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  • May 19, 2021 9:44 AM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)
     

     

    AMY S. WALTERS, PHD

    IPA FELLOW


    BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

    BUSINESS NAME:  St. Luke’s Health System

    REGION OF IDAHO WHERE YOU PRACTICE:  Southwest Region (Treasure Valley area)

    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP:  Boise, Idaho

    UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED:  University of Idaho – BS; Utah State University – MS and PhD

    CURRENT WORK: Director of Behavioral Health for Humphreys Diabetes Center) and Integrated Care Solutions of Idaho, PLLC private consulting

    YEARS IN PRACTICE: 20+ 

    POPULATIONS SERVED: Adults and children with diabetes and other chronic health conditions 

    PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS:  Chronic disease, integrated behavioral health, lifestyle medicine

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A PSYCHOLOGIST: I’m very extraverted by nature and enjoy working with people of different backgrounds and life experiences. I really appreciate the diversity of opportunity this career has afforded me. Over the last twenty years I have worked in a number of settings including private practice, public schools, traditional mental health, health care, consulting, and teaching for our state universities.  

    THEORETICAL ORIENTATION: I was trained in the scientist-practitioner model and use a number of evidence-based treatment approaches including Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavior Modification.   

    SERVICE IN PROFESSION: I have been a member of IPA since 1996 and served in a number of different roles in including CE committee, Secretary, Treasurer, State Advocacy, Public Sector Rep and most recently Public Education Coordinator for Idaho with APA. Through my role as PEC, I conduct presentations each year for various non-profit groups on a host of different topics.   In addition, I have volunteered for the last 23 years as the staff psychologist and director of psycho-social programs for the Idaho Diabetes Youth Programs (Camp Hodia).  

    WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER:  Mid to advanced career – depending on the retirement plan of the day 

    FUN FACTS

    HOBBIES: Outdoor recreation – hiking, back packing, rafting, paddle boarding; gardening; spending time with my family, friends and dogs   

    HIDDEN TALENT:  Art – I served as the art mom for several years with my kids’ elementary school. I also performed in a jazz choir throughout high school.

    ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE:  Being a longstanding member of IPA has been a fantastic experience, both personally and professionally.  IPA is a relatively small state association, which provides excellent opportunities for leadership and advocacy. I truly value long-term relationships I have built with my colleagues and the experiences membership has afforded me throughout my career.

  • May 18, 2021 6:13 PM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)

     

    MEET IPA STUDENT MEMBER:

     SHELBY PEMBERTON


    BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP:  Estill Springs, Tennessee, about 2 hours from Nashville

    UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED: University of Tennessee-Knoxville for undergrad, Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro for my master's degree, and Idaho State University for my PhD

    CURRENT STUDIES

    POPULATIONS SERVED:  Throughout my time in the field I have worked with a wide variety of clients, from young children to geriatric populations. My primary focus is working with adults for therapy and assessment.

    PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS: I enjoy working with clients with a variety of presenting concerns with varying identities. I specifically enjoy working with marginalized populations through various modalities, especially the LGBTQ+ population and trauma.

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT STUDYING TO BE A PSYCHOLOGIST?
    I have enjoyed all of the different settings and populations that I have had the honor of working with. Each client and each day is so vastly different than the next and I enjoy the flexibility in pushing myself in making connections and learning about more than just my focus areas. I also have enjoyed learning from supervisors and being able to carry forward what each has taught me about psychology and myself.

    THEORETICAL ORIENTATION:  I typically use an integrated or flexible approach dependent on the context of the unique needs of each client. However, I typically use an integrative approach rooted in interpersonal and third wave cognitive behavioral theories, such as ACT. I also enjoy using cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) depending on fit. 

    PRACTICUM EXPERIENCES: I have had the pleasure of working in multiple settings, such as a crisis stabilization unit and neuropsychology department during my master’s program. While I have been at ISU, I have worked at HealthWest Pocatello and City Center, ISU Counseling and Testing, a forensic practicum with Dr. Hatzenbuehler, the Northwest Center for Fluency Disorders Interprofessional Intensive Stuttering Clinic, I have been a peer supervisor with Dr. Lawyer’s practicum team within the ISU Psychology Clinic, and 3 other practicum teams within the ISU Psychology Clinic.

    WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER: I am currently a 4th year doctoral candidate training at Idaho State University. I am also currently completing internship interviews to start internship in the fall.

    FUTURE PLANS

    IN WHAT AREA OF THE COUNTRY DO YOU SEE YOURSELF PRACTICING? I am very open to where I end up, but I would love to return to the South and be closer to some of my family members.

    IN WHAT TYPE OF SETTING OR WITH WHAT POPULATION DO YOU IMAGINE YOU’LL WORK? I hope to continue working with a university population, where I can continue to learn about therapy, assessment, supervision, crisis work, outreach, and social justice.

    FUN FACTS

    HOBBIES:  I love spending time with my wife and two dogs, specifically outside at the dog park, hiking, or taking long walks. I enjoy baking and eating the food that my wife cooks. I also love to read (pretty much any genre), knit, ride my road bike, and box. Also, I love to travel (when I am able to), especially to national parks and around Europe with my sister who lives in Germany.

    HIDDEN TALENT:  I don’t know if this is a hidden talent but I have sold baked goods through restaurants back in Nashville and have done large catering orders, such as for a wedding. My best sellers were cupcakes (you name the flavor and I have made it) and doing fun decorations on top. I have also heard I make really good cookies and pies (specifically pecan pie – thank you Mom and Grandma).

  • March 19, 2021 4:16 PM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)
       

       

        Dennis J. Woody, PhD
              IPA Fellow
                 


    BIOGRAPHICAL INFO

    BUSINESS NAME:   Optum Idaho/United Health Group

    REGION OF IDAHO WHERE YOU PRACTICE:   When actively practicing pediatric neuropsychology, I was principally working in the Treasure Valley, but often consulted around the state for the Dept. of Health & Welfare. I continue to practice essentially in the Treasure Valley on a limited basis in the Boise School District.

    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP:   I was raised within an active duty Air Force family until my junior year in High School and consequently lived in multiple places. When dad retired, we settled in Emmett, Idaho (parent’s hometown).

    UNIVERSITIES ATTENDED:  
    University of Idaho (1973-77) - BS Elementary Education & BS Early Child Development

    University of Montana (1980-87) - BA Psychology, MS Clinical Psychology and Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

    University of Minnesota (1989-90) - Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology

    CURRENT WORK:  On staff with Optum Idaho participating as the Senior Clinical Services Program consultant and member of the medical team for utilization management.

    YEARS IN PRACTICE:  35 years

    POPULATIONS SERVED:  Infant/Toddler & Child/Adolescent/Young Adult

    PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS:  
    Currently
    My focus within the Optum Idaho framework is clinical system development with evidence based mental health service lines for members of Idaho Medicaid. This entails clinical program evaluation, clinical service utilization and analysis as it interfaces with service efficacy, new clinical services development and establishment of funding platforms for provider training in evidence-based practices for children, adolescents and adults. It is also within my responsibilities to assist in the improvement of mental health resource accessibility for Idaho Behavioral Health Plan (IBHP) members. This occurs in the context of workforce development projects, collaboration with community stakeholders and sponsoring new interventions in Idaho’s Medicaid based treatment arrays.

    Formerly - I maintained a private clinical practice in Boise addressing consultation for children and adolescents with neurocognitive challenges. Simultaneously, I was on contract with the Idaho Elk’s Pediatric Rehabilitation program (20 years), St. Luke’s Children’s services in pediatrics at MSTI (18 years) and the State of Idaho for Family and Children’s Services (16 years). I also consulted for the Meridian (about 10 years) and Boise School Districts (about 16 years and continue to do so).

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A PSYCHOLOGIST?  The strongest appreciation I have for my role as a psychologist is the ability to contribute to the improvement of people’s lives at a clinical level and at a systems level for service provision. This capacity is a function of the natural transition across a career of providing direct clinical services that benefitted patients to one wherein the changes are brought about through experience with the system of care vulnerabilities and its potential for improvement. Now, to be a psychologist working within a care management team that supports improvements in care through expanded accessibility and improved clinician skills, it affords me opportunities to make contributions through shared projects, professional relationships and a willingness to “try something different”. This resonance with betterment and sustained effort is the very core of what we practice as psychologists. I’m fortunate enough to be in a role to help make that happen within Idaho’s system of care for persons challenged with behavioral health concerns.

    THEORETICAL ORIENTATION:   My clinical training and practice were essentially oriented to a bio-psycho-social model that was influenced by cognitive behavioral methods for treatment and intervention. As a neuropsychologist, I was always most comfortable with normatively based delineations of cognitive abilities and the potential they portrayed in a(n) child, adolescent or adult. However, there were occasions wherein I certainly appreciated an Exner oriented scoring of a Rorschach protocol with well-developed overtones of dynamic implications and interpretations.

    SERVICE IN PROFESSION:   I’ve always felt that being involved with colleagues through APA and IPA was a sure way to stay connected personally and professionally. In doing so, I participated within APA as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator for multiple years in Idaho and briefly for the Louisiana Psychological Association in the early 1990’s. I also served on the Idaho Board of Psychologists for a rotation and enjoyed getting to know other psychologists from around the state. There have also been rotations for varying periods of time serving on different committees for IPA such as Ethics and Continuing Education. For about the past 10 years I’ve served on the Idaho State Bar’s Reasonable Accommodations Committee addressing Bar Examinees’ requests for changes in their testing circumstances.

    WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER:   At this point I’m looking at elements of change in a mental health delivery system that is just beginning here in Idaho when compared with our neighbors in the Pacific Northwest. So, my intentions are focused on the development of high-quality care supported by solid underlying platforms of funding that reward excellence. That objective is anchored to accountable outcomes of treatment within the mental health domain. Bringing workable solutions to our system that have worked in other rural/frontier states is an obtainable goal that I see myself working toward with the help of multiple community stakeholders.

    FUN FACTS

    HOBBIES:
    Sports Fan: Observer Status (Baseball, Football); SCUBA; Woodworking; Socializing with Others; Reading; Travel for Fun (on hold); Shooting (Targets); Gardening/Landscape

    HIDDEN TALENT: 
    Excellent with kitchen clean-up (Bull Cook)

    ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE:   
    Grateful to have been able to work as a psychologist in a place like Idaho given the people, the need, and the community of other colleagues having the same intentions. A good run……..ongoing! 

  • October 21, 2020 6:45 PM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)

     


    Danielle Richner, MS

    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP
    I was born and raised in Boulder City, NV, outside of Las Vegas.

    UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED
    University of the Pacific - Stockton, CA, and Idaho State University - Pocatello, ID

    POPULATIONS SERVED
    Throughout my time at ISU, I have been lucky enough to work with clients across the lifespan, from toddlers to geriatric populations. As of right now, my primary focus is on working with adults for both therapy and assessment.

    PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS
    I enjoy working with clients across a variety of presenting concerns and with different modalities. I would say that I particularly enjoy my work with comorbid mental health and physical health diagnoses, trauma, identity development, and working with rural, underserved, and/or marginalized communities.

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT STUDYING TO BE A PSYCHOLOGIST
    Beyond being able to help others, I value the variety of work that we get to do. Each day is different, and I am often doing therapy, completing assessment(s), supervising other students, and attending class all within the same day.

    THEORETICAL ORIENTATION
    I primarily conceptualize through a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) framework. When appropriate, I will also integrate my training in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), interpersonal process therapy (IPT), and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) to better individualize treatment.

    PRACTICUM EXPERIENCES
    I’ve worked in a number of settings, including HealthWest of Pocatello and HealthWest OB/GYN, ISU Counseling and Testing, State Hospital South, and within the ISU Psychology Clinic (4 different teams). Prior to graduate school, I worked in sexual assault response, diversity and inclusion programming, as well as in settings for adults experiencing chronic and severe mental illness and homelessness.

    WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER
    I am currently in my 4th year of graduate training at Idaho State University, and will be applying for internship this fall.

    IN WHAT AREA OF THE COUNTRY DO YOU SEE YOURSELF PRACTICING
    I would love to stay on the West Coast, preferably somewhere that includes direct access to mountains. After spending two decades in the desert, I would also prefer somewhere that includes all four seasons.

    IN WHAT TYPE OF SETTING OR WITH WHAT POPULATION DO YOU IMAGINE YOU’LL WORK
    I hope to continue working with adults in integrated healthcare settings, and where I can continue to have a variety of therapy, assessment, supervision, and/or teaching opportunities.

    HOBBIES
    I love to ski, and was a full-time ski instructor during my intermission between undergraduate and graduate school. I also enjoy running, mountain biking, cooking, gardening, and doing anything outside with my husband and two greyhounds.

    HIDDEN TALENT
    Not-so-hidden talent: My mother is from Denmark, and I will make Danish food for any gathering.  Also, I can wiggle my ears!

  • October 21, 2020 6:31 PM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)
     

     


    Dawn Cureton, PsyD

    WORKPLACE
    College of Eastern Idaho & Healthy Care Solutions

    REGION OF IDAHO WHERE YOU PRACTICE
    Southern- Eastern Idaho

    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP
    Indianapolis, Indiana

    UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED
    IUPUI, Argosy University, ISU-Meridian

    YEARS IN PRACTICE
    10

    POPULATIONS SERVED
    Adolescents & Adults

    PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS
    For the college - generalist
    For private practice – social justice, racial/ethnic development & concerns

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A PSYCHOLOGIST
    Seeing the change in people that they did not believe was possible

    THEORETICAL ORIENTATION
    Psychodynamic

    WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER
    I’ve been licensed for 10 years and working toward my masters in psychopharmacology

    HOBBIES
    Used to be going to the movies, reading, spending time with my family


  • August 16, 2020 4:03 PM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)


     


    IPA President-Elect
    Wally Campbell, PhD

    WORKPLACE
    Idaho Department of Correction

    REGION OF IDAHO WHERE YOU WORK
    Boise

    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP
    Upland, Indiana (affectionately known as the armpit of the Midwest)

    UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED
    Taylor University (B.A., Philosophy of Religion) 1990; Indiana University (PhD), 2013

    YEARS IN PRACTICE
    4 years

    POPULATIONS SERVED
    Adult prisoners

    PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS
    I mostly work as an administrator, supervising the overall mental health services in the Idaho prisons. When I worked directly with the prisoners, I enjoyed the really hard core prisoners in maximum security facilities. I’m not sure why but I just always seemed to be able to relate to them somehow, which probably says something about me but I’m not sure what.

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A PSYCHOLOGIST
    I have enjoyed working with men who would probably not ever self-refer themselves to traditional therapy. Working in male prisons, I have had the opportunity to focus on mental health and behavioral concerns with people’s whose actions have often harmed others, which is rewarding. Hopefully my work has been helpful to my clients as well as the people around them.

    THEORETICAL ORIENTATION
    I’m kind of Rogerian by inclination, but CBT is the dominant theoretical approach in my field.

    SERVICE IN PROFESSION [Added by committee member] 
    Assisting membership committee with recruiting new members, and other things Wally has not mentioned here!   Other examples: serving as IPA's CE Committee Chair, volunteering to present an IPA webinar and soon to be IPA President.

    WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER
    I’m a little shy of ten years since getting my PhD. I’ve being doing this administrator role for about four years, and I’ve found that the skill set that makes a good therapist is very different from the skill set that makes a good administrator. I’m still trying to figure it all out.

    FUN FACTS:

    HOBBIES
    Kind of an opera buff, no real other hobbies. Idaho is supposed to have beautiful outdoor activities but I wouldn’t really know first hand because I’m strictly an indoor kind of guy. I like to spend my free time at the public library.

    HIDDEN TALENT 
    (ex- “Can juggle 4 objects in the air without breaking anything.”): no real talents, sadly. I’m told I have the very annoying habit of humming to myself constantly which seems to be quite irritating to the people around me, but I’m not sure that’s really a talent.

    ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SHARE 
    I’ve read Moby-Dick about six times and I’m still trying to figure it out.


  • January 16, 2020 10:08 PM | Deborah Katz (Administrator)


     


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    PA Student Member
    Megan Olsen Bird, BS

    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP 
    Pocatello

    UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED 
    I completed my undergraduate degree at Idaho State University (ISU) and I am currently attending ISU as a graduate student.

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT STUDYING TO BE A PSYCHOLOGIST 
    Learning how to best help my future clients by using effective evidence-based treatments.

    THEORETICAL ORIENTATION 
    Since I am so new, I haven't determined what my theoretical orientation is yet.

    PRACTICUM EXPERIENCES
    I did multiple different practicums as an undergraduate.  One of my favorites was working with adolescents in the juvenile detention center where I helped perform clinical assessments and/or interviews to determine the best possible available interventions for adolescents.

    WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER 
    1st year graduate student

    IN WHAT AREA OF THE COUNTRY DO YOU SEE YOURSELF PRACTICING
    I am not sure where I will end up working, but I would love to be close to Idaho.

    WHAT TYPE OF SETTING OR POPULATION DO YOU IMAGINE YOU'LL SERVE
    I would like to work with children and adolescents.  As of right now, I am interested in working in a medical university or a child advocacy center.

    FUN FACTS ABOUT MS. BIRD:

    HOBBIES 
    I like skiing, hiking and spending time with my family.  

    HIDDEN TALENT 
    I don't really feel that I have one, but I do play the violin.

       


    IPA Fellow
    Bill Green, PhD, ABPP

    BUSINESS NAME 
    William Green, PhD

    REGION OF IDAHO WHERE YOU PRACTICE 
    Coeur d'Alene

    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP 
    Born in Washington, DC.  Moved to Coeur d'Alene, ID, at age two.

    UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED 
    St. Mary's College in Moraga, CA, earning an undergraduate BA degree in philosophy; University of the State of New York at Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary, earning a Master in Divinity and an MA in Religious Education; College of Great Falls studying music education for a couple years, then transferred to Gonzaga University.  I was going to teach in Santa Barbara, so took math, speech and scripture.  Attended the California Institute of Integral Studies-San Francisco for my PhD, followed by dissertation work at University of California-San Francisco at the research hospital, with a focus in prayer and healing of patients with pituitary illnesses.  This was done with the support of lead researcher and staff. At the same time, worked at the Berkeley Mental Health Clinic doing a practicum.  I did my post doctorate at Alameda County Juvenile Corrections.

    Also earned my Board Certification in Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.

    YEARS IN PRACTICE 
    I guess 25.

    POPULATIONS SERVED 
    Kids, couples, family, adults and court for kids.

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A PSYCHOLOGIST 
    All the neat people that you can meet.

    THEORETICAL ORIENTATION 
    Psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral and existential.

    SERVICE IN PROFESSION 
    IPA Private Sector Representative for years, IPA President for two years and IPA Federal Advocacy Coordinator for one year.

    WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER 
    I've never known that.  The end of it, I guess.  I'm in a spot of changing my whole perspective of my career.  I guess it's not ending.  It never is.

    FUN FACTS ABOUT DR. GREEN:

    HOBBIES 
    Aviation and music.  Trumpet for years and years and was in a band for a long time.  Also, improvisation, voice lessons, the woods and bike rides.  

    HIDDEN TALENT 
    Languages, working on French; writing politics; and American Philosophy.
     


    IPA Fellow  

    Laura Asbell, PhD




    BUSINESS NAME 
    Laura Asbell, PhD/Asbell Health Strategies

    REGION OF IDAHO WHERE YOU PRACTICE 
    North Idaho, outside of Post Falls

    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP 
    Mostly in Texas—My Dad was Air Force.  My husband was also in the Air Force, so I have lived in Germany, Japan, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Arkansas, as well as Texas.

    UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED 
    With an Air Force life, I went to five universities to get my BA in Psychology, then received a terminal master’s degree in clinical psychology from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, before being able to get my PhD in Clinical Psychology from WSU.  I interned through the UW School of Medicine. 

    YEARS IN PRACTICE 
    30 years at the PhD level.  I worked at a BA and MA level prior to returning for my PhD.

    POPULATIONS SERVED 
    Adults—individuals and relationships.  I also work with the LGBTQ population, especially with individuals who are transgender. 

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A PSYCHOLOGIST 
    I love the emotional connections, the intellectual challenge, the meaningfulness of what we do, the collegiality that is part of our culture, and the control and flexibility that a private practice allows.  

    THEORETICAL ORIENTATION 
    Adult Developmental, Cognitive Behavioral, Existential

    SERVICE IN PROFESSION 
    I have been especially active with WSPA, but I served for many years on the Ethics Committee for IPA. 

    WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER 
    I now work part time, 12 clients a week.  I practice from my home one afternoon a week and from my Spokane office two afternoons a week.  My practice has varied over the years, at one time with eight providers including psychiatry, social work, assessment, geriatrics, child, and family specialists.  I also did organizational consultation for most of those years.

    FUN FACTS ABOUT DR. ASBELL:

    HOBBIES 
    My hobby is native plants and restoring our acreage to what it would have looked like prior to European influence.

    HIDDEN TALENT 
    Whatever it is, it is well hidden.


                 IPA Member  

              Tim Rehnberg, PhD




    BUSINESS NAME 

    Rehnberg Psychological Services, P.S.

    REGION OF IDAHO WHERE YOU PRACTICE 
    Coeur d'Alene area   

    WHERE DID YOU GROW UP 
    Colorado

    UNIVERSITIES YOU ATTENDED 
    University of Colorado (Pre-med flunk out…too much skiing….)
    Colorado State University - BS
    University of Northern Colorado - MS
    Washington State University - PhD

    YEARS IN PRACTICE   
    40 + if including Master’s Degree:  28 since completing Ph.D.

    POPULATIONS SERVED   
    Primarily Adults

    PRACTICE INTEREST AREAS 
    Psychological Assessment and w
    orking with normal people in abnormal situations

    WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT BEING A PSYCHOLOGIST 
    The challenges involved with trying to help people unravel their twisted lives.  I really enjoy dealing with cases that have diagnostic challenges.  I taught at WSU for about 10 years and enjoyed teaching graduate level classes in Psychological Assessment, Statistics, Theories of Career Development and Psychological Aspects of Disability.  I miss the students…I don’t miss academia.

    THEORETICAL ORIENTATION    
    “Functional Eclectic”  (my own term…)  My primary mode is cognitive-behavioral; however, I also believe in family systems and bio-psycho-social models in general….whatever works.

    SERVICE IN PROFESSION  
    I do lots of pro-bono and reduced rate work for low-income and no-income folks…

    WHERE ARE YOU IN YOUR CAREER 
    In the twilight years….only working three days/week now and will probably bow out completely within the next 12-18 months.FUN FACTS ABOUT DR. REHNBERG:

    HOBBIES  
    Puttering in the yard…drinking coffee with old cronies…trying to improve my golf game.

    HIDDEN TALENT 
    So deeply hidden I can’t find them….   


  • April 29, 2019 3:17 PM | Lyn McArthur

    IPA’s Advocacy committee has been busy in recent months. We followed several topics of interest through the legislative session. The advocacy committee’s priority is to follow and address practice issues related to psychologists. This is what IPA’s lobbyist, Kris Ellis, helps us to do. Some of you have wondered about social issues related to the field of psychology. The advocacy committee can consider taking action on these types of items, but we receive no help in following the relevant issues and must do so on additional volunteer time. If you haven’t taken a moment yet to familiarize yourself with our advocacy issue request form, please do so! Here’s the link: https://www.idahopsych.org/resources/Committees%20-%20Groups/Advocacy%20Committee/IPA%20ADVOCACY%20ISSUE%20REQUEST%20FORM%20-%20MASTER.pdf . Please send us any topics that you view as important to psychologists and/or related social issues, and we will consider the issue and if we have the resources to address it. If you choose to submit an issue, just remember that we may need your help implementing a plan to address it. As of today, we have received two request forms. Both issues raised are long-term issues and are working to be addressed.

    The Advocacy committee has also been working on RxP. Page Haviland continues to work towards starting the ISU Psychopharmacology program. Sue Farber has played a major role this year in implementing the rules. Due to a hold on the signing of all rules, not just ours, during the legislative session, the RxP rules are tentatively in place. The committee has also been working on making sure that prescribing psychologists will be able to become credentialed and thus able to bill with Idaho insurers.

    Please let me know if you are interested in serving on our committee! The more volunteers we have, the more issues we can address.


  • APA

    April 10, 2019 6:23 PM | Julie Parsons

    Greetings from your representative to the APA Council of Representatives.   The latest meeting was held in February 2019...the full minutes can be accessed by signing into the APA website as a member, then searching for 'Council of  Representatives'.   Towards the bottom of that page there is a list of council meeting minutes by date.

    At the most recent meeting the Council overwhelmingly approved a new strategic plan, designed to better position the field of psychology to make an impact on critical societal issues and on  public understanding of psychology.  The plan's implementation is also designed to prepare the discipline and profession of psychology for the future and to strengthen APA's standing as an authoritative voice for psychology.    

    In further action, the APA Council voted to receive a report regarding master's programs in health-service psychology....specifically, the report discussed possible pathways that APA can use to establish accreditation of master's programs in psychology.   To read the report:  www.apa.org/ed/governance/bea/masters-accreditation-blueprint

    The Council also adopted the Resolution on Physical Discipline of Children by Parents, which recommends using alternative forms of discipline;  adopted a clinical practice guideline for the Treatment of Depression Across Three Age Cohorts (to be available on APA 's website by summer), and approved updated policies and curriculum related to psychopharmacology, among other actions.

    As always, your comments and questions are welcomed!





  • April 09, 2019 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    Hello fellow IPA members!

    As the student sector representative, I am gearing up for the IPA conference in May.  It looks like there will be some great programming available to students attending the conference including presentations on telehealth, ACT for the treatment of compulsive disorders, and presentations and the opportunity to meet with Dr. Puente, and more! I look forward to the student presentations and the poster session from some of my fellow ISU undergrad and graduate students.

    It is also my pleasure to report that myself and 4 other students from ISU participated in the AAPIC match this year and everyone has matched and is ready to go forth on internship!

    With the IPA conference approaching, this also means that we are looking for a new student sector representative! This is a one year appointment where a student member of IPA reports concerns and interests of psychology students to the board. More details about the position can be found here. Next years representative will also be encouraged to write on IPA’s new blog!

    It has been my pleasure being the student representative for IPA and I look forwarding to meeting everyone at the conference!

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