Many mental health professionals will face significant life transitions or events during their careers including the shift from trainee to independent professional, the birth of a child, serious illness/disability, and retirement. Each of these major life changes has the potential to temporarily (or permanently) hinder the clinician's ability to manage their practices or meet the needs of their clients. They also present a unique set of challenges in regards to self care, professional ethics, and good practice management. The RI Psychological Association's Ethics and Colleague Assistance Committees present this workshop to provide participants with an opportunity to consider the clinical, ethical, and practice considerations associated with major life transitions.
This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about ethical and practice management strategies to ensure one continues to meet the needs of their practice and their clients during times of stress and transition. Panelists will discuss the incidence and nature of common life stressors among mental health professionals at the national level. Further, compelling evidence for the importance of self care will be presented, including the use of peer consultation groups, patient scheduling practices, and home life-work balance which can assist providers in ameliorating the effects of stress on practice. Lastly, strategies for practice planning will be addressed including considerations for retirement planning as well as the development of a practice contingency plan to address disruptions in practice due to temporary or permanent illness/disability. Participants will also learn about resources available to psychologists at the local and national level.
Jennifer L. Anthony, Ph.D. received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University. She finished her professional training at Duke University Medical Center by completing an internship and at Brown University by completing a postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Anthony is currently a staff psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown Medical School.
Leslie A. Feil, Ph.D. is a partner of Feil & Oppenheimer Psychological Services in Barrington, RI. She is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University Warren Alpert Medical School. She is Past-President of the Rhode Island Psychological Association and Chair of the RIPA Ethics Committee.
Heather L. Hunter, Ph.D.received her doctorate degree in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Brown, where she conducts research and clinical work with children, adolescents, and their families. Clinically, she specializes in youth with chronic illness, including pediatric HIV. Her research interests center around adolescent risk behavior and the ways that family factors and parenting impact children's health/functioning.
Kristin Long is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship in the Pediatric Psychology track at Brown. She completed her graduate work in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh, where her research focused on family adjustment to childhood chronic illness.
Wendy Plante, Ph.D is a staff psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and clinical assistant professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She provides clinical care and is engaged in supervision and research in the area of pediatric psychology. Dr. Plante serves on the Ethics and Colleague Assistance Committees of the Rhode Island Psychological Association and the APA Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance.
Lisa M. Rocchio, Ph.D is a clinical and forensic psychologist specializing in the areas of ethics, interpersonal violence, and traumatic stress. She is the founder and director of Lisa M. Rocchio, Ph.D. and Associates, Inc., a multi-disciplinary mental health practice in Johnston, RI and consults and serves as an expert witness in both civil and criminal matters. Dr. Rocchio has published and presented on topics related to her areas of expertise and is very active within national and international professional organizations. She is the current president of the Rhode Island Psychological Association and the Membership Chair for Division 56, the division of Trauma Psychology, of the APA.
Rhonda Sabo, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in independent practice in Middletown and Providence, Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Washington University and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. Working in the mental health field for more than 25 years, her special interests include trauma and dissociation, hypnosis, and couples therapy.
Megan B. Spencer, Ph.D. is a Staff Neuropsychologist at the Providence VA Medical Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Suffolk University in Boston, MA in 2007 where she completed her dissertation on the adjustment to the death of a spouse. Dr. Spencer is the chair of the RI psychological association Colleague Assistance Committee and is also a member of the RIPA Ethics Committee.