At Home MePA CE Offerings 

The Maine Psychological Association is now offering a new, easy way for Maine psychologists to get continuing education credits. MePA Home Study will provide you with the convenience and affordability of getting CE credits by mail without leaving home.

This is how it works: You choose a book or article from the MePA listing. Books can be purchased at the local bookstore or on-line through through the MePA website. Fill in the MePA CE form, and we will send you a test, which you complete and return. If you earn a 75% or above, we will send to you a CE certificate in the mail. It’s as easy as that.

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Upcoming events

    • 15 Nov 2019
    • 8:45 AM - 4:15 PM
    • Clarion Hotel, Portland (1230 Congress St)

    The Maine Psychological Association presents....

    Intimate Partner Violence, Abuse, and Anger: Critical Issues in Case Formulation and Treatment

    Speaker: Raymond Chip Tafrate, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University

    $129 Members
    $179 Non-members**
    $35 Students 

    Morning session - IPVA interventions (Meets Domestic Violence 3-hour CEU Requirement
    Afternoon session - 6-stage Anger Episode Model (Anger Management 3-hour CEU)

    **Special Offer for Non-Members: Please email to receive a discount code for a special rate of $50 for your first year of membership, which will allow you to register for the event at the reduced member pricing.


    Across different treatment settings, practitioners routinely see clients who harm others. Such cases pose a range of challenges that are quite different from addressing the traditional mental health needs of those suffering from anxiety and depression. The morning session of this workshop provides an overview of how to conceptualize intervention with intimate partner violence and abuse (IPVA) cases, while the afternoon session focuses on the treatment of dysregulated anger. This all-day workshop is highly interactive, incorporating structured learning activities including case examples, audio/video-recorded work samples, small group exercises, and “real”-plays.

    MORINING SESSION: Successful IPVA intervention requires a focus on a set of risk domains and thinking patterns that facilitate aggressive, controlling, and abusive behavior (beyond mental health symptoms and traditional irrational beliefs). Step-by-step guidelines will be provided for identifying specific IPVA relevant risk factors and treatment targets.  Interventions are then tailored to the particular person and situational context in which violence and abuse occurs.

    AFTERNOON SESSION: While anger is a frequent and universal human emotion, it has received surprisingly little attention as a clinical problem. Practitioners commonly engage in unproductive conversations (e.g., clients venting about unfair actions of others) and struggle to identify clear treatment targets. In this session, participants will practice assessing the key features of client anger reactions by applying a 6-stage Anger Episode Model Interview to understand how anger is experienced and expressed in the client’s real-life interactions. The analysis of anger episodes forms the groundwork for effective case formulation and collaboratively identifying relevant treatment goals.

    Learning Outcomes:

    Understand the range of violent and abusive behaviors committed by IPVA perpetrators

    Learn to focus IPVA intervention on critical risk domains influencing abusive patterns

    Become proficient in identifying criminogenic thoughts and thinking styles that drive specific incidents of abusive behavior

    Become skilled at analyzing key features of clients' anger reactions according to a 6-stage sequential anger episode model

    Practice and learn to conduct an anger episode interview to efficiently identify relevant treatment targets

    Raymond Chip Tafrate, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Central Connecticut State University. He is on the advisory board of the forensic special interest group for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the editorial board for Criminal Justice and Behavior, a Fellow and Supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City, and a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.

    Dr. Tafrate frequently consults with criminal justice agencies and programs and community mental health centers, and has trained thousands of professionals to work more effectively with adolescents and adults with difficult-to-change problems such as anger dysregulation and criminal behavior. He has presented his research throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. His most recent books are: