The Indiana Psychologist
2011 A NEWSLETTER OF THE INDIANA PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
Resilience: An Indicator of IPA Vitality
Throughout the past year, IPA has faced with the State Board of Psychology. IPA has the course of the past year in the face of
several challenges, including attempts to launched a new and improved member web- multiple challenges underscores its vitality.
increase membership during a national site, offering members up-to-date informa- This paradigm provides assurance that IPA is
economic recession and actively lobbying tion and practice prepared to weather any
for the rights of psychologists during a state related resources. David R. Bucur, storm in order to honor
legislative hiatus. Perhaps the most daunting IPA has enlisted PhD the commitment to its
of the challenges faced this year centers on the help of Dr. IPA Interim members.
IPA’s unexpected change in leadership. As Christy to steer a President
previously addressed in an e-mail letter sent leadership devel- Merrillville As always, we thank you
to all IPA members following Dr. Rebesco’s opment taskforce for your membership and
resignation, IPA found itself without a Presi- charged with expanding the pipeline of encourage you to get involved in IPA!
dent or President-Elect. future IPA leaders. Finally, IPA has prepared
a CE event in Merrillville on September 9 Inside this issue:
In the midst of these challenges, IPA never and its annual Fall Conference on November Coming Soon: 2011 Fall Conference . . . . . . . . . . . 2
faltered to provide its members with the ben- 11 and 12 in Indianapolis. Both events offer Mind-Body Health Workshops for the Public . . . . 2
IPA Leadership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
efits they deserve. IPA coordinated lobbying exciting opportunities for psychologists to
An Interview with Dr . Scott Edwards – Serving
efforts to successfully pass SB262, which connect, learn, and reenergize. Our Indiana Military . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
eliminates the requirement that at least one Strength is often misconceived as represent- Featured Member Pamela Christy, PsyD, HSPP . 4
of the evaluators in a competency evalua- ing an entity that does not experience distress A Focus on Early Career Psychologists . . . . . . . . . 4
tion be a psychiatrist. IPA has worked on or uncertainty. To the contrary, it is the per- Options for HSPP and Licensure in Retirement . 5
establishing a presence on state-level mental severance of an entity during times of distress Attitudes on Obesity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
health and Medicaid advisory boards, as well or uncertainty that exemplify its strength. APA Council Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Looking Ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
as maintaining a collaborative relationship The resiliency that IPA has displayed over
Hot Legislative Topics for 2012
The 2011 Legislative session may have d. Responsibilities of state agencies in
adjourned April 29 but IPA keeps a coordination of activities with an Christopher Sullivan,
close watch on the legislative work that exchange. PhD
continues year-round. Interim committees Government
THE INTERIM STUDY Advocacy Chair
continue meeting to study the following
COMMITTEE ON INSURANCE: Indianapolis
important issues affecting legislation for
2012. • Issues regulated under IC 27 Patricia McGuffey, JD
(insurance statutes); IPA Lobbyist
THE HEALTH FINANCE • Worker's compensation insurance; Indianapolis
COMMISSION: • Health plan access to health care
• Possible prohibitions on certain insurer
• Health care service prices and
and health maintenance organization working hard for you throughout the fall.
information and provider office billing
activities related to outpatient benefits; If you want more details about a particular
in connection with hospital charges;
• Legislation regarding health insurance committee’s work, or dates of upcoming
exchanges, including the following: meetings, email us at Advocacy.IPA@
• Appropriate statute of limitations for
a. Whether an exchange should be gmail.com
making a claim for occupational disease
administered by an agency of the
state or a nonprofit organization; In the meantime, contact your local
b. Any necessary governing structure THE SELECT JOINT COMMISSION legislators to introduce yourself and
for an exchange; ON MEDICAID OVERSIGHT: explain the importance of your profession
c. Authority and responsibilities of an to the patients you serve. When we have
• Provider reimbursement rates and cost
exchange, including procedures a crucial issue this next legislative session,
for staff hiring and procurement you will be able to have a greater impact
of resources; and The Government Advocacy committee if you have established a relationship with
and lobbyist Pat McGuffey will be your legislators!
Coming Soon: 2011 Fall Conference IPA Leadership
2011 IPA Board Members
The Indiana Psychological the Indiana Psychiatric
Association is proud Polly Hughes Shepard, Society, and current David R . Bucur, PhD
to announce the 2011 PsyD president of Indiana Interim President
Fall Conference! 2011 Fall Conference Program Health Group. Dr.
“Practical Innovations Chair; Psychology in the Bojrab has repeatedly
Ann M . Lagges, PhD
in Psychology” will be Workplace Network (PWN)
been named in the
Building a strong foundation for psychologists… one member at a time.
held Friday, November Indianapolis Monthly Christopher Sullivan, PhD
11th and Saturday, Magazine as one of the Government Advocacy Chair
November 12th at the Marten House Hotel and “Top Doctors” in Indianapolis. He will impart
Lilly Conference Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. his expertise on transcranial magnetic stimulation Scott Hamilton, PsyD
Attendees can earn 9.0 hours of continuing (TMS) and improving treatment outcomes Treasurer
education credit. Continental breakfast, lunch, through collaboration between psychologists, Interim Secretary
and cash bar provide opportunity to network, psychiatrists, and psychopharmacology.
market, and catch up with familiar faces. Other
John Heroldt, EdD
conference components include research poster Other seminars will provide a breadth of
presentations from local graduate students relevant innovations in psychology. Topics Kathleen Vogler, PhD
and recognition of outstanding contributions will cover both adult and child interventions, Practice
by psychologists, students, and community assessment and treatment modalities, and
professionals. relevant psychodynamic, spiritual, and cognitive- Theresa Kruczek, PhD
behavioral approaches. Specifically, best practice Science and Education
Two headlining speakers, John Banja, PhD and in treatment of OCD in children, spirituality
Chris Bojrab, MD, will be presenting this year. and psychotherapy, psychodynamic approaches
Thomas Barbera, PhD
Dr. Banja is a Professor in the Department of with children, biofeedback, malingering
APA Council Representative
Rehabilitation Medicine at the Center for Ethics assessment, pediatric neuropsychological case Amber Landers, MS
at Emory University. He is an internationally conceptualization, and clinical approaches Student Representative
renowned speaker and researcher in the field of to worker’s compensation will be showcased.
medical ethics. He will be sharing his expertise The conference will be wrapped up by a Frederick W . Unverzagt, PhD
on how to handle difficult patients, conflicts of multidisciplinary panel that will offer education Communications Director
interest, and expert testimony. Dr. Bojrab is a on legal updates, clinical management, and
board certified psychiatrist, past president of therapy in custody and divorce cases.
2011 IPA Liaisons
Sharon Bowman, PhD
Disaster Response Network
Julie T . Steck, PhD
Mind-Body Health Workshops for the Public Public Education Coordinator
Polly Shepard, PsyD
In conjunction with Suggested topics include: PWN Representative
our annual meeting in • Establishing healthy eat-
Julie Steck, PhD
November, the Indiana ing habits in your family Tasha Williams, PhD
Psychological Association • Tips to building healthy Diversity Representative
will be offering a series of Coordinator
relationships with your
workshops designed to Indianapolis 2011 Newsletter Editors
serve the public. As a part Sarah Landsberger, PhD, Editor
• How to deal with ADHD
of our Public Education Frederick W . Unverzagt, PhD, Co-editor
in adult relationships
Campaign designed to increase public awareness Valerie J . Weesner, PhD, Co-editor
• Identifying and dealing with dementia in your
of the mind-body relationship and psychology’s Lyndsi Moser, CCRP, Managing Editor
role in addressing health issues, IPA will be offering • What do children have to worry about? Lobbyist
four workshops open to the public during the 2011 Addressing anxiety in children and adolescents Patricia McGuffey, JD
Fall Conference. These workshops will be offered • What to do when you worry about your child
on Saturday morning, November 12. If you are Listserv Moderator
interested in presenting on an area of your expertise We hope that this will be the first of a series of Rodney Timbrook
and a topic of interest to the public, please contact workshops open to the public which will highlight
Julie Steck, Ph.D., at jsteck@childrensresource- psychology’s unique role in providing research- Central Office
group.com. based information and services which bridge mind Susan McMahon
and body health. IPA Executive Director
The Indiana Psychologist
An Interview with Dr. Scott Edwards – Serving Our
Landsberger: Scott, can you tell us a little about your background and Edwards: Civilian psychologists are pivotal in our efforts to provide mental
what type of clinical work you do? health services to this population. There are nearly 500,000 veterans in
Indiana. There are 25,000 service members between all the service branches
Edwards: I've been practicing for the last in Indiana. The VA system is overwhelmed
10+ years. In November 2009, I swore in as a Sarah Landsberger, PhD with requests for behavioral health services. We
behavioral health officer with the Indiana Army IPA Newsletter Editor need Indiana's civilian psychologists to become
National Guard. I was named Officer in Charge Indianapolis competent in military culture and issues and
of Behavioral Health for Indiana's nearly 15,000 to learn to treat the kinds of problems service
Guard members. Presently, I devote my time to members experience.
building the Guard's behavioral health structure Scott Edwards, PhD
and providing clinical services to soldiers. I still Officer in Charge of Landsberger: How does your program interface
work with kids and families in my private practice Behavioral Health with the services military receive through the more
part-time. Indiana National Guard traditional routes (VA clinics, etc)?
Landsberger: What are some of the unique Edwards: Behavioral health strategies in the
challenges service personnel have post-deployment? National Guard are limited to assessment and referral. The VA remains our
primary source of aid for service members. Numbers of service members
Edwards: The post-deployment phase is an exciting time for service in need of behavioral healthcare are growing at an exponential rate in the
members and families. It takes work to move from the battle front to the context of limited available services. That is why civilian providers must
home front. Service members must tackle feelings of estrangement. There is figure in so prominently in the future mental health of our war heroes.
a great deal of existential work for people who spend a year fighting a war in
a foreign culture. Of course, many service members must deal with physical Landsberger: Can you tell us about your training program - how did it
injuries and psychological conditions like PTSD and depression. start, by who, when - where can we get it?
Landsberger: What types of changes do family members of military Edwards: The Indiana National Guard, Military Family Research Institute
personnel experience - before, during, and after deployment? at Purdue, and the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration have
partnered to create the Star Behavioral Health Providers (SBHP) registry.
Edwards: We look at the deployment cycle in phases--pre-deployment, The registry is designed to help service members and those who care about
deployment, and return from deployment. Each phase brings unique them locate civilian behavioral health professionals with training specific
challenges for the families of service members to be sure. Denial and to the needs of military personnel and families. The SBHP project affords
anticipation of loss are hallmarks of the pre-deployment phase. The couple psychologists opportunities to receive advanced training in behavioral
has to deal with practical matters and has to get prepared emotionally to health issues related to the military, be listed on the SBHP website, and earn
be apart. Younger kids are often not too aware, but older kids and teens CEUs at minimal or no cost.
experience a range of emotions when adjusting to an anticipated stressor.
Deployment brings a lot of changes on the home front. The spouse and SBHP is a three-tiered training program. Tier One provides awareness about
children have to adjust to new roles and responsibilities. After the initial topics specific to the military and an introduction to military culture and
adjustment period, spouses demonstrate increased efficacy in their new deployments. Tier Two provides education about difficulties that are often
role, new routines are established, new sources of support are found, associated with military service (insomnia and drug/alcohol problems). Tier
and new independence develops. The return from deployment phase is Three focuses on empirically-supported treatments to address behavioral
commonly described as the most difficult part. Many service members health issues facing service members. Trainings are provided for free or at a
and spouses report a "post-homecoming letdown." Roles have to be nominal cost with CEUs provided by FSSA.
renegotiated. Relationships between children and service members have to
be reestablished. Our website (www.starproviders.org) is under construction, but there
will be a lot of information there when it is complete. They can also
Landsberger: What is the role for civilian psychologists in helping service call 317-964-7131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for training
personnel and their families? registration information or for information about joining the SBHP
Please check out the website at www.starproviders.org, or visit IPA’s website for more information.
You can find Dr. Edward’s complete interview at www.indianapsychology.org/
FEATURED MEMBER :
Pamela Christy, PsyD, HSPP
BIOGRAPHY EXPERIENCES AND INTERESTS
Name and degree: Pamela Christy, PsyD, HSPP What has been the most rewarding aspect of
Building a strong foundation for psychologists… one member at a time.
Current work location: Woodview Psychology Group, Being a clinical psychologist has been nothing short of a
LLC in Indianapolis privilege. I’ve been intellectually stimulated and challenged
by other psychologists that I have met throughout the course
Graduate school: University of Indianapolis of my career. Their knowledge and support has been
invaluable when managing complex cases that keep me awake
Internship: Pleasant Run Children’s Home, Alliance with at night. The families, particularly the children, I’ve worked
Hamilton Center in Indianapolis with over the years remind me of the strength and resiliency
of the human spirit, despite the challenges we face during
Postdoctoral program: Children’s Resource Group in uncertain times. Their courage and perseverance has taught
Indianapolis me to be a better person.
Current clinical service location: Woodview Psychology What (non-psychology) book have you read recently?
Group is a private practice comprised exclusively of licensed On a lighter note, I recently read Still Alice by Lisa Genova, a
psychologists specializing in the healthcare treatment of book that I would not recommend to any 50-year-old woman
children, adolescents and adults. Assessment, education and who can’t find her car keys or walks into a room and forgets
psychotherapy are provided to ensure that patients are why she’s there. I was absolutely convinced that I needed a
accurately diagnosed and treated using a medical, cognitive, prescription for Aricept, and fast! I must have asked my
emotional/social model. Our psychologists work husband 50 times whether he thought that I have early onset
collaboratively with physicians, schools and agencies to Alzheimer’s. How telling is that? I’ve settled down since then
address the specific needs of patients in the community and and found that most of my contemporaries had the same
home. Together we partner with patients and their families to reaction to this book. Lisa Genova’s book is a compelling
provide a full spectrum of psychological care, so patients novel written by a PhD in neuroscience from Harvard
reach their full potential. University. I highly recommend this book for anyone under
50 or over 55.
A Focus on Early Career Psychologists
For the last two years, the Practice Committee of the panel will emphasize the importance Career Psychologist, we believe this panel
has been focused on providing services to of recognizing and responding to ethical will be relevant to many of our members since
target the needs of Early Career Psychologists issues that arise in daily practice. The panel the content will help to satisfy the licensing
and students. At the members include requirements for ethics CE.
IPA Fall Conference John Banja, PhD, a
last November, we Kathleen Vogler, PhD nationally renowned The Practice Committee is continuing efforts
sponsored a panel IPA Practice Chair medical ethicist and to help Indiana psychologists with the ever
presentation focused on Greenwood conference keynote changing demands of practice. An emerging
issues related to starting speaker, and three of trend we plan to address in the near future –
in practice (“Everything our esteemed peers: Psychology Practice and Telehealth Services.
You Didn’t Learn Tom Holsworth, PhD Please let me if you are interested in working
in Graduate School”). The event was well and Pat Murphy, PhD, past members of the with IPA on this new area of practice. You can
attended and received very good evaluations. Indiana State Psychology Board, and Rodney contact me at Practice.IPA@gmail.com.
Timbrook, IPA’s listserv moderator. This
This fall we are shifting the theme of the panel year we intend to get the panel approved for
to ethical issues. The content and structure CEUs. Although we are targeting the Early
The Indiana Psychologist
Options for HSPP and Licensure in Retirement
While serving as Chair on the State Psychology surrender the license, or perhaps just the HSPP?
Board, I received a call from a licensee seeking You have three options when stepping away Sharon Bowman, PhD
options to manage her license and HSPP (Health from active practice. 1) Continue to renew the Disaster Response
Service Provider in Psychology certificate) in license and HSPP; this will, of course, require Network
semi-retirement. I suspect others in the IPA earning the 40 CE credits per each renewal Muncie
membership have had or will have this question, period. This option allows you to step back into
so it seemed prudent to provide the answer in this practice if you wish, or to see a client or two, or the HSPP is not needed because you don’t plan
forum. do some volunteer work as a psychologist (e.g., to practice independently. This option requires
at a not-for-profit, or with a disaster agency like that you actively contact the Board in writing
The psychologist license and the HSPP are the American Red Cross). 2) Relinquish the to relinquish the HSPP and surrender the wall
separate, but related entities. One can be licensed license and HSPP. You would do this by allowing certificate.
but not have the HSPP, but one cannot have the the license to lapse at the end of the next renewal
HSPP without the license. Most of us applied for period. The advantage with this option is no If and when you decide to step away from active
the license first, later followed up with the HSPP. longer having to earn the CE credits, but the practice, please do pay attention to how you
And as we all know, it is for the sake of the HSPP disadvantage is the inability to practice (e.g., any handle your psychologist license and HSPP.
that we earn continuing education credits each psychology-related volunteer activity is out). 3) I hope these remarks help clarify a sometimes
renewal period. At some point, though, a HSPP Relinquish only the HSPP, but keep the license confusing situation.
psychologist might close a practice, or retire active. Many of us cherish the privilege to call
from an agency. The psychologist may not wish ourselves psychologists, and can’t bear to let go of
to attend more CE workshops. So, is it best to the work we put in to earn that license. However,
Attitudes on Obesity
In keeping with our trend of highlighting research with practical implications here in Indiana, we’ve chosen
to highlight the dissertation research of one of our student members. Tricia Groff is a fourth year doctoral Theresa Kruczek, PhD
student at Ball State University who is currently on internship at Wasatch Mental Health in Utah. Science and Education
Most of us are aware of the health risks for obese children including diabetes, sleeping disorders,
asthma, fatty liver disease, menstrual issues, and cardiovascular problems. We’re probably even aware
of some of the psychosocial difficulties associated with childhood obesity including low self-esteem, Tricia Groff
social isolation, and depression. Anti-fat person attitudes likely contribute to obese children’s Ball State University
psychosocial stress because they are identified by their peers as the “least preferred friend” and as least Muncie
likely to be included in play activities.
Unfortunately, only a few studies have attempted to change anti-fat person attitudes. The Yale Rudd
Center for Food Policy and Obesity (www.yaleruddcenter.org) addresses issues of food policy,
sustainability, and nutrition. They simultaneously work to prevent obesity and reduce the weight Anti-fat person attitudes
stigma that harms obese individuals. They have produced a series of educational videos to educate likely contribute to obese
children about the complex etiology of obesity and the harmfulness of weight-based prejudice. One of children’s psychosocial stress
these videos, “Weight Prejudice: Myths and Facts” provided the foundation for my treatment outcome
because they are identified
study targeting the anti-fat person attitudes of middle-school adolescents.
by their peers as the “least
The video was shown to middle school students in health and physical education classes. Prior to preferred friend” and as
watching the video, all students completed surveys about their attitudes toward obese people as least likely to be included in
well as their beliefs about the causes of obesity. After viewing the video, some students were asked
to actively elaborate on the information presented while others simply reviewed the facts presented.
Anti-fat person attitudes decreased in both groups, and they endorsed statements that showed a
higher awareness about the complex etiology of obesity. Two-months later, their attitudes and beliefs Unfortunately, only a few
remained significantly changed. studies have attempted
to change anti-fat person
The results of this research suggest that attitudes about obese individuals are malleable and that
attitude change can be maintained. This intervention aligns with existing curricular standards attitudes.
and initiatives, so schools could help ameliorate anti-fat person attitudes in the context of regular
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The Indiana Psychologist
APA Council Update
Thank you for your rapid response to our survey
regarding the Resolution on Marriage Equality Thomas Barbera, PhD
for Same-Sex Couples. This was a trial run of the APA Council Representative
process I’d like to use to improve communication Indianapolis
regarding Council activities and ensure my
votes are informed by IPA members. Of the
139 IPA/APA members who participated in a rapidly changing and increasingly complex
the survey, 82% were in favor of the motion and environment”. Cygnet Strategy consultants led
15% against. The motion passed the Council of us through small group discussions as part of
Representatives (COR) on August 3 as part of their data gathering efforts. This initiative is
the consent agenda. The consent agenda is a list viewed skeptically by some, since past efforts to
of items deemed so uncontroversial that they are reform APA governance have been ineffective.
voted on as a group, without debate or discussion I’m by nature an optimist and was encouraged
on the council floor. The consent agenda had by the honesty of council members who openly
approximately 11 other items on it and I voted for expressed their dissatisfaction with how the COR
the consent agenda. functions. I will provide a summary of actions the
Council took in our August meeting in the next
During the August COR meeting we continued newsletter and on the website. A more extensive
to work on the Good Governance Project, an survey will be distributed prior to the February
APA initiative to “Maximize organizational 2012 COR meeting. I look forward to your
effectiveness by assuring APA’s governance comments.
practices, processes and structures are optimized
and aligned with what is needed to thrive in
The Indiana Psychological Association is proud
to announce the 2011 Fall Conference! “Practical Indiana Psychological Association
Innovations in Psychology” will be held Friday,
November 11th and Saturday, November 12th at
1075 Broad Ripple Ave., Suite 208
the Marten House Hotel and Lilly Conference Indianapolis, IN 46220
Center in Indianapolis, Indiana. Attendees can
earn 9.0 hours of continuing education credit. Return Service Requested
Go to www.indianapsychology.org for event
details and registration.
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