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Join Us For a Regional Meet and Greet in Vail, July 29

Posted: July 23, 2018

Dr. Athena Baca-Chieza, your new CPA President, is hosting a CPA Meet and Greet in Vail on Sunday, July 29, 2018, 4pm - 5pm, immediately following the Vail Farmer's Market.

Join us to learn about the Colorado Psychological Association, our current initiatives and programs, and how you can benefit most from your membership. Introduce yourself to Athena, ask questions and share your thoughts and ideas on how CPA can work best for you.

We will be at The Bully Ranch Restaurant (located in the Sonnenalp Hotel) for the Meet and Greet, from 4:00-5:00 on Sunday, 7/29/18.

We hope you can join us - Athena is looking forward to meeting you!


RxP Designation Committee Call for Nominations

Posted: July 23, 2018

The American Psychological Association (APA) Board of Education Affairs (BEA) and the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) are seeking nominations to fill two seats on the Designation Committee for Postdoctoral Education and Training Programs in Psychopharmacology for Prescriptive Authority (RxP Designation Committee). The appointees will serve a three-year term beginning Jan. 1, 2018.

Committee members shall meet once a year in the fall and may work, as needed, throughout the year via email and conference calls. The primary task of the committee is to review applications from training programs in psychopharmacology seeking to be designated by the APA. The deadline for all nominations is Monday, August 6, 2018. If you are interested in serving on the committee, or know of someone else who would be qualified for this position, please send nominations, along with the below-described information, to Kristyn Dempsey. Please note that nominators of other individuals are responsible for ensuring that these materials are submitted.

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Divorce Webinar Handouts

Thank you for participating in CPA's Divorce Webinar! Dr. Fine has provided some supplemental materials with participants. To receive your CE certificate, please complete the quiz below and fill out the program evaluation. Once completed, you will be sent a CE certificate via email.

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Webinar Quiz
Program Evaluation


Course Overview:
More than 50 % of first-time married couples divorce. More than 60% of couples in the United States who marry a second time divorce. This pandemic effects millions of couples and even more children. Though less than 25% of divorcing couples are considered high conflict, most divorcing couples can benefit from guidance that is readily available to them. There is now a cottage industry of divorce professionals whose goal is to help folks divorce in the most healthy way possible.

Additionally, with training, psychologists can play some of these roles (not for their own therapy clients of course!).

The Learning Objectives:

This webinar is designed to help you,

  • Use the variety of professional supports available to clients (and friends and family members) going through divorce
  • Describe the various options for how people can divorce (and how many Coloradans don’t use attorneys to divorce)
  • Assess the different roles that psychologists can fill in divorce work
  • Discuss what gets in the way of healthy divorces

Speaker Biography

Joyce Fine, PhD, specializes in divorce related work as a Divorce Coach, Collaborative Divorce Facilitator and Parental Responsibility Evaluator (someone who makes scheduling and decision-making recommendations to courts for high conflict divorce families). She also conducts psychotherapy with adults, couples, and families in her private practice.

What makes a divorce healthy is the ability of the adults involved and the professionals who support them to recognize and respect the humanity of the separating couple and their children (when children are involved). This means that everyone makes an effort to keep their eyes on a few basic goals: clear, thoughtful communication; achieving the best interests of all participants; and steady progress. Her job as a divorce coach is to be a companion and guide for individuals and couples as they navigate the challenges of divorce. She serves as an objective thought partner to help all parties, as individuals or as a couple, think through both minutiae and the big picture so they can avoid making emotionally driven reactive decisions that may cause long term negative repercussions.

In her divorce-related work and research she repeatedly encounters one essential truth: While divorce is deeply life-changing and rarely easy, the ways that a divorcing couple interacts with each other deeply impacts both their and their children’s mental and sometimes physical health during and post-divorce, as well as everyone’s ability to recover and move on in the aftermath of separation and divorce. A main priority in her work is to help clients communicate well with loved ones and with people they may have conflict with, with the goal of supporting clients to conduct their divorces in a way that enables everyone involved to recover and thrive rather than get stuck in negative long-term, ongoing emotional and/or financial strain.

On a happier note, she also conducts pre-marital workshops and works with individual couples in her private practice using the Prepare-Enrich assessment.

Dr. Fine also enjoys speaking at divorce-related workshops and writing about divorce. 

Professional Affiliations:
Board Member, Colorado Collaborative Divorce Professionals
American Psychological Association
International Association of Collaborative Practice
Metro Denver Interdisciplinary Committee (MDIC) (Family Law Professionals)
COAFCC (Colorado Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts)
Colorado Psychological Association

Dr. Fine can be reached at [email protected] or 720-859-3895

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


Please Welcome Our Recently Renewed Member!

Posted: July 16, 2018

The Colorado Psychological Association would like to welcome back the following person who has recently renewed!

  • Leonard J. Tamura, Ph.D., Leonard J. Tamura, Ph.D, LLC

Thank you all for joining us for another year.

Thank you to all our members for your continual support of CPA. Not a member? Join CPA today!


How Dogs Can Help with Mental Health – Mind Boosting Benefits of Dog Ownership

Posted: July 9, 2018

With the massive number of people suffering with a variety of mental health issues across the world, click here to view this resource that is an epic guide to inform readers of the incredible benefits of dog ownership. 

Click here to view full article.

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