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When: 01/12/2018
12:00 PM
Where: UT Campus, AT & T Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Austin 78705
United States

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January Monthly Meeting

“Disaster Behavioral Health Response:  Texas, 2017 “

Presenter(s):   Kay Allensworth, Ph.D. & Frances Douglas, PsyD

Friday, January 12, 2018

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

1.5 hours Professional Development 

Presenters will discuss the natural disasters and criminal mass casualty events occurring in Texas in 2017 and the role of behavioral health providers in responding to the events.


Learning Objectives: 

1)  Participants will leave with an understanding of:

a) the behavioral health impact of Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters on the citizen of the Texas

b) the impact of the mass casualty shooting in Sutherland Springs, TX

2)  Participants will be able to list the different types of behavioral health responses and the indications for their use.

3) Participants will be able to describe the different populations impacted by the hurricane and the shooting event.

4) Participants will be able to identify the role of behavioral health providers in ongoing response to both disasters

5) Participants will be able to identify methods for pro bono involvement in ongoing disaster behavioral health response.

 About the Presenters: 

Kay Allensworth received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology in 1985 from the University of Texas. She has worked in a variety of settings, including a state hospital, several private and/or non-profit clinics, a V.A. hospital, a large-city emergency room, and a university counseling center. She also conducted test validation research for a large insurance company. She was in private practice from 1987 to 2000 in Dallas and Austin, and currently focuses on crisis intervention, wellness issues, and consultation.  Her clinical experience includes individual psychotherapy, psychological assessment, neuropsychological screening, and group psychotherapy. She has maintained her interest in the psychological aspects of health and medicine through post-doctoral study in biofeedback and Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). She has served on disaster mental health forums for over 20 years. She taught Social Psychology and Abnormal Psychology at Concordia University from 1998-2001, and graduate Abnormal Human Behavior at St. Edward’s University from 1999-2002. Dr. Allensworth is a member of the American Psychological  Association, Texas Psychological Association, and is currently Vice-President of the Capital Area Psychological Association.  She also served as the Texas Coordinator for the American Psychological Association’s Public Education Committee on Mind/Body Health from 2009 to 2014. She is currently on the Texas Disaster Medical System (TDMS) Steering Committee


Dr. Frances Douglas is the former Chief Psychologist for the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).  Dr. Douglas was hired by the DPS in 1998 to develop a comprehensive stress management program for Department employees and established state-wide programs including an internal employee assistance program, a peer support program, a veterans’ peer program and a volunteer chaplain program.  A state-wide crime victims’ assistance program was an additional unit under her supervision.  Dr. Douglas developed crisis and disaster response protocols for DPS.  As a member of the Department of State Health Services Disaster Behavioral Health Consortium, Dr. Douglas was involved in the development of behavioral response protocols for state level responses to both natural disasters and criminal mass casualty events.

Dr. Douglas concentrated in family systems theory and therapy in graduate school.  Her professional activities have been primarily in community, government, and non-profit agencies.  She currently provides employer mandated evaluations for public safety organizations.  She serves as CAPA Vice-President and is a member of the TPA Board of Trustees.  



$20/Member or $10/student

Meeting Location and Parking: 

The meeting will take place at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center (1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78705). The CAPA meeting room will be on the second floor overlooking the restaurant and is glassed in. Go through the restaurant and take a right to the stairs to the second floor, to Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 or go to the end of the buffet line and then take the elevator to the second floor and the meeting room is right there. You can also access the new meeting rooms 1 and 2 via the "grand stairway” to the second floor and going past the length of the restaurant on the floor below.   

There is a parking garage in the hotel, or you can use metered street parking if you prefer. 

Cancellations: Cancellations must be received no later than 3 business days prior to the event in order for a refund to be processed. Cancellations received after that time will have a refund processed.

Please note online registration will close at 5pm on the Thursday prior to the meeting. In order to expedite certificate distribution following monthly meetings, we request that you pre-pay online no later than noon on the Thursday before the meeting. If you prefer to register by check, please mail your payment to CAPA @ PO Box 1448, Cedar Park, TX 78630 postmarked no later than the Monday prior to the meeting. Those who pre-register as noted will receive expedited PD certificate distribution. On-site registrants will be processed within 7 business days. All PD certificates will be emailed to signed in attendees. Thank you! 




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