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.


Profiles of the 2016 MPA Board

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The year 2016 brings new Directors to our Board.  To learn more about our leadership, click the names below for LinkedIn/other profiles.

Suzanne Roff-Wexler President

Helen RozelmanPresident-Elect

Harold TakooshianPast President

Sheila HendersonSecretary

Henry Solomon — Treasurer

James L. Rebeta — Representative to NYSPA Council

Members at Large (2016-2018)

Sharon Brennan

Leonard Davidman

Dinesh Sharma

Members at Large (2015-2016)

Elaine Congress

Carol Goldberg

Lisa Nichols

Members at Large (2015-2017)

Rochelle Balter

Deborah Lazarus

Elaine Olaoye