2019 Annual Ethics and DV Day

March 22, 2019
8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Desert Willow Conference Center
4340 East Cotton Center Blvd.
Phoenix, AZ 85040
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Event Schedule
8:00 am - 8:30 am                Registration and Breakfast  
8:30 am - 12:30 pm              Effective, Ethical and Integrated Care with Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth and Adults
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm              Lunch 
1:30 pm - 5:30 pm                Domestic Violence and Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System 

*Breakfast and lunch are included in registration cost.

Effective, Ethical and Integrated Care with Transgender and Gender Diverse Youth and Adults 
Presented by: Cherise Basques, Mischa Cohen Peck, Ph.D., Veenod Chulani, M.D., Melanie Cloonan-Schulte, M.D., lore dickey, Ph.D., Tami Stass

Program Description
This presentation will increase attendee knowledge and understanding of, and capacity to do effective work with transgender youth and adults, with a particular focus on ethical issues related to this work. Because of their gender identity, transgender youth and adults often are confronted with significant discrimination and personal risk, which can lead to significantly higher rates of mental health issues (Dhejne, Van Vlerken, Heylens, & Arcelus, 2016) —including disproportionately high suicidality rates (Haas, et. al., 2010)—and other health challenges.  These challenges often are exacerbated by both anticipation of and experience of discrimination and lack of knowledge among their health care providers (Glicksman, 2013, Grant, et al., 2011). Thus, a population with unique and high service need often is served ineffectively.  

Ethical and effective service to the transgender population requires attention to both the clinical needs of a particular client or patient, and the broader psychosocial context in which these needs exist (e.g. Deutsch, 2016).  This context includes other settings and professionals from whom they receive care, such as medical providers and their staff, and the broader family and social context in which they live.  This program will attend to issues ethical and effective clinical care as reflected both in direct clinical service to patients, and in ethical and effective clinical engagement with their broader treatment and social context, focusing on working in coordination with medical providers, effectively engaging with families, and addressing the broader social environment relevant to transgender clients and patients through advocacy.

This program will address ethical and effective practice with transgender and gender diverse children, adolescents, and adults.  The needs of children, adolescents, and adults have unique differences in types of service, clinical care issues, and coordination of care, and with regard to the macro-level advocacy issues (American Psychological Association & National Association of School Psychologists, 2015.)

To best educate about ethical and effective service, this presentation will includes the expertise of six experts in work with transgender and gender diverse issues. The presentation will include two clinical mental health providers and two primary care physicians, one of each who specializes in work with children and adolescents, and one with adults.  The two additional speakers work in the area of community education and advocacy, with expertise in engaging families and school systems.  The program will allow for each presenter to provide information related to their particular area of expertise (30-40 minutes each) followed by a structured panel that will allow for audience questions to be addressed by all of the presenters (approximately 40-50 minutes.) This timing will allow for two 10-minute restroom breaks during the session.  

Domestic Violence and Mental Health in the Criminal Justice System
Presented by: Elizabeth Bingert and Kate Boehm

Program Description
We will discuss Arizona law as it pertains and defines domestic violence.  We will also discuss how mental health is dealt with in the criminal justice system, insanity vs competency.  Case studies of defendants who dealt with mental health issues and how the case progressed through the system.  We will also discuss how defendants determined to have mental health issues are handled post sentencing i.e. on probation vs. incarceration (jail vs prison).

Speaker Biographies
To view the speakers' biographies, click here.

CE Credits
4 CE Credits will be given per session

All participants of Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA) events and programs must agree to follow a Code of Conduct: 

Expected Behavior

  • Be considerate and respectful of other guests, presenters and staff.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory and/or harassing behavior and speech.

Consequences of Unacceptable Behavior

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated. Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply at once. If a participant engages in unacceptable behavior, AzPA may take action deemed appropriate, including expulsion from the event. *Refunds may be requested following expulsion. 


$200.00 Full Member Ticket

$100.00 Student/Postdoc/Retired

$275.00 Non-Member Professionals

$150.00 Non-Member Student/Postdoc/Retired