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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.

  • 02 May 2014
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • 2060 Alameda Padre Serra, Suite 202 (access off of Mission Ridge Rd), Santa Barbara


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Psychologists get sick. Psychologists die. What happens to clients when these unfortunate events occur?  

Often, if the psychologist works in an agency the office administrative assistant is left with the task of informing clients. However, administrative assistants are not trained mental health professionals and don’t always handle this task in the most sensitive and therapeutically appropriate way. If the psychologist is in private practice the task of informing clients of the death or incapacity of the psychologist may fall to a significant other or may not happen at all. A client appears for their appointment and discovers a note on the door that the psychologist has died or is seriously ill and will not be in the office. Clients are left with intense emotions and no way to handle these feelings.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce attendees to the need for a Professional Will. The presenters will summarize the ethical and legal reasons why psychologists should develop a Professional Will. This workshop will include: The ingredients necessary for a Professional Will; How to create an emergency response team; and how to Begin to write a Professional Will. This will be a workshop where participants are actively creating their professional wills.  Please bring a laptop for the practical portion of this workshop! (downloadable documents will be emailed to participants, after registration). 

Goals and Objectives: 

1. Describe the ethical and legal reasons a professional will is necessary.

2. Describe the ingredients necessary for a professional will.

3. Describe what an emergency response team is and develop an emergency response team.

4. Create your own professional will -- at the workshop!

About the Presenters:

Joan Sandberg, Ph.D. has been in full and part-time private psychology practice for 35 years. In addition she has served as Psychology Supervisor, Program Manager, Senior Social Worker, and School Advocate for county, community and non-profit agencies and hospital settings. Dr. Sandberg was instrumental in developing treatment protocol for sexual molest victims and families and served as Expert Witness in Civil Courts and Courts Martial. Publications cover Self-Esteem, Parental Relationships, and Mother-Daughter Issues on the subject of Sexual Abuse.

Sari H. Dworkin, Ph.D. is retired from teaching full time in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Ca. State Univ. Fresno. She currently has a part time psychology practice in San Luis Obispo and is a volunteer supervisor of Psychological Assistants and MFT Interns at the Community Counseling Center in SLO. Her primary work is with LGBT clients. Currently she sees many transsexual clients. Her numerous publications and presentations are on LGBT issues. She has served as President of Division 44 of APA, as Chair of the Committee on Women and Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual Issues in APA. Dr. Dworkin is active with the Central Coast Psychological Association and has served as its president.

Timed Outline:

5:00 – 5:15 pm   Greet sign in and socialize

5:15 – 5:20 pm Introduction of Speakers

5:20 – 6:00 pm Presentation of need for a professional will, ethical and legal issues, ingredients of a professional will, developing the emergency response team.

6:00 – 6:45 pm   Develop a personal, professional will

6:45 – 7:00 pm – Q&A/evaluations

2.0 CE's available for California-licensed Psychologists

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 2.0 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit 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.

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