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Unlocking the Lockdown: Keying into Reopening Your Psychological Practice Virtual Town Hall
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When: Friday, June 5, 2020
7 - 8:30 PM
Where: Virtual Event
United States
Contact: Carolyn Green

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The townhall will be recorded and be available on website starting Monday, June 8.


OPA invites you to attend a virtual Townhall...
Unlocking the Lockdown: Keying into Reopening Your Psychological Practice Virtual Town Hall
(Reopening your practice: Discussion of important considerations)

Date: Friday, June 5, 2020
Time: 7 - 8:30 PM

Important Notes:

  • This is a FREE online event.
  • This session will be recorded and available on our website.
  • This event does not offer CE.

Program Description:

OPA recognizes that reopening and restarting your practice in person has as many dynamic considerations as the fast conversion to telebehavioral health had a few short weeks ago. As a benefit to our members and psychology community, OPA has assembled a number of content experts within a virtual panel format, to address the mounting questions weighing on psychologists as as social distaning restrictions and quarentine mandates are lifted.  This Virtual Town Hall panelists will include a public health physician, an attorney psychologist, OPA's Director of Professional Affairs, and practice owners, all of whom are available to provide information and considerations for reopening and restarting your practice.  The panelists are prepared to address your questions, submitted ahead of time, related to sanitation, professional practice, insurance, legal, and ethical issues.  The panelists will field questions relevant for the development of your practice's reopening strategy.  There will be opportunities to ask the panelists about COVID-19 specific updates to the policies and forms that you may be using for your clinical work. Issues related to protective equipment, cleaning obligations, avoiding large gatherings will also be considered within a public health context. Finally, the panelists are prepared to address some of the questions about confidentiality and privacy that have been raised on OPA's listserv.

OPA Virtual Town Hall Panelist Biographical Statements:

Moderator / Master of Ceremonies: Richard M. Ashbrook, Ph.D., M.F.A.
A faculty member at Capital University (Columbus, OH) since 1986, Dr. Ashbrook, a professor of psychology, previously served as department chair, dean of the College, and provost and vice president for Academic and Student Affairs. He earned his B.S. from the University of Maryland, and his M.A. and Ph.D. (clinical psychology), and M.F.A. (creative writing) from The Ohio State University.  He completed his internship at the University of Rochester's Strong Memorial Hospital, and received post-doctoral training in pediatric and health psychology. Dr. Ashbrook, a licensed psychologist in Ohio and North Carolina, is affiliated with a medical and behavioral health consulting practice that specializes in publicly funded demonstration grants, outsourced services for public, governmental, and nonprofit agencies, and contract forensic, corrections, diagnostic, and disability services.

Public Health and Medicine: Heidi Gullett, MD, MPH
Heidi Gullett, MD, MPH, was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She completed her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Sociology/Anthropology at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, her MD at Wright State University in Dayton, and her MPH in Health Policy at Portland State University. She completed a combined residency in Family Medicine, Public Health, and General Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon, and is boarded in both specialties. Dr. Gullett is an associate professor in the Center for Community Health Integration at CWRU that aims to promote research and development for community health and integrated, personalized care. Her research, supported by a career development award from the American Cancer Society and The Institute for Integrative Health where she serves as a fellow, heavily focuses on helping people move out of poverty and on cancer prevention. To this end, she is a facilitator for Bridges Out of Poverty, Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By-World, Getting Ahead in the Workplace and Workplace Stability.  She teaches medical students and Family and Public Health/Preventive Medicine residents. Dr. Gullett is also the inaugural appointee to the Charles Kent Smith, MD and Patricia Hughes Moore, MD Professorship in Medical Student Education in Family Medicine.  For the past 7 years, she has also been embedded as the School of Medicine population health liaison at the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, a position aimed at building partnerships between public health and clinical care in an effort to achieve health equity through community health improvement, one of the three School of Medicine strategic priorities.  She also serves as the medical director for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, incident commander for the COVID-19 response, and the co-chair of the Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (HIP-Cuyahoga), a large cross-sector community health improvement consortium. Dr.Gullett is passionate about the realization of equity through authentic long-term partnerships and collective impact.

Professional Practice:

Dr. Virginia Fowkes Clark is a clinical psychologist who provides treatment to clients of all ages with a specialty in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents. Areas of practice include treating children, adolescents and adults with depression or anxiety, especially Obsessive- Compulsive Disorder and Panic Disorder.  She also likes helping family members cope with alcoholism or addictions and addressing women's issues. She also performs psychological evaluations and testing.  Dr. Clark received her Ph.D. from Miami University (Ohio). Since 2014, she has owned and directed a group private practice, Western Reserve Psychological Associates, Inc.  She is presently the Vice President of Professional Practice for OPA and on the Insurance Committee.

Dr. Matthew Capezzuto is a clinical psychologist and clinical social worker with more than twenty years of experience in private practice. He is the founder and Executive Director of Allied Behavioral Health Services, Incorporated-- a multi-site behavioral health agency that serves several North East Ohio communities. As an administrator, he has developed vast working knowledge of the intricacies of the behavioral health care industry and the continuously evolving regulatory standards that govern the practices of behavioral health care providers. He has formally studied health care policy, public administration, and public service management, and is familiar with the projected trends in the health care industry that will impact the future practices of all behavioral health professionals. His clinical interests are primarily in treating public safety personnel, chronic pain sufferers, and forensic populations. He is interested in research on topics related to the psychology of law enforcement, functional capacity of injured workers, and behavioral health care policy. 

Insurance, Billing, Practice Affairs: Jim Broyles, Ph.D.
Dr. Jim Broyles is the Director of Professional Affairs for the Ohio Psychological Association. He has been
a member of OPA since 2002. He has served as OPA’s President, Finance Officer, Insurance Committee
Chair, Marketing Task Force Chair, LGBT Committee chair and has been a member of numerous
committees over the years of his involvement with OPA. He currently co-chairs OPA’s Leadership
Development Academy. Dr. Broyles has a private practice in Grove City, Ohio, just south of Columbus,
and specializes in working with children, adolescents, families, and LGBT issues.

Legal, Ethics, and Practice: Bob Stinson, Psy.D., J.D., LICDC-CS, ABPP
Bob Stinson, Psy.D., J.D., LICDC-CS, ABPP, is a board-certified forensic psychologist, an attorney at law, and a licensed independent chemical dependency counselor – clinical supervisor. Dr. Stinson is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (AAFP) and a Diplomate in forensic psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). Dr. Stinson worked for 15 years on a forensic unit at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare (an inpatient psychiatric hospital), where he also served on the hospital’s Ethics Committee for a number of years, chairing it for his last two years. Dr. Stinson served as the Chief of Behavioral Health Services for the Ohio Department of Youth Services for over 3 years. He lectures across the country in the areas of mental health law and ethics. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Wright State University’s School of Professional Psychology and he is currently an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at The Ohio State University Department of Psychology, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, and he is an Adjunct Professor of Law at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. He also serves on the faculty of the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP). Dr. Stinson holds membership in several legal and psychological professional associations, including APA (and several of its divisions), OPA (where he is a Past-President and is a member and past-chair of the Ethics Committee), COPA (where he is a Past-President), the American Academy of Forensic Psychology (where he is President-Elect), and the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA).  In his law practice, he represents professionals as it relates to licensing board issues and related matters.

Instructions to Join the Online Forum:

Once your registration is processed, you will receive a confirmation email that includes instructions on how to join the online assembly.

We highly recommend, if possible, that you sign-on to the assembly with either your computer, tablet or smartphone; so that, you can be seen as well as see both the presenter and other participants. This is not required, and you are welcome to call in on a phone as well.