MPA Convention

2021 MPA Annual Convention

Wednesday, September 29 – Friday, October 1, 2021











Day 1: Wednesday, September 29, 2021

9:00 am – 11:30 am: Practice Doesn’t Make You Perfect, but Deliberate Practice Can Help You become Elite: The Role of Deliberate Practice in Fine-tuning Clinical Skills, Danielle Maack, Ph.D. (2.5 CEs)

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Understanding the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on mental health and medical outcomes in Mississippi., Dustin Sarver, Ph.D.

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Emotion Focused Family Therapy: Engaging Caregivers in Treatment to Facilitate Healing, Elissa Woodruff, PhD (1.0 CEs)

Day 2: Thursday, September 30, 2021

8:15 am – 9:30 am: Achieving Health Equity: Psychology’s Role, APA President, Jennifer Kelly, Ph.D., ABPP (1.0 CEs)

9:45 am – 10:45 am: Building Wellness and Resiliency into Your Career: It’s Time to Heal the Healer, Molly Clark, Ph.D., ABPP (1.0 CEs)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Grappling with Graduate Student Mental Health: Current climate, unique challenges, and considerations for positive change in training programs.

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm: Bringing Psychologists to the Fight Against Deep Poverty, Rosie Phillips Davis (1.0 CEs)

1:40 pm – 2:35 pm: Poster session

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm: Diversity Panel Discussion, Dr. Jennifer Kelly, Dr. Rosie Phillips Davis, Dr. Bryman Williams

Day 3: Friday, October 1, 2021

8:30 am – 10:30 am: Legal & Regulatory Updates, MS Board of Psychology (2.0 Legal /Ethics CEs)

10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Data Blitz

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm: Understanding Suicide: Contemporary Suicide Practice through an Evidence-Based, Psychodynamic Framework, Michael Prazak, Ph.D. (1.5 CEs)

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Wrap-up and announcements

***Schedule is subject to change. Any changes will be updated here***     

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Continuing Education

MPA is approved by the MS Board of Psychology to sponsor Continuing Education for this virtual convention for Psychologists. MPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. 



Thank you to our 2021 MPA Convention Sponsors!







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