​​State Psychologist Association of New Mexico

Full refund with cancellation 48 hrs before April 6th, 2019

*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.

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. 

Check should be mailed to 1505 S. Don Roser Drive, Ste A , Las Cruces, NM 88011

Non-member 2 day

SPA Member Saturday

SPA Member 2 day


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

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.

3:00-5:00 pm   SB9: The New Prescribing Psychologist Law. Clinical, Ethical, and Legal Applications. Dr. Wilkins will discuss legal and ethical aspects of New Mexico’s newest prescribing law, signed by the governor on 2/4/19.  She will review expansion of formulary, communication with PCP’s, PMP changes, and supervisory issues.

 The attendee will:
1) List the change to the prescribing psychologists’ formulary.
2) List how often prescribers should review a client’s PMP.
3) List 2 acceptable methods for communicating with a client’s PCP, and list the required time frame for this communication.

Renee Wilkins, PsyD, MP, SPA President
Prescribing Psychologist, Winds of Change Mental Health Services

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.

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

1:00-4:00 pm   Prescribing for Children and Adolescents.  This training will review prescribing recommendations for children and adolescents across a range of diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, substance abuse, and more.  

 The attendee will:
1) List one specific issue that differentiates prescribing practices between those for adults, and those best for children and adolescents.
2) List one child and adolescent prescribing guideline for each of the following disorders: depression, anxiety, ADHD
3) List one method for mitigating the risk of suicidality with the use of antidepressants in children and adolescents.

Ernesto Santistevan, PhD, Prescribing Psychologist
North Star Psychiatric Services​

8:00 -9:30 am    Using the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) as a Vital and Required Part of Your Prescribing Practice. Dr. Ryba will review clinical, ethical, and legal use of the PMP as it relates to managing schedule drug prescriptions for clients.

The attendee will:
1) List a method for obtaining a list of controlled substance prescriptions dispensed to your patient.
2) List one risk associated with the concurrent use of benzodiazapines and opioids.
3) List the type of information a practitioner can receive when reviewing a patient’s PMP report.

Peter Ryba, PharmD
Director, Prescription Monitoring Program
Regulation and Licensing Department, New Mexico Board of Pharmacy

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.



Non Member Sunday

Non Member Saturday

9:30am-12:00 pm          Aftermath of a Client’s Completed Suicide: Coping from Psychological, Ethical, and Legal Perspectives.  This panel of providers have all suffered through the completed suicide of a client. Presenting case studies and personal experience, speakers will share methods for addressing clinical, ethical and legal issues raised by this situation.

 The attendee will:
1) List 2 methods for managing psychological distress after a patient’s completed suicide.
2) List one ethical concern raised by a patient’s completed suicide.
3) List one legal issue raised by a patient’s completed suicide.

John Courtney, PsyD, MP         Peter Smith, PsyD                    
          Thomas Thompson, PhD         Christina Vento, PsyD, ABMP, MACP


SPA Member Sunday

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

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8:00 am -5:00 pm                           Isleta Resort and Casino
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 8:00 am-12:00 pm                            11000 Broadway SE Continental breakfast both days;                                         Albuquerque, NM 87105
lunch included Saturday                                                        Isleta.com  

SPA membership meeting Saturday 5:00

Social Mixer  Saturday 6:00-All attendees invited  


Sunday                                        EVENTS SCHEDULE

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

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

8:00-12:00 pm HIPAA Training for Small Providers.  This introductory training will review the ethical and legal issues associated with HIPAA compliance. Federal HIPAA investigators will cover the Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules, including: Rights of individuals, business association agreements, administrative requirements, enforcement updates, safeguards, risk analysis, minimum necessary, and risk management.

 The attendee will:
1) List who should sign a business associate agreement.
2) Generate a risk analysis for their individual practice.
3) List obligation under breach notification rules.

Erica Broussard, US Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights