2016 Diversity Conference

Department of Psychology and Culturally Aware Psychology Students (CAPS)
Present 7th Annual Diversity Conference Saturday, April 30
Demystifying Disability: A Cross-Cultural Approach

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Conference Schedule at a Glance 

Time Session/Topic   Location Speaker
CE Hours/Credits

8-9 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration

  Evans Hall Lobby    
9-10:30 a.m. Opening Plenary 
Autism, Neurodiversity, and Social Evolution in the Future

  Ginsberg Amphitheater  Eric R. Mitchell, PhD

1.5 
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Break Out Session - Choose One of the Following    
 


  Language Acquisition Issue or Language Disability? Challenges in Identification & Testing: Recommendations for Practice
-OR- 
  Zedeck Amphitheater Lucila Hernandez, PsyD, LPC
 
1.5
  Disability Etiquette: It’s Just Respect
 
  Ginsberg Amphitheater  Shoshana Rosen, MBA and Alysse Einbender, BA

1.5
 
12:15 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch
Lunch will be on your own – please feel free to bring your own bagged lunch. A list of restaurants and delis in the area will be provided to all participants.

   
 

 
1:30 - 3 p.m.  Closing Session
The Culture of Disability, A Lifetime of Being an Outsider Looking In
  Ginsberg Amphitheater  Timothy Barksdale, PsyD
 
1.5

 

Program Details

 
Opening Plenary 9-10:30 a.m.
Eric R. Mitchell, PhD
Autism, Neurodiversity, and Social Evolution in the Future

Today’s generation of autistic and neurodiverse people face great opportunity as well as great struggles ahead of them. This workshop will delve into cultural identity development implications and reflect upon personal and professional grassroots initiatives designed to improve the quality of life for neurodiverse people who are marginalized and cast aside every day. Neurodiverse, strengths-based orientations with be discussed with respect to identity development from personal, familial, cultural, and community perspectives. Autism will be discussed not only as a "disorder," but as a cultural difference accompanied by aspects of prejudice, discrimination, marginalization, solidarity, resilience, and the responsibility of communities to empower change. Dr. Mitchell will use the clinical, empirical and diversity literature as well as practice knowledge in this area to inform guidelines for best practice.

Educational Objectives:

Based on the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe strategies to mobilize grassroots efforts to utilize the strengths of the ASD community and other stakeholders
  • Discuss financially sustainable models for living, business development, and employment centered on the strengths of neurodiverse people
  • Describe the relationship between neurodiversity and cultural identity development models as a key to combatting prejudice and discrimination in the future
  • Discuss the strengths amid struggles that can be lead to success through the lifespan of neurodiverse people

About the Speaker:

Dr. Eric Mitchell is the Director of Autism and Psychological Services for Foundations Behavioral Health. He is also the author of "Putting It Together: The Autism and Asperger's Handbook." After graduating from the University of Vermont, he moved on to Rutgers University for his master’s degree, and then to the University of Pennsylvania for his doctoral studies. He accepted a post-doctoral fellowship specializing in ASD and related disorders with emphasis on cutting edge ABA interventions with eclectic service delivery. With many years of experience as an educator, evaluator, licensed psychologist, school psychologist, program development consultant, researcher, and administrator, Dr. Mitchell is extremely active around the Philadelphia region and beyond, both as a professional and as an advocate. With a focus on ASD, Dr. Mitchell has been a Holroyd lecturer for LaSalle University and a Rovinsky lecturer for PCOM. He has been very active in providing guidance and workshops at regional conferences, universities, and various agencies specializing in autism. He continues to build collaborative partnerships between families, schools, universities, mental health agencies, professionals, self-advocates, and others in the ASD community.

Target Audience: Doctoral Level Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals 
Level of Instruction: Basic 
Location: Ginsburg Amphitheater
CE hours/credits: 1.5


 

Break Out Session: 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Lucila Hernandez, PsyD, LPC
Language Acquisition Issue or Language Disability? Challenges in Identification and Testing: Recommendations for Practice

The presenter will discuss language development and second language acquisition; how culture impacts on language use and how a language disability may be identified. Specifically, Dr. Hernandez will focus on the manner in which language is learned and the ways in which culture impacts the use of language. She will also describe methods for differentiating between language acquisition and disability. Dr. Hernandez will use the clinical, empirical and diversity as well as practice knowledge in this area to inform guidelines for best practice.

Educational Objectives:

Based on the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe how language is acquired.
  • Discuss the ways in which culture impacts language use.
  • Describe how to differentiate between problems related to second language acquisition and a disability.
About the Speaker:

Dr. Lucila Hernandez is district school psychologist with the Elizabeth Public Schools, having served one of the largest urban school districts in the State of New Jersey, with 34 schools and 26,000+ students, for over twenty years. Dr. Hernndez leads the district’s mental health crisis team, collaborating with school mental health staff to assess and manage crises in order to prevent and minimize trauma. Dr. Hernndez has also been actively involved with Elizabeth Public Schools’ anti-bullying initiative through conducting training for staff and parents. As a bilingual school psychologist, Dr. Hernandez has many years of experience conducting bilingual psychological assessment, as well as working with parents and school staff in understanding the needs of bilingual students.

In 2009, Dr. Hernández was named School Psychologist of the Year by the New Jersey Association of School Psychologists (NJASP). Dr. Hernández has presented at the national level on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in the Schools and has held adjunct faculty positions at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) and Seton Hall University.

Target Audience: Doctoral Level Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Location: Zedeck Amphitheater
CE hours/credits: 1.5

- OR - 

Shoshana Rosen, MBA and Alysse Einbender, BA
Disability Etiquette: It’s Just Respect

Moss Rehab's “It's Just Respect” program educates people about disability etiquette and provides information for communication both in the workplace and out in the community. The presenters will review person first language and best practices for interacting with people with disabilities. This program ultimately aims to make people comfortable in their interactions with people with disabilities. Moss Rehab has over 25 years experience providing disability etiquette training. These trainings are provided to ensure that the Network’s constituents have the opportunity to interact with community members, peers, colleagues, and clinicians who are comfortable communicating with people with disabilities. The presenters will discuss the diversity literature as well as practice knowledge in this area to inform guidelines for best practice.

Educational Objectives:

Based on the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe common types of disabilities
  • List tips for speaking about people with disabilities
  • Discuss ways of communicating with people with disabilities
About the Speakers:

Shoshana Rosen is the Outcome and Special Projects Manager for Moss Rehab. Ms. Rosen is responsible for process improvement initiatives and the admissions process and discharge planning process for the Drucker Brain Injury Unit. She also manages the development of new programs throughout Moss Rehab’s Network. Ms. Rosen has also worked on the refinement and expansion of Moss Rehab’s Disability Etiquette Program, now known as “It’s Just Respect.” Prior to joining Moss Rehab, Ms. Rosen served as Outreach Manager for the Victor Center for Jewish Genetic Diseases and oversaw its local and national outreach and screening projects. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master of Business Administration Degree from Temple University.

Alysse Einbender is a landscape architectural designer with over fifteen years of experience working on projects such as environmental restoration and path development, urban revitalization, city parks, and residential and streetscape design. From a wheelchair since 2004, she practices aesthetically beautiful, barrier-free, inclusive designs that promote social sustainability. She advocates for affordable accessible housing and employment for people with disabilities. She is a Trustee on the Board of the Inglis Foundation and the Moss Rehab Advisory Board, and is project coordinator for Moss Rehab’s All About Art show, an international juried art exhibition and sale of works by artists with physical disabilities.

Target Audience: Doctoral Level Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals
Level of Instruction: Basic
Location: Ginsburg Amphitheater
CE hours/credits: 1.5


 


Closing Session: 1:30 p.m. - 3p.m.
Timothy Barksdale, PsyD
The Culture of Disability, A Lifetime of Being an Outsider Looking In

As one who has lived with family, friends and patients of people with various disabilities, Dr. Barksdale will provide a brief personal and educational journey into the Culture of Disability. Based on his extensive clinical experience and through the use of compelling examples, Dr. Barksdale will specifically focus upon the manner in which those experiencing disabilities have been disenfranchised by the society in which they live. He will also differentiate mental illness from intellectual disability and identify the critical elements of the current Disability Culture Movement. Of utmost importance, Dr. Barksdale will discuss why the behavioral health community at large is ill-prepared to address those with disabilities and how they might be better informed and prepared to meet this important challenge. Finally, he will describe components of what has been described as “disability etiquette” as a means of appropriately and effectively interacting with those with disabilities. Dr. Barksdale will use the clinical, empirical and diversity literature as well as practice knowledge in this area to inform guidelines for best practice.

Educational Objectives:

Based on the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe ways that people with disabilities have been disenfranchised from society
  • Distinguish the difference between mental illness and intellectual disability
  • Identify components and the relevance of the ‘Disability Culture Movement'
  • Discuss why members of the behavioral health community are not prepared to address people with disabilities and how they can better prepare themselves to meet this challenge
  • List components of disability etiquette when interacting with people with various disabilities
About the Speaker:

Dr. Tim Barksdale is the Director of Clinical and Behavioral Services at Horizon House Inc. In this capacity, he oversees several services within the agency including Residential Services for Adults with intellectual disability and mental illness and the forensic program for dual diagnosed sex-offenders at Norristown State Hospital. He also is Chair of the Behavior Intervention Review Committee and is the Director of the Developmental Services Behavioral Nursing Department. Dr. Barksdale is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Lancaster Bible College. He also serves as the Chair for the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Committee of Multiculturalism, and he sits on the Boards of Spectrum Health Center and St. John’s Community Services. For over 20 years, Dr. Barksdale has provided therapeutic, consultative and assessment services to a wide range of people including those with intellectual disabilities. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Eastern University, a Masters’ degree in Human Service Psychology from LaSalle University, and a Master of Science and Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia. Most importantly, he is the father of Brandon, a 12 year old basketball and saxophone player. 

Target Audience: Doctoral Level Psychologists and Other Mental Health Professionals 
Level of Instruction: Basic 
Location: Ginsburg Amphitheater
CE hours/credits: 1.5


 

Registration

The Diversity Conference is free of charge, but advance registration is required. To register, please visit: www.surveymonkey.com/r/PCOMDiversity2016.

Parking

PCOM has a parking garage that can be entered from the PCOM driveway off Monument Road, from Stout Road, or from City Avenue.  Cost: $5.

Readings

A brief list of readings for each presentation will be distributed to participants on the day of the event.

 

Continuing Education Credits

 
Criteria for Earning CE

For those attending, you must sign into each session, attend each session in its entirety and complete and submit the evaluation form at the conclusion of each session to be awarded the Continuing Education credit designated for each session. Partial credits for any given session are not available.

Psychologists: 1.5 CE hours/credits per event depending on the length of the event. The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Department of Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PCOM Department of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

NBCC Counselors: 1.5 CE hours/credits per event depending on the length of the event. Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Psychology, is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. We adhere to NBCC Continuing Education Guidelines (PROVIDER #5672).

Licensed Social Workers: 1.5 hours/credits per event depending on the length of the event The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Department of Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The PCOM Department of Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The Pennsylvania Board of Social Work Examiners recognizes and accepts the psychology continuing education hours/credits for social workers. Social workers who meet the CE criteria will receive the Certificate of Attendance.


Director of Continuing Education
Robert A. DiTomasso, Ph.D., ABPP

Associate Director of Continuing Education
Bruce S. Zahn, Ed.D., ABPP

Continuing Education Student Advisory Committee
Rachel Gerofsky, Sarah Decker, and Steven Hofberg

Coordinator for Continuing Education
Rachel J. Cuffeld-Gaymon, MBA

Unless otherwise specified in the program promotional materials, there is no commercial support interest to the sponsor, instructors, content of instruction or any other relationship that could be construed as a conflict of interest. Unless otherwise noted in the promotional materials, all PCOM Department of Psychology CE programs are free of charge. For any program for which a fee is charged, there is a Refund/Cancellation Policy.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:

For any program that has a fee attached, the Department of Psychology requires that notification of cancellation be made no later than 3 business days before the day of the program. Full refunds are available for notifications for programs with fees that are made within 3 business days prior to the day of the event. For all other cancellations, a credit will be issued for a future PCOM CE program.

Further Information about the Refund/Cancellation Policy and any other questions may be obtained by contacting Rachel Cuffeld-Gaymon, MBA, Coordinator of Continuing Education, at 215-871-6533 or Rachelcu@pcom.edu.