• MCPA holds monthly meetings from September through June which include educational programming as well as an opportunity to network with other mental health professionals in the community. 
  • First meeting is free for new members.  Simply register without paying and note your membership status on the sign in sheet upon arrival.  

Upcoming events

    • 11 Oct 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • St. Elizabeth University, St. Joseph's Hall, 2 Convent Road, Conference Room in St. Joseph's Hall, Morristown, NJ 07960
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      You are invited to join us at our monthly dinner program:

      Psychology in General; Thought Field Therapy in Particular: An Introduction

      Presented by Sheila S. Bender, PhD

      Dr. Bender is a NJ licensed psychologist and retired faculty member from Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (legacy UMDNJ). She was trained in hypnosis in 1974, and in EMDR in 1994 She was subsequently trained in Thought Field Therapy (TFT) in 1995 by Dr. Roger Callahan. She is co-author of two books: Evolving Thought Field Therapy: A Clinician’s Handbook; and The Energy of Belief: Psychology’s Power Tools to Focus Intention and Release Blocking Belief. Dr. Bender maintains a private practice in Morristown, NJ. 

      Attunement, Attachment, Transference and Compassion all may be ultimately understood in terms of human energy systems. In this talk, Dr. Bender will explain how a tool within the energy world, Thought Field Therapy (TFT), and its analog, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), fits into the psychotherapy toolkit.

      Learning Objectives:      1.  Define energy psychology

                                                2.  Name the systems used in Energy Psychology

                                                3.  Differentiate Affirmations from Intentions

                                                4.  Learn an analog of TFT known as EFT     


      This program is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and graduate students. It will be presented at an introductory level meant for those with little prior knowledge of the subject. The presenter receives no commercial support and reports no conflict of interest regarding this presentation.

           When:          Wednesday, October 11th, 2023

                                 6:30 – 8:30 PM

           Where:        Saint Elizabeth University

                                 2 Convent Road

                                 Conference Room in St. Joseph’s Hall

                                 Morristown, NJ  07960

                    Cost:           MCPA member Zoom, or in person with buffet dinner     $29

                                 Guest Zoom, or in person with buffet dinner                    $35                                         Students Zoom, or in person with buffet dinner               $18

      Dinner will be served from 6:30 to 7 pm, providing a chance to network with colleagues and students. The presentation will follow from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. If you have not pre-paid online, payments may be made at the door by cash or check (made payable to MCPA). 

      Please register online by Monday, October 9, 2023, at If you have questions or prefer not to register online, please contact Hayley Hirschmann, PhD at  or 973-257-9000.

      Americans with Disabilities Act: This location is ADA accessible. For accommodations, please make requests at least 14 days prior to the event: Hayley Hirschmann, Ph.D.  or 973-257-9000.

      1.5 CE Credit Available

      This program is co-sponsored by NJPA and the Morris County Psychological Association. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. The program is approved for 1.5 CE credits. CE Certificates are $15 for NJPA members, $25 for non-members, and free for sustaining members.

      Refunds will be granted (less administrative fees) for cancellations received at least 24 hours prior to event start time.

        Past events

        13 Sep 2023 Spotting Neurodiversity in the Wild - Presented by Matthew Zakreski, PsyD
        31 May 2023 Joshua Zavin High School Recognition Awards Presentations (note earlier start time)
        10 May 2023 The Power of Language and Microagressions presented by Lori Tarke, DHSC moderated by Hayley Hirschmann, PhD
        12 Apr 2023 What is the Mystery of Resilience? presented by Lise Deguire, Psy.D.
        08 Mar 2023 Cannabis Use and the Adolescent Brain Presented by Ashley Gorman, PhD, ABPP
        08 Feb 2023 Inspiration Must Precede Remediation: Mental Health Requires Connection to Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and Youth Purpose Presented by Maurice J Elias, Ph.D
        11 Jan 2023 The Existential Importance of the Penis: A New View of the Sexuality of Men: Part II Clinical Implications Presented by: Daniel Watter, Ed.D.
        02 Dec 2022 Annual Holiday Luncheon
        09 Nov 2022 Recent Developments in Pharmacotherapy for Depression presented by Kacy Richmond, MD
        12 Oct 2022 When the Body speaks, An Introduction to Somatic Psychotherapy by Amy Gladstone, LCSW, PHD
        14 Sep 2022 Integrating Family Systems and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Pediatric Anxiety by Mike Zito, PhD
        01 Jun 2022 Joshua Zavin High School Awards Presentation
        11 May 2022 Reinventing Masculinity: The Liberating Power of Compassion and Connection Presented by Edward M. Adams, PsyD
        13 Apr 2022 Suicide Risk Factors: Protective Factors and Ongoing Assessment Presented by Dr. Nicole Rafanello, Ph.D.
        09 Mar 2022 Gender in Neuropsychology an Introductory Conversation by Christine Ghilain, Ph.D.
        09 Feb 2022 The Existential Importance of the Penis: A New View of the Sexuality of Men Presented by: Dr. Dan Watter
        12 Jan 2022 Harm Reduction: Evidence and Practical Applications with Emerging Adults Presented by Dr. Nathan McClelland
        03 Dec 2021 Annual Holiday Celebration - in person
        10 Nov 2021 Paradigm Shift: Treating Patients Embroiled in Conflict
        13 Oct 2021 Three Areas of Clinical Concern in Adoptees and their Families Presented by: Catherine Bianchi, PhD
        17 Sep 2021 Fall Picnic and Networking Event
        02 Jun 2021 High School Awards Presentation
        12 May 2021 Integrating Family Systems and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Pediatric Depression by Mike Zito, PhD
        14 Apr 2021 Co-Occurring ASD and OCD: Treatment Implications presented by Rebecca Sachs, PhD, ABPP
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        11 Dec 2020 Annual Holiday Celebration
        11 Nov 2020 Maintaining A Psychological Practice in the Age of COVID19 and Beyond Presented by: Allen Weg, Ed.D.
        14 Oct 2020 Improving Treatment Effectiveness: Guide Therapy with Attachment Theory and Compassionate Self-Awareness by Leslie Becker-Phelps, Ph.D.
        16 Sep 2020 Understanding and Addressing Implicit Biases in Psychological Practice Presented by: Milton Fuentes, PsyD
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        08 Jan 2020 Social Anxiety:Why Cognitive Therapy is More Effective Than Exposure by Milton C. Spett, Ph.D.
        13 Dec 2019 Annual Holiday Luncheon
        13 Nov 2019 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) by Brooke Donald, Psy.D.
        17 Oct 2019 Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of OCD in Children presented by Allen H. Weg, Ed.D
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        05 Jun 2019 High School Recognition Awards Presentations (note earlier start time)
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        08 Mar 2019 Grief after Suicide: What Do Survivors Need? Presented by Sarah Dougherty, Psy.D. and Jesse Bassett, M. Div.
        09 Jan 2019 New Trends in Psychiatry: Treatment Resistant Depression Presented by Robert Lieb, MD
        14 Dec 2018 Annual Holiday Luncheon
        14 Nov 2018 Enhancing Resiliency in our Patients presented by Steven C Atkins, Psy.D.
        16 Oct 2018 Evaluation and Treatment of "Failure to Launch" Individuals presented by Nathan McClelland, Ph.D.
        12 Sep 2018 Sexuality in Later Life: Navigating the Challenges of Changing Bodies by Daniel Watter, Ed.D.
        06 Jun 2018 High School Recognition Awards Presentations (note earlier start time)
        09 May 2018 Fostering Psychological Flexibility and Nurturing Communities Through Acceptance-and Mindfullness-Based Approaches by Jennifer Block-Lener, Ph.D., Amanda Aster, Psy.D., and Paola Ricardo, B.A.
        11 Apr 2018 Psychologists in Primary Care: Where We Are and Where We're Heading presented by Robert McGrath, Ph.D.
        09 Mar 2018 The Slave Next Door: What Psychologists in New Jersey Need to Know About Human Trafficking presented by Susan Neigher, Ph.D.
        10 Jan 2018 Understanding the Opioid Epidemic: Clinical Applications for Psychologists presented by Kristine DeJesus, Psy.D.
        15 Dec 2017 Annual Holiday Luncheon
        09 Nov 2017 The Bedeviling Blind Spots in the Risky Business of Risk Assessment
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        13 Sep 2017 Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Chronic Pain By Milton Spett, Ph.D.
        07 Jun 2017 High School Recognition Awards Presentations
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        12 Apr 2017 Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy by Elizabeth Brown, Psy.D.
        10 Mar 2017 Addressing Racial Trauma in Therapy by Jennifer Jones, Psy.D.
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        11 Jan 2017 Child PTSD: Research, Assessment and Treatment by Philip Saigh, Ph.D. and Leah McGuire, Ph.D.
        16 Dec 2016 Annual Holiday Luncheon
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        19 Oct 2016 Stress Management in High School and College by Perry Bell, Psy.D.
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        13 Jan 2016 Ambiguous Loss and Grief in Psychotherapy by Hayley Hirschmann, Ph.D.
        18 Dec 2015 Annual Holiday Luncheon
        11 Nov 2015 High Conflict Divorce Impact and Dynamics and Effictive Role/Strategies for Adult and Child Clinicians by Sharon Ryan Montgomery, Psy.D.
        14 Oct 2015 Update on the Psychopharmacological Treatment of Depression by Eric Bartky, M.D.
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        03 Jun 2015 June Meeting - High School Recognition Awards Program
        13 May 2015 May Meeting - Animal Assisted Therapy
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        13 Mar 2015 March Meeting with EUCAP - Trauma Topic presented by Roy Arranda, Psy.D., J.D.
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        12 Dec 2014 Annual Holiday Luncheon
        12 Nov 2014 November Meeting - Assessment and Treatment of Aggression in Children with Marc Singer, Ed.D. and Barry Katz, Ph.D.
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        12 Feb 2014 February 12th "Where We are Now and Where We are Going: an Update on the Profession of Psychology"
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        11 Sep 2013 Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as a solo Private Practitioner.
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        20 Feb 2013 “Changes are not coming, they are here… the effects that the 2013 CPT codes will have on delivering psychological care.”
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        09 May 2012 Psychological Presentation of Medical Illness, presented by Anthony Papciak
        11 Apr 2012 Introduction to Webinars for Practitioners Presented by: Josephine S. Minardo, PsyD, NJPA Executive Director
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        09 Nov 2011 Disclosure of confidential information when working with children and adolescents
        19 Oct 2011 Prescription Privileges with Sean Evers, Ph.D.
        14 Sep 2011 The legacy of 9/11: Exploring the sequelae for our world, our work and ourselves with Nina K. Thomas, Ph.D.
        01 Jun 2011 High School Student Awards and Professional Networking
        11 May 2011 "What's New in Psychopharmacology?" by Rob Lieb, M.D.
        13 Apr 2011 Dealing with Sexual Feelings in Psychotherapy: Sex After the Termination of Therapy
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