Nassau County Psychological Association

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New CPT® codes for psychotherapy- effective Jan. 1, 2013

Dear NCPA / NPSI Friends,

In navigating the CPT changes, I believe you will find this website interesting and helpful:


This presentation explains the changes made in the CPT codes for psychological services.  Prepared recently by Antonio Puente of UNC Wilmington, it is very comprehensive and runs more than 500 pages.

Best wishes,

Maxine Marcus, President
Nassau County Psychological Association

Maxine M.Marcus, Ph.D

The public access section allows consumers to query the "Find a Psychologist" database, formerly known as "On-Line Referral Service." This newly revamped feature provides a more comprehensive profile of private practice information which we believe will better service our members and public inquiries. Visitors will also find helpful community resources, a user-friendly method of contacting us and a simplified manner in which to apply for membership.

For NCPA Members only: An ID and password are necessary to access this section. As a current member, you will be provided with a temporary ID and password via e-mail. Upon your initial log-in to the Members Only section, please use the assigned login information.

Once logged-in, all information is menu- driven, providing you with the ability to navigate the entire site. In addition, we are most excited to provide a much expanded self-entry database (replacing the currently used paper on-line profile form.) This new feature is designed to enable you to specifically represent your practice and keep your information up-to-date. As a School Psychologist, Academic, Agency/Hospital affiliated psychologist, Emeritus or Student, you have the ability to enter pertinent information to be included in the NCPA Member Directory.

Since this newly designed website is still a work in progress, your comments/suggestions are most welcome. You may click on "Contact Us" link, call 516-377-1010 or fax us at 516-377-1240.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The WISC-5 is coming, and we're delighted to be tell you we're negotiating with our long-time presenter, Larry Weiss, for a workshop. The date and place will be announced soon.

Other program plans include a presentation and discussion of the award winning documentary about King's Park and a another look at CPT code issues.

Meanwhile, please keep checking our website for new information.

Your Executive Board sends you our very best wishes for a happy, healthy, and productive 2014-15 year!

Sincerely, Maxine

Maxine M. Marcus, Ph.D.
President, Nassau County Psychological Association
Chair, Board of Directors, Nassau Psychological Services Institute

Latest News and Upcoming Events

Thursday, Dec. 11 through Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Workshop: CRAFT: An Alternative to Intervention

Where: Alumni House, 154 Cambridge Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530

When: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presented by: Robert J. Meyers, Ph.D.

12 CEUs/Clock Hours

The Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training

The Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT) intervention is a scientifically based intervention designed to help concerned significant others (CSOs) to engage treatment-refusing substance abusers into treatment. This new intervention method was developed with the belief that since family members can, and do make important contributions in other areas of addiction treatment (i.e. family and couples therapy), that the CSO can play a powerful role in helping to engage the substance user who is in denial to submit to treatment. In addition, it is often the substance user who reports that family pressure or influence is the reason sought treatment. Also, CSOs who attend the CRAFT program also benefit by becoming more independent and reducing their depression, anxiety and anger symptoms even if their loved one does not enter treatment.

CRAFT uses an overall positive approach and steers clear of any confrontation. CRAFT is a culturally sensitive program that works with the client’s mores and beliefs to develop an appropriate treatment plan. The program emphasizes learning new skills to cope with old problems. Some of the components include how to stay safety, outlining the context in which substance abusing behavior occurs, teaching CSOs how to use positive reinforcers (rewards) and how to let the substance user suffer the natural consequences for their using behavior.

No one has better information about the substance user’s behavior patterns than a close family member. CRAFT teaches the CSO how to use this information in a motivational way to increase the chance of the substance user entering treatment. CRAFT research has shown that almost 7 out of 10 people who use the program get their substance user to attend treatment. CRAFT has been shown to be equally effective with Hispanic and Anglo families.

Five Things to Know About CRAFT

  1. CRAFT is a motivational model of help based on research that consistently finds motivational treatments to be superior to confrontational ones. 
  2. More than two-thirds of family members who use CRAFT successfully engage their substance using loved ones in treatment. 
  3. Evidence suggests that substance users who are pushed into treatment by a traditional confrontational intervention are more likely to relapse than clients who are encouraged into treatment with less confrontational means.
  4. Family members who use CRAFT experience greater improvements in their emotional and physical health than do those who use confrontational methods to try to help their loved ones.
  5. People who use CRAFT are more likely to see the process through to success than those who use confrontational methods.

Click here to register or for more information

January 2015

St. John's University Postdoctoral Certificate Program in Forensic Psychology

After the successful launching of our program in May 2014, we are pleased to announce that the St. John's University Postdoctoral Certificate Program in Forensic Psychology is currently accepting applications for January 2015. Please, encourage interested members to apply for the upcoming class. Below and attached you will find a brief description of the program with a link to access further information. The basic program is being scheduled during two long weekends during the months of January and February 2015 and the advanced program is being scheduled in 3 long weekends in the months of June and July, 2015.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES: The program seeks to train psychologists in court-related techniques including how to be an effective expert witness. These skills include topics such as how to prepare an efficient and proper forensic evaluation for various situations, preparing the most appropriate forensic reports, and specific techniques for effective court testimony. The program should be of interest to psychologists who are looking to expand their practice by becoming a trained forensic expert. Thus, if you are interested in

  • Acquiring new skills in forensic psychology geared to make you more marketable and provide you with additional sources of income.
  • Acquiring more up-to-date knowledge and specific skills taught by a dynamic, experienced, and nationally renowned interdisciplinary team of forensic professionals with a proven expertise in law, psychology, and forensic sciences.
  • Being trained in court-related techniques that are likely to make you a more effective expert witness, including forensic report writing and specific techniques for effective court testimony.
  • Looking for a flexible program with the option to complete a postdoctoral certificate program in basic and advance training in forensic psychology.
  • Acquiring most of the didactic requirements for the diplomate examination in forensic psychology, as established by the American Board of Forensic Psychology.

For more information about the program, please go to the following website:

Also please download the flyer for further information

NOTE: When submitting your application you do not need to include a copy of your insurance liability as requested by the application. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact the Office of Postgraduate Professional Development Programs.

Email: | Phone: 718-990-5460 | Rafael Art. Javier, Ph.D., ABP

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