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This year's OCPA Convention will take place on Sunday, August 25th, 8 am - 5 pm.

When: Sunday, August 25, 2019
8 am - 5 pm
Where: Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office of Technology Alliances
4199 Campus Dr e
Irvine 92612
United States
Contact: Ralph Kuechle, PhD
714 345-3449

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OCPA 2019 Convention

“Through the Practice Lens”

8:00 am - 8:30 am – Registration

8:00 am      Continental Breakfast Served

8:30 am- 10:00 am - Keynote Speaker


"Neurodevelopmental Trauma"

Grace A. Mucci, Ph.D.


Grace Mucci, PhD, is President of the American Academy of Pediatric Neuropsychology and a board-certified pediatric neuropsychologist and coordinator of the Neuropsychology Program at CHOC Children’s where she serves as a clinical liaison to the CHOC Neuroscience Institute and Neuro-Oncology Program. She is involved in supervising neuropsychology practicum students, pre-doctoral interns and post-doctoral fellows, as well as several research projects involving the neurocognitive effects of epilepsy and the long-term neurocognitive effects of cancer


In 2013, approximately 679,000 children were abused or neglected.  In this workshop, we will address the fundamentals of neurodevelopment and disruptions in the context of trauma, and review interventions that treating clinicians can utilize when working with affected children.


1.     Describe 3 factors that affect early brain development

2.     Identify at least 2 psychological/emotional sequelae of childhood trauma

3.     Describe 2 essential principles for clinicians working with children exposed to trauma


10:00 am - 10:30 am - Break/Networking - Refreshments Served

10:30 am -12:00 noon - Workshop 2

“Healing Trauma through Parent-Child Interactions”

Marta M. Shinn, PhD


Marta M. Shinn, PhD, is a Licensed Child Psychologist and Research Scientist who practices at Child Guidance Center in Orange County.  She is skilled in the delivery of evidenced-based therapeutic interventions including Parent–Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). 


  1. How trauma impacts parents & children
  2. Common ways trauma is exhibited
  3. PCIT for method and core concepts
  4. How PCIT benefits families with history of trauma
  5. Ways to empower parents to help children heal
  6. Strategies to support parents in managing their own trauma

12:00 noon - 1:00 pm – Lunch Served

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm - Workshop 3

"Judicious use of neuropsychological principles and test data to guide psychotherapeutic interventions with patients that have sustained brain-based injuries or illnesses, and their families"

David A. Lechuga, PhD


Known and respected within the fields of Clinical Psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology, and Neuropsychology, Dr. David M. Lechuga, Director of The Neurobehavioral Clinical and Counseling Center, has devoted his career to the thorough evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with neurological illnesses or injuries.


Mental health professionals are more likely to encounter patients with histories of brain-based abnormality due to trauma, illness, or neurodevelopmental delay.  This presentation will provide information about various clinical presentations, depending on the typical clinical pictures associated with major neurological injuries, illnesses, and neurodevelopmental delay.  Treatment approaches and recommended strategies will be shared, and illustrated via clinical vignettes.  Method Sof treatment efficacy assessment will also be discussed and shared.

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2:30 pm - 3:00 pm - Break/Networking – Refreshments Served

3:00pm - 4:30 pm - Workshop 4

"Navigating the Stormy Waters of Complex Trauma Treatment"

Teri M. Prokrajac, PsyD


Dr. Teri Pokrajac is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialized training and experience in the assessment and treatment of trauma-related conditions.

Dr. Pokrajac has extensive experience evaluating PTSD, Sexual Trauma (ie. CSA, incest, clergy abuse) and other forms of trauma for civil and criminal cases involving trauma related questions.  Dr. Pokrajac is a qualified court-appointed child custody evaluator for the state of California, and provides forensic assessment and expert witness services for trauma-related issues.


Complex trauma stemming from repetitive childhood abuse and other traumas impacts one’s neurobiology, bringing heightened reactivity, anxiety, mood dysregulation, somatic reactions, and dissociation.  Ongoing trauma taxes a developing child’s resources, creating a tendency toward overreaction or under-reaction.  This presentation will incorporate the use of mindfulness, DBT, behavioral interventions, and creative approaches, with the goal of better stabilizing your client while progressing in processing traumatic experiences.

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Poster Presentation

The poster presentation is an opportunity for doctoral students to display their research projects such as dissertations. The students will present their studies as posters in the exhibitor room during the convention.

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   

Non-Member    --       $199   

OCPA Student Member   --    Free

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