Suffolk County Psychological Association
P.O. Box 397 | Commack, NY 11725 | (631) 423-2409
NOTICE:  The workshop previously scheduled for Friday, February 5th has been rescheduled to Friday, February 12th due to the weather.
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SCPA Board Members

Deena Abbe, Ph.D.

Shane Owens, Ph.D.

Keith Moss, Ph.D.
Past President

Meagan Muller, Psy.D.
Recording Secretary

Samantha Dreyer, Psy.D.

John P. Kelly, Ph.D.
Representative to N.Y.S.P.A.

Roy Aranda, Psy.D.
Brianna Fava, Ph.D.
Stephen Honor, Ph.D.
Helen G. Meyers, Ph.D.
Mark Sisti, Ph.D.
Laura Van Schaick-Harman, Psy.D.
Edward A. Schechtman, Ph.D.
Dina Vivian, Ph.D.

Welcome to the website of the Suffolk County Psychological Association located in Long Island, New York. SCPA's mission is to promote the profession of psychology in Suffolk County through fellowship, education and advocacy. Our members provide a wide variety of psychological services to individuals, couples and families including but not limited to psychotherapy, counseling and evaluations in their private practices, schools, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and universities.

This site has a searchable database to help you find a psychologist near you, one who treats a specific kind of problem, is in your insurance plan, and/or provides a specific type of treatment.

SCPA is committed to providing continuing education opportunities by offering monthly workshops on a wide range of psychological topics (see recent past workshops). Our website also provides links to valuable information for professionals and the public on topics such as preventing school violence and resources addressing specific disorders.

If you are a Psychologist interested in joining the association, check out our "TOP 10 REASONS TO JOIN SCPA" and use the link on this page to download an application or apply online. New members are always welcome, and now is a great time to join SCPA as we are offering a reduced rate for first-time Full or Associate Members. We have also launched a "New Member Referral" program where current members who bring in new Full or Associate members will receive a $25 credit towards next year’s dues.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or we can be of help.

I hope that you will consider joining me in accepting responsibility to take responsibility for the future of our profession.

Warm regards,

Deena Abbe, Ph.D.
SCPA President

SCPA Workshop - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can develop in persons who have had very traumatic, disturbing, or frightening experiences, or have witnessed such events, whether in close proximity or even at a distance. PTSD became officially recognized as a mental health condition in 1980 when it was included in the DSM-III. PTSD can rear its ugly head under many different circumstances such as:

  • Natural disasters: hurricanes, tornadoes, deadly blizzards, cyclones, earthquakes, monsoons, deadly storms, deadly heat-waves, tsunamis, wild-fires.
  • Man-made disasters: war, displacement caused by civil war or other social unrest, deadly fires, etc.
  • Acts of terrorism: 9/11, etc.
  • Acts of violence: child abuse, emotional, mental or physical abuse, domestic violence, mayhem, physical or sexual assault, rape, sexual abuse and molestation, rioting and urban violence (such as gang violence).
  • Accidents: airplane crashes; car, rail, boat or ship accidents; elevator accidents; deadly stampedes (e.g., at some soccer games, concerts, or riots).
  • Life threatening illnesses.
  • Captivity: prostitution brothels, long-term domestic violence, organized child exploitation rings; sex slave trade

In commemoration of 9/11, and not by coincidence, this workshop was held on 9/11 and reviewed the basics of PTSD including: its causes; symptoms in survivors (adults and children) whether they were bystanders, first responders, rescue workers (e.g., workers at Ground Zero), treatment providers, and those who were exposed through electronic media; how to evaluate PTSD; and clinical and forensic applications in which PTSD may play a role.

Learn How Psychotherapy Can Help

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Conquering Your Stress

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SCPA members are invited to be a guest on the videocast of "Psyched Up": For details please visit the Members News page in the Members Only Section

The SCPA is proud to offer podcasts in mp3 format featuring interviews, advice and more from some of the members of the Suffolk County Psychological Association.

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Public Education Campaign

The SCPA Public Education Listserv is designed to facilitate communication for our members participating in the Public Education Campaign. Our mission is to increase public awareness as to ways that psychology can improve the quality of our lives. Our psychologist members freely offer their time and expertise toward the goal of making psychology a household word through outreach presentations and use of the media.

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Practice Alerts: Resources for ICD-10 Use

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice's
Route to ICD-10

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ALERT - APA Press Release

Consumers Need Better Understanding of and Access to Psychological and Behavioral Health Care, says American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association Psychotherapy Effectiveness Press Release
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Friday, February 12, 2016

Workshop: Advancing the Treatment of Adolescent Eating Disorders: The BITE Approach by Dina Hirsch, Ph.D.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Workshop: Psychological Service Delivery on the College Campus - Current Trends, Critical Challenges, Facts and Misconceptions by Andrew Berger, Ph.D.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Workshop: Anxiety Disorder in Kids by Meredith Owens, Ph.D., ABPP

Friday, May 6, 2016

Workshop: The ABC’s and 123’s of CBT for Anxiety! by Simon Rego, Psy.D., ABPP, ACT

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If you are in crisis, call
RESPONSE of Suffolk County:

National Suicide Hotline:
1-800 273-TALK (8255)

Suffolk County Coalition
Against Domestic Violence

24- hour Hotline: 631-666-8833