax until Wednesday, November 1. Your reservation will include complimentary internet in guests rooms as well as complimentary covered self-parking. Reservations can be made here.

Online Registration is open here. Printable registration form here.  

Full printable program here

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities here

Recommend titles to be included in TPA's Convention Book Exhibit here

Awards nomination options:

Distinguished Professional Contributions

Forensic Division (Student)

Diversity Division (Student)



Melanie Greenberg, PhD is a practicing psychologist, author, speaker, and life/business coach, with more than 20 years of experience working in academic, research, and clinical settings. A recognized expert on stress management and trauma, she draws on neuroscience, mindfulness, behavioral health, and positive psychology in her work, blending science with mindful wisdom and heart-based compassion. Melanie is the author of The Stress-Proof Brain (New Harbinger) – an Amazon bestseller in Neuropsychology and Stress-Management. She also writes The Mindful Self-Express blog, which has over 9 million page-views, for Psychology Today. She has published articles in top-tier, peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Health Psychology. Melanie has delivered talks and workshops to national and international audiences, businesses, non-profits, and professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association. A popular media expert, she has been featured on CNN, Forbes, BBC radio, ABC News, Yahoo, Lifehacker, and the Huffington Post, as well as in Business Insider, Self, Redbook, Women’s Health, Men’s Health, Fitness Magazine, Women’s Day, and Marie Claire. She has also been interviewed on numerous radio shows and podcasts. With over 50,000 followers, Melanie was named one of the 30 Most Prominent Psychologists to follow on Twitter by the British Psychological Association.

Keynote: The New Frontier of Brain Science in the Treatment of Stress and Trauma
Friday, November 17, 9:00am-10:00am

Workshop: Neuroplasticity and Positive Brain Change: Its Role in Treating Stress, Anxiety, and Trauma
Friday, November 17, 2:15pm-4:15pm

Invited Speakers

Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She holds a primary appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Palliative Care at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Kaplow also serves as Director of the Trauma and Grief Center for Youth, a designated Treatment and Service Adaptation Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network specializing in child and adolescent bereavement. In this role, she oversees evidence-based assessment, treatment, and research with bereaved youth and families, and develops and disseminates bereavement-informed “best practices” to community providers nationwide. Prior to coming to Houston, Dr. Kaplow served for seven years on the faculty at the University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry, where she directed an APA-accredited Clinical Child Psychology Postdoctoral Training Program and established and directed the University of Michigan Trauma and Grief Center for Youth. A strong proponent of a scientist-practitioner approach, Dr. Kaplow has dedicated her career to conducting studies of traumatized and bereaved children and families, providing therapeutic services to this population, and training new clinicians in trauma- and bereavement-informed best practices. Her primary research interests focus on the biological, behavioral, and psychological consequences of childhood trauma and bereavement, with an emphasis on therapeutically modifiable factors that can be used to inform psychosocial interventions. Dr. Kaplow has published widely on the topic of childhood bereavement including invited articles and editorials focusing on age-specific manifestations of grief (Kaplow, Layne, Pynoos et al., 2012), grief-related methodological issues (Kaplow, Layne, & Pynoos, 2014), and developmental models of bereavement-related risk and resilience (Kaplow & Layne, 2014). Dr. Kaplow is lead author of the award-winning children’s book, Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile: A Story About Coping with the Loss of a Parent (Kaplow & Pincus, 2007), co-author of Collaborative Treatment of Traumatized Children and Teens: The Trauma Systems Therapy Approach (Saxe, Ellis, & Kaplow, 2007), and co-author of Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (Saltzman, Layne, Pynoos, Olafson, Kaplow, & Boat, in press).

Christopher M. Layne, Ph.D., is currently Program Director of Education in Evidence-Based Practice at the UCLA/Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, which is the administrative hub that oversees the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTNS). With Dr. Robert Pynoos, he developed a pioneering group treatment protocol in 1993 for high school students exposed to community violence-related trauma and traumatic bereavement. Dr. Layne then served as Field Director of the UNICEF School-Based Program for War-Exposed Adolescents in post-war Bosnia between 1997-2001. Trained as a clinical psychologist, Dr. Layne has taught research methods and psychometrics at the university level for over 10 years and has consulted with schools in the aftermath of school shootings. Following the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks, Dr. Layne provided extensive methodological support, training, and consultation to clinicians in adopting Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCTA) a trauma and grief-focused intervention he co-authored to treat adolescents exposed to trauma and traumatic bereavement. TGCTA is now in press with Cambridge University Press and is being broadly disseminated across the US. Dr. Layne is one of the lead developers of the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma, a problem-based learning curriculum designed to teach trauma-related clinical knowledge and clinical reasoning skills. The Curriculum is being broadly disseminated across the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and in many graduate training programs across the US. Dr. Layne also co-chairs the NCTSN Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma Task Force. His research and clinical interests include evidence-based practice; evidence-based assessment; wellness-oriented public health approaches to intervention in high-risk settings; research methods and psychometrics; problem-based learning; and applying a developmental psychopathology framework to understanding resilience and vulnerability in high-risk settings, including war, terrorism, community violence, and natural disasters.

Workshop: Using Theory and Research to Promote Bereavement-Informed Assessment among Grieving Youth
Saturday, November 18, 9:15am-4:15pm

American Psychological Association Legal and Regulatory Staff

Workshop: Innovative Practice Models: Full Spectrum of Opportunity
Thursday, November 16, 1:30pm-3:30pm 

Town Hall: Ask the Attorneys Town Hall
Thursday, November 16, 3:45pm-5:15pm 

Workshop: Working with Payors to Foster Better Care
Friday, November 17, 10:15am-12:15pm 

Workshop: Risk Management and Legal Considerations in Innovative Practice Models
Saturday, November 18, 8:00am-10:00am

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