MPA’s Continuing Education Program

A number of continuing education programs are developed by the Minnesota Psychological (MPA) Education and Training Committee, and all continuing education events sponsored by MPA are reviewed by that committee or a representative of the committee.

While psychologists are the primary audience for MPA’s continuing education programs, other mental health professionals and students are welcome as attendees.

Continuing Education Approval

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 content.

The MPA Office maintains attendance records of all continuing education event attendees for a period of at least three years.  Attendance for the entire duration of the event is required to receive continuing education credit.

Continuing Education Events

MPA sponsors a range of continuing education programs on a variety of topics of interest to psychologists.  These programs include:

First Friday Forums

These three-hour programs are held mornings of the first Friday of the month at Metropolitan State University St. Paul Campus.  They are co-sponsored by the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.

Friday Forum Encores

These three-hour Friday morning programs are held three or four times a year at the Metropolitan State University Midway Center and are co-sponsored by the Metropolitan State University Psychology Department.  The Encore programs have been held previously as a Friday Forum or other MPA continuing education event and have received high ratings by program attendees.

Distinguished Scholar Lectures

The Distinguished Lectures are offered twice a year at Macalester College and are co-sponsored by the Macalester College Psychology Department.  The one and a half hour lectures are by nationally known scholars who present their research on topics of interest to psychologists and students.


MPA sponsors periodic one or two-day conferences.  Major conferences at the present time include:

  • The President’s Conference is on a topic selected by the MPA president.
  • Multicultural Conference

Annual Conference

The MPA Annual Convention is a two-day spring conference with a variety of concurrent sessions, poster sessions, and keynote addresses.  The official MPA Annual Business meeting is also a part of the conference.

Continuing Education Event Proposal Submissions

MPA members and other professionals are welcome to submit proposals for MPA’s continuing education events by completing the proposal form on this website. Travel expenses are not paid for presenters, including those traveling from out of state. Click here to learn more, or submit a CE Event Proposal.

If you have questions about MPA's programs or speakers, please contact MPA at [email protected].


Diversity Statement

The Minnesota Psychological Association actively encourages the participation of all psychologists regardless of age, creed, race, ethnic background, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, physical or mental status, political beliefs, religious or spiritual affiliation, and sexual or affectional orientation.Although we are an organization of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds, the Minnesota Psychological Association also recognizes our core unifying identities as Psychologists who practice in America. We also recognize that we may hold unintentional attitudes and beliefs that influence our perceptions of and interactions with others. Within this context of unity and self-exploration, we are committed to increasing our sensitivity to all aspects of diversity as well as our knowledge and appreciation of the unique qualities of different cultures and backgrounds.We aspire to becoming alert to aspects of diversity, previously unseen or unacknowledged in our culture. In this spirit, we are committed to collaborating with multicultural groups to combat racism and other forms of prejudice as we seek to promote diversity in our society. To this end, we are dedicated to increasing our multicultural competencies and effectiveness as educators, researchers, administrators, policy makers, and practitioners.