APA 2012 convention

CONA will sponsor a conversation hour, mentoring event, workshop and symposia

The Committee on Aging (CONA) and the Office of Continuing Education will once again sponsor the all day preconvention CE workshop, What Psychologists Should Know About Working with Older Adults, on Wednesday, Aug. 1, from 8 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. at the Hilton Orlando Hotel. This workshop is designed to increase the competencies of psychologists interested in working with older adults by drawing upon the burgeoning psychological literature on the accurate psychological assessment and effective treatment of older adults. Presenters for the workshop are: Leon Hyer, PhD, ABPP, Peter Lichtenberg, PhD, ABPP, Margaret Norris, PhD, and Kelly O’Shea Carney, PhD. Please share this opportunity for training with colleagues who may be interested in work with older adults.

The 11th annual CONA Conversation Hour will be held on Saturday, August 5 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Peabody Orlando Hotel, Celebration Room 3. This year’s topic is: The Changing Faces of Aging. The CONA Award for the Advancement of Psychology and Aging will also be presented during the Conversation Hour. See the Call for Nominations for the CONA Award at the end of this newsletter and think about nominating a colleague.

CONA, the Division 40 Scientific Advisory Committee, and Division 20 will sponsor a mentoring event, Speed Mentoring for Budding Geropsychology and Neuropsychology Careers on Friday, Aug. 3 from 12 to 1:50 p.m. at the Convention Center, Room W311F. Co-chaired by Brian Yochim, PhD (Division 20) and Rob Paul, PhD (Division 40), it will be a mentorship session that will focus on demystifying grant applications. The session will include a mock study section review followed by breakout sections with one-on-one meetings with senior faculty who have expertise in specific areas of aging research. If you are a faculty member and are attending convention, we ask that bring some of your students or early career mentees with you to this informative session! Food will be served.

CONA and the Board of Education Affairs and the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest are cosponsoring a symposium, The Geriatric Mental Health Workforce: Current Initiatives and Critical Issues. It will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 2 to 3:50 p.m. at the Convention Center, Room W105A.

CONA chair, Neil Charness, PhD, will present as part of a Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology (CDIP) symposium, Expanding Telehealth Service Models to Underserved Populations with Chronic Illness and Disability on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 4 to 5:50 p.m. at the Convention Center, Room W108A.

CONA, the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest and the Board for Professional Affairs are cosponsoring Assisting Members of Vulnerable/Underserved Populations Affected by Natural Disasters on Friday, Aug. 3, from 12 to 1:50 p.m. at the Convention Center, Room W107. Disaster Preparedness Implications for Older Adults will be presented by Lisa Brown, PhD, University of South Florida.

Immediate past CONA chair, Sara Honn Qualls will present Ethical Issues in Professional Practice and Research with Older Adults as part of a CDIP symposium on ethical issues in professional practice and research on Saturday Aug. 4 from 3 to 3:50 p.m. at the Convention Center, W109A.

This year, one of the APA Plenary Sessions is Interdisciplinarity: Dissemination and implementation. Antonette Zeiss, PhD, will be presenting on Psychological Services for Veterans: Integral to Interdisciplinary VA Health Care on Friday, Aug. 3, from 3 to 3:50 p.m. at the APA Convention Center (room TBD).

Our annual booklet, Convention Sessions on Aging Issues, will be distributed to newsletter subscribers prior to convention. Please check the booklet to confirm the time/locations listed above as there may be changes prior to convention.