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MPA supports Bringing Your Practice into the 21st Century — 10-28-17

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The Independent Practice Division of NYSPA presents
Our Annual Open House
A Vision for You: Bringing Your Practice into the 21st Century
Hosted by the Social Service Board at the New York Society for Ethical Culture
A program of expert speakers discussing the future of practice with respect to legislation, technology, and the rise of niche practices — and how these changes apply to your development as a practitioner.

Social Media: Building a

Brand and Marketing a Practice to Connect with Clients –
Simon Rego, PhD

Digital Mental Heath: What It Is & How You Can Use It in Your Practice –

Nicholas Forand, PhD

Addressing the Diverse Needs of Clients in the 21st Century through Prescriptive Authority –

Dan Kaplin, PhD

NYSPA’s Strategic Planning for Practice Changes –

Pat Dowds, PhD
Panel Discussion
“No Insurance Required”
Based on The APA Monitor Series: Niches that Don’t Require Insurance Company Reimbursement.

Moderated by: Connie Galetti, JD
Featuring: Robert Raymond, PhD, Katherine Mitchell, PhD,
Samantha Lutz, PhD and Rafael Javier, PhD
Continental Breakfast &
Sumptuous Brunch to be Provided
Supported by
Hudson Valley Psychological Association & Manhattan Psychological Association
Registration Fees:
IPD Members: Free
NYSPA Members: $30
Non-NYSPA Members: $40
Supporter: $30
NYSPA Student Members: Free

MPA Event – 5-7-17 Public Speaking, Social Media, & Mindfulness Skills

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Sunday, May 7th, 2017 from 12:30pm to 4:30pm

Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, NYC

Public Speaking, Social Media, and Mindfulness Skills for Psychologists and Social Workers

Enhance your presentation skills? social media skills? your mindfulness skills? During this stimulating afternoon, you will have the opportunity to improve all three — with renowned experts in their fields.

KEVIN DALEY – Public Speaking/Presentation Expert

Kevin Daley is considered a global authority on communications and presentations skills. He has personally coached 62 Board Chairmen, 320 company Presidents, 3100 sales managers, as well as a broad range of political figures, sports and media people clearly under pressure.

THOMAS FALCONER – Social Media Expert

Thomas Falconer has over 18 years’ experience as a social media strategist, digital strategist, and content strategist for some of the most prominent advertising agencies in the world. Currently Thomas is Associate Director of Content Strategy at Ogilvy and Mather, on the IBM team. Thomas is a co-founder of B · OUT, a recently launched content and community app for the LGBTQ community.

Dr. ERIN OLIVO – Mindfulness Expert

Erin Olivo, PhD, MPH, is an author and licensed clinical psychologist with more than 21-years’ experience treating patients dealing with stress, anxiety and depression. From July 2004 to July 2008, Erin was Director of the Columbia University Integrative Medicine Program, which she headed in collaboration with Dr. Oz.  Among her books is “Wise Mind Living: Master Your Emotions, Transform Your Life.”


By Email:  Reserve your place by sending your name and degree to  You may pay at the door or send your check (payable“Manhattan Psychological Association”) to:  909 Third Avenue, #7844, New York, NY 10150.

Online:  Register and pay through EventBrite.


  • Non-MPA Members – $30
  • MPA Members – Free as membership benefit
  • Fordham Staff & Students – Free

MPA President and Event Chair: Suzanne Roff, PhD

For further information, contact us at:

Special Thanks to our Host Fordham University.


De-stigmatizing Cancer: New Roles in Psycho-Oncology for Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, & other Specialists 11-6-16

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Manhattan Psychological Association

in Co-Sponsorship with Fordham University, Lincoln Center

announces its Fall Conference

Sunday, November 6, 2016  – 8:30am – 4:45pm

De-stigmatizing Cancer: 

New Roles in Psycho-Oncology for Psychologists,

Social Workers, Nurses, & Other Specialists

Most of us have known or cared for someone with cancer.  There are millions of survivors!  In this one-day Conference, you will learn to transfer your clinical skills and build new ones to help patients, as well as personal and professional caregivers.  The program will highlight psychological, social, and spiritual/existential approaches to alleviate distress experienced by cancer survivors and their families. Through the plenaries and breakout sessions, attendees will begin to develop a toolbox of new competencies to use in their work in a wide range of settings.  Registrations begins at 8:30 am.  Welcome, Suzanne Roff-Wexler, PhD

Jimmie Holland, MD

Dr. Jimmie Holland, recognized internationally as the founder of Psycho-Oncology will present at the morning (9:00-10:30 am) plenary “Psycho-Oncology and the Care of Patients with Cancer,” focusing on changes in attitudes and stigma toward cancer and psychological care.

Dr. William Breitbart will present Meaning and Existential Issues in End of Life Care: Meaning Centered-Psychotherapy, a treatment aimed at helping people sustain a sense of meaning and purpose (1:10-2:30 pm). Breitbart headshot 2015

Concurrent Morning Breakout Sessions (10:40-11:40 am):

  • A – Bringing your skills to work with patients and families – CBT & Psychodynamic focus (Herb Gingold, PhD; Rochelle Balter, PhD, JD)
  • B – Empowering Personal and Professional Caregivers – Communication, Psycho-education, & Personal Advocacy (Christine Kucinskis, LCSW, CSW-G)
  • C – What if My Patient has Cancer?: Unique Challenges for the Psychotherapist (Chair William Di Scipio, PhD with Panelists Suzanne Roff-Wexler, PhD;  David Glenwick, PhD; Karen J. Greene, PhD; and Ann Chapman Kane, PhD)

Lunch and Networking (12 noon – 1:00 pm)

Concurrent Afternoon Breakout Sessions (2:40-3:40 pm):

  • D – Informed Consent for Cancer Treatment & Research: Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, DNRs  (Rochelle Balter, PhD, JD)
  • E – Complementary Treatments including Yoga and Reiki (William Di Scipio, PhD)
  • F – Living with Cancer: Confronting the Challenge (Carolyn Messner, DSW)

Concluding Caring for the Caregiver and Summary Panel (3:50-4:45 pm)

FEES (includes onsite lunch):

All Professionals $70 — Students $20 — MPA Members – Free 

NO REFUNDS after 10/27/16.  CEUs for Psychologists are pending. CEHs for Social Workers are $30.

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To register by mail, please send your name and contact information. Make your check payable to “Manhattan Psychological Association” and mail it to:

Manhattan Psychological Association

909 Third Avenue, #7844

New York, NY 10150

To contact the Conference Chair, Suzanne Roff-Wexler, PhD, email:

Manhattan Psychological Association is a regional affiliate of the New York State Psychological Association.  Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service is recognized by The State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers – #0066.

Conference Location:  Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

DOWNLOAD OUR CONFERENCE FLYER HERE mpa-11-6-16-psycho-oncology-flyer-distribute

Cancer is treatable and there is hope for many.  

Let’s de-stigmatize cancer and support psychological care together! 

Cancer & Hope


MPA Psycho-Oncology Conference

Pace Psychology Convention 5-7-16

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Announcing a symposium

at the 24th Pace University Psychology Convention **


Engaging students in international work: Why and how?


May 7, Saturday, 1:10- 2:25 pm

“How can we best encourage students to engage in international and cross-cultural study, research, or organizations (like ICP or the United Nations)?”  This panel brings together 5 experts to offer their guidance on this question.

Chair: Harold Takooshian, Fordham University


Linda Lubranski, Director for Academic Engagement, St. Joseph’s College Engaging students in study abroad

Maryam Zoma, Catholic Charities of Brooklyn-Queens

        Fulbrights for undergraduate students

Teresa M. Ober, APA team @ the UN

        Engaging students in United Nations work

Uwe P. Gielen, St. Francis College

International and Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Child Psychology.


Samvel Jeshmaridian, Psi Beta & TCI Technical Careers Institute

** This symposium is part of the 24th Pace University Psychology Conference, at 1 Pace Plaza on Saturday, 7 May 2016. A free “international lunch” is served at noon, immediately preceding the 1:10-2:25 pm symposium. This symposium is arranged in cooperation with SPSSI-New York and the Manhattan Psychological Association. For any details, contact, or check

Panel: 21st Century Issues in Psychology by new MPA Board Members – 3/13/16

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We rescheduled our first event of 2016 due to record-breaking weather!  Join us on Sunday, March 13th for an informal panel discussion on 21st century issues in Psychology.

Date: Sunday, March 13 — 2 pm to 3:30 pm

Location:  Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

Event:  An informal, interactive panel discussion about 21st century issues in Psychology presented by our new Board members and with audience participation. Enjoy refreshments while networking (Meet & Greet).  Share your interests and expertise with us.

Panelists (in alphabetical order)  are:

Rochelle Balter, JD, PhD

Lenny Davidman, PhD

Lisa Nichols, MBA. PhD

Helen Rozelman, PhD

Dinesh Sharma, PhD


We will be presenting a number events throughout the year.  This first one of the year is complimentary, so don’t miss it.

Wondering what we mean by 21st century issues?  Think Leadership, Technology, Big Data, Healthcare, Critical Research Opportunities…

RSVP: For planning purposes, please email your name to to indicate your intention to join us on March 13th.


27th Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research 11-06-15

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On Nov 6, 2015 at St. Francis College, 200 participated in the SPSSI-cosponsored 27th Conference on Behavioral Research, ending with several awards for outstanding work by students and faculty.

Two former MPA Board Members Dr. Richard H. Wexler and Dr. Rivka Bertisch Meir were remembered along with Dr. Robert W. Rieber.

The session “Three Gifted Psychologists in New York City: Their Contributions and Legacies” was chaired by our 2015 MPA President Dr. Harold Takooshian. President-Elect Dr. Suzanne Roff-Wexler spoke of Dr. Richard Wexler’s legacy of Psychology21C.


Public Forum on Stanley Milgram: the EXPERIMENTER 11-10-15

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Announcing a PUBLIC FORUM

in cooperation with the Manhattan Psychological Association

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Opening on October 16 across the USA, the film EXPERIMENTER focuses new attention on the brilliant life and work of psychology Professor Stanley Milgram (1933-1984).

In this public forum in New York City, a panel of some of Dr. Milgram’s alumni and others gather to share their experiences, to better understand this unique man, his work, and this bold new film.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015, 7-8:45 pm
Fordham at Lincoln Center, 113 West 60 St., room 1022

Panelists (so far) on Stanley Milgram: Henry Solomon, Edward English, Florence L. Denmark, Kathryn Hahner, and
Harold Takooshian

Milgram’s work: I. Edward Price, David M. Mantell, Edward Erdos, Stuart Levine, and Eugen Tarnow

This film about Dr. Milgram: Anne-Katrin Titze

Notes: In NYC, the film can be viewed at Sunshine Cinema.

For other cities, check here.

This forum is hosted by Fordham University, in cooperation with the Manhattan Psychological Association, and APA Division of Social Issues.

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Once Every 13 Minutes: Expanding Boundaries for Psychotherapy, New Technologies and Family Treatment to Prevent Suicide 11-22-15

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Sunday, November 22, 2015 — 12 noon to 4pm
Fordham University
113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023

suicideimage2Every 31 seconds someone attempts suicide in the United States. Every 13 minutes someone dies from suicide. It impacts families and communities in deep and painful ways. It impacts us personally and professionally.

Suicide is an action that most of us prefer not to hear about. Why? It’s tragic, desperate and we may feel helpless. Is it because we don’t think it will happen to anyone we know? Why is it so stigmatized that it is rarely spoken of especially by the treating clinicians?

What do you know about suicide in Manhattan? Hanging is the most prevalent way at 28%, followed by jumping off our skyscrapers at 18% in comparison to 2% nationwide. Our subway systems account for 7%. Nonetheless, Manhattan’s suicide rate is about half the national average.

How much, as professionals, do we know about evaluating our suicidal clients? Working with families who have a suicidal member or who have suffered a loss due to suicide? Dealing with colleagues or our own suicidal ideation and how suicide impacts our personal and professional lives?


• When it is time to refer when you speak with someone with suicidal ideation
• How to work with families to anticipate, control, or eliminate suicidality
• What you need to know to protect yourself legally
• How new technologies (i.e., Iphone apps) be used as 21st century adjuncts for clients and clinicians


• How research on suicidality often continues to exclude the depressed or anxious with or without mental diagnoses and why new research is needed
• Why we as a profession stigmatize suicide to the point that we don’t even keep statistics on psychologists who commit suicide
• How new technologies help prevent suicide


Clinicians, Researchers, Social Psychologists, Social Workers, Academics

Manhattan Psychological Association (MPA) Members – FREE
Non-MPA Attendees – $25 event only — $35 if you apply to become a MPA member, your fee with cover 2016 dues.
Students – $5 with ID — $15 to become a MPA Student member, your fee with cover 2016 dues.

Social workers with LCSW or LMSW licenses seeking NYS CEU hours – $20 additional fee payable at door.

Program Chair
Suzanne Roff-Wexler, PhD – President-Elect of Manhattan Psychological Association and Executive Director of Psychology21C

Harvey L. White, MD is a psychiatrist in private practice and Senior Attending Physician, Department of Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Hospital, St. Lukes-Roosevelt Division in New York City. Dr. White is a founding member of the American Family Therapy Academy, a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, author of “Your Family is Good for You” (Random House), and Co-Editor of “First Annual Review of Family Therapy.” He is also the author of “Freud: A One Man Play” last performed in London with Richard Dreyfuss to celebrate the anniversary of Freud’s birth. He received his BA from Harvard College, his MD degree from New York Medical College, and Psychiatry training at Albert Einstein in the Bronx.

Michelle Kuchuk, MS has a BA in Psychology from NYU and a Master of Science in Neuroscience & Psychology from Teachers College at Columbia.  Michelle has over three years of experience as a crisis responder for the oldest suicide prevention hotline in the world, and has extensive research and practical experience focused in trauma, substance use, mental illness, and suicide. She is Head of Content Development at Crisis Text Line.

Shane Owens, PhD ABPP is a psychologist and recognized leader in suicide risk assessment and management. For over 15 years, he has honed his clinical skills working directly with people in crisis.  Dr. Owens also provides suicide crisis management training and consultation to healthcare professionals.  Dr. Owens earned board certification in cognitive-behavioral psychology. In January 2016, he will begin a term on the board of directors of the American Board of Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology. In this role, he strives to increase the availability of effective mental health treatments in the United States.  Dr. Owens has also testified as an expert witness in cases involving suicide and homicide. His scholarly works appear in Aggressive Behavior and the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.


Please email Dr. Rochelle Balter at to reserve your place.  Checks or cash only will be collected at door on Nov. 22nd beginning at 12 noon.  No credit cards accepted.   Consider applying to join MPA at the conference because for $10 additional, you will be eligible to become a member through December 31, 2016.

Celebration of Dr. Jerome Bruner @ 100 – 9/26/15

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Announcing a celebration Jerome Bruner @ 100 !

Since Jerome Bruner was born in New York City on October 1, 1915, he has become one of the pre-eminent psychologist of the Twentieth Century. Come share a joyous hour and birthday cake, saluting Dr. Bruner on his centenary.

Jerome Bruner Celebration - MPA

Jerome Bruner Celebration – MPA

26 September 2015, Saturday at 2:30 pm
St. John’s University, 101 Astor Place (+ E. 8 St.), NYC

All are welcome. Beverages are served.
Note: This gathering is hosted by St John’s University, in cooperation with the Manhattan Psychological Association, Psi Chi, and APA Division of Social Issues (SPSSI-NY). It follows the 1-2 pm salute to Dr. Robert Rieber.
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