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    2016 Consulting Psychology Conference

    The Society of Consulting Psychology, a Division of the American Psychological Association, will hold its 24th annual Consulting Psychology Conference in Orlando, February 3 – 7, 2016. In addition to strong programming for continuing education—offering 26 concurrent sessions, 3 keynotes by highly sought-after thought leaders in our field, and 11 outstanding workshops —this conference is also ideal for professional and business networking—the opportunities for which are built into the schedule. The size of this conference makes it much more intimate, giving you access to business leaders, speakers and colleagues.


Don’t Just Survive – Thrive

Consulting with Courage in a Changing World

Evolution is continual change in a specific direction, the adaptation of an organism to their environment that maximizes the chance of their survival and the survival of the next generation. In nature, evolution is an organic process. However, we in the field of consulting psychology have the unique ability to accelerate our own evolution and that of the clients and organizations we work with.

In order to better understand our own evolution and the way in which we support and accelerate the evolution of our clients, we encourage potential presenters to consider the following:

What people and events have had a significant impact on shaping our field and influencing the work we do?

How are consultants changing the way they work within and influence organizations? How do we influence the evolution of clients at the individual, team, and organizational levels?

What are the external dynamic forces, critical junctures and pivot points we need to prepare for – things that will drive our profession to a new state (for better or for worse)?

How are we investing in early career professionals to enhance their personal and professional evolution and their ability to impact our field?

Where are the gaps in leadership research and who is at the forefront of filling those gaps?

ATTENTION ALL Senior Consultants and Fellows

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We will be hosting the inaugural 2016 Senior Consultants and Fellows Summit on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 prior to the kickoff of the 2016 Consulting Psychology Conference.  You can register for the summit directly on the Consulting Psychology Conference Registration Form.  If you have already registered for the conference, please contact Skylar Siminovsky to add you to the Summit Registration for $125.00.

Member Profile

The Society has a membership of roughly 1200, with the typical Member having a PhD or PsyD or Master’s in Psychology and specializing in consultation to businesses in areas of individual, group and/or organizational effectiveness. Many own their own consulting practices or leadership roles in organizations—a good number of whom have national and international reputations. Our members include book and professional journal authors and editors, scientists, practitioners, business leaders, and often-invited speakers nationally and internationally

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Planning Team

Adrianne Mcveigh

— Program Lead

Alok Sawhney

— Marketing Lead

Brynn Freeman

— Primary Coordinator

Caleb Morfit

— Facilities Lead / Poster Session Lead

Jake Waldman

— Keynote Lead

Trevor Olson

— Program Lead / Extracurricular Lead

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Ed Nottingham, Ph.D.




Topics Covered

Continuing Education

There will be Continuing Education credits offered at the conference. This includes workshops, keynote sessions, concurrent sessions and pecha kuchas. APA Div. 13 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Div. 13 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Workshops will be offered at the Consulting Psychology Conference. Each of these workshops is lead by seasoned professionals. Pre-registration is required for each workshop which offer four credits/hours of continuing education.

Workshops can be found on our Schedule and Abstracts portion of this website.

Concurrent Sessions/Pecha Kuchas & Posters

These sessions do not require pre-registration and are included in the cost of registration. Continuing Education will be provided for many of the sessions (see onsite program for distinction).

Concurrent Sessions can be found on our Schedule and Abstracts portion of this website.

Keynote Speakers

Cathy Salit

Cathy Rose Salit


The CEO and co-founder of Performance of a Lifetime, has been shaking things up since she was 13. That’s when she began her career by dropping out of eighth grade and helping to start a progressive alternative school in an abandoned storefront in New York City.

Cecily Sommers

Cecily Sommers speaks, writes, and consults on emerging trends, markets, and technologies shaping our future. She is the author of Think Like a Futurist: Know What Changes, What Doesn’t, and What’s Next and the founder of the Push Institute, a think tank that tracks global trends and their implications for business and society over the next 5-10-25-50 years.

Dan Radecki

Dan Radecki


Dan Radecki is the Chief Scientific Officer at the Academy of Brain-based Leadership (ABL), which offers a scientifically validated, brain-based approach for future-oriented leaders and organizations interested in optimizing their performance, relationships and health.


Highlights for 2016 include:

Consulting Psychology Conference Workshops — Thursday (morning & afternoon) and Sunday (morning)

Consulting Psychology Conference Diversity Reception —Thursday Evening

Consulting Psychology Conference Opening Ceremony —Friday Morning, 8:00 AM

Break-out sessions and Keynotes—Friday morning through Sunday afternoon

Meals, breaks, social hours, and special events round out the weekend

Table exhibits may be set up Friday and Saturday in the registration area

Wednesday, February 3rd

  • 12pm - 6:00pm Registration

  • 12pm - 7:30pm Senior Summit

    Content to include a combination of discussion, breaks and skill building sessions.  Click here for more information.

Thursday, February 4th

  • 7:00am - 6:00pm Registration
  • 7am - 8am Workshop Attendee Breakfast

    (for workshop attendees only)

  • 8am - 12pm Workshop

    -Creating Integrated Coaching Systems with Clients
    Douglas Riddle, Ph.D. & Candice Frankovelgia, Ph.D.

    -Financial Acumen for Psychologists
    Richard Downen, M.S. & Carolyn Humphrey, Ph.D.

    -Complex Ecological Systems
    Richard R. Kilburg, Ph.D.

    Full Session Abstracts

  • 10am - 10:30am Coffee Break

    (for workshop attendees only)

  • 12pm - 1pm Lunch On Your Own/Box Lunch

    If you pre-registered for a box lunch you can pick it up at the registration table.

  • 1pm - 5pm Workshops

    -National Security Psychologists – Consultation in Military Detention and Interrogation Settings
    Carroll H Greene III, Ph.D., ABPP & L. Morgan Banks, Ph.D.

    -Building a Global Consulting Practice
    Skipton Leonard, Ph.D., John Fulkerson, Ph.D, Randy White, Ph.D., Arthur Freedman, Ph.D., & Sandra Foster, Ph.D.

    -Exploring the Art of Consulting Through Improv
    Steve Gravenkemper, Ph.D.

    -Integrating Brain Science with Leadership Development
    Catherine Hambley, Ph.D., Dan Radecki, Ph.D. & Phil Dixon, Ph.D.

    Full Session Abstracts

  • 3pm - 3:30pm Coffee Break

    (for workshop attendees only)

  • 5pm - 6:30pm SCP Outgoing Executive Board/Leadership Council Meeting

    (closed meeting)

  • 6:00pm - 7:30pm Sponsored Diversity Networking Reception

    An Annual SCP Tradition!

  • 7:30pm - 9:00pm SCP Incoming Executive Board/Leadership Council Meeting

    A working dinner will be served (closed meeting).

  • 7:30pm - Dinner

    (on your own)

Friday, February 5th

  • 7:00am - 6:00pm Registration
  • 7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast

    (open to all attendees)

  • 8:00am - 8:30am Welcome Kickoff

    Join our entire 2016 CPC Planning Team and SCP Leaders as we welcome YOU to this year’s conference!

  • 8:30am - 10:00am General Session: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty: Thriving in the Age of Turbulence

    Cecily Sommers
    Yogi Berra was right, the future ain’t what it used to be, especially in the world of work. The charge of Millennials is reshaping the talent pool and our way of working. New technologies make it easier to find and connect people and ideas faster than ever before. Project-based work is upending hierarchies and conventional innovation practices. In this enlightening and engaging talk, Cecily explores the forces remaking our world, and the practical skills and sensibilities leaders need to thrive in an age of turbulence.

  • 10:00am - 10:30am Break
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Concurrent Sessions

    -Influence, Collaboration, and Development Strategies for Leaders in Today’s High Demand Environments
    Stephen Bowles, Ph.D., ABPP, Karen Y. Wilson-Starks, Ph.D., Carroll H. Greene, Ph.D., ABPP & Paul T. Bartone, Ph.D.

    -Utilizing Change Models to Enhance Your Coaching Practice
    Joel DiGirolamo, M.S.

    -Breaking Into Consulting
    Melanie Kinser, Ph.D. & Rob Fazio, Ph.D.

    -Learning Agility: Fads, Challenges and New Directions
    Rob Silzer, Ph.D., Rafi Prager, M.Phi., ABD & Veronica Harvey, Ph.D.

    -Rethinking the Leadership Gender Agenda
    Rob Kaiser, M.S. & Wanda T. Wallace, Ph.D.

  • 12pm - 1pm Lunch On Your Own

    Optional events to attend:

    (1) diversity dialogue led by Bernardo Ferdman

    (2) sponsored celebration for 1st time attendees

    (3) CPJ pitch by Rob Kaiser

  • 1:00pm - 2:30pm Concurrent Sessions

    -Test, Evaluate, & Improve: An Empirical Investigation into the role of Feedback Orientation in Executive Assessment and Coaching
    Aaron D. Friedman, Ph.D.

    -Leadership Potential: Leading Edge Thinking and Application in Organizations
    Allan H. Church, Ph.D., Rob Silzer, Ph.D., Christopher T. Rololo, Ph.D. &  Rebecca Levine, Ph.D.

    -Strategic Talent Management: Balancing the Decision Making and Development Agendas
    Alyson Margulies & Matthew J. Del Giudice (PepsiCo); Renata Viskanta (W.W. Grainger); Jim Hoar (Target); Nataliya Adelson (Altgate Partners, LLC); Jonathan Kirschner & David Yudis (AIIR Consulting) 

    -Advancing Excellence in Leadership Teams
    Dee Ramsel, Ph.D., Robin Graff-Reed, Ph.D. & Marissa Berman, Ph.D.

    -The Agency of Self in Consulting Psychology
    Kerry Cronan, M.Psych, Vicki V. Vandaveer, Ph.D., Patrick Perkins, Ph.D., Michelle Downey, Psy.D., Owen Gaasedelen, B.A. & Randall P. White, Ph.D.

    Full Session Abstracts

  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm Break
  • 3pm - 4:30pm Concurrent Sessions

    -The Role of Technology in the Evolution of Coaching
    Alex Pascal, M.S. & Jeremy Stover

    -Don’t Just Survive, Thrive: Depth Work for Leaders in Small to Medium Banks and Companies
    Lyne Desormeaux, Psy.D. & June Walker

    -Reinventing Performance Management: Case Studies and Lessons from the Field
    Allan Church, Ph.D., Michael Monar, Ed.S., & Nathan Sloan, MA

    -As The world Turns – Pecha Kucha Presentations to Drive Growth and Development
    View Full Session Abstracts for a list of Presentations and Presenters

    Full Session Abstracts

  • 5:00pm - 6:00pm Social Hour and Poster Session with a Special Guest

    Please join us for our Poster Session and Social Hour. There will be a cash bar available as you meet and mingle with the poster presenters and your colleagues.  A very special guest will be joining us!

  • 6pm - 8pm Fellows Dinner

  • 7:00pm - SCP does CityWalk

    Join us for an SCP Consulting Psychology Conference true welcome to Orlando with transportation provided to CityWalk where you can enjoy the night with friends and colleagues bouncing around the many bars and restaurants.

    Be sure to pick up your party pass from the Registration Desk for tonight’s event. Buses will be leaving for CityWalk Universal Studios beginning at 7:00 PM. The last bus will leave at 8:00 PM. You will be responsible for your own ride back to the hotel. Have a great evening!

Saturday, February 6th

  • 7am - 12pm Registration

  • 7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast: Regional Tables Available

    Join us for breakfast in the General Session room before our morning kicks off with Keynote Speaker Dan Radecki!  If you are interested in a specific Region and/or currently active in one, please find a table to begin your networking breakfast.

  • 8:00am - 8:30am Break
  • 8:30am - 10:00am General Session: The Neuroscience of Resilience…How to Build a Better Brain

    Dan Radecki
    This session will explore the ways in which stress can negatively impact the brain and discuss how we may be able to manage this impact in an ever-increasingly hectic world by enhancing our resilience.  We will first review some of the basic organizing principles of the brain, to understand how and why our behavior, and hence leadership abilities, are susceptible to the impact of stress.  We will then look at neuroscience research which suggests that there are tangible ways in which we can mitigate the negative impact of stress on our brain.  With this understanding of how we can manage our own brain resilience, we can then lead others in becoming more resilient, effective and productive.

  • 10:00am - 10:30am Break
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Concurrent Sessions

    -Best Practices In, and Lessons Learned from, Consulting to Teams
    Ben Dattner, Ph.D., Carolyn Humphrey, Ph.D., Dan Fisher, Ph.D. & Laurie Moret, Ph.D.

    -Entrepreneurial Mindset: Navigating the Complexities of Today’s Business Environment
    Jennifer Hall, Ph.D. & Mark Davis, Ph.D.

    -Family Owned Business Consultation: A Primer
    Mark Sirkin, Ph.D.

    Full Session Abstracts

  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch / Town Hall

    We invite all attendees, members, non-members, students and ECPs to join us for a Division 13 first! We will be having a Town Hall featuring SCP Immediate Past President, John Fennig and President Greg Pennington. Others are sure to share the stage.  We have awards and other excitements to share!

  • 1:30pm - 3pm General Session: Performing Your Way to Growth

    Cathy Salit

    Whether you’re navigating your way on a new team, expanding your leadership role, or just trying to get heard in a meeting, you’re facing the kind of workplace challenge we all run into sooner or later: you need a new performance. And the good news, Cathy Salit says, is that even though you might not have been onstage since you played a tree in third grade, you — and all humans — have an innate ability to perform, pretend, and improvise. Tapping into this ability is key to learning and growing in new, exciting and profound ways.

  • 3pm - 3:30pm Break

  • 3:30pm - 5pm Concurrent Sessions

    -The Scope of Practice of Executive Coaching: Past, Present, Future
    Taylere Joseph, Ph.D., David Peterson, Ph.D., Bill Berman, Ph.D., ABPP, Judy Blanton, PhD, ABPP and Carol Kauffman, PhD

    -Shifting Team Mindsets with Lego Serious Play
    Ellen L. Moran, Ph.D.

    -Using Infographics
    Sean Nufer, Psy.D.

    Full Session Abstracts

  • 5pm - 5:30pm Conference Highlights & Thank You's - ALL Members encouraged to attend

    Please join us as we follow a day of great programming with conference highlights and thank you’s. We urge everyone to put on their dancing shoes and join us for a fun evening of dancing and networking at the annual SCP Jam Session.

  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm A Magical Night with SCP

    Join us for a cash bar, hors-d’oeuvres and a magician to get the night started!

  • 8:00pm - 11:59pm A Magical Night with SCP - Jam Session

    This is not an event you want to miss!  Please be sure to arrive early to not miss out on any surprises your conference committee has up their sleeves!

    Join your very own SCP Colleagues jamming with Disney’s finest musicians in a remarkable SCP Jam Session!  Dance the night away with all of your friends!

Sunday, February 7th

  • 7:00am - 8:00am Breakfast: SIG Tables Available

    Join us for the last breakfast of the conference!  If you are interested in a specific SIG and/or currently active in one, please find a table to begin your networking breakfast.

  • 8:00am - 9:30am Concurrent Sessions

    -The Role of the Leader in Creating Flexibility i-deals
    Kimberly Burris, Roya Ayman, Ph.D., & Smriti Anand, Ph.D.

    -Coaching Supervision and Mentor Coaching, Part I
    Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D.

    -Running Faster than our Clients
    Gail Golden, Ph.D., MBA

  • 9:30am - 10am Break

  • 8am - 12pm Workshops

    -Surviving and Thriving in a Deadly World: Leadership Lessons from Game of Thrones
    Bill Berman, Ph.D., ABPP, FAPA & Carol Kauffman, Ph.D., ABPP, PCC

    -Ethical Principles for Business Consulting Psychologists: Key “Thrival” Tool
    Mark Haas, CMC, FIMC & Vicki Vandaveer, Ph.D.

    Full Session Abstracts

  • 10:00am - 11:30am Concurrent Sessions

    Healthcare Leadership: Lessons of Experience
    Douglas Riddle, Ph.D., Candice Frankovelgia, Ph.D., Maggie Sass, Ph.D. & Chuck Ainsworth, Ph.D.

    -Coaching Supervision and Mentor Coaching, Part II
    Damian Goldvarg, Ph.D.

    -Uncommon Coaching
    A. Dale Thompson, Ph.D. & Joe Mosher, Ph.D.

    Full Session Abstracts

  • 12pm End of conference

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