​​State Psychologist Association of New Mexico

Conference Hotel : Isleta Resort and Casino

11000 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87105  *Call 877-747-5382, 505-848-1999, or book online @ www.Isleta.com

Hotel Perks:
*Free transportation to and from Albuquerque Sunport (airport)
*Free shuttle service to the nearby Rail Runner (train), with access to downtown Albuquerque and Santa Fe

Special Hotel Offers for Conference Attendees:
Waived resort fees                      $55 golf rates

$10 free casino play                    15% discount on Spa                                                           and Salon services

Contact the hotel directly for airport, Rail Runner reservations, golf, spa, or salon services.

Make reservations early for spa, salon, and golf. These may be booked if you wait until you arrive.



Sunday                                        EVENTS SCHEDULE

7:30-7:55 am  Check in, continental breakfast

7:55-8:00 am   Introductory Remarks: Caroline Williams, SPA Education Chair

8:00-10:00 pm  When Nothing Works: Problem-Solving for Difficult Cases.  

This training will focus on methods for managing complex and challenging cases. The presenter will use case presentations that explore methods for managing a variety of challenging scenarios. Topics include treatment resistant psychosis, management of benzodiazepine-seeking behavior, and transitioning clients away from excessive polypharmacy. The training will also address the psychological impact of treatment failures on the prescriber, with a discussion of how to mitigate this impact.

The attendee will:
Increase skills for responding to treatment resistant psychosis.
Develop methods for managing drug seeking behavior.
Explore methods for successfully tapering off multiple medications.
Obtain knowledge and coping techniques for managing provider reactions to treatment failures.

Caroline B. Williams, PhD, ABMP, Prescribing medical psychologist
Private Practice, Santa Fe, NM


Division 55: American Society for the Advancement of Pharmacotherapy (ASAP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  ASAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

SPA and Division 55 (ASAP) sponsor this conference for prescribing psychologists and mental health professionals of all disciplines interested in psychopharmacology

Non Member Saturday

10:00-12:00 pm Introduction to Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS).  Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a safe, well-tolerated, non-invasive neuromodulation therapy that has been FDA-approved for treatment of major depression since 2008. There is robust data supporting its efficacy, and most commercial insurance plans and Medicare currently reimburse for rTMS treatment. However, most patients and providers are not yet aware of rTMS, or have inaccurate information about its benefits and risks. In this lecture the presenter will briefly review the history of psychiatric neuromodulation, and highlight the scientific principles and theory of rTMS. Next, the evidence base supporting the efficacy and safety of rTMS for major depression will be covered. Finally, the process of delivering rTMS treatment, from referral to evaluation to monitoring, will be described.

The attendee will:
Describe what transcranial magnetic stimulation is and how it works.
Present the evidence base for the effectiveness of rTMS for major depression.
Outline the rTMS referral, evaluation, and treatment process for providers and patients.

David K. Quinn, M.D.
Medical Director, UNM Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Service
Associate Professor, , University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Chief, UNM Division of Behavioral Health Consultation and Integration

12:00 pm   Adjournment

8:00 -10:00 am The Ethical Provider’s Approach to Documentation and Coding.  This training will review the importance of accurately documenting and coding services. This assists providers in generating a complete patient record, and in complying with legal and ethical requirements for documentation and coding. It will emphasize aspects of the correct use of “99” codes for recording psychological medication management.
The attendee will:
Obtain skills needed for accurately documenting various mental health services.
Understand the potential billing codes and the ethical application of such codes.
Obtain experiential knowledge of required documentation using different codes through the review of case studies.

Renee Wilkins, PsyD, MP, Clinical & Medical Psychologist, Grants, NM.
Caroline Williams, PhD, ABMP, Prescribing Clinical Psychologist, Santa Fe, NM.
Tina Cleveland, MBA, CPC, Founder, Medical Practice Solutions
Certified Professional Coder, Advanced Medical/Mental Health Biller


3:00-5:00 pm Transgender 101: Understanding cultural, psychological and medical issues related to transgender status. Presenters will discuss various aspects and challenges of transgender status as they relate to mental health treatment.  
The attendee will:
1) Obtain knowledge regarding psychological aspects of transgender status.
2) Increase awareness regarding the culture of the transgender community as it relates to psychological functioning.
3) Develop an improved understanding of medical issues related to transgender status and how these medical issues could impact psychiatric treatment. 

Christina Vento, PsyD, ABMP MACP
Medical/Prescribing Psychologist, Albuquerque, NM
Adrien Lawyer, Co-Director & Co-Founder, Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico Panel from the TRCNM Speaker’s Bureau (TRCNM.org)

5:00 pm  SPA Business Meeting for members.

Join SPA at www.spanewmexico.org.

6:00 pm  Social Mixer for conference attendees

hors d’oeuvres, cash bar.

Full refund with cancellation 48 hrs before 9/29/18

*SPA Business Meeting for members, 5:00 pm Saturday (conference attendance not required)

*Digital handouts provided free to attendees.  Attendees are encouraged to print their own handouts from digital slides if they would like paper copies.  Wi-fi available at conference.

*Attendees must be present for the entire day, or two days, as registered. No partial CE credit available.

10:00am-12:00 pm Ordering and Interpreting Labs for Mental Health Practice. 

Dr. Dobroth will review common labs used for managing psychiatric disorders and medications. She will explore the interpretation of various lab results, discuss case studies, and provide information about creative patient teaching tools related to medications and labs.  

 The attendee will:

1) Gain an increased knowledge base of the interpretation of abnormal lab results
2) Learn to identify the types of labs needed for safe monitoring of various psychiatric medications. 
3) Obtain methods for creative patient education regarding medications and lab results
Dr. April Dobroth, DNP, FNP-c, PMHNP candidate
Regional Clinical Faculty, Frontier Nursing University
National Health Service Corp Ambassador


12:00-1:00 pm Catered lunch on premises

1:00-3:00 pm Advances in the Management of Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Brain Injury.  This training will review the mechanisms of brain injury, and discuss both psychopharm and non-psychopharm methods for managing impulsivity/disinhibition, different memory issues, sleep, hyperarousal, depression, and other issues.  The presenter will also review the neurocircuitry involved in damage models. Pharmacogenetics. The presenter will discuss current developments in the field of pharmacogenetics, and applications for clinical practice, based on his book,  Psychiatric Pharmacogenetics: From Concepts to Cases, which was a bestseller in its category on Amazon last year.
The attendee will:
1) Increase knowledge of recommended psychopharmacological interventions for head injury.
2) Demonstrate increased awareness of non-psychopharmacological methods for managing head injury sequelae.
3) Obtain current information about relevant treatment applications in the growing field of pharmacogenetics. 

David Durham, MD
Associate Professor of Neuropsychiatry, US Health and Human Services Institute of Excellence 
Chair, American Board of Neuropsychiatry.

Saturday                                           EVENTS SCHEDULE

7:30-7:55 am            Registration, check in, continental breakfast

7:55-8:00 am         Introductory remarks: Caroline Williams, SPA Education Chair

Need Help?
Contact Dr. Renee Wilkins at rhcordery@aol.com or 505-287-0766 for problems with registration.
Contact Dr. Caroline Williams at cbwilliams5@gmail.com or 575-779-4401 for hotel & conference questions. 

Saturday, September 29, 8:00 am -5:00 pm                       Isleta Resort and Casino
Sunday, September 30, 8:00 am-12:00 pm                        11000 Broadway SE Continental breakfast both days;                                         Albuquerque, NM 87105
lunch included Saturday                                                        www.isleta.com 
SPA membership meeting Saturday 5:00 pm                              

Non-member 2 day

 Member Saturday

Member 2 day