Conference Presentations

18th Annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference, May 2015

VA Psychology: Advancing High Quality Health Care and Timely Access for Veterans

Invited Panel: Fostering a Culture of Creativity and Innovation in VHA MH
Bruce Nelson, Ph.D.
VISN 2 Behavioral Healthcare Line
Todd Burnett, Psy.D.
Chief of Mental Health and Homeless Operations

Women in Leadership
(Resource List)
Kathleen Lysell, Ph.D.
National Mental Health Director for Informatics
VHA Mental Health Services, VA Central Office
Sandra Morissette, Ph.D.
Treatment Core Chief, VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans
Central Texas Veterans Healthcare System
Jamylah Jackson, Ph.D., ABPP
Director of Psychology Training
VA North Texas Health Care System
Janna L. Fikkan, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Psychology Training, VA Puget Sound, American Lake Division
 
Invited Presentation: Mental Health Metrics on the SAIL Report for Performance Improvement
Dan Kivlahan, Ph.D.
National Program Director Addictive Disorders, Mental Health Services
Lisa Kearney, Ph.D., ABPP
Senior Consultant for National Mental Health Technical Assistance
Office of Mental Health Operations
VA Central Office
Clifford Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Iron Mountain VA Medical Center
Jodie Trafton, Ph.D.
Director, VA Program Evaluation and Resource Center
VA Palo Alto HCS

Keynote Address: Challenges and Opportunities for VA Psychologists During an Era of Health Care Reform
Barry Anton, Ph.D., ABPP

President, American Psychological Association

Invited Presentation: The Journey to Servant Leadership
Linda Belton, FACHE
Deputy Director for Organizational Health & Assessment
VHA National Center for Organization Development

Invited Presentation: Psychological Safety in the Workplace:  The Canary in the Coal Mine
Maureen Cash, Ph.D.
Director of Organizational Health
VHA National Center for Organization Development

Understanding the Balanced Scorecard for MH Performance Improvement
Dan Kivlahan, Ph.D.
National Program Director, Addictive Disorders
Mental Health Services
Lisa Kearney, Ph.D., ABPP
Senior Consultant for National Mental Health Technical Assistance
Office of Mental Health Operations
VA Central Office
Clifford Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Iron Mountain VA Medical Center
Jodie Trafton, Ph.D.
Director, VA Program Evaluation and Resource Center
VA Palo Alto HCS
 
Mental Health and Veterans Benefits Administration Collaborations
Stacey Pollack, Ph.D.
National Director of Program Policy Implementation
Mental Health Services
VA Central Office
  
Invited Address: The Contribution of Psychology Training for Veterans and the Nation
Stacy Pommer, L.M.S.W.
Health Systems Specialist
Associated Health Education
Office of Academic Affiliations
VA Central Office

VA Central Office Update
Wendy Tenhula, Ph.D.
Acting Deputy Chief Consultant, Specialty Mental Health
Mental Health Services
VA Central Office
David Carroll, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Office of Mental Health Operations
VA Central Office

Continuing Education Workshop
Developing as a Servant Leader
Linda W. Belton, FACHE
Deputy Director for Organizational Health & Assessment
VHA National Center for Organization Development
Maureen Cash, Ph.D.
Director of Organizational Health
VHA National Center for Organization Development
 
Supporting Documents:
A Skilled Communicator
Effective Leadership
Mail Map
Paradoxical Commandments
Pillar 1
Pillar 5
Pillars 2, 4, 7 (Cuckoo's Nest)
Reflection
SL360 Assessment Questions
SL Small Group


17th Annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference, May 2014
 
VA Psychology:  Serving Veterans Through Interprofessional Care and Expanding Partnerships

 

Invited Presentation
     Randy Phelps, Ph.D.
     Senior Advisor for Health Care Financing
     American Psychological Association

 Opening Keynote Address
     Steven Hunt
     National Director, Post-Deployment Integrated Care Initiative
     Director, Deployment Health Clinic

Invited Presentation
     Behavioral Health Interdisciplinary Program (BHIP)
     Kendra Weaver, Ph.D.
     Senior Consultant for Mental Health Clinical Operations, VA Central Office

Interprofessional Care and Training Explored
          Antonette Zeiss, Ph.D.
          Robert Zeiss, Ph.D. (Ken Jones)
          Lisa Kearney, Ph.D.
          Bridget Hegeman

Supervision of Peer Specialists
          Dan O'Brien-Mazza

Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatments in VHA: Critiques, Responses, and Future Directions
          Dan Kivlahan, Ph.D.
          National Program Director, Addictive Disorders

Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL)
          Trisha Vinatieri, Ph.D.

Primary Care/Mental Health Integration
          Lisa K. Kearney, Ph.D., Senior Consultant for National Mental Health
          Technical Assistance
          Office of Mental Health Operations, VA Central Office
          JoAnn Kirchner, M.D.
          Andy Pomerantz, M.D.
          Laura Wray, Ph.D.

Keynote Address
     Nadine Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP
     President, American Psychological Association

Community Partnerships
          Tracey Leone Smith, Ph.D.
          Psychotherapy Coordinator
          Mental Health Services
          VA Central Office

Primary Care/Mental Health Integration in Practice

Moral Injury (Special Topic)
          Shira Maguen, Ph.D.
          Staff Psychologist
          San Francisco VA Medical Center

Infectious Disease
          Maggie Chartier, Psy.D.

Update on Psychology Education in VA
          John Beauvais, Ph.D.
          Chair, VA Psychology Training Council

VA Central Office Invited Panel 

CE Workshop
     Veterans and Violence
     Tom Kirchberg (Crisis Intervention Teams)
     Lynn Van Male (Workplace Violence)
     Heidi Kar (Interpersonal Violence)


14th Annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference, May 2011

Advancing the T-21 Initiatives: Innovation Through Leadership, Research, Service, and Advocacy

Past, Present, and Future for VHA: The Realignment in Central Office
          George W. Arana, M.D., Acting Assistant Deputy Under Secretary for Health,
          Clinical Operations

Update on Psychology Education in VA
          Robert Zeiss, Ph.D., Director, Associated Health Education, Office of
          Academic Affiliations, VACO
          Stephen McCutcheon, Ph.D., Director, Psychology Training Programs, VA
          Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle

Developing a VA Career: Remaining Whole and On Track
          David Carroll, Ph.D., Acting Initiative Lead, Improve Veterans’ Mental Health,
          VA Central Office
 
Advocacy on Behalf of Veterans
           Randy Phelps, Ph.D., APA Deputy Executive Director for Professional Practice
           Diane Elmore, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Executive Director, APA Public Interest
           Government Relations Office

Evidence-Based Practices in VA: What Do We Know, and What Do We Not Yet Know?  
           Bradley Karlin, Ph.D., National Mental Health Director, Psychotherapy and
           Psychogeriatrics
           Daniel Kivlahan, Ph.D., Associate National Mental Health Director for
           Addictive Disorders, Office of Mental Health Services
           Lisa M. Najavits, Ph.D., VA Boston Health Care System, Professor of
           Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine

EBP Family and Couples Treatment
           Susan McCutcheon, R.N., Ed.D., Director, Family Services, Women's Mental
           Health and Military Sexual Trauma, VACO Office of Mental Health Services
           Shirley Glynn, Ph.D., VA GLAHS at West Los Angeles, Office of Mental Health
           Services, Office of Mental Health Services, VA Central Office
 
Overcoming Challenges and Embracing Opportunities for Implementing EBP at the Local Facility Level
          Stephen Cavicchia, Psy.D., Chief, Psychology Services, Coatesville VAMC

APA’s Role in Meeting the Needs of Military Service Members, Veterans, and their Families
         Melba Vasquez, Ph.D., ABPP, President, American Psychological Association;
         Independent Practice, Austin, TX
 
VA Central Office Invited Panel
         Sonja Batten, Ph.D., Assistant Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer for
         Mental Health, VA Central Office
         David Carroll, Ph.D., Acting Initiative Lead, Improve Veterans’ Mental Health,
         VA Central Office
         Mary Schohn, Ph.D., Acting Director, Mental Health Operations, VA Central
         Office
         Antonette Zeiss, Ph.D., Acting Deputy Chief Patient Care Services Officer for
         Mental Health, VA Central Office

Developing a VA Career: Remaining Whole and On Track
          David Carroll, Ph.D., Acting Initiative Lead, Improve Veterans’ Mental Health,
          VA Central Office

Advocacy on Behalf of Veterans
          Randy Phelps, Ph.D., APA Deputy Executive Director for Professional Practice
          Diane Elmore, Ph.D., MPH, Associate Executive Director, APA Public Interest
          Government Relations Office

The Patient Aligned Care Team: What is it, Who Are the Players and Where Do We Fit
          In?

          Margaret Dundon, Ph.D., National Program Manager for Health Behavior,
          Office of Patient Care Services, VHA National Center for Health Promotion
          and Disease Prevention
          Michael G. Goldstein, M.D., Associate Chief Consultant for Preventive
          Medicine, Office of Patient Care Services, VHA National Center for Health
          Promotion and Disease Prevention
          Andrew Pomerantz, M.D.,  National Mental Health Director for Integrated
          Care, Office of Mental Health Services
          Edward Post, M.D., Ph.D., National Medical Director, Primary Care-Mental
          Health Integration Program, Office of Primary Care Services

Motivational Interviewing: A Simple Idea, But Not Easy to Practice or Implement
          Carl Isenhart, Psy.D., ABPP, Minneapolis VA Health Care System
 
Practical Issues in Psychology Leadership: Workload Measurement, Productivity, and Data Management
          Robert Gresen, Ph.D., Consultant to the VACO Office of Mental Health
          Services; Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
          Sciences, Medical College of Wisconsin
          Presentation, Part 1
          Presentation, Part 2
          Presentation, Part 3

          Mark Ward, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist & Patient Care Line Manager,
          Portland VA Medical Center


 

13th Annual VA Psychology Leadership Conference, May 2010

Advancing Psychology in the Evolving Veterans Health Care System

Thursday, May 13, 2010


 

 

Friday, May 14, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010

  • Workshop

    • Ethics and Ethical Decision Making for Practicing Psychologists. Stephen Behnke, J.D., Ph.D., Director, APA Ethics Office

Twelfth Annual VA Leadership Conference, May 2009

(Note: All presentations are in Adobe Acrobat format, and many of the files are very large and will take a substantial amount of time to access unless you're on a broadband connection to the internet.)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009

  • Workshop 1: New Training Directors' Workshop
    • Wayne Siegel, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of Training/Psychology Supervisor, Minneapolis VA Medical Center Chair, VA Psychology Training Council
  • Workshop 2: Assessing and Treating Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Within the VA: Unique Opportunities and Challenges

Eleventh Annual VA Leadership Conference, April 2008

(Note: All presentations are in Adobe Acrobat format, and many of the files are very large and will take a substantial amount of time to access unless you're on a broadband connection to the internet.)

Tenth Annual VA Leadership Conference, May 2007

  • Did You Know... (part of Russ Newman's presentation). This presentation uses Flash and should play in your web browser. The file is very large (over 8 MB) and may take some time to start even with a high-speed connection. You may want to download this file to your hard drive (right-click the link above and choose "Save Target As..." or "Save Link As..." Once the file is downloaded, open it with your web browser. The original presentation is by Karl Fisch, Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School in Colorado. With his permission, Scott McLeod made the different versions available here. Mr. Fisch's original (and his sources) are here.
     
  • PowerPoint Presentations and Handouts or Supplemental Materials (all are PowerPoint presentations unless otherwise specified; to save on your hard drive, right click on the link and select Save As... or Save Target As...; some files are quite large)

 

Ninth Annual VA Leadership Conference, April 2006

2005 VA Leadership Conference — Dallas, Texas

VA Leadership Conference Presentations

2004 VA Leadership Conference — Washington, DC

2003 VA Leadership Conference — Denver, Colorado


Previous VA Leadership Conferences

Thomas Garthwaite, M.D., Under Secretary for Health for the Department of Veterans Affairs, responds to the concerns raised by the American Psychiatric Association about psychologists functioning as independent practitioners and about psychologists prescribing medications within the VA.
 
At the Dallas II Conference, co-sponsored by AVAPL and the APA Practice Directorate, Kenneth Kizer, M.D., Under Secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs, announces the issuing of a directive on parity in the selection of leaders of reorganized mental health services. See the directive here.

 

Previous conference highlights can be found on the AVAPL Archives page.