Pre-Conference Program

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Program A: Liberation Psychology:                                                                                                                                                           Presenters: Lilian Comas-Díaz, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, George Washington University & Edil Torres Rivera, Ph.D., Clinical and Counseling Department, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

This 3-hour workshop introduces psychology of liberation to the audience. After a brief historical overview, the presenters will discuss the application of psychology of liberation to individuals, groups, and communities. Emphasis will be given to the application of psychology of liberation to marginalized groups. Attendees will review and understand psychology of liberation principles and concepts as well as identify ways in which psychology of liberation differ from mainstream psychology. Participants will also learn how to incorporate psychology of liberation in clinical practice. 

Program B: Best Practices in the Assessment of Bilingual Children for the Bilingual/Monolingual Examiner                    Presenters: Maggie Kjer, Ph.D. & Daniella Maglione, Ed.S., M.S., Clinical Assessment Consultants, Pearson

This 3-hour presentation will help psychologists with their selection of assessment instruments that may be more culturally and linguistically sensitive. A review of recommended instruments will be presented, including discussion of advantages and limitations of use. Recommendations with also be made for the “flow” of the assessment process to avoid administrating measures that may load highly on language and provide results that may not accurately represent the student’s skills. Options to determine and measure language proficiency (CALP) will be provided for bilingual and monolingual Psychologists. Use of process testing will be reviewed, specifically those that are not language loaded (i.e., do not require a verbal response). In addition, suggestions to measure processing areas in a nonverbal manner will be offered.  

Program C: An Introduction to R for Social Scientists                                                                                                                                 Presenter: Steven E. Saul, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Sciences and Mathematics, Arizona State University

R is open-source software for statistical computing that has been becoming the analytical tool of choice for scientists, mathematicians, and statisticians across a broad range of disciplines. R is available at no cost to those who wish to use it. This software and its associated libraries offer analysts a wide range of statistical and graphical tools including parametric and non-parametric statistics, linear and nonlinear modeling, time-series analysis, spatial analysis and map production, classification analyses (i.e., PCA, cluster analysis, etc.), and many more functions.

This 6-hour workshop will provide a basic introduction to the R programming language, and no prior programming experience is required (though some familiarity with very basic mathematic and statistical concepts is assumed). Participants will come away from this workshop understanding the different data structures R has to work with and store your information (i.e., data frames, matrices, vectors),  how to read and write files, able to produce publication quality graphs, and how to conduct some basic statistical analyses. Individuals will leave the course with sample scripts and sample datasets, which they can use as starting points for their own analytical work, and will be given the tools they need to build on the knowledge they learn during the workshop.  

Program D: Intellectual and Neuropsychological Assessment of Spanish Speakers: Challenges and Potential Solutions               Presenter: Antonio "Tony" Puente, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Wilmington

The are almost 5,000 psychological tests in English but only about 500 of those in Spanish. Moreover, questions of their validity and reliability are often not considered. This 3-hour workshop will provide an overview of the situation with specific focus on intellectual and neuropsychological tests. Discussion of available tests, their limitations and potential applications will be considered. Specific suggestions for improving the psychometrics of these tests as well as their clinical application will be presented. Two case studies, one clinical and the other a death penalty case will be presented.