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2020 CPA Virtual Ethics Workshop and Annual Meeting
Friday, October 30, 2020, 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM MDT
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2020 CPA Virtual Ethics Workshop and Annual Meeting

Ethical Practice in the Age of COVID-19

Friday, October 30, 2020
Workshop: 8:30AM - 12:00PM | Annual Meeting: 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Join us virtually for our bi-annual CPA Ethics Workshop in conjunction with the CPA Annual Meeting! 


Description: Program content focuses on ethical, legal, statutory or regulatory policies, guidelines, and standards that impact psychological practice during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learning Objective 1: Discuss the state regulatory mandates and recommendations related to mental health practitioners as a result of of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Learning Objective 2: Discuss ethical considerations and issues that may arise for mental health practitioners as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic including informed consent, confidentiality/privacy, and for both in-person and telehealth services 
  • Learning Objective 3: Discuss ways Covid-19 require adaptations in how treatment/therapy is implemented 
  • Learning Objective 4: Describe several ways COVID-19 could affect practitioners who do assessments/ evaluations including data collection and when is it okay to make adaptations to standardized protocols for test administration (including neuropsychological and cognitive evaluations, and child custody and court evaluations)


Level of Programming: Intermediate

CEs Offered: 3.0 

  • CPA Member: $50.00
  • Non-Member: $65.00
  • Student: $15.00
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8:30AM - 8:40AM 
Welcome - Dr. Natalie Vona (Chair of CPA Ethics Committee)


8:40AM - 9:15AM
Discuss Executive Order - Karen McGovern (DORA)

● How did we get here and where are we going?


9:15AM - 9:45AM
Crisis Standards of Care - Dr. Thomas Dunn

How standards of care change during a crisis


9:45AM - 10:00AM
Adaptations to Care During the Pandemic - Dr. Alyssa Oland and Dr. Natalie Vona



10:00AM - 10:15AM
Q & A - All panelists available to respond to questions from attendees


10:15AM - 10:30AM


10:30AM - 11:15AM 

Panel Discussion on Assessment - Adaptations during Covid times

● Conducting virtual assessments - Dr. Gary Eisenberg

● Child evaluations - Dr. Joy Goldberg

● Child Custody Evaluations - Dr. Kate McNamara

● Forensic/ court - Dr. Susan Lewis


11:15AM - 12:00PM

Q & A - All panelists available to respond to questions from attendees




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Moderators: Dr. Natalie Vona, Dr. Randi Smith, Dr. John Holmberg

r. Thomas Dunn

Thom Dunn is a professor of psychological sciences at the University of Northern Colorado and a staff psychologist at Denver Health. Dr. Dunn sits on the hospital’s ethics committee and is a former chair of the CPA ethics committee. He served as a subject matter expert in constructing the state of Colorado’s crisis standards of care in the allocation of scarce medical resources (such as ventilators) and for the emergency medical services. He was the project director of a state of Colorado initiative to create behavioral health crisis standards of care – the first state in the nation to do so.



Dr. Gary Eisenberg

Dr. Gary Eisenberg received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida. He received advanced training in child and adolescent psychology. He is a specialist in diagnostics including learning disabilities, emotional and developmental problems plus autism. He is ADOS-2 certified as well as a Certified Autism Specialist. Currently he is in private practice in Littleton, CO. He is serving as a consultant to both the Disabilities and Athletic Departments of Florida Atlantic University. In private practice he is a specialist in the Psychoeducational Evaluations. To date, he has seen over 8000 patients. He is a past president of the Child, Adolescent and Family Division of the Florida Psychological Association. Dr. Eisenberg is also employed as a speaker for Summit Professional Education. He traveled the country giving continuing education to teachers and therapists. His workshop is entitled Complementary Interventions for Autism and ADHD.






Dr. Joy Goldberg

Dr. Joy Goldberg has provided pediatric neuropsychology services to children for over 15 years. She received her PhD from the University of Denver and then moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where she completed her internship and worked as a school psychologist in both the Tempe and Glendale elementary school districts. She then completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship at Barrow Neurological Institute at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, specializing in the field of pediatric neuropsychology. After her fellowship, she continued to work at the hospital for six years. She has co-written a book on the importance of neuropsychology and is an active speaker at various conferences. She is a current member of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology, International Neuropsychological Society, National Academy of Neuropsychology, and is a previous board member of the Colorado Neuropsychological Society and the Arizona Neuropsychological Society.






Dr. Susan Lewis

Dr. Lewis licensed psychologist in Colorado and Massachusetts. She is a trained forensic psychologist and an attorney. She moved to Denver 7 years ago. While in Massachusetts, she also maintained a clinical practice, conducted forensic examinations for the courts and worked in a forensic hospital. Dr. Lewis has published 2 books: Law and Ethics for Mental Health Practitioners and From Deep Inside: A Forensic and Clinical Psychologist Journey. She is currently working on a new book, and lectures nationwide on Law and Ethics for Mental Health Practitioners that is designed for the laws of each state she travels to.







Karen McGovern, J.D.

Karen M. McGovern, is a Colorado Registered Nurse as well as a practicing attorney, specializing in defending and advocating for health professionals whose licensure is in jeopardy. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Northern Colorado in 1989. She practiced as a registered nurse for over 10 years before obtaining her law degree at the University of Denver College of Law in 2000. She has also worked as corporate counsel for a Colorado health care company, focusing specifically on risk management issues involving health professionals. Currently, Ms. McGovern is Deputy Director at Division of Professions and Occupations, Colorado Dept. of Regulatory Agencies.






Dr. Kate McNamara

Kathleen McNamara is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Fort Collins, Colorado.  She has worked extensively with court-involved families for over 30 years.  She provides Parental Responsibility Evaluations, Parenting Coordinator/Decision-Maker services, therapy for high conflict families, and consultation services to attorneys. She teaches a High Conflict Co-Parenting class and provides Early Neutral Assessment (ENA). She was a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Colorado State University before devoting herself to full-time practice. She is a former member and chair of the Colorado Psychological Association Ethics Committee.  Currently, she serves on the Board of the Directors for the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), Editorial Board of the Family Court Review and is on the Colorado Supreme Court Standing Committee on Family Issues. 






Dr. Alyssa Oland 

Dr. Oland is a pediatric psychologist at National Jewish Health, and is in the Division of Pediatric Behavioral Health. Dr. Oland’s specialty is treating children with co-occurring medical and psychiatric conditions. Her research interests are applied clinical research to assess efficacy of treatment programs and identify ways to improve quality of care provided to patients and families, factors that promote resilience, factors associated with post-traumatic growth, and patient and family factors associated with clinical presentation, response to treatment, and treatment outcome.




Linda Siderius

Linda L. Siderius, Esq. was the Deputy Attorney General for the Office of the Colorado Attorney General, where she managed and supervised the legal representation of the Department of Regulatory Agencies, the Department of Agriculture, and other state agencies. While at the Attorney General's Office, she prosecuted professional and organizational liability cases and provided general counsel legal work to state agencies. She has also done appellate work in the state appellate courts. In previous private practice, she did commercial litigation and was a member of the Department of Justice Panel of Bankruptcy Trustees, liquidating Chapter 7 estates. She continues her administrative, health care regulatory matters, and professional liability practice as a member of the Boulder law firm of Caplan and Earnest LLC. She previously has been visiting faculty at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, teaching health law and ethics to both undergraduate and graduate students.





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