Invited Speakers

Keynote speakers

Dr. Arpana G. Inman

Dr. Arpana G. Inman: "Respectful Dialogues: Holding the Tension"

  • President, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association
  • Professor of Counseling Psychology and Chair of the Department of Education and Human Services, Lehigh University

Arpana G. Inman received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University. Currently, Chairperson of the Department of Education and Human Services and Professor in Counseling Psychology at Lehigh University. Her scholarly interests include international psychology, multicultural competencies/social justice in supervision and training, South Asian immigrant diasporic identity, and mental health disparities. In the area of supervision, she has co-hosted and developed the first DVD series on Supervision Models published by the American Psychological Association (APA). She has presented nationally and internationally in these areas and received several awards for her work. Involved with the South Asian community, she is a co-founder of the South Asian Psychological Networking Association (SAPNA), which runs a website and listserv for South Asian concerns. She is also the director of the Community Voices Clinic, a school based integrated care mental health center in Bethlehem, PA. In addition to serving on several editorial boards, she has held leadership positions in the Asian American Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, Council for Counseling Psychology Training Programs, APA's Committee on International Relations in Psychology, and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and Asian American Psychological Association. She was also in India as a Nehru-Fulbright Scholar at the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuroscience. Currently, she is the President of the Society of Counseling Psychology.

Dr. Judith Kovach

Dr. Judith Kovach: "LGBT Well-Being: The Importance of Research-Informed Public Policy Advocacy"

  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Former Project Director, Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy
  • Special address: In Honor of Dr. James M. Croteau

Dr. Judith Kovach received her doctorate in psychology from Wayne State University in 1984. In independent practice since then, she was a founding member and, in 1989, the second President of Michigan Women Psychologists. She has been actively involved at the state level. In 1994, after having served as chair of the Women’s Advocacy and Legislative Committees of the Michigan Psychological Association, she was elected President. She was appointed by the Board of Psychology to the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Committee and subsequently served as Chair. She served on the Criminal Justice and Human Service Workgroup of the Michigan Mental Health Commission and was President of the Michigan Mental Health Policy Institute.She chaired the Steering Committee of the Michigan Partners for Mental Health Parity, a coalition of over 80 organizations and businesses for over fifteen years. She served as Project Director of the Michigan Project for Informed Public Policy to disseminate science-based mental health information to inform public policy affecting the LGBT community in Michigan.Nationally, she has served as a member on several APA committees: (a) Advisory Committee on Colleague Assistance, (b) Board of Educational Affairs Workgroup on Restrictions Affecting Diversity Training in Graduate Education, and (c) the Public Policy Committee of APA Division on LGBT Affairs. Currently, Dr. Kovach is the Coordinator for the Michigan Governor’s Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education, after a key role in the writing and passage of PA 170 of 2016, which mandates teaching about the Holocaust and genocide in Michigan schools and created the Council to oversee implementation. In addition, she serves as a consultant on public policy issues to the Michigan Psychological Association.Dr. Kovach’s professional recognition includes receiving Michigan’s Distinguished Psychologist Award, APA’s Heiser Award for Advocacy, and the Outstanding Psychologist Award from the APA Division of State Psychological Associations. In 2012, she received a joint award from the Michigan Psychological Association and the Michigan Psychological Association Foundation for her years of advocacy on behalf of mental health. Also, in 2012, she received the national Evelyn Hooker Award for Distinguished Contribution by an Ally by the APA Society for the Psychological Study of LGBT Issues.

Pre-Conference Continuing Education Workshop Presenters

Dr. Sharon L. Bowman

Dr. Sharon L. Bowman

  • Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling, Ball State University
  • Workshop title: "Reflections on Ethical Dilemmas in Therapy and Supervision"
    • This advanced-level conference session is designed to help participants understand the relationship between ethics and state laws, and the types of situations that can result in an appearance before such a board. The presenter will draw from the APA ethics code, and the psychology licensure statutes and rules for the jurisdictions of Indiana and Michigan as a foundation for the presentation.The presentation will review psychology statutes and rules, with a specific focus on the following:
    • The make-up and mission of a licensure board;
    • Steps to filing a complaint, the process of investigating a complaint, and the potential resolutions to a complaint after filing;
    • Discussion of complaints against psychologists related to the following topics as relevant: incompetence in provision of custody evaluations; improper sexual conduct; improper billing; responsibilities as a clinical supervisor.
  • April 13, 2018, 9 a.m. to noon

Sharon L. Bowman, PhD, HSPP, ABPP, LMHC is currently professor and chair of the Department of Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology, and Counseling at Ball State University. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University (psychology BA), the University of Akron (counseling (psychology MA), and Southern Illinois University – Carbondale (counseling psychology PhD). Her doctoral internship was completed in the counseling center at the University of Delaware. In addition, Dr. Bowman is a psychologist in private practice. Dr. Bowman is Board certified in counseling psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (via Divisions 17 and 45), and a past president of the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of APA. She is currently a member of the Indiana State Psychology Board. Dr. Bowman‘s work is focused in areas of diversity (race and ethnicity, women’s issues, LGB issues), in mentoring and supervision, and in disaster and trauma psychology (she is a disaster mental health counselor with the American Red Cross). Dr. Bowman generally teaches doctoral courses in supervision and in advanced diversity, and master’s courses in mental health counseling and in practicum.

Dr. Shannon Chavez-Korell

Dr. Shannon Chavez-Korell

  • Professor of Psychology, Michigan School of Professional Psychology
  • Workshop topic: "Please Don't Box Me In! Exploring the Importance of Identity and Intersections of Identity in Counseling Relationships"
    • Multicultural identity is an important part of early childhood, adolescent, and adult development. As such, psychologists should have the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to explore identity and the intersections of identity in counseling relationships (APA Multicultural Guidelines, 2017). In this advanced workshop, we will examine further the following topics:
    • The concept of identity, specifically identifying the multiple facets of identity (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, social class, ability status, religion) and their intersectionality for counselor and client.
    • Learn models of racial-cultural identity development
    • Actively apply this information to counseling relationships.
  • April 13, 2018, 9 a.m. to noon

Dr. Chávez-Korell joined the Michigan School of Professional Psychology as a Core Faculty member in August 2017. Prior to joining the Michigan School, Dr. Chávez-Korell was an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for 10 years.  Her research focuses on poverty-related stress, racial and ethnic identity development, and extends to cultural adaptations of mental health interventions. Her interests also include transgender identity and affirmative psychotherapy with transgender clients.  In 2015, she and her research colleagues received The Outstanding Contribution of the Year Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division 17 journal, The Counseling Psychologist, for their research focused on Latino Ethnic Identity. In addition to teaching, research, and service, she is actively involved in professional consultation. Her consultation work is focused on issues of diversity and inclusion, specifically access and barriers to education for marginalized populations, educational equity, and school climate. Dr. Chávez-Korell currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Counseling Psychology and Journal of Latina/o Psychology.