SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Tentative Schedule (subject to change)
- 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM: Registration Opens; Coffee and conversation
- 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM: CE SESSION: "From Languishing to Thriving" with Dr. Amy Meriweather
- 10:00 AM -10:15 AM: Break
- 10:15 AM - 11:45 AM: CE SESSION: with Dr. Dannie Williams
- 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM: Social lunch
- 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM: CE SESSION: "Culturally Responsive Strategies with Your Middle-Aged and Older Patients" with Dr. Ann Steffen
- 3:00 PM - 3:15 PM: Break
- 3:15 PM - 4:45 PM: Panel discussion
SESSION DESCRIPTIONS & OUR SPEAKERS
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"From Languishing to Thriving" - Amy Meriweather, PH.D
Upon completion of the course participants will be able to…
- Define the concept of languishing
- Identify three signs of languishing in personal behavior, thoughts and emotions
- Define two long-term risks of unaddressed languishing
- Create an emotionally intelligent Behavioral Activation plan to progress from languishing to thriving
Dr. Meriweather is a licensed Health Psychologist who has been practicing psychology in Missouri for 25 years. She is currently serving as an Outpatient Therapy Trainer and Psychology Trainee Supervisor at Compass Health Network. Dr. Meriweather has extensive educational and clinical experience in the areas of assessment, evaluation, consultation and treatment across the life span.
SESSION - DANNIE WILLIAMS, MD, MPH
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Dannie Williams, MD, MPH, is a passionate primary care physician with experience in family medicine at Delmar Primary Care Associates in St. Louis, Missouri.
She received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Xavier University in New Orleans. During her time at Xavier, she enjoyed participating in many community outreach programs but was particularly involved in the campus NAACP, where she led the community service committee. She often led programs that engaged the city of New Orleans through rehabilitation programs for schools that included painting and restoring dilapidated schools.
Dr. Williams always knew that there was a place for her in medicine, but did not feel that going to medical school immediately was for her. Therefore, after graduating from Xavier, she went on to pursue her Master of Public Health from Tulane University with a focus on international health and development. During this time, she met colleagues from around the world who were leaders in their professional fields and included people who were physicians, ministers of health, and directors of public health programs in places such as Myanmar, Haiti, South Africa, and Pakistan.
Meeting people from developing countries that lacked the myriad resources that the United States had but who were somehow able to enact effective public health programs was eye-opening and made an immediate impression on Dr. Williams. This convinced her that having limited resources does not always limit the delivery of quality care. This insight pushed her to broaden her horizons and leave the country to see how other health care systems worked. By traveling to places such as Guatemala and Peru while in graduate school to learn and work with programs such as the Foundation for Sustainable Development, Dr. Williams was able to participate in community health programs at a grassroots level.
Through her participation in these programs, she became even more motivated to pursue her medical degree. Dr. Williams eventually received her medical degree from the University of Texas. From there, she went on to participate in a surgical residency but decided to leave surgery to pursue primary care medicine, where her heart truly lies.
Dr. Williams is certified in Advanced Trauma and Life Support (ATLS) and Fundamentals of Critical Care (FCCS). She has a special focus on preventative health for everyone but is particularly dedicated to women’s health and education. She is fluent in Spanish and enjoys traveling, yoga, reading, and theater. Her professional affiliations include the American College of Surgeons, the Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, and the American Association of Family Physicians.
"Culturally Responsive Strategies with Your Middle-Aged and Older Patients" -
Ann SteffEn, PH.D, ABPP
Ann SteffEn, PH.D, ABPP
APA workforce predictions show a dire shortage of psychologists prepared for work with aging individuals. This 2-hour workshop features recommendations and resources for psychotherapists and primary care clinicians wishing to maximize effectiveness with their middle-aged and older patients. Individualized and culturally responsive approaches will be highlighted and practiced for maximizing session productivity. The workshop will conclude with a brief overview of case conceptualization and treatment planning to target the most common contexts and drivers/antecedents of depression in the second half of life (i.e., changes in brain health and medical conditions, chronic pain, sleep problems, family caregiving, bereavement, relationship concerns), with attention to telehealth applications.
By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
Ann Steffen is a clinical geropsychologist whose teaching, clinical, and research efforts are focused on advancing best practices for work with aging individuals. She is a tenured professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the Department of Psychological Sciences and past DCT of their APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology. Ann is dual board certified in Geropsychology and in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is a member of APA’s Committee on Aging, MOPA’s Evidence-Based Practice Committee, and is a community educator for the Alzheimer’s Association. Ann has a clinical and consultation practice at the UM-St. Louis Community Psychological Service and is the lead author of Treating Later-Life Depression workbook and clinician guide (Oxford University Press, 2021).
The MOPA 2022 Experience
Webster University East Academic Building
545 Garden Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119
While masks will not be required at our event, we ask that all attendees be mindful and respectful of other attendees' health choices. We reserve the right to adjust these requirements should conditions evolve.
Webster University has generously given us free parking for our event. Simply park in the Garden Park Plaza and stop by the Office of Public Safety to sign in/out. The office is near the parking garage entrance.
In addition to light snacks and coffee breaks throughout the day, we will provide you with a tasty boxed lunch while you catch up with your peers.
For special food requests, please contact Emily at firstname.lastname@example.org
This training is supported by Missouri Psychological Association. The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of MOPA.