November 2023 | Newsletter Updates


SPA Convention | HiTOP Call for Papers | Psychoanalytic Webinar | Join a CommitteeSPAGS Nominations | Scholarships | Millon Webinar | Membership Renewals | Community Events & News | Job Postings 

Convention Registration Now Open

In case you missed it, we opened registration to our 2024 SPA Convention in San Diego, CA yesterday! You can now look over our workshop titles and scheduling. Please continue to visit our convention webpage as we will be updating periodically with new information. To view pricing, please click here. We hope to see you in San Diego next year! 

Register Here

HiTOP Call for Papers

We're excited to announce that the 2024 HiTOP Conference will take place in-person March 16-17 at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter in San Diego, CA. The conference will include a number of different presentations and activities, including a plenary speaker, symposia, individual talks, workgroup updates, trainee flash talks and posters, a mentor-mentee lunch, and a trainee breakfast.
We look for submissions that include symposia, individual (i.e., paper) talks, flash talks for the Trainee Showcase Symposium, or posters reporting on completed studies or works in progress. We also will solicit nominations for a potential plenary speaker. We encourage submissions on diverse HiTOP-relevant content areas using varied research methods. We are especially excited to highlight presentations that emphasize HiTOP across development; diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice (DEIJ) issues; and dissemination and/or implementation. We particularly welcome submissions from women, researchers from other underrepresented or epistemically excluded groups, and early-career scientists. Submissions must come from HiTOP members/trainees or be sponsored by a HiTOP member. Abstracts are due by November 15, 2023 at 11:59PM PST and can be submitted from the HiTOP website (, which also has more information on presentation types and submission formats.
Deadline is November 15, 2023 at 11:59PM 

Psychodynamics Live in Primary Care: Assessment Stories of a Psychoanalytic   

Presenter: John Porcerelli, PhD, ABPP

This advanced, 90 minute webinar will provide an overview of the role of psychologists in primary care with an emphasis on the role of psychodynamic assessment.

Thursday | November 16th | 6:00pm - 7:30pm ET | 1.5 CE Credits

Register Here

Join a Committee 

We're looking for volunteers that will join one or two of our committees! 

Your participation in both or either of these committees will not only help our SPA Members but it will also help move the society forward in the right direction. Learn more about each committee down below.

Deadline to Join is November 19, 2023 at 11:59pm (ET)

Join a Committee Here

SPAGS Nominations

We invite students whether an undergraduate or graduate to submit nominations to join the 2024 SPAGS Board!

Why should you be on the SPAGS Board? 

  • Gain Leadership Experience
  • Bring Your Vision/New Ideas to the our Organization
  • Develop Professional Relationships with Senior Leadership Members
  • Boost Your CV/Resume
  • Receive Funding to attend our Annual Convention
Deadline to Apply is November 20, 2023 at 11:59pm (ET)

Nominate Here


Last month, SPA opened three different scholarships for our 2024 SPA Convention. IF you have already applied or are interested in applying please DO NOT register for the Convention until notices have been sent out in December. Click on scholarship name below to apply. 

  • Student Scholarship | This $430.00 scholarship award includes a complimentary member early-bird rate registration and one night hotel. International applicants may be awarded an additional travel stipend of up to $400 depending on the stated need and the number of applications received. 
  • Diversity Scholarship | This scholarship awards up to $1,100 which includes a complimentary member early-bird rate registration, one night hotel, and up to $500 for reimbursable expenses
  • Early-Career Scholarship | This $650.00 scholarship award includes a complimentary member early-bird rate registration and one night hotel. International applicants may be awarded an additional travel stipend of up to $800 depending on the stated need and the number of applications received. 
Deadline for Scholarship Applications is
November 27, 2023 at 11:59 PM ET!

"I'm Depressed! Why Does 'Who I Am' Matter?" Millonian Approaches to Treatment Webinar

Presenters: Seth Grossman, PsyD and Robert Tringone, PhD

Depressive conditions in their heterogeneous forms continue to grow and cause ongoing concerns in many life domains from physical health to mental health, to overall diminishment in quality of life. Despite efficacious, evidence-supported treatment for the more obvious and immediate depressive symptoms, relapse and treatment resistance  remain a persistent concern. From the Millonian perspective, depressive and other mental health conditions are conceptualized for their context with an individual's personality style, type, or disorder. Enduring patterns of perceiving, feeling, thinking, and behaving are rooted in self-perpetuating, repetitive cycles that tend to develop into vulnerabilities contributing to the recurrence of common but pervasive depressive symptomology. This webinar will explore a personalized lens that targets depressive symptoms through a coordinated and integrated treatment structure based in understanding the personality structure and its effects on perpetuating symptomology.

Thursday | November 30th | 1:00pm - 2:30pm ET | 1.5 CE Credits

Register Here

Membership Renewals

For those of you who haven't done so, it is now time to renew your membership for the 2024 year. The deadline is on December 31, 2023 at 11:59pm ET. In order to avoid the $50 admin fee to reinstate your membership after the deadline, please submit your payment at your earliest convenience. SPA membership comes with several current benefits and some that will be incoming in 2024. Don't miss out on the opportunities SPA memberships can provide. Click the button below to renew your membership! 

December 31, 2023 at 11:59PM (ET)

Renew Here

Community Events & News 

  • Webinar Series: Join us Psychological Assessment Considerations: Working with Transgender, Gender Diverse, and Gender Expansive Individuals webinar series. This 6-session continuing education series is a collaborative effort by the Psychological Assessment Sections, The Society for Clinical Society (APA Division 12), and the Society for Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Division 44). You can register for the full series or individual sessions. Click here to learn more about this series. 
  • Education & Training Interest Group

    This year, the Education & Training Interest Group invited anyone submitting a symposium to present at SPA to reach out to us if they would like help finding a discussant for their symposium. Specifically, we offered to help identify an expert in the field to talk about the important implications of the author’s symposium for the next generation of psychologists and the future of assessment. We received one request from a symposium focused on assessment gaps related to exploring the relationship between interpersonal traumas and social relating/death awareness in diverse populations of adults and children survivors. The themes of this symposium include “interpersonal traumas (including neglect and abuse) in unexplored areas of cultural diversity, death anxiety, paternal influence and projective assessment of aggression.”

    We are looking for an individual with knowledge and/or expertise in one or more of these areas that would like to serve as a discussant for the symposium (if the symposium is accepted). If you are interested, or can recommend someone, please send an email to the interest group co-chairs: Scott ( and Adam (

  • Event: Join the Finnish Rorschach Association for their Autumn Seminars December 8 - 9, 2023. Presenters include Gregory Meyer, PhD and Joni Mihura, PhD, ABAP. For additional information on the sessions and to register please click here
  • Call for Papers: It is with great pleasure that the Organizing Committee for the XXIV Congress of the International Society for the Rorschach and Projective Methods can announce the Call for papers. We are excited to receive papers from all over the world and look forward to both oral presentations, symposia and posters to the congress that is held in Copenhagen, Denmark in July 2024. We encourage everyone to visit the official congress website: where all the latest information can be found and where you can sign up for our newsletter. We also have a facebook group: XXIV Congress of the ISR - Copenhagen 2024. Call for Papers - English Abstract Guidelines- English | Call for Papers - SpanishAbstract Guidelines- Spanish

Job Posting

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