85th Annual MPA Virtual Conference

Thursday, April 8 - Friday, April 9, 2021

Earn 7 CE credits per day!

We invite you attend the Minnesota Psychological Association’s 85th Annual Virtual Conference! Throughout the event you can expect clinically rich presentations focusing on health psychology and primary care, assessments and consultation, children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. Our audience for this event is focused on psychologists, mental health professionals, and students in psychology and related areas. Participants will want to be sure to take advantage of the education sessions featuring experts from around the state and nation, as well as a virtual networking event and exhibits! We hope to see you there! 

Registration is now closed.

You must attend the full day(s) that you are registered for and complete the evaluation form for each day to receive CE credit. No partial credit will be awarded.

The conference begins at 8:00 am CDT and ends at 4:30 pm CDT each day.

The student scholarship interest form closed on Friday, March 12. Students who filled out the application have been contacted by MPA on the next steps regarding scholarship availability.

Conference Platform:

We will be using Whova for our conference platform. Attendees can access the virtual platform on their desktop computer web browser (https://whova.com/portal/webapp/mac_202102/) or on the Whova mobile app. The conference platform will include opportunities to connect with conference attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors.

If it's your first time accessing the conference platform, create an account using the email address you used to register for the conference.

It's suggested that you use Google Chrome web browser when using Whova on your computer.

Access Conference Platform

For technical help, please email [email protected] or call Regan at 952-928-4693.


                           On or Before Mar. 5           Mar. 6 - April 7      
Member $135 $250 $150 $300
Non-Member $225 $400 $250 $450
Student* $45 $80 $50 $110

*To receive the student rate, you must be a full-time student. MPA reserves the right to request copies of student fee statements to verify status.

MPA wants all members to have access to quality CE opportunities. If you are an MPA member and due to COVID-19 you are unable to work full time and can’t pay the full registration fee, please contact [email protected] to make other arrangements with staff.

MPA Conference Refund Policy:  A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $20 handling fee, will be given if an emailed cancellation is received at least three working days before the scheduled program begins. No refund will be given after Monday, April 5, 2021.

Plenary Sessions:

Thursday, April 8:

Looking Back to Move Forward: Healing Racial Battle Fatigue in Turbulent Times
Beverly Greene, Ph.D., ABPP

Friday, April 9:

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Assessment and Treatment in Context
Christopher Erbes, Ph.D., LP, ABPP



Click here to view the schedule.

Click here to view a PDF of the session descriptions.  
Program is subject to change at any time without notice. 

Click here to view the conference program handout.

Thursday Session Topics: 

Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Psychosis (CBTp): An introduction to treating psychosis with CBT 
Aimee Murray, Psy.D., LP

Tackling Tics: How to Use Behavioral Strategies to Manage Symptoms of Tourette Syndrome
Christine Conelea, Ph.D., LP

The Western Disease: Autism in the Somali Community
Yasmine Moideen, Ph.D., LP; Andrew Fink, Psy.D., LP

The Invisible End of The Autism Spectrum: Assessment, Diagnosis and Therapy
Barb Luskin, Ph.D., LP; Amy Carrison, Psy.D.

Friday Session Topics: 

The Impact of COVID-19 on the Mental Health of Frontline Healthcare Providers: A Preliminary Examination
Keyne Law, Ph.D.

Mandated Reporting in Trauma-Informed Settings
Katie Olson, J.D.; Miriam Itzkowitz, M.S.

Psychologists in Public Service: Successfully Navigating Unique Clinical and Ethical Challenges With Those Less Served
Colt J. Blunt, Psy.D., LP; Ann LaValley-Wood, Psy.D., LP; Thomas T. Lenhardt, Psy.D., LP; Jennifer L. Harrison, Ph.D., LP; Andrew Fink, Psy.D., LP

Exploring the Subtle Influence of Social Experiences on Substance Abuse Treatment
Michael Tkach, Psy.D., LP

Radical Healing: A Psychological Model for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color
Bryana H. French, Ph.D., LP

Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities 

Click here to view the sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.

Click here to sign up as a sponsor and/or exhibitor.

Please contact Katie Benson with any questions: [email protected]

Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors:

About Walk-In Counseling Center: Services are FREE and ANONYMOUS, with NO APPOINTMENT needed. All services are provided by professional clinicians. ANYONE can use Walk-In: clients of other organizations, other service providers, people in the community. Asking for help can be the healthiest thing you do! All “walk-in” clinics are now by phone or computer using the Zoom platform. But they are still no appointment. Just call or log in during clinic hours, and you’ll be in the “waiting room.” Next a receptionist will greet you, then place you in a private breakout room, where a counselor will join you as soon as one becomes available.

Silver Sponsors:
Susan McPherson, PhD, ABPP, LP, LLC

About Susan McPherson, PhD, ABPP, LP, LLC: Dr. Susan McPherson, PhD, ABPP, LP is board certified in clinical neuropsychology. Dr. McPherson conducts neuropsychological evaluations for adults, has a subspecialty in geriatrics and is certified to provide examination for the FAA.


  • Associated Clinic of Psychology (ACP) 
    Founded in 1980, ACP has become the provider of choice specializing in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of behavioral health issues, affecting both adults, children, and adolescents living in the Twin Cities Metro. Today, we have over 200 clinicians providing services in our clinics and in the community in nursing homes, group homes, long-term care facilities, schools, and homes. At the Associated Clinic of Psychology (ACP), our philosophy of care focuses on achieving the best outcome through individual therapy, DBT Therapy, group counseling, psychological testing, couples and marriage therapy, medication management, psychiatry, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), and more. We believe it’s important to partner with individuals to address any issues affecting their wellbeing, so they feel empowered and equipped to take on each new day!
  • BreezyBilling
    BreezyBilling by BreezyNotes EHR helps practices of all sizes submit claims, process payments and manage accounts receivable. We offer contracting and credentialing, too. Whether you’re a well-established group or starting a solo practice, we help make the “numbers” side of running a practice as simple as possible.
  • Lorenz Clinic
    Lorenz Clinic is a multi-disciplinary mental health clinic serving the unique mental health needs of children, adults, families, couples, and groups. In order to reduce fragmented mental health care, the clinics offer multiple mental health services including individual and family psychotherapy, psychiatric medication management, early childhood day treatment, and in-home individual and family therapy.
  • Minnesota Adult & Teen Challenge
    Since 1983, Mn Adult & Teen Challenge has been restoring hope to people struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. In addition to our effective and affordable residential Licensed Treatment, faith-based Long-Term Recovery and convenient Outpatient program, we have extensive prevention and transitional/aftercare services.
  • Nystrom and Associates, Ltd.
    We operate on the premise that truly effective living involves a balanced integration of all aspects of our lives including emotional, relational, cognitive, physical, and spiritual. When one experiences difficulty in one of these areas confidential and sensitive mental health care can assist in the healing process. We have 30+ locations across MN, WI and IA and telehealth available!
  • Sanford Health
    Psychologists at Sanford Health are a valued part of our care team and integral in our comprehensive care model. We are looking for candidates who want to be a part of a team that is expanding specialty care programming for the patients and families we serve. Support to practice in collaborative environments with flexible and personalized scheduling.
  • The Trust

Conference Committee

  • Jordan Robinson, Ph.D., LP (Conference Chair, MPA President)
  • Heidi Bausch, Psy.D.
  • Karin Fisher, Ph.D., LP
  • Steve Gilbert, Ph.D., LP, ABPP
  • Susan T. Rydell, Ph.D., LP
  • Matthew Syzdek, Ph.D., LP, M.B.A.

The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.