Upcoming events

    • 04 Jun 2020
    • 5:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom Link to Follow

    Social and Creativity Hour

    The Social Committee invites you to join a zoom gathering on June 4, 2020 at 5pm. Virtual Social Hours will continue monthly with the next one on July 9, 2020 at 5pm. 

    Juliet Rohde-Brown has offered to host the first gathering and the theme will be Creativity During These Times. Please join us and share your creativity, whether it be in the form of a poem, an art piece or musical piece, a dance, or brief story—anything you wish—or simply join in and be present for others’ sharing. Bring your refreshment and nibbles and we will meet you in virtual space. Zoom Link will be provided on the day of the event. 

    • 05 Jun 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (PDT)
    • Zoom (link will be provided closer to event)

    Only a few seats remain for the first VIRTUAL NETWORKING BREAKFAST next month!

    The June breakfast will be hosted by Dr. Betsy Bates Freed online. 

    SBCPA will be offering coffee/breakfast provisions by delivery to your home for those comfortable receiving take out.  

    Details about Dune provisions and the Zoom link will be provided after registration. 

    Please join your SBCPA colleagues to connect during this time!

    • 26 Jun 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • Zoom (link will be emailed to registrants)


    Pro Bono Psychosocial Accompaniment of Asylum Seekers

    with Mary Watkins, Ph.D.


    Course Outline:

    5:30-6:50pm- Presentation of topic (following the below description and objectives)

    6:50-7pm – Q&A/evaluations

    This one-and-a-half hour seminar will focus on a variety of ways for psychologists to support those in immigration detention, those seeking asylum, immigration relief from VAWA (Violence Against Women Act), and under the Prevention of Torture Convention. Topics will include:

    1. The current situation for those seeking asylum in the U.S., including the proliferation of detention centers throughout the U.S. (10 minutes)

    2. The kinds of traumas many asylum seekers have experienced in their home countries and in their journey to the U.S. border (10 minutes)

    3. Ways to become informed about asylum seekers and the asylum process (10 minutes)

    4. Psychosocial accompaniment of migrants and asylum seekers (10 minutes)

    5. Conducting psychological evaluations that are useful in immigration court and are potentially psychological useful to the asylee (40 minutes)

     (The course content is designed to meet Standard 2 of the APA Standards and Criteria for Approval of Sponsors of Continuing Education for Psychologists.)

    Learning Objectives:

    Upon completion of the course participants will be able to:

    1.    Summarize a variety of ways by which psychologists can provide psychosocial accompaniment to asylum seekers

    2.    Utilize the available trainings necessary to learn how to conduct pro bono psychological evaluations for immigration court

    3.   Analyze the kinds of complex trauma many asylum seekers suffer and address how the process of psychological evaluations can provide some therapeutic impact 


    Eisold, B. (2019). Psychodynamic perspectives on asylum-seekers and the asylum-seeking process: Encountering well-founded fear. NY: Routledge.

    Evans, F. B., Hass, G. A. (2018). Forensic psychological assessment in immigration court: A guidebook for evidence-based and ethical practice.  NY: Routledge.

    Gangsei, D., Deutsch, A. C. (2007). Psychological Evaluation of Asylum Seekers as a Therapeutic Process. Torture, 17, 2, 79-87.

    Kanstroom, D. (2007). Deportation nation: Outsiders in American history. MA: Harvard University Press.

    Kanstroom, D.,& Lykes, M. B. (Eds.) (2015). The new deportations delirium: Interdisciplinary responses. NY: New York University Press.

    Watkins, M. (2019). Mutual accompaniment and the creation of the commons. CT: Yale University Press.

    Watkins, M., & Casey, E. (2015). Up against the wall: Re-imagining the U.S.-Mexico Border. TX: University of Texas Press.

    CPA is co-sponsoring with Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA). The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

    Important Notice:Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive (1.5) continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we give credit only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.

    This salon will be held via zoom.

    • 06 Aug 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (PDT)
    • The Boathouse at 2981 Cliff Dr

    Hosted by Dr. Hallie D'Agruma, Ph.D.

    • 12 Nov 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM (PST)
    • TBD

    Hosted by Cecile Lyons, Ph.D.

Past events

13 Mar 2020 POSTPONED-- SBCPA Salon: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Young Adults in Santa Barbara County
12 Mar 2020 March 2020 Board of Directors Meeting
04 Mar 2020 Using Mindfulness in Clinical Practice: Case Presentations
03 Mar 2020 Membership Network Breakfast @ Andersen's
24 Jan 2020 Well-Being and Work-Life Balance: Cultural, Positive Psychology, and Practical Perspectives
19 Jan 2020 SBCPA 2020 Installation Brunch and Legacy Awards Ceremony
06 Dec 2019 SBCPA Holiday Party
08 Nov 2019 Assessment and Treatment for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
01 Nov 2019 Riverbench Winery Fall Membership Event
18 Oct 2019 Salon-Digital Overuse: The Clinician’s Role in Assessment and Intervention
14 Sep 2019 SBCPA CE Event - Suicide: Effective Crisis Response and Treatment
13 Sep 2019 Membership Networking Breakfast
03 Aug 2019 Summer Social 2019
28 Jun 2019 A Fitting Denouement: Understanding and Meeting the Psychological Needs of Older Adults
14 Jun 2019 Membership Networking Breakfast
31 May 2019 Salon: A Humanistic Approach to Culturally Sensitive Clinical Supervision
25 Apr 2019 2019 Spring Social
12 Apr 2019 Salon-Give Psychology a Chance: How the Gut Influences the Brain
04 Apr 2019 Meet and Greet with Monique Limon
22 Mar 2019 Membership Networking Breakfast
08 Mar 2019 SALON: The Shadows of Xenophobia in Clinical Practice: Therapeutic Approaches to Working with Issues in Relation to Immigration
08 Feb 2019 Where are we with HOPE and Resilience? Your Role during our Community’s Long Term Disaster Recovery
13 Jan 2019 2019 SBCPA Installation Brunch
30 Nov 2018 The Divorce Conundrum: Legal, Ethical, and Psychological Issues
16 Nov 2018 Keys to Treating Kids with Behavior Problems
08 Nov 2018 Membership Networking Breakfast
12 Oct 2018 Carr Winery Fall Membership Event
30 Aug 2018 Membership Networking Breakfast (Note Date Change to Aug 30)
09 Jun 2018 Digital Ethics with Dr. Keely Kolmes (6 CE Hours)
30 May 2018 Membership Networking Breakfast @ Jeannine's Downtown
25 May 2018 Opioids: What Psychologists Should Know with Mikhail Meyerovich, M.D. (Board Certified Psychiatrist)
22 Mar 2018 Five Invitations: What the Dying Teach the Living, an evening with Frank Ostaseski
15 Mar 2018 Membership Networking Breakfast @ Finch & Fork
09 Mar 2018 Integrating the Psychodynamic Diagnostic Manual 2 with the DSM 5 and ICD-10 in Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning
01 Mar 2018 SBCPA Board Meeting
24 Jan 2018 2018 SBCPA Installation Dinner
17 Nov 2017 Practicing Psychotherapy In Constructed Reality with Stephen Bacon, Ph.D.
07 Oct 2017 POST-PONED- Digital Ethics with Dr. Keely Kolmes (6 CE Hours)
08 Sep 2017 Record Keeping: Charting New Courses with Dean Given, Ph.D.
09 Jun 2017 Mindfulness in Psychotherapy: The Role of Self-Reflective Function with Marjorie Schuman, Ph.D.
05 May 2017 Promoting Engagement in Parenting Programs with Miya L. Barnett, Ph.D.
07 Apr 2017 Constructivism, Reality, and Psychotherapy with Kjell Rudestan, Ph.D.
10 Mar 2017 2017 SBCPA Spring Social Gala
03 Mar 2017 On Nurturing The Negative In The Age Of Positive Psychology: Psychoanalytic, Feminist, And Multicultural Considerations For Practice with Oksana Yakushko, PhD
28 Jan 2017 Beyond Words: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Experience (3 CE hours)
17 Dec 2016 SBCPA HOLIDAY PARTY 2016
02 Dec 2016 In Search of Meaning: Using Self-Compassion and Values Clarification in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Diana Hill, PhD
17 Nov 2016 SBCPA Harvest Wine Tasting Event and Membership Drive
05 Nov 2016 Patient Welfare, Therapist Responsibility: Legal and Ethical Considerations (6 CE Hours)
07 Oct 2016 Horses Never Lie: An Introduction to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with Mary Ann Evans, Ph.D.
09 Sep 2016 In Search of Meaning: Using Self-Compassion and Values Clarification in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) with Diana Hill, PhD
20 Aug 2016 Sunset Cruise Hawaiian Style on the Condor Express
10 Jun 2016 Transgender Client Care with Max Rorty, LCSW (1.5 CE hours)
20 May 2016 Bridges And Barriers In Mental Health Care Access By Mexican/Mexican-Americans with Andres Consoli, PhD
06 May 2016 5th Mental Wellness Walk- Join or Donate to SBCPA Team!
29 Apr 2016 SBCPA Spring Social Gala
08 Apr 2016 Inquiring Deeply: Finding the Opportunities Within Problems with Marjorie Schuman, Ph.D.
18 Mar 2016 Liberation Psychology and Psychosocial Accompaniment with Mary Watkins, PhD
26 Feb 2016 Increasing Children’s Resilience through The Healing Power of Story with Deborah Schiller, PhD
11 Dec 2015 Psychodynamic Taxonomies of Anxiety with Matthew Bennett, PhD
20 Nov 2015 SBCPA Membership Mingle Wine Tasting Event
20 Nov 2015 (copy) SBCPA Membership Mingle Wine Tasting Event
14 Nov 2015 Facilitating Behavior Change: Energizing Healthier Living for the Long Term with Jennifer La Guardia, Ph.D.
06 Nov 2015 SBCPA Salon Series: "Healing Into Wholeness: Liberation From the Stories that Bring Suffering to Our Lives", Presented by: Gail Brenner, Ph.D.
23 Oct 2015 Meet and Greet with Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson
10 Apr 2015 SBCPA Salon Series: "A Theatre of the Mind: Psychodrama and Role Theory", Presented by: Elizabeth Plummer, Ph.D.
06 Feb 2015 SBCPA Salon Series: In Sickness as in Health; Psychology's Role in Medical Illness, Presented by: Betsy Bates Freed, Psy.D.
23 Jan 2015 2015 SBCPA Board Installation Dinner
09 Jan 2015 SBCPA Salon Series: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: What it is and how to use it, Presented by: Suzanne Johnson, Ph.D.
13 Dec 2014 SBCPA Holiday Party
07 Nov 2014 SBCPA Salon Series: Being a Gender Competent Clinician, Presented by: Max Rorty, LCSW
23 Oct 2014 SBCPA Harvest Wine Tasting Event
10 Oct 2014 SBCPA Salon Series: Supporting Families in Developing Balance in their Digital Use—The Clinician’s Role and Tools for Use, presented by Winifred Lloyds Lender, Ph.D.
12 Sep 2014 SBCPA Salon Series: A Clinician's Primer on Violence and Mental Illness, presented by John Lewis, Ph.D.
17 May 2014 Join Our Walk for Mental Wellness
03 May 2014 C.G. Jung's Red Book Art Exhibition
02 May 2014 SBCPA Salon Series: Creating a Professional Will - The Why, The What, and The How, presented by Joan Sandberg, Ph.D. and Sari H. Dworkin, Ph.D.
26 Apr 2014 Anxiety Toolbox: 4 Experts Discuss how they Understand and Treat Anxiety from their Distinct Theoretical Perspectives
03 Apr 2014 SBCPA April Board Meeting
14 Mar 2014 SBCPA Salon Series: Embodied Attentiveness: Recognizing the Language of Nonverbal Behavior -- taught by Katya Bloom, PhD, BC-DMT, CMA
06 Mar 2014 SBCPA March Board Meeting
07 Feb 2014 SBCPA February Salon: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Behavioral Issues and Phenotype, presented by Elisa Gottheil, Ph.D.
06 Feb 2014 SBCPA February Board Meeting
24 Jan 2014 2014 Installation Dinner
10 Jan 2014 SBCPA Salon Series: Therapeutic Assessment as Psychotherapy Consultation, presented by Steve Smith, Ph.D. and Deborah Schiller, Ph.D.
09 Jan 2014 SBCPA January 2014 Board Meeting
06 Dec 2013 Holiday Potluck
01 Nov 2013 SBCPA November Salon: Mindful Aging presented by Christine Fredericks, Ph.D.
19 Oct 2013 Hot Topics in Ethics and Risk Management In Psychological Practice
08 Oct 2013 Psychotherapist Mixer
04 Oct 2013 Salon: Healthcare Reform
12 Sep 2013 Carr Winery
07 Jun 2013 Trauma Conference
06 Jun 2013 Board Meeting
14 Dec 2012 Board Meeting
07 Dec 2012 Holiday Party
02 Nov 2012 Salon
01 Nov 2012 Board Meeting

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