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  • IPA ANNUAL CONVENTION 2022 (Fri & Sat)


  • April 22, 2022
  • April 23, 2022
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  • Continuing Education credits not included.

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APRIL 22 & 23, 2022

IPA's Annual Convention 2022 will focus upon the unique concerns of older adults, paying particular attention to diseases of aging that can compromise cognitive functioning such as dementia. Understanding the normal and abnormal facets of aging on the mind and body are important in working with a geriatric population. Specific areas of focus will include pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions with older adults, differentiating between Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, wellness care plans for individuals with dementia, and understanding Idaho’s legal issues surrounding guardianship and medical power of attorney.  In addition, an update from members of the Board of Psychologist Examiners will be included.

IPA will hold its annual membership meeting, sector meetings, and student programming as part of this event.





3.0 CE Hrs
Geriatric Scalpel: Rational Deprescribing to Improve Lives of Older Adults 
Presented by Abhilash Desai, MD

10:00AM-MT 15-minute break

10:15AM-MT Geriatric Scalpel, continued

11:45AM-MT                     15-minute break


IPA Membership Meeting & Lunch / Lunch break offline for non-members

1:30PM-MT 15-minute break

1.0 CE Hr

Navigating the Transition From Dementia Diagnosis to Caregiver Support - Presented by Sarah Marion, PhD

2:45PM-MT 15-minute break 

1.0 Ethics CE Hr   

2022 Updates to Laws, Rules & Procedures & Ethical Concerns - Presented by Helen Napier, PhD, ABPP, & Autumn Keefer, PhD, MSCP

4:00PM-MT Welcome Reception  


TOTAL CE AVAILABLE FOR DAY ONE:  5.0 CE hours (1.0 in ethics) for attending all underlined sessions above


1.0 Ethics CE Hr

Legal Issues in Elder Care - Presented by Nathan Palmer, LL.M.

9:30AM-MT 15-minute break

9:45AM-MT 30-minute IPA Sector Meetings

10:15AM-MT 15-minute break

2.5 CE Hrs

Psychosocial Spiritual Wellness Care Plan for Persons with Dementia - Presented by Abhilash Desai, MD


Lunch break (45 minutes)



Psychosocial Spiritual Wellness Care Plan, continued   


15-minute break

1.5 CE Hrs

Differentiating Dementias:  A Foundation for Clarity in the Diagnosis - Presented by Steven Atkinson, PA-C


Convention concludes


TOTAL CE AVAILABLE FOR DAY ONE:  5.0 CE hours for attending all underlined sessions above


S P E A K E R   L I N E - U P


Abhilash K. Desai, MD, FAPA, is an adjunct associate professor of geriatric psychiatry at the Saint Louis University School of Medicine, an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Washington School of Medicine, and medical director of the Idaho Memory & Aging Center, PLLC.

Dr Desai was a guest editor for the special issue titled 'Healthy Brain Aging: Evidence Based Methods to Preserve Brain Function and Prevent Dementia' for Clinics of Geriatric Medicine published in 2009. Along with Dr George Grossberg, he has co-authored a chapter titled 'Psychiatric Aspects of Long-term Care' in Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry (15th edition).

Sarah Marion, PhD, is an inpatient neuropsychologist at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospital. She offers consultation and treatment for patients recovering from brain injuries due to trauma, stroke, and other neurological conditions.

Dr. Marion completed her postdoctoral residency at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute after completing her doctoral training at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology and predoctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Marion came to St. Luke’s from Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services where she specialized in outpatient brain injury and dementia evaluations. Her clinical practice in Pasadena included positions at Neurobehavior services and Southern California Neurology Consultants at Huntington Memorial Hospital.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Marion is an associate professor of psychology at Northwest Nazarene University. She has also served as a professor at Point Loma Nazarene University and Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. Dr. Marion’s research interests include developmental and neurologic conditions across the lifespan including agenesis of the corpus callosum, HIV/AIDS, healthy aging, attention deficit disorders (via virtual reality assessment), and traumatic brain injury.

Helen Napier, PhD, ABPP-Clinical, is an Ohio State Buckeye who completed her BA in Psychology and Women's Studies in 1984. She earned her PhD in counseling psychology from Washington State University in 1993, and served in the US Navy as a land and shipboard psychologist from 1992-2002. 

Dr. Napier worked as a civilian Navy psychologist from 2002-2011, and was trained in pain management while serving as the Team Psychologist for the Comprehensive Combat Casualty Care Center, at Naval Medical Center, San Diego CA from 2005-2007. 

Since moving to Idaho in 2011, she has been the pain psychologist for Saltzer Medical Group and Snake River Surgery Center in Boise, and the Team Psychologist for St. Alphonsus Comprehensive Pain and Spine.      

Autumn Keefer, PhD, MSCP, is a fellowship trained health psychologist with over 17 years of clinical experience.  Dr. Keefer received her bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University in psychology. She received her master’s and doctoral degrees in marriage and family therapy and counseling psychology from Indiana State University, and completed an APA-accredited fellowship in clinical medical psychology from the Memphis VAMC. She completed her post-doctoral master's degree at ISU in the MSCP program. 

Dr. Keefer's clinical practice has been divided between academia and the private and public sectors in program development & providing integrated care.  Upon relocating to Idaho seven years ago, she spent three years serving as the mental health lead in a teleprimary care department within the Boise VAMC.  This care model was awarded a national VA contract, and she subsequently traveled throughout the US training other VAMC staff in the care model while serving as part of the extended care team to the then US Secretary of Veterans' Affairs.   

Most recently she has been responsible for establishing mental health services within an interdisciplinary primary care team setting at the Micron headquarters in Boise, Idaho, providing clinical services including assessments and individual and couples counseling to this diverse population.  

Nathan Palmer, LL.M., is licensed to practice law in Idaho, Utah, before the U.S. Tax Court and is VA certified.  As a partner at Racine Olson, he practices in the areas of business, litigation, taxation, trusts, probate, wills and estates. He earned an advanced law degree (LL.M.) in taxation from the University of Florida Levin College of Law. Mr. Palmer advises individuals and entities regarding tax issues, business matters, and helps charitable organizations gain tax-exempt status with the IRS.

Mr. Palmer also represents clients in the courtroom. He has successfully litigated several cases in both federal and state courts, including complex probate matters, business matters, and civil rights litigation. Nathan’s courtroom experiences provide valuable perspective as he helps clients plan for long-term objectives.

He is a member of the Board of the Bannock County Board of Community Guardians. He also provides volunteer legal services to the Veteran’s Legal Clinic and CASA Guardian Ad Litem program.  Mr. Palmer is a member of the Trust and Estate Professionals of Idaho, Inc. (TEPI); American Bar Association, Section of Taxation; Idaho State Bar, Taxation, Probate and Trust Law Section; Utah State Bar, Section of Taxation; the National Care Planning Council; and the Portneuf Chapter of the American Inns of Court.

Steven Atkinson, PA-C, MS, is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant specializing in Geriatric Internal Medicine. He practices medicine in the greater Minneapolis area and is involved in pharmacological and pain management challenges daily. In addition to his private practice, he has been on the faculty at the University of Utah since 1994 and has been involved in medicine for over 30 years.

Mr. Atkinson is the co-founder of Twin Cities Physicians, which serves older adults in nearly all levels of their care. He has presented nationally on a variety of topics that draw from his specialty expertise.

Mr. Atkinson is the author of Geriatric Pharmacology: The Principles of Practice & Clinical Recommenda- tions, Second Edition and sits on several boards whose purpose is to elevate the level of care in medicine for the patients they serve. He has been described as a "dynamic" educator and one of the most engaging presenters around.

Speaker disclosures.

C E    I N F O

This event is intended for post-doctorate-level psychologists; however, other licensed health and mental health providers are welcome to attend.  The Convention is sponsored by the Idaho Psychological Association.  The Idaho Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  The Idaho Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program and its content.  

A total of 10.0 (1.0 in ethics) continuing education credits are available to psychologists for full attendance of this Convention.  CE credit may be earned on a session-by-session basis; the credit available for each individual session is listed on the Schedule above.  

Other health/mental health professionals
This convention provides a total of 10.0 contact hours.  Attendance letters will be provided.  Contact your board or professional association for your specific CE requirements.  

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ:  CE credit/attendance letters for each session will be provided only to individuals who attend the full session AND submit the attendance code word(s) on the workshop evaluation(s).  

Registrants will receive electronic handouts and log-in information a few days before the event via email.  Please watch for that information.   Even if you are not new to the technology, plan to log-in early to give yourself wiggle room, as Zoom often makes security updates that may require a few extra minutes of log-in time. 

Learning objectives & instructional level for presentations.


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