June 2009



Editor:  Phyllis Terry Friedman

Associate Editors:  Don Morgan, Vic Pantesco


President’s Column 

Erica Wise, Ph.D.

Erica once again invites us into presidential reflections.  She could not misbehave in her adopted home town of Chapel Hill.  A gracious hostess to all who attended in March.

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The Briar Patch 

Thorny “Minor” Challenges for Directors: The Clinic Director as the “Holder” of the Interaction Challenges

Vic Pantesco, Ph.D.

Do you find yourself “holding” the people problems or challenges referred – so to speak – by colleagues or the department?  Gain and pain in the vortex of touchy-feely land.

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Training With Underserved Populations Through Primary Care Practica: The Graduate Psychology Education Program (GPE) at Texas Tech University

Stephen W. Cook & Lee M. Cohen

Want to read about a program combining the dual areas of primary care and serving the under-resourced?  Check out these folks and training at Texas Tech.  

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Business Meeting Minutes: Chapel Hill, March 2009

Submitted by Colleen Byrne, Secretary

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Executive Committee Minutes: Chapel Hill, March 2009

Submitted by Colleen Byrne, Secretary

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Director’s Toolbox:  The Ultimate Organizer

Note Card Bleachers

Phyllis Terry Friedman

Need to keep track of things that must be done in August? Have lots of good ideas you forget to follow up on?  Then this is the tool for you.

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Jean Spruill Award:  Kim Lassiter

The Picture Says It All.  Bob Hatcher’s tribute is good too.

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Diversity Climates in Psychology Training Clinics:

Ten Easy Ways to Raise Your Clinic’s DQ Upon Your Return

Elaine Shpungin, and Ph.D. Karen Saules, Ph.D.

Sometimes the simplest and economic suggestions are the most elegant and useful.  Check out this immediately usable list.

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Cool Little Reviews of Stuff

Don Morgan, Psy.D.

Move over John Steinbeck and William Least Heat Moon.  Don kicks off our new column as a reviewer and editor-at-large of, well, cool stuff.  Or, less plebian, of the elegantly arcane. 

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ADPTC 2010

The dates for the CCTC 2010 Conference including next year’s ADPTC annual meeting are February 10-13th. The conference will be held at the Hilton at Walt Disney World in Orlando. More information will be forthcoming from the conference planning group in the next few months but PLEASE get it on your calendars!



President’s Column 

Erica Wise, Ph.D.


“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.”  Attributed to Lin Yutang.


         As I continue Rob Heffer’s wonderful tradition of introducing the president’s report with a quotation, I thought that I would choose one that is especially relevant to me as we enter the final weeks of the academic year!  This one is from a collection on wisdom. 

         As I write this report I am preparing to attend to APPIC meeting in Portland, Oregon. I will be there as a presenter; Bob Hatcher will be our official liaison. As we have discussed on the listserv and at our meetings, it is truly amazing what a force our organization has become within the professional psychology training community. We are actively included in the discourse on practicum training and preparation for professional practice in psychology.  As a group, we continue to wrestle with finding a balance between our involvement in the broader education and training community and attending to our own needs as training clinic directors. The recent meeting in Chapel Hill was just for us and I would encourage us to continue to plan ADPTC-only meetings on a regular basis.

         I was delighted to have so many of you attend the 2009 annual meeting in my adopted home town of Chapel Hill March 12-15. We met at the beautiful the Carolina Inn which is located right on the UNC campus. Despite several weeks of balmy early spring weather leading up to the conference, we had more than our share of cool weather and rain. It was a testament to our group that spirits remained high. This ADPTC-only event was attended by over 50 members and liaisons from CUDCP, APPIC, ACCTA and APA Education Directorate. The primary theme of this year’s meeting was diversity and the social justice mission of training clinics, with Dean Isaac Prilleltensky (author of Critical Psychology) providing the keynote. Other presentations included psychology’s response to disabilities, enhancing a clinic’s diversity quotient, research and technology in training clinics, teaching trainees about self-care, and professional development for ADPTC members. We were delighted to present Kim Lassiter with the ADPTC Jean Spruill Achievement Award in recognition of her long-standing involvement in ADPTC, commitment to excellence in training, and dedication to best practices in professional psychology doctoral training clinics.

         As most of you already know, planning is well underway for the 2010 CCTC meeting in Orlando, Florida. ADPTC will be one of the 10 training councils or groups represented at this historic meeting. Our program committee is developing ADPTC-only programs in addition to making sure that our interests are included in the joint programming. Please check the website over the coming months for additional information on this conference.

         In addition, I would encourage all of you to read the spring 2009 liaison report that is linked to the front page of the ADPTC website for a full review of our activities.



Erica Wise at the edge of the Daintree Rainforest in North Queensland,

Australia during a trip to visit training clinics. 

The Briar Patch:  Thorny “Minor” Challenges for Directors

The Clinic Director as the “Holder” of the Interaction Challenges

Vic Pantesco, Ph.D.


The Thorn: “You Folks Do the Feelings Stuff”

         At our national meeting recently in Chapel Hill, I once again had a chance to talk with friends and colleagues about various clinic matters and challenges.  On the way to Elaine’s restaurant (and then later in the Carolina Inn lounge) a few of us began to talk of how in various ways the clinic and director may be embraced by the departmental culture to “take care of” or otherwise attend to the people interaction problems.

         Sometimes this does not even have direct bearing on the clinic or director’s job per se.  While this may vary from department to department of course, the ways in which departments or faculty may rely on the director to “handle” these seem to reside along a spectrum from automatic, overt referral of such sticky problems to the clinic director or staff, to more subtle expectations residing within a palpable if unspoken aura of “we don’t do that; you guys do that.”

         On our campus, for example, we service the other departments’ students for psychological services.  At times this has brought us into occasional consultations with other department faculty for their own management challenges.  Typically for me this has been good and enriching work also.  But, the thorn in point here is nested in the cultural “dumping” of people problems into the director’s lap.  That is not enriching.


To Dull the Pain

         There is a particular challenge in this one.  One the one hand, being the bucket for the emotional, interpersonal - whatever we call them – problems can be burdensome and backhandedly demeaning.  It can be demeaning on two levels:  the referrer (or dumper) in the position of relegating this to the touchy feely dimension (beneath a true academic) maintains a one-up posture; and, the message that you are the one to be the solver in this fluffy, sticky, unimportant (but necessary) task. 

         On the other hand, there it is also vitally useful to a department and culture to have identified experts in the territory of personal management and honest conversation. 

         As is often so, it is helpful to make the dynamics discussable, and if they are not discussable, to assess whether that undiscussability is discussable (with deference to Chris Agryris’s work).  If everything is undiscussable in this dimension, then our trusty remedies of seeking out our best supports in the system (including ADPTC of course!) and being clear with our colleagues about the frame of our functioning are sensibly advised. 

         Leo Buscaglia was derided by his academic colleagues as “Doctor Love.”  And, his stories are suffused with those same colleagues’ reliance on him for attending to the matters described above.  I am not referred to as Dr. Love (at least not to my knowledge), but I sure have had plenty of those closed door conversations. 


Vic getting some much-needed therapy from his rock troll therapist on Block Island, RI last summer. 


Training With Underserved Populations Through Primary Care Practica: The Graduate Psychology Education Program (GPE) at Texas Tech University

Stephen W. Cook & Lee M. Cohen


Symposium conducted at the International Counseling Psychology Conference March, 2008

Three year (2004 –2007), $625K training grant funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (US DHHS) to provide training for pre-doctoral students in the APA-accredited counseling and clinical psychology programs at Texas Tech University.


The GPE allowed for the placement of doctoral students in community agencies having a large number of clientele from underserved groups, and the expansion of services in the TTU Psychology Clinic to attract more ethnic minority clients.



Psychologists frequently practice in hospitals, outpatient clinics, or in private practice and must work closely with medical specialists. Historically, psychologists have been unaware of the customs, practices, and sociopolitical issues associated with the practice of medicine or within the hospital environment --thus while being trained it is very important to be exposed to these issues/settings.


Primary Objectives:

To increase the number of program graduates who work in medically underserved communities.


Our hope was that our program would become self-supporting by shifting the cost of supporting our students from the GPE grant to the sites where they are trained. Medical professionals should see the value of having psychology students involved in the early phases of their treatment programs.


Specific Objectives:

1)Understand the interrelatedness of mental and physical health

2)Gain experience in working with interdisciplinary teams

3)Gain experience in working with diverse individuals, including African Americans, Hispanics, economically disadvantaged people, rural populations, the elderly, and cognitively impaired elderly individuals

4)Learn about psychological issues associated with child abuse

5)Work with health professionals to implement primary and secondary public health interventions

6)Help to establish roles for psychologists in the early evaluation of patients in the clinics

7)Provide therapy related to various health problems


The project included two types of experiences:

Exposure training: For all 2nd-year students in our clinical and counseling doctoral programs (approximately 12 per year)

Intensive training: For a smaller group of advanced students (approximately 6 per year).


Exposure Training

3 hours per week for 9 months

Observe a variety of health professionals

Work with students in various medical fields

Responsible for the administration of intake interviews




Intensive Training

20 hours per week for 12 months

Shadow various health professionals

Administer intake interviews

Provide psychotherapy

Administer psychological tests

Educate health care providers



13 clinical and counseling psychology students were placed in medical centers, providing various psychological services. Students were given a 20 item measure assessing knowledge of health psychology, as well as a measurement assessing their perception of how society views African Americans, Hispanics, obese individuals, individuals with diabetes, and individuals who live in rural areas. The assessments were given Pre and Post experience.  Results indicated a significant improvement in knowledge of health psychology, F (1,14) = 29.07, p< .001. Results also indicated that graduate students’ perceptions of how society views underserved populations became significantly more negative after practicum experience.


In other words, after the practicum experience, graduate students perceived that society viewed these populations more negatively than they had originally thought.

Business Meeting Minutes: Chapel Hill, March 2009

Submitted by Colleen Byrne, Secretary


In Attendance: Arnie Ables, Kevin Byrd, Colleen Byrne, Jennifer Callahan, Tony Cellucci, Frank Collins, Mary Alice Conroy, Stephen Cook, Lee Cooper, Randall Cox, Crystal Dehle, Thomas DeMaria, Karen Fondacaro, Phyllis Terry Friedman, Lisa Groth, Cathi Grus, Scott Gufstafson, Louise Hartley, Bob Hatcher, Rob Heffer, Brian Lewis, Lisa Lock-Downer, Steven Lynn, Kelly McDonnell, Kim Dudley Lassiter, Cynthia Messina, Donald Morgan, Victor Pantesco, Patricia Petretic, Isaac Prilleltensky, Bill Rae, Helen Reiner, Jennifer Robohm, Hal Rogers, William Salton, Eric Sauer, Karen Saules, Joe Scardapane, Jennifer Schwartz, Elaine Shpungin, Patricia Stankovitch, Nicole Taylor, Michael Taylor, Karen White, Douglas Whiteside, Erica Wise, Michael Wolf, and Mark Zentner


10:30 – 10:45 Overview, Dr. Erica Wise

Reports from other organizations

10:45 – 11:10 APPIC & ACCTA, Dr. Arnie Abels 

11:10 – 11:25 CUDCP, Dr. Frank Collins

11:25 – 11:50 Education Directorate, Dr. Cathi Grus from BEA at APA

Reports from the Committee Chairs

11:50 – 12:00 Publications & Public Relations, Dr. Phyllis Terry Friedman

Membership & Resources, Drs. Karen Saules & Erica Wise

12:00 – 12:10 Website/Listserv, Dr. Karen Saules

12:10 – 12:20 Treasurer’s Report, Dr. Joe Scardapane

1:15 – 1:20 Diversity, Dr. Elaine Shpungin

1:20 – 1:22 Research, Dr. Eric Sauer

1:22 – 1:25 New Director Support, Drs. Stephen Cook & Leticia Flores

1:25 – 1:30 Collaboration & Liaison, Dr. Tony Cellucci

By-Laws & Documents, Dr. Rob Heffer

1:30:- 1:33 TEPP, Dr. Bob Hatcher

1:33 – 1:35 Administrative Guidelines, Dr. Brian Lewis

1:35 – 1:40 By-Laws Revisions, Dr. Rob Heffer

1:40 – 1:45 Programs & Conferences, Dr. Karen White

1:45 to 1:50 Future Directions:

1:50 Meeting Adjourned, Dr. Erica Wise

Executive Committee Minutes: Chapel Hill, March 2009

Submitted by Colleen Byrne, Secretary


In Attendance: Colleen Byrne, Stephen Cook, Lee Cooper, Randy Cox, Karen Fondacaro, Bob Hatcher, Rob Heffer, Karen Saules, Joe Scardapane, Elaine Shpungin, Mike Taylor, Erica Wise, Karen White


In Attendance: Colleen Byrne, Stephen Cook, Lee Cooper, Randy Cox, Karen Fondacaro, Bob Hatcher, Rob Heffer, Karen Saules, Joe Scardapane, Elaine Shpungin, Mike Taylor, Karen White, Erica Wise


9:00 – 9:05 Welcome and introductions

9:05 to 11:00 Item 1: Reports from committee chairs (or representative)

Item 2: Annual Meeting Update: Orlando, FL

Š       Joint meeting with CCTC: Dr. Bob Hatcher—Addressed under Item 1, Programs and Conferences (above).

Item 3: By-Laws review

Š       Proposed revisions: Dr. Rob Heffer—Addressed under Item 1, By-Laws & Documents (above).

11:00 to 11:05 Item 4: Future Planning

Š       Rob raised the issue of the 2011 meeting. He wants to keep it in a city in which we have a clinic director.

11:05 to 11:10 Item 5: Internship Placement

Š       Updates and Problem-Solving: Dr. Vic Pantesco

o   Some large PsyD programs have been developing their own internships. Erica asks about match imbalance. Bob says there will be an update at the CCTC meeting. Bob will send the report to the website.

11:10 to 11:15 Item 6: ADPTC Events at APA

Š       Erica says we will have a room at APA. Breakfast will be planned. Social hour too on August 6th. Mike is considering going this year. Dr. Randy Cox will be giving a talk.

11:15 Erica adjourned. Many thanks to Karen White.

Director’s Toolbox:  The Ultimate Organizer

Note Card Bleachers

Phyllis Terry Friedman


Ever miss that important conference call because you didn’t look in your planner?  Need to keep track of things that must be done in August?  Have lots of good ideas you forget to follow up on? 


Consider Note Card Bleachers.  It has changed my life!  I can see what I need to do today, this week, this month, and track long-term projects.


Diversity Climates in Psychology Training Clinics:

Ten Easy Ways to Raise Your Clinic’s DQ Upon Your Return

Elaine Shpungin, and Ph.D. Karen Saules, Ph.D.


The diversity committee has ten ideas for you to consider.  Their PowerPoint presentation given at the annual meeting can be found on the ADPTC website.


1. Diversify your magazines

2. Place a diversity welcoming statement in all your publications

         “It is important to us that everyone who seeks services at the PSC is treated in a respectful, culturally informed and welcoming way.”

3. Put up a non-discrimination sign

safezone_sticker         The PSC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, relationship status, disability, military standing, previous diagnosis, financial status, legal status, or other individual characteristics. 

4. Print or purchase safe zone signs for office doors

5. Create a large print version of your main forms

6. Change the way you ask about client demographics

7.  Change the language in your publications and forms to 8th grade reading level (great student project)

Involve students in creating Diversity Resource Lists of consultants, groups, resources, etc.

9.  Start a file of forms and brochures in other languages (involve students, download from web, write to colleagues)

10. Sign up for an intensive Diversity-related workshop!


Jean Spruill Award:  Kim Lassiter


I have the honor of presenting Kim Lassiter the Jean Spruill Award, given to ADPTC members who have made outstanding contributions to our organization.  Jean Spruill was a founding member of ADPTC, and an active supporter until her recent retirement. She was the first recipient of the award. Kim is the second. Kim made many valuable contributions to ADPTC, as our Secretary, as a member of our Executive Committee, and as an author of our Practicum Competencies Document, which has subsequently had a great deal of influence in our field.  Kim developed an outstanding training clinic at Ohio University, implementing a comprehensive competencies assessment program, and building a robust training program. Capping these outstanding contributions, Kim has been a wonderful colleague, supportive, helpful and welcoming to all, exemplifying the spirit of ADPTC. We congratulate Kim on her achievements, and wish her the very best in the years ahead.


Bob Hatcher

Cool Little Reviews of Stuff

Edited by Don Morgan, Psy.D.


Please keep sending these reviews.  When you think of something you really like and use, send a note to share with us all! - Don


Cool Stuff Department

Colleen Byrne:  I've used the website to find all sorts of cool, inexpensive stuff for my office. I like the "liquid motion" toys section. Clients and grad students really seem to like checking them out. The "stress relievers" section has dozens of options, going way beyond the usual squishy ball. Check it out.



Jennifer Callahan: I picked up a copy of “Bad Therapy: Master Therapists Share Their Worst Failures” (Kotter & Carlson). This is the counterpart to a book by the same authors called “Their Finest Hour: Master Therapists Share Their Greatest Success Stories”.  I was weighing which one to get and decided I’d be more inspired to read about “bad” therapy. I’ve heard enough about how wonderful people think they are....the risk of working in academia I suppose.  Anyway, the book had some wonderful moments in it that prompted self-reflection and pride in what our profession can offer to individuals in distress.  Unfortunately, there were other moments were I was disappointed to learn that some of the “masters” were so removed from the process that they have actually convinced themselves, and were willing to commit to in print, that they have never done a bad job clinically.  Personally, I’ve got bad moments in even my best sessions.  While I have a lot to learn, my suspicion is that some of these folks do too.



Don Morgan: is a download site where you can get many of the updates you need, great freeware, and it is extremely safe from viruses and other troubles. Best and safest download site on the net, says McAfee.  Try the update checker at which will scan all your software and find any that need updates, display them and offer to download.  Also check out ccleaner at which will scan your hard drive and remove lots of junk, but you can tell it what to do and what not to do. 

    For those of you who want to establish some biofeedback therapy in your clinics without having to buy expensive equipment, become experts, and invest in a lot of training, check out the heart-rate variability units from Heartmath Institute called the emwave system [ ].  Training HRV is the simplest and most powerful way to regulate the autonomic nervous system.  This system is inexpensive and easy to learn and use with patients.  There is a small home trainer that augments the laptop or desktop system.  Excellent data on efficacy, good electronics, and user friendly. 

    Finally, have any of you considered backing up your laptops and desktops “on the cloud?”  You can get 2 gigs of backup space free on, or unlimited for $4.99 per month.  It automatically finds everything you want backed up every few minutes and makes updated backups. In the event of a crash or accidental deletion, you can restore immediately.  Everything is encrypted, and I have seen excellent reviews of Mozy in the NY Times.  Very highly rated.



Phyllis Terry Friedman

The Onion - It's satirical, irreverent and hilarious.  Headlines like "Conspiracy Theorists Exchange Small Talk About Who Controls The Weather."  I get the paper, but it's also available online.  Makes a great Christmas gift!


Don Morgan

The Sun – a literary magazine from Chapel Hill, NC.  I’ve been reading it every month for over twenty-five years, and every month I look forward to its very human, deep and beautiful stories, poetry, interviews, memoirs, and photography.  It was started on a pushcart by Sy Safransky and has a circulation of 80,000 with no advertising!  The monthly feature, “Readers Write” will always make you laugh or cry, and it ends with a page of quotations that leave you feeling deep and ready to sound very profound if you can remember several of them.


Lie to Me – TV worth watching.  Weds at 8 or 9 on Fox [!]  Science meets the search for the truth.  Instead of Columbo scratching his head and mumbling about how he just doesn’t get it…  We have a group of experts who can detect microemotions and therefore know when something is fishy.  Based upon the amazing work of psychologist Paul Ekman [who is listed as a consultant to the show], the characters are armed with their video recorders and deconstruct people’s facial expressions and body language in order to find out what REALLY happened.  Quirky, funny and never violent or disgusting, it will appeal to fans of good mystery  writing.  Seems like a saner take on the never-ending insulting exposes of everyone’s motives that we’ve come to love on “House.”



Kim and Erica suggest stimulus money for ADPTC.




Quinn and Hazel.  Resemblance to Bob Hatcher is not by accident.  Unless you’re looking at Hazel.