• MCPA holds monthly meetings from September through June which include educational programming as well as an opportunity to network with other mental health professionals in the community. 
  • First meeting is free for new members.  Simply register without paying and note your membership status on the sign in sheet upon arrival.  

Upcoming events

    • 14 Oct 2020
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
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    Morris County Psychological Association

    You are invited to join us at our monthly Zoom program:

    Improving Treatment Effectiveness:  Guide Therapy with Attachment Theory and Compassionate Self-Awareness

    Presented by:

     Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph.D.

    Dr. Becker-Phelps has a private practice in Basking Ridge and is on the medical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset.  She is dedicated to helping the people in the community become emotionally and psychologically health.  To this end, she has written books, blogs for WebMD and Psychology Today, and presents brief instructional videos on her YouTube channel. 

    Insecure attachment styles can make people vulnerable to, and exacerbate, psychopathology.  In contrast, those with a secure attachment style have a greater sense of well-being, navigate relationships in a healthier way, and are more resilient to difficulties that arise.  This presentation will briefly review attachment theory.  Then it will address how to nurture in patients a more secure attachment style by guiding them to develop greater compassionate self-awareness   This approach provides an approach to treatment that can integrate well with various therapeutic approaches.       

    Learning Objectives  Participants will be able to:

    1.         Describe how insecure attachment relates to psychopathology, undermining healthy                            relationships with self and others.
    2.         Explain how developing secure attachment can improve treatment effectiveness.
    3.         Demonstrate techniques to increase five fundamental domains of self-awareness.
    4.         Provide individualized treatment to help insecure patients develop more secure attachment              and improved treatment outcomes.  

    This program is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and graduate students. It will be presented at an intermediate level, meant for those with some prior knowledge of the subject matter. The presenter does not have any commercial support and/ or conflict of interest for this program.

                   When:       Wednesday, October 14th, 2020


                    Where:    Zoom link to be provided

                    Cost:         $20 (non-MCPA members)

                                         $10 (MCPA members)

                                         $0 (students)


    Contact:  Nancy Sidhu at if you have any questions or prefer not to register online.

    Please register online by Monday October 12, 2020 at

    The breakfast will be from 9:00 -9:30 am. providing a chance to network with fellow professionals.   The presentation will follow from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Payments may be made at the door by check (made out to MCPA) or with cash, if you did not pay online. 

    1.0 CE Credit Available

    This program is co-sponsored by NJPA and the Morris County Psychological Association. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  NJPA ensures that permission to use proprietary information, and steps to safeguard such information, are discussed with presenters at NJPA sponsored programs.  No materials (physical or electronic) provided to attendees at such programs may be shared.

    This program is approved for 1 CE credit. The cost of a CE Certificate is $15 for NJPA members, $25 for non-members, and free for sustaining members.

    Refunds will be granted (less administrative fees) for cancellations more than

    24 hours in advance of the event start time.

Past events

16 Sep 2020 Understanding and Addressing Implicit Biases in Psychological Practice Presented by: Milton Fuentes, PsyD
12 Jun 2020 Working with Parents of Young People Who Use Opioids by Gregg Benson, MA, LCADC
03 Jun 2020 High School Recognition Awards Presentations Zoom meeting (Zoom link will be provided)
01 Apr 2020 POSTPONED Improving Treatment Effectiveness: Guide Therapy with Attachment Theory and Compassionate Self-Awareness by Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph.D.
08 Jan 2020 Social Anxiety:Why Cognitive Therapy is More Effective Than Exposure by Milton C. Spett, Ph.D.
13 Dec 2019 Annual Holiday Luncheon
13 Nov 2019 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) by Brooke Donald, Psy.D.
17 Oct 2019 Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of OCD in Children presented by Allen H. Weg, Ed.D
11 Sep 2019 Duty to Warn and Protect: Considerations for New Jersey Psychologists by Gianni Pirelli, Ph.D.
05 Jun 2019 High School Recognition Awards Presentations (note earlier start time)
08 May 2019 Virtual Reality- It’s real and you do not need to know anything about Microsoft’s X-Box, Sony’s PlayStation, or Nintendo’s Switch game consoles to use it with your patients Presented by: Randy A. Bressler, Psy.D. L.L.C.
10 Apr 2019 More Than Just Bad Habits: Treatment of Trichotillomania and Body Focused Repetitive Behavior Disorders (BFRB) presented by Francine Rosenberg, Psy.D.
08 Mar 2019 Grief after Suicide: What Do Survivors Need? Presented by Sarah Dougherty, Psy.D. and Jesse Bassett, M. Div.
09 Jan 2019 New Trends in Psychiatry: Treatment Resistant Depression Presented by Robert Lieb, MD
14 Dec 2018 Annual Holiday Luncheon
14 Nov 2018 Enhancing Resiliency in our Patients presented by Steven C Atkins, Psy.D.
16 Oct 2018 Evaluation and Treatment of "Failure to Launch" Individuals presented by Nathan McClelland, Ph.D.
12 Sep 2018 Sexuality in Later Life: Navigating the Challenges of Changing Bodies by Daniel Watter, Ed.D.
06 Jun 2018 High School Recognition Awards Presentations (note earlier start time)
09 May 2018 Fostering Psychological Flexibility and Nurturing Communities Through Acceptance-and Mindfullness-Based Approaches by Jennifer Block-Lener, Ph.D., Amanda Aster, Psy.D., and Paola Ricardo, B.A.
11 Apr 2018 Psychologists in Primary Care: Where We Are and Where We're Heading presented by Robert McGrath, Ph.D.
09 Mar 2018 The Slave Next Door: What Psychologists in New Jersey Need to Know About Human Trafficking presented by Susan Neigher, Ph.D.
10 Jan 2018 Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: Clinical Applications for Psychologists presented by Kristine DeJesus, Psy.D.
15 Dec 2017 Annual Holiday Luncheon
09 Nov 2017 The Bedeviling Blind Spots in the Risky Business of Risk Assessment
11 Oct 2017 Prevention and Treatment of Post-Concussion Syndrome: A Biopsychosocial Approach by Ashley Gorman, Ph.D. and Lisa Hahn, Ph.D.
13 Sep 2017 Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain By Milton Spett, Ph.D.
07 Jun 2017 High School Recognition Awards Presentations
10 May 2017 Mind-Body Techniques by Joshua Zavin, Ph.D.
12 Apr 2017 Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy by Elizabeth Brown, Psy.D.
10 Mar 2017 Addressing Racial Trauma in Therapy by Jennifer Jones, Psy.D.
09 Feb 2017 **POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER ** Psychologists in Primary Care: Where We Are, Where We're Heading by Bob McGrath, Ph.D.
11 Jan 2017 Child PTSD: Research, Assessment and Treatment by Philip Saigh, Ph.D. and Leah McGuire, Ph.D.
16 Dec 2016 Annual Holiday Luncheon
09 Nov 2016 Wrong to Strong: Positive Psychotherapy by Dan Tomasulo, Ph.D.
19 Oct 2016 Stress Management in High School and College by Perry Bell, Psy.D.
14 Sep 2016 Premenstrual Syndrome versus Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder: What's the Difference and How can we Help? by Stephanie Cummings, M.D.
08 Jun 2016 High School Recognition Awards Presentations
11 May 2016 NJPA Leadership Meet and Greet (click here to see a list of the many NJPA officers presenting)
13 Apr 2016 Firearms and Mental Health: A Primer for Psychologists by Gianni Pirrelli, Ph.D.
11 Mar 2016 REGISTRATION CLOSED There's an App for that: Using Apps to Enhance your Clinical Practice by Francine Rosenberg,Psy.D. & Nicole Rafanello, Ph.D.
09 Feb 2016 Not Quite White: Understanding Race, Privilege and Microaggression in Mental Health with Peter Economou, Ph.D.
13 Jan 2016 Ambiguous Loss and Grief in Psychotherapy by Hayley Hirschmann, Ph.D.
18 Dec 2015 Annual Holiday Luncheon
11 Nov 2015 High Conflict Divorce Impact and Dynamics and Effictive Role/Strategies for Adult and Child Clinicians by Sharon Ryan Montgomery, Psy.D.
14 Oct 2015 Update on the Psychopharmacological Treatment of Depression by Eric Bartky, M.D.
09 Sep 2015 No Need to Panic: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Everyday Practice presented by Lisa Greenberg, Ph.D. and Laura Richardson, Ph.D. of the NJPA Ethics Committee
03 Jun 2015 June Meeting - High School Recognition Awards Program
13 May 2015 May Meeting - Animal Assisted Therapy
08 Apr 2015 April Meeting - DBT and Mindful Eating Treatment by Debra Gill, Ph.D.
13 Mar 2015 March Meeting with EUCAP - Trauma Topic presented by Roy Arranda, Psy.D., J.D.
14 Jan 2015 January Meeting - Gender Affirmative Treatment for Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Youth with Margaret Nichols, Ph.D.
12 Dec 2014 Annual Holiday Luncheon
12 Nov 2014 November Meeting - Assessment and Treatment of Aggression in Children with Marc Singer, Ed.D. and Barry Katz, Ph.D.
08 Oct 2014 October Meeting - The Dilemma and Consequences of Undisclosed and Unrecognized Substance Use Disorderswith Gregg Benson, MA LCADC
10 Sep 2014 September Meeting - Katherine Feingold, M.D., will present on Pharmacogenomics in Psychiatry.
21 Jul 2014 Test Event for Online Registration
04 Jun 2014 June 4th "High School Recognition Awards Program"
14 May 2014 May 14th "Obsessive-Compulsive Personality and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Similar Symptoms, Different Treatments"
09 Apr 2014 April 9th "The Emotional Disorders of Cancer and Their Treatment"
14 Mar 2014 March 14 "An in-depth review on Tourettes Syndrome, Trichotillomania, and Dermatillomania"
12 Feb 2014 February 12th "Where We are Now and Where We are Going: an Update on the Profession of Psychology"
13 Dec 2013 Annual Holiday Luncheon
20 Nov 2013 Autistic Spectrum Disorders- update" (Suzanne Buchanan)
09 Oct 2013 October 9, 2013 "Can you train your brain?" (Ashley Gorman)
11 Sep 2013 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as a solo Private Practitioner.
05 Jun 2013 Annual MCPA High School Awards Program
08 May 2013 The Relationship Between Death-Anxiety and Sexual Behavior: An Alternative View of Sexual Addiction
10 Apr 2013 Psychopharmacology Update: Treatment of Pediatric Bipolar Disorders
15 Mar 2013 Our joint meeting with EUCAP will take place on March 15th (8:30-10:45) “Business Realities Regarding the Future of Psychology.”
20 Feb 2013 “Changes are not coming, they are here… the effects that the 2013 CPT codes will have on delivering psychological care.”
14 Dec 2012 Annual MCPA Holiday Luncheon
14 Nov 2012 Integrating the MHP Sentence Completion Test In Your Therapeutic Practice
10 Oct 2012 What are Reasonable Accommodations in school settings and the workplace?
12 Sep 2012 Introduction to the Private Practice Manual
06 Jun 2012 Annual MCPA High School Awards Program
18 May 2012 “Everything you wanted to know about sex offenders, but were too shocked to ask (*almost).”
09 May 2012 Psychological Presentation of Medical Illness, presented by Anthony Papciak
11 Apr 2012 Introduction to Webinars for Practitioners Presented by: Josephine S. Minardo, PsyD, NJPA Executive Director
11 Jan 2012 Stress and Health
16 Dec 2011 Annual Holiday Luncheon
09 Nov 2011 Disclosure of confidential information when working with children and adolescents
19 Oct 2011 Prescription Privileges with Sean Evers, Ph.D.
14 Sep 2011 The legacy of 9/11: Exploring the sequelae for our world, our work and ourselves with Nina K. Thomas, Ph.D.
01 Jun 2011 High School Student Awards and Professional Networking
11 May 2011 "What's New in Psychopharmacology?" by Rob Lieb, M.D.
13 Apr 2011 Dealing with Sexual Feelings in Psychotherapy: Sex After the Termination of Therapy
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