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SPOTLIGHT ON IPA MEMBERS - JAN 2020

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….   


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