86th Annual MPA Conference 

Thursday, April 28 & Friday, April 29, 2022 

Earn up to a total of 13 CE credits!

We invite you to attend the Minnesota Psychological Association’s 86th Annual Conference!  Our audience for this event is focused on psychologists, mental health professionals, and students in psychology and related areas.

Please check this website page for the most current conference information!

Online Registration is now closed.  Walk in registrations are welcome!

Click here to print registration form.


Click here to view the full schedule with session descriptions.

Click here to view the schedule at a glance.

Click here to view the poster presentation schedule with topics.

                        On or Before March 15            March 15 - April 21                 After April 21
One Day Full
One Day Full
One Day
Member $300 $225 $350 $225 $405 $300
Non-Member $435 $335 $435 $335 $510 $405
Student/Retiree* $110 $68 $110 $68 $195 $152


NOTE: To receive the student rate, you must be a full-time student. MPA reserves the right to request copies of student fee statements to verify status. Rate does not include CE.

One-day registration on Friday does not grant you access to Thursday evening’s social event.

MPA joins professionals and students through the power of giving. Professional MPA members may choose to donate to the student conference scholarship fund (see registration form). If you are a student requesting a scholarship to attend the event, please email your request to [email protected]. Deadline for Student Scholarship Donations and to register is April 1st!

MPA Conference Refund Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $20 handling fee, will be given if a written or emailed cancellation is received at least five working days before the scheduled program begins. If cancellation is necessary due to illness within five days, registrants will be given a full credit to use toward towards other MPA CE offerings minus the $20 handling fee.

Click here to register for conference.  


Andrew Norman, Ph.D. - When Toxic Ideas Infect Minds: Clinical Applications of the Science of Mental Immunity.
Andy Norman is the award-winning author of Mental Immunity: Infectious Ideas, Mind-Parasites, and the Search for a Better Way to Think. His work has appeared in Scientific American, Psychology Today, Skeptic, Free Inquiry, and The Humanist. He has appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience, NPR, and The BBC’s Naked Scientist. His research illuminates the evolutionary origins of human reasoning, the norms that make dialogue fruitful, and the workings of the mind’s immune system. He champions the emerging science of mental immunity as the antidote to disinformation, propaganda, hate, and division. He is the founder of the Cognitive Immunology Research Collaborative (CIRCE), a global think-tank leading the effort to inoculate humanity against cognitive contagion.
Ann Masten, Ph.D. - Resilience in Science and Practice: Progress and Promise.
Ann Masten is a Regents Professor in the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. She completed her BA at Smith College and PhD in clinical psychology at Minnesota with an internship at UCLA. Dr. Masten is internationally known for her research on resilience in human development, particularly in the context of homelessness, poverty, war, disaster, and migration. Dr. Masten is a past President of the Society for Research in Child Development, recipient of numerous honors, and author of more than 200 publications, including the book, Ordinary Magic: Resilience in Development. She offers a free MOOC (Mass Open Online Course) on “Resilience in Children Exposed to Trauma, Disaster and War” that has been taken thousands of participants from more than 180 countries.
If you have questions about MPA's programs or speakers, please contact MPA at i[email protected]

Attendees of the Minnesota Psychological Association (MPA) Annual Conference are responsible for their own health and safety at all times. While MPA will institute enhanced safety protocols, registrants knowingly and freely assume all risks related to illness and infectious diseases, such as COVID-19. MPA will be requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) within 48 hours prior to the start of the event. Masks will be required unless eating or drinking. Social distancing will be encouraged.  

MPA events will follow current guidelines including those for large gatherings provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a minimum safety threshold but may also include additional best practices for elevated healthy and safety protocols.  

Any public space where other people are present holds an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. By attending this event, I agree a) to voluntarily assume all risk related to exposure to the COVID-19 virus, b) to not hold the MPA or any of its affiliates, including but not limited to, sponsors, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, volunteers, or sponsored venues liable for illness resulting from that exposure, c) to waive and give up any legal claim or right that I might otherwise have arising from or in any way related to that exposure. I will take necessary precautions while at the event including, but not limited to, engaging in appropriate social distancing, wearing a mask in public areas when not consuming food or beverage, minimize face touching, frequently washing hands and avoiding risky environments such as overcrowded bars or restaurants. I agree to not attend any MPA event if I feel ill or I have had recent exposure to the COVID-19 virus without receiving a negative test result. 

Sponsorship, Advertising and Exhibitor Opportunities

Get involved today by exhibiting at or being a sponsor of the 86th Annual Conference. As an exhibitor, sponsor, or advertiser, you will receive recognition throughout the convention and visibility to over 250 attendees. Our exhibit space sells out every year so be sure to sign up right away!

Click here for more information on Sponsorship, Advertising and Exhibitor Opportunities.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Sponsor:

Counseling & Psychology Solutions Minnesota (CAPSmn) supports Psychologists, Clinical Social Workers, Professional Clinical Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Drug and Alcohol Counselors. Independent practice affiliates maintain their own office location, practice name, and receive business system support including, administrative and support services, access to major insurance contracts, credentialing services, marketing support, integrated EHR, scheduling, and billing services, regulatory compliance (HIPAA) support, and a strong marketing program.

Founded as a project of Psychologists for Social Action in 1969, Center provides free, no-red-tape outpatient services to individuals and families through the volunteer efforts of psychologists, social workers, MFTs and other professional counselors & advanced graduate students in these fields. WICC is the only recipient of the American Psychiatric Assn.'s Gold Achievement Award in the upper mid-west and has received many honors over the past 52+ years. This is a unique opportunity for professionals to give back to the community and to address health inequities and assist the disenfranchised. In addition to feeling good about doing good, volunteers rate highly the chance for interdisciplinary work. Being part of a team provides unique opportunities for learning. Please visit our website www.walkin.org to explore volunteering as a counselor or team consultant. Oh, and yes, financial donations are greatly appreciated -- we are a non-profit.

MHS is dedicated to the health and well-being of our clients, our community, and our staff. Our work is guided by our values of acceptance, inclusivity, and curiosity.

We provide evidence-based therapy services in supportive, respectful, and safe environments. MHS promotes personal and community responsibility and growth for our clients, therapists, and staff.

MHS holds that individual and community health, well-being, and change are based in active respect for, and the promotion of, diversity in culture, race, spirituality, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identification, and personal potential.

Gold Sponsor:

A national leader in eating disorders. The Emily Program approach is based on the belief that individuals are unique and that they intuitively seek meaning, value, and creativity in life. Effective treatment requires an awareness of the genetic, biological, psychological, social, and cultural impacts on each person. Simply put, we believe that treatment with you in mind can help you get better.

Fraser is Minnesota’s largest and most experienced provider of autism and early childhood mental health services. Fraser serves children and adults through healthcare, housing, education and employment. Our programs are nationally recognized for their high quality, innovation and individualized family-centered approach.

Breakfast Sponsor:

Susan McPherson, Ph.D., ABPP, LP, LLC

Break Sponsor:


PrairieCare provides individuals of all ages the psychiatric care they truly need. We are one of the nation’s largest providers of premier psychiatric services offering a continuum of mental health services to the Twin Cities metro area, Rochester, and Mankato. We offer a variety of high quality specialty services and programs at our ten convenient locations.





  • CentraCare includes eight hospitals in St. Cloud, Long Prairie, Melrose, Monticello, Paynesville, Redwoods Falls, Sauk Centre and Willmar. We also have more than 30 clinics, 11 senior housing facilities and eight long-term care facilities throughout the area. CentraCare has grown to meet the needs of the communities and is now one of the largest health systems in Minnesota. This means we're able to offer the latest advancements in care, technology and treatments close to home. But what makes CentraCare special is not our facilities or technology. it's our people. We live in the communities we serve. We're neighbors, friends and family. 

Sanford Heath

  • Sanford Health, one of the largest health systems in the United States, is dedicated to the integrated delivery of health care, genomic medicine, senior care and services, global clinics, research and affordable insurance. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization includes 46 hospitals, 1,400 physicians and more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations in 26 states and 10 countries. Learn more about Sanford Health's transformative work to improve the human conditions at sanfordhealth.org. 

Drew Horiwitz & Associates

  • Drew Horowitz & Associates will help your loved one heal from addiction and restore them to a healthy, happy, and successful life in long-term recovery. We’ll treat your loved one with compassion and respect while building their self-esteem and helping them understand their own value. People who struggle with addictions aren’t bad people that need to become good, they are hurting people who need to find healing. Drew Horowitz & Associates will help break down the walls and build solid foundations on which long-term recovery can begin. 

Park Nicollet

  • Park Nicollet Health Services is a nonprofit, integrated health care system located in St. Louis Park, Minn., with more than 1,000 Park Nicollet physicians on staff. Along with being a health care system, we are also enhancing health care by giving back through our Park Nicollet Foundation. We fund programs and offer volunteer experiences that create safe, caring environments thought Park Nicollet where patients receive enriched, health care. We support innovative research focused on strengthening the future of health care. And we partner with local communities and public schools to address unmet health care need and empower people to overcome barriers to care.

Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gambling

  • Minnesota Alliance on Problem Gambling (MNAPG), Minnesota affiliate to the National Council on Problem Gambling, is a non-profit, gambling-neutral organization dedicated to improving the lives of Minnesotans affected by problem gambling. MNAPG is a coalition of individuals and organizations sharing the belief that problem gambling is a serious public health problem that is both treatable and preventable. 

Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

  • Why choose the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for treatment? Our experts are dedicated to providing clinical care, education and research in the field of addiction and mental health prevention, treatment and recovery so that you are assured of receiving the most-effective services available—care that is personalized to meet the needs of each patient, evidence based, and aimed at achieving long-term health.

Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge

  • Our mission is to assist men, women and teens in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life-controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. We offer effective and affordable programs throughout Minnesota with campuses in Minneapolis, Brainerd, Duluth, Rochester and Buffalo. We have a broad spectrum of treatment and recovery programs: Outpatient (Telehealth and In-person), Licensed Residential (7-90 days), Long-Term Recovery Program (12 months), Teen Residential (6-12 months) and Ongoing Recovery and Alumni Services, allowing us to effectively serve individuals with a broad spectrum of addiction issues… from those seeking treatment for the first time to those who have been struggling with addiction for many years.

Minnesota Department of Human Services

  • The DHS provides long-term support programs that help people with disabilities as they live in the community. 

Rogers Behavioral Health

  • For more than 110 years, Rogers has been helping people rise above the challenges of mental illness, addiction, and stigma to lead healthy lives and rediscover hope. We have treatment that provides a pathway to recovery that works, and a care team that listens and wants to help. Rogers is a not-for-profit, independent provider of specialized mental health and addiction services for adults, teens, and children. Offering treatment in seven states, Rogers is one of the largest specialty behavioral healthcare systems in the U.S.

Recovering Hope Treatment Center

  • Recovering Hope Treatment Center offers women a safe and supportive residential environment to face their struggles with substance use and mental health disorders. Our licensed onsite daycare facility offers exceptional childcare in a safe and inviting environment while mothers participate in treatment programming.

CARE Counseling

  • CARE Couseling is an outpatient therapy practice with multiple locations throughout the Twin Cities. CARE see clients of all ages and accepts all major Minnesota insurances.

Hears Hearing & Hearables, Inc.

  • An Online Hearing health care store with access to networked providers to provide accessibility and affordability for hearing healthcare products. The store is all about transparency.

MN Disability Determination Services

  • Minnesota Disability Determination Services makes the medical decision based on Social Security policy to determine if an individual qualifies for Social Security Disability.


  • Minnesota-based Billing Services company focused on a relational, human approach to navigating insurance claims, payments and benefits so you can focus on your clients and your practice.

All about Wellness & Beauty

  • With one principal in mind – to develop and deliver safest and most effective anti-aging facial products to consumers across the globe. Our beauty spa and online store proudly offers Avologi systems of LED light therapy for facial skin rejuvenation and pain. We also have a wide variety of natural and FDA cleared solutions and creams . Stop by for free samples and demonstration by our professional team.

TRU Health & Wellness

  • TRU Health and Wellness is an integrative multi-disciplinary clinic offering customized state of the art treatments with a focus on acute and chronic pain; including mental health and substance use challenges.



Hotel Information

Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West
3131 Campus Dr, Plymouth, MN 55441
Click here to reserve your a hotel room from the conference room block.

Thank you to our annual conference committee:
• Chair: Amy Carrison, Ph.D.
• Heidi Bausch-Ryan, Psy.D., LP
• Karin Fisher, Ph.D., LP
• Jill Isenberg, Ph.D., LP, ABPP
• Steven P. Gilbert, Ph.D., ABPP, Psychologist Emeritus
• Susan T. Rydell, Ph.D., LP
• Matthew Syzdek, Ph.D., LP, M.B.A


The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for the program and its contents.

Convention attendees can earn up to 13 continuing education credits. Attendance at an entire session is required to earn continuing education credit for that individual Keynote Presentation, Concurrent Session, or Poster Viewing. Attendance will be verified by monitors in each session.