Nassau County Psychological Association

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Highlights of Changes from

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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,

Keep your eye on this site and on our email blasts for information about two upcoming programs, one on Mindfulness and one on Risk Management. Details will follow.

A newsletter is also in gestation, and should be forthcoming soon.

Meanwhile, best wishes to all of you from your Executive Board for a happy, healthy, and productive 2014!

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

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meeting: Formation of the Long Island School Practitioner Action Network (LI-SPAN)

Where: Western Suffolk BOCES Conference Center at 31 Lee Avenue in Wheatley Heights

When: 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

As we begin another school year, we wish you all the best for your students, your teachers and support staff, and your parents. Over the past two years, we have been working together to offer crisis preparedness and prevention training through the National Association of School Psychologist’s (NASP) acclaimed curriculum known as PREPaRE. You may read about this training, which is delivered in two separate workshops (PREPaRE Workshop 1: Crisis Prevention and Preparedness: Comprehensive School Safety Planning, and PREPaRE Workshop 2: Crisis Intervention and Recovery: The Roles of School-Based Mental Health Professionals), at The need for this type of training has become paramount as we all face a world of increasing unpredictability, especially concerning the safety of our children.

Please consider the following actual scenarios:

  1. It is 6 am on a typical school day. You have just received a phone call from one of your staff that a well-loved second grade teacher has died overnight at her home due to a suspected heart attack. Staff and students will be arriving at your school in approximately two hours.
  2. After a three-day school weekend, some of the high school students gathered at one of the student’s homes, where one of the young people present died as the result of a suspected overdose of heroin.
  3. A school bus driver arrives at school and seeks out the building principal. The driver reports that upon making one of her usual stops, the parent of a child with special needs reported that her child died suddenly of unknown medical complications.
  4. A former very well-known student of your school district has reportedly died by suicide while in attendance at his sophomore year of college.
  5. While on an exchange trip to Europe, one of the students has fallen out of a hotel window and has been hospitalized for treatment.
  6. A bomb threat to your middle school has just been received by the building administrator. Students are participating in a field day event on the school grounds.

These scenarios, and hundreds of others like them – some more potentially traumatic and some less so – are faced by school district central and building level administration each day. Their ability to respond in a timely and effective manner to a wide range of crisis events has never been more critical. The NASP PREPaRE curriculum teaches participants how to become part of the intervention team that coordinates with a school’s leadership and other first responders to assist any community in meeting any crisis head-on and helping to restore a sense of control, safety, and balance. A number of Long Island school-based mental health professionals have now been trained, and as the result of a recent Training of Trainers project, a local core of PREPaRE trainers has been trained to provide ongoing workshops for those yet to complete either the PREPaRE 1 Workshop 1 or the PREPaRE Workshop 2.

Communities across New York as well as the rest of the country have begun to realize the importance of establishing a regional network of PREPaRE-trained volunteers who would be available, upon the request of a school district superintendent, to respond to a local crisis. At this time, we are seeking to know your interest in supporting the formation of a network to be known as the LI School Practitioner Action Network (LI-SPAN). This group will consist of School Psychologists, School Social Workers, School Nurses, and School Counselors who have completed training in the PREPaRE Workshop 2.

The goals of this work group will be as follows:

  1. To establish a network of volunteers willing to serve “on call” when requested to assist in supporting local school district mental health staff in responding to a crisis event;
  2. To conduct half-day ongoing training and coordination of such volunteers on alternating months during school hours in locations that will rotate to different school districts;
  3. To seek the cooperation of participating school superintendents to release their PREPaRE-trained staff in a local emergency as needed, within two hours of receiving a request for assistance;
  4. To encourage all LI school superintendents to have one or more of their district-wide and building crisis teams trained in the PREPaRE model.

As this is a new venture for all of those who respond, there is much work to be done. We are seeking to model this effort after those of similar regional teams across the country. There will be no fee for membership in LI-SPAN, and legal advice regarding liability and other issues will be sought and provided to you as part of this startup project. Please e-mail Dr. Anthony Pantaleno at to express your interest in attending a meeting for LI-SPAN on October 21, 2014 from 8-9:30 am at the Western Suffolk BOCES Conference Center at 31 Lee Avenue in Wheatley Heights. We thank you for your time and we pledge our most sincere effort to maintain the integrity and safety of the thousands of Long Island children under our watch. May we never have the need for such a plan, but knowing it is there will surely reassure all of our educators, parents, and community members.

In order for us to plan appropriately, please RSVP by Friday, October 17th and indicate the number of persons on your team (Administrator, Psychologist, Social Worker, etc.)

The next PREPaRE 1 and PREPaRE 2 workshops will take place on December 8-10, 2014 at the WSB Conference Center. Register at:

Friday, October 31, 2014

Workshop: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Worriers

Where: Ruth S Harley University, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530

When: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presented by: Robert Leahy, PhD

6 CEUs/Clock Hours

Worry underlies a wide range of anxiety disorders and often contributes to chronic depression. 38% of people worry every day, but 85% of what they worry about actually has a positive outcome. What drives worry and what maintains worry? In this workshop we will review a seven-step program that can help people cope more effectively with worry. These seven steps include the following: 

  1. Identify Productive and Unproductive Worry;
  2. Accept Reality and Commit to Change;
  3. Challenge Your Worried Thinking;
  4. Focus on the Deeper Threat;
  5. Turn Failure Into Opportunity;
  6. Use Your Emotions Rather than Worry about Them; and
  7. Take Control of Time.

A wide range of cognitive-behavioral techniques will be described that can provide individuals with powerful tools for coping more effectively with their worries.

Registration Rate:

  • $105 Regular rate
  • $85 Field Instructor
  • $50 Graduate Student
  • $25 Undergrad Student

Click here to register or for more information

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Interdisciplinary Forum on Trauma

Where: Adelphi University Center, Ballroom

When: 9:30 am - 3:00 pm

This one day colloquium is dedicated to exploring the effects of exposure to war-related traumatic experiences and strategies for addressing those who struggle with them. Presentations and workshops will be given by Dr. Sue Grant of New York University and Kristopher Goldsmyth, a veteran, and the faculty in the professional schools of Adelphi University on topics ranging from the cultural context of trauma to refugees’ experiences to adolescent trauma and coping. Students in the professional schools, colleagues in the professional community, and the public are invited.

Click here to register or for more information

Friday, November 7, 2014

Creating Positive Classrooms and Schools: At the "CORE" of Teaching and Learning

Where: Plainview Holiday Inn, Plainview, NY

When: 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (including full breakfast)


FEATURING: Dr. Marc Brackett, Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence Dr. Devin Thornburg, Adelphi University School of Education

Seats are limited at this very important event, which is supporting the work of the New York State Safe Schools Task Force. Social andemotional learning coupled with creating a positive school climate are at the "core" of maximizing our students' learning potential and success in life.

This conference will explore:

  • The power of social and emotional learning and positive school climate as key determinants of academic and life success
  • The role of emotional intelligence in preventing bullying and promoting positive relationships
  • How to create a socially and emotionally intelligent classrooms and schools

Panel Moderators:

  • Dr. Philip Cicero, Adjunct Professor Adelphi University
  • Dr. Karen Siris, Principal Oceanside Schools, Adjunct Professor Adelphi University, member of the New York State Safe Schools Task Force


  • Dr. Lydia Begley, Associate Superintendent for Educational Services, Nassau BOCES
  • Dr. Phyllis Harrington, Superintendent of Schools, Oceanside, NY
  • Dr. Anthony Pantaleno, NASP 2013 School Psychologist of the Year

Participants: K-12 School teams (administrators, teachers, counselors, PPS staff, etc. ) Early registration fees and group fees available. CLICK on link below


Questions? Write to: or call Karen Siris at 516-851-0471 or Philip Cicero at 516-233-4464

Friday, November 14, 2014

Workshop: Self Injury: A Cutting Edge Approach to Assessment and Treatment

Where: Ruth S Harley University, 1 South Avenue, Garden City, NY 11530

When: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Presented by: Patrick DeChello. Ph.D., LCSW, MSW, RPH

6 CEUs/Clock Hours - Lunch Included

Often called the new age anorexia, self-injury is a silent epidemic. Because of its rapid effect on serotonin, self-injury is more than a maladaptive coping mechanism. Self-injury is a drug and it is as addictive as any drug of abuse. It does to the brain in a second, what it takes weeks or a month to do with medication. Contrary to popular belief it is an attempt to prevent suicide by refocusing through pain. It is a way to deal with overwhelming feelings in an attempt to stay alive.

Most clinicians have little or no understanding of the underlying dynamics, etiology, purpose of treatment of this behavior. In fact, clinicians often misinterpret these behaviors and rush to hospitalize. To the astute clinician, hospitalization is contraindicated. This workshop will provide information as to the nature, purpose, etiology and treatments for these behaviors.

Clinicians will also learn the best approaches in dealing with the families of those that self-injure. This workshop is based on the research and information presented in my newest book, Understanding Self-Injury.

Registration Rate:

  • $105 Regular rate
  • $85 Field Instructor
  • $50 Graduate Student
  • $25 Undergrad Student

Click here to register or for more information

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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