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2023 CPA Spring Symposium
Sturm Hall, Lindsay Auditorium
2000 E Asbury Ave
Denver, CO 80208
Friday, April 21, 2023, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM MST
Category: Workshop

TWO Workshops in ONE Day!

Register for one or both. If you register to attend the full day, you will receive a discount off of the single workshop rate and lunch included!


Workshop Fees:



MORNING ETHICS WORKSHOP - 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Child and Elder Abuse: Clinical, Ethical and Legal Issues

Session Description: Many mental health clinicians have questions concerning their reporting obligations related to child and elder abuse and/or neglect. What is mandatory reporting in Colorado? In what situations are we required to make reports, and in what situations should we maintain confidentiality? What is the reporting process? How much and what information is required? The CPA Ethics Committee along with two professionals from the City and County of Denver’s Department of Human Services in the Division of Child Welfare and Adult Protection (Stephen DiGiacomo of Child Protective Services, and Whitney Nettleton of Adult Protective Services) will guide our understanding of these important and sensitive issues. Vignettes of clinical cases will be discussed with guidance provided by our presenters.

CEs Offered: 3 

Program Level: Intermediate

Program Objectives:

  1. Identify the professional, legal, and ethical issues related to the mandatory reporting of child maltreatment (i.e., physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse).
  2. Identify the professional, legal, and ethical issues related to the mandatory reporting of abuse to older/vulnerable adults (i.e., physical, sexual, emotional, and/or financial abuse)
  3. Analyze and confidentiality concerns related to mandatory reporting obligations.
  4. Identify the practical applications of informed consent practices (both initial mandatory disclosure statement and ongoing informed consent processes) in psychotherapy

Morning Schedule:
8:30 Introduction of CPA Ethics Committee members
8:45 Introduction of speakers from the Colorado Department of Human Services
9:00 - 9:30 Stephen DiGiacomo - Child Protective Services
9:30 - 9:45 Q and A: Child Protective Services
9:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 10:30 Whitney Nettleton - Adult Protective Services
10:30 - 10:45 Q and A: Adult Protective Services
10:45 - 11:00 Break
11:00 - 11:30 Small group discussions of vignettes
11:30 - noon Processing of vignettes with the DHS guests and CPA Ethics Committee members
Lunch 12:00 - 1:00

Speakers: Whitney Nettleton, Administrator II – Adult Protective Services and Program Evaluation & Development, Denver Human Services, Stephen A. DiGiacomo, Social Caseworker Supervisor, Denver Human Services Child Welfare Division, and Randi Smith, PhD, Metropolitan State University of Denver; Independent Practice


AFTERNOON WORKSHOP - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

What's New in Genderland: Living in a Nonbinary World - Evolving Professional Guidelines and Therapeutic Practice

Session Description: This program will focus on the current psycho-social landscape of gender diverse identities, evolving nomenclature, developmental considerations, as well as the implications for mental/behavioral healthcare in navigating gender identity and clinician role. Treatment, support, advocacy, ethics, professional standards and multidisciplinary care with gender diverse people will be discussed.

CEs Offered: 3

Program Level:  Intermediate

Program Objectives:

  1. Exhibit a working knowledge of the various identities covered by the acronym LGBTIQQ+, as well as additional identity categories and labels germane to sexual orientation and gender identity.
  2. Identify and assess for unique challenges and considerations of gender diverse individuals, as well as conceptualizing gender identity in a non-binary system of gender.
  3. Recognize the intersectional implications of holistic human identity inclusive of gender, gender identity and sexual orientation.
  4. Describe at least two significant changes to gender related diagnoses in major diagnostic manuals - DSM and ICD.
  5. Discuss how APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, 2017 applies to clinical psychological practice with transgender and gender diverse people.

Speaker: Sarah E. Burgamy, Psy.D.

Sarah Burgamy, Psy.D. is the founder of PhoenixRISE, with specialty offerings in identity development, sexual minority competency as well as transgender and gender diverse identities in adults, adolescents and children. Dr. Burgamy received her doctorate degree from the University of Denver, Graduate School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Burgamy currently serves as a representative of the Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (Division 44) to the APA Council of Representatives (2022-2024) and previously served as a member, and 2019 chair, of the APA Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (2017-2019). Dr. Burgamy currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology at APA.




Thank you to our Sponsors!! 

Morning Workshop & Lunch Sponsor
Afternoon Workshop Sponsor