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    • 16 Jul 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Event Description:  

    This interactive workshop will review the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for Gender Dysphoria, including vivid examples of each criterion. The examples will come from Dr. Joy Ladin's memoir Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders, which earned the distinction of National Jewish Book Award Finalist for Memoir. The vignettes will be read aloud by the author. The workshop will also explore intersectional factors that impact the experience of gender dysphoria and coming out as transgender, such as gender expression, race, religion, and age. Additionally, the presenters will provide an overview of recent psychological research on gender dysphoria and working with transgender clients.

    Participants will discuss their reactions to the material presented in small discussion groups, and will be guided through a reflection of their personal experiences of establishing their own gender identity. Participants will also explore examples of clinical dilemmas that could arise with transgender clients. The workshop is designed for psychologists, therapists and medical personnel of all credentials, and graduate students in mental health and medical fields.

    3 Continuing Education Credits are available

    **Meets the LGBTQ+ Requirement for DC Licensure**

    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will be able to:

    1) Describe at least three of the DSM-5 criteria for Gender Dysphoria; 

    2) Acquire a knowledge of recent psychological research on gender dysphoria and working with transgender clients;

    3) Analyze clinical dilemmas with transgender clients; 

    4) Evaluate the challenges related to multiple and often conflicting norms, values, and beliefs faced by transgender members of racial, cultural, or religious minority groups.

    Presenter : Dr. Joy Ladin

    Joy Ladin, Gottesman Chair in English at Yeshiva University, is a nationally recognized writer and speaker. She has published eleven books, including a memoir of gender transition, National Jewish Book Award finalist Through the Door of Life; Lambda Literary and Triangle Award finalist, The Soul of the Stranger; and nine books of poetry. She has been named to LGBTQ Nation's Top 50 Transgender Americans list, featured on NPR's “On Being” with Krista Tippett and other NPR programs, and her TEDx talk, “Ain't I a Woman?”, has been viewed over ten thousand times. Her work has been recognized with a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a Fulbright Scholarship, and an American Council of Learned Societies Research Fellowship, among other honors. Episodes of her online conversation series, “Containing Multitudes,” are available at JewishLive.org/multitudes; her writing is available at joyladin.wordpress.com.

    Presenter: Dr. Laurie Paul

    Dr Laurie Paul is a licensed psychologist in DC, Virginia and Maryland. Dr. Paul graduated with her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2014 from The New School, an APA-accredited PhD program in New York City. While in graduate school, she spent 6 years as part of a research team studying how clients and therapists negotiate racial, ethnic, and cultural differences in psychotherapy. She also spent 5 years as part of a research team examining the psychological impact of breast cancer on lesbian and bisexual women and on Latina women, with a focus on social support, family support, and doctor-patient relationship. During her clinical training, she worked within a variety of settings, including: community mental health centers; the psychiatric emergency room; inpatient and outpatient hospital settings; a university counseling center; substance abuse clinics; and a drug/alcohol detoxification unit.

    Dr. Paul completed a postdoctoral fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at The Karen Horney Clinic in New York City. The training program is accredited by the American Psychoanalytic Association and the International Psychoanalytical Association.

    Dr. Paul has specialized training in cognitive behavior therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy, and mindfulness techniques. She completed the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy Training Level 2. She currently works in her private practice in Chevy Chase, MD, specializing in anxiety, OCD, and couples therapy, and is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at American University.  She has given professional education workshops for the DC Psychological Association, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, The American Academy of Psychotherapists, Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn, and the Society for Psychotherapy Research, on the LGBTQ community and on working with culturally-different clients. She is also a volunteer speaker for Rainbow Families.

    *DCPA Refund Policy:   Refund requests more than one week prior to the webinar should be sent to info@dcpsychology.org  If the request comes within one week of the webinar, only credit will be offered.

    • 23 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual

    Event Description:  

    Obesity has serious health implications and are a major public health concern. There are multiple and complex contributors to obesity, including psychological, behavioral, social, community, health system and public policy determinants. Given these complexities, there is no “one-size-fits all” and innovative solutions are needed. Individual and community needs are essential factors to be taken in account when designing and implementing obesity prevention strategies, services, and supports. This seminar will examine the factors influencing obesity and apply theories for obesity prevention from intrapersonal, interpersonal, and community levels. The seminar will also discuss innovative strategies and solutions.

    3 Continuing Education Credits are available

    **Meets the Public Health Requirement for DC Licensure**

    Learning Objectives:

    Participants will be able to:

    1) Identify and describe the interactions of biological, psychological, and social factors linked with obesity.

    2) Review literature on obesity in the United States.

    3) Apply different levels of theories to obesity prevention.

    4) Learn and implement strategies to prevent obesity.

    Presenter : Dr. Nisha Sachdev, DrPH, PsyD

    Dr. Nisha Sachdev, DrPH, PsyD, is a public health consultant, strategist and senior clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience leading multi-million programs within governmental agencies, organizations and foundations to address social issues in underrepresented communities. With a focus on cross-collaboration with public and private partners, Nisha develops the capacity of organizations and agencies to design and implement high-impact, system-level policies and interventions locally, nationally and globally to reduce the social and health disparities experienced by children, youth and families. Nisha’s work includes serving as the Senior Director of Evaluation at the Bainum Family Foundation. In this role, Nisha built the foundation’s evaluation infrastructure to assess the foundation’s impact on early learning, school mental health, and food security initiatives. She also developed, launched, and staffed a $5 million School Mental Health initiative in partnership with district, national and federal agencies and schools that leveraged local and federal dollars to scaled research, practice and policy efforts expanding access to quality school mental health services and supports. Previously, her work included building and overseeing the evaluation for Washington, DC citywide and organizational initiatives. She was also instrumental in assisting the organization and the city in collecting indicators and making data-driven strategic decisions to increase the outcomes for children, youth, and families in the District using a collective impact approach.

    Nisha’s systems level work is complemented with her local non-profit experiences. Nisha served as Executive Director at Coaching for College and Founder of Breaking the Cycle, where she was responsible for creating and implementing annual strategic plans, managing program operations, and developing program evaluation systems to ensure quality and effective programming was being provided to youth from some of the most vulnerable areas in the city. Globally, Nisha has consulted with UNICEF and the Ministry of Health of Trinidad and Tobago where she was responsible for developing an adolescent health policy and evaluating a regional program promoting anti-violence. Nisha also specializes in working directly with youth in a variety of settings including foster care, court systems, schools, social service organizations, and community-based organizations. She began her career working as a special education teacher. Nisha continues to serve as an Adjunct Professor at George Washington University and Trinity University.

    Nisha earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Michigan and a Master of Public Health in Global Health Promotion, a Master of Psychology, and a Doctorate of Public Health in Health Behavior, and a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the George Washington University. 

    Connect with Dr. Sachdev, DrPH, PsyD at:

    Your Health Concierge (YHC)


    Instagram: @yhc.wellness

    Facebook: Your Health Concierge, Inc.

    *DCPA Refund Policy:   Refund requests more than one week prior to the webinar should be sent to info@dcpsychology.org  If the request comes within one week of the webinar, only credit will be offered.

    • 23 Jul 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St NW, Washington, DC 20010

    Now that the city has reopened, DCPA wants to offer our members and their guests an opportunity to reconnect. Indoor and outdoor space on the patio will be reserved for DCPA guests.

    We ask that guests register for the event so that we can make arrangements for appetizers and seating. Wonderland Ballroom is located 3 blocks from the Green Line Metro and they have a Capital Bike Share right across the street.

    Guests are welcome.

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