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4th Annual OCPA Convention. Multicultural Psychology. Argosy University. Are We Political Animals? International Psychology. An Examination of Diversity Research

When: Sunday, October 8, 2017
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Where: Argosy University
601 Lewis Street
Orange, California 
United States
Presenter: Miguel Gallardo, PsyD, and Dr Anne Swanson-Leadbetter and Bina Parekh, PhD, and Gary Bruss, PhD
Contact: Andy Schwartz
949 588-5984

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 4th Annual Orange County Psychological Association Convention


Multicultural Psychology



9:00 am – 10:30 am  Keynote Speaker Address


Are we Political Animals? 

The Role of Psychology and Psychologists in Addressing Sociopolitical Issues

Miguel Gallardo, PsyD

Professor of Psychology, Pepperdine University

The political landscape in the United States, and around the world, have compelled us to think more intentionally about what role psychology and psychologists play in addressing sociopolitical and cultural issues, understanding the distress experienced by clients, all while managing our own reactions.   As our nation represents a multitude of cultures, political views, and connections to deeply held values, our ability to engage in thoughtful and meaningful discussions, and to serve those most in need, remains ever present.  This keynote will address how psychologists can think about the intersection of psychology and politics, and more importantly, how we can understand our roles in alleviating societal distress at individual and communal levels.


10:30 am – 10:45 am  Break


10:45 am – 12:15 pm  


International Psychology


Trauma Treatment Across the Globe with GAP Community

Dr. Anne Swanson-Leadbetter


Director of Medical Simulation and Standardized Patient Program

Western University of Health Services


With over 30 years of counseling experience, Dr. Anne Swanson-Leadbetter will share her experiences in utilizing trauma treatments of Eye Movement Desensitization (EMDR) and Emotional Transformational Therapy (ETT) in impoverished areas of the globe. Anne has worked in Israel, Palestine, Afghanistan, Haiti and the focus of this presentation, Cape Flats in Cape Town, South Africa. This workshop will highlight key principles of international psychology with cross-cultural adaptations focused on relieving somatic and psychological symptoms of trauma in different cultures..


12:15 pm – 1:15 pm  Lunch 



1:15 pm – 2:45 pm  


An Examination of Historical and Methodological Trends in Diversity Research


Bina Parekh, PhD


Associate Dean, American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University


The primary purpose of the workshop is to provide exposure to various aspects of diversity-based research.  The presentation will examine some of the historical roots of how diversity research evolved in the United States.  The workshop will also examine methodological concerns and challenges in pursuing and conducting diversity based research that may be directly tied to social and political factors.  In addition, a contemporary discussion regarding current trends in the recruitment of diverse groups into research protocols will be examined.  Current research on empirically validated instruments that are more culturally and ethnically sensitive will also be presented.   Lastly, the workshop will highlight how problems in diversity research directly impact access to medical and psychological resources for individuals from diverse backgrounds, thus creating significant health disparities between minority and majority groups.


2:45 pm – 3:00 pm   Break


3:00 pm – 4:30 pm  


Panel Discussion and Question and Answer Sessions

Gary Bruss, PhD

Panel Discussion Chair

Program Dean, American School of Professional Psychology, Argosy University


The Panel  


Miguel Gallardo, PsyD

Dr. Anne Swanson-Leadbetter

Bina Parekh, PhD


Panelists will offer comment on each other’s presentations, and will invite questions from the audience.



4:30 pm – 5:30 pm   Poster session and social/refreshments hour



CE Status:  Approved for 6 hours CE credits

CPA is co-sponsoring with the Orange County Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association (CPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists and recognized by the BBS to offer CE credit for its licensees. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content


OCPA Member                         $179    (Early Bird - $159)

Non-Member                            $209    (Early Bird - $189)

OCPA Student Member             Free

Members must sign in first to receive discount




                                            Thanks to our wonderful sponsors!


We extend our sincere appreciation to our sponsors and invite you to support these community-minded organizations.



                                            Diamond Sponsors


Clearview Treatment Programs                                                         Newport Academy







                                                   Gold Sponsor

                                                                Ralph Kuechle, PhD




                                                  Silver Sponsors



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