RECENT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES



Professional Development at Texas Psychological Association annual meeting Austin, TX.  11-16-18  thru 11-18-18  (15 hours PD relevant to forensics)

  • Diagnosis, Psychological Evaluation, Treatment Strategies and Medication to Treat Patients with Dementia, 4.00 hours PD.  Deborah Theis, PhD, Barbara Wise, MD, et. al.
  • Integrating Culture into Psychotherapy:  Practical Skills for Cultural Competence, 3.00 hours PD.  Jeff Harris, PhD and Natasha Skulka, MS.
  • Missing Chapters on Aging and Special Populations, 2 hours PD.  Andrew Griffin, PhD. 
  • The New Frontier of Brain Science in the Treatment of Stress and Trauma, 1.00 hours PD.  Melanie Greenberg, PhD.
  • Professional Issues in Juvenile Evaluations:  Chapter 55 to Transfer to Adult Court, 4.00 hours PD.  Mary Alice Conroy, PhD. 
  • Working with Gender Diverse Adolescents:  Addressing Needs of the Client, Family, and Beyond, 1.00 hours PD.  Paulette Pitt, PhD.



Professional Development of 8.0 Hours:  Ethical Issues in Forensic Evaluations 2017.  Presented by Capacity for Justice in Kerrville, TX on May 8th, 2017.

  • Mary Alice Conroy, Ph.D., ABPP:  Ethical Concerns in Conducting Competency to Stand Trial Evaluations

  • Floyd L. Jennings, J.D., PhD.:  The Insanity Standard in Texas:  History and Caselaw
  • Staci Biggar, J.D.:  Defense Attorney Issues in Competency and Sanity Cases
  • Maureen Burrows, M.D.:  Insanity:  Report Writing and Practical Concerns in Examinations
  • Hilary Sheard, J.D.:  Collaboration of Experts and Attorneys:  Case Law
  • Jennings, Biggar, Burrows, Sheard:  Panel:  Intersecting Roles of Attorneys and Experts



Professional Development at Texas Psychological Association annual meeting Austin, TX.  11-10 thru 11-12-16

  • Community Reintegration for PTSD, 2.00 hours PD
  • Essential Attention to Diversity in Criminal Forensic Evaluation, 4.00 hours PD  (Diversity)
  • Ethical Considerations in Managing Questionably Incompetent Patients, 2.00 hours PD  (Ethics)
  • MR/DD: Welcome to My World , 4.00 hours PD (Cultural Diversity)
  • Special Problems in Conducting Competency Evaluations, 2.00 hours PD
  • The Affordable Care Act:  Implications for Professional Practice, 1.50 hours PD  (Ethics)
  • Understanding the Structure and Expression of Psychopathic Personality /  Identity of a Sex Offender:  A Qualitative Analysis, 1.00 hour PD
  • TOTAL FORENSIC HOURS = 15.5



Professional Development of 13.5 Hours:  “Evolution of Mass Murder:  From the Texas Tower Shooting to ISIS.” Conference May 23-24, 2016 at TAMU. 

The two conference faculty are both international experts in the criminal investigation of mass murder, whether by lone shooters or by organized terrorists. 


  • Dr. Reid Meloy has consulted world-wide providing instruction to professionals and guidance for identifying and managing risks. He is a professor of psychiatry at the University of San Diego School of Medicine.  He has singly or with other professionals produced over two hundred scientific articles and eleven books.

  • Dr. Meloy presented the background case histories of numerous murderers including McVeigh, Sirhan Sirhan, Malik Hassan, and many others.
  • Dr. Meloy has created a model summarizing the psychological stages of a person’s pathway toward mass murder.  He has published research on the model and discussed it during the conference.


  • Dr. Mary Ellen O’Toole worked for the FBI for 28 years, including at the Behavioral Analysis Unit. 

  • Dr. O’Toole discussed in detail the personality evolution of murderers including Kaczynski, Ridgway, the Columbine pair, Adam Lanza, Elliot Rodger, and many others.
  • She illustrated with case histories the step by step process by which lethal motivations form.  She emphasizes the “BioPsychoSocial Model:  A Comprehensive Threat Assessment.” 
  • She showed how mass shooters are considerably different from other criminals who are impulsive or disorganized.  


  • During this conference the perpetrators’ self-made videos, political resentments, agendas, and other forms of communication were used to expose their motivations for murder. 



Professional Development of 6.0 Hours:  Texas Mental Health and the Law 2015:  What need to know to provide quality client services with confidence. (By PESI)

The excellent presenters were all attorneys.

  • The Honorable Christine Butts presides over a Harris County probate court which handles guardianship and mental health cases.  A few of the many valuable teachings are:


  • Judge Butts shared many stories about the lives of mentally ill and/or homeless persons and the emergencies that    brought them to the jail, or a hospital, or the court. 
  • Her presentation allowed one to appreciate the positive aspects of mentally ill and homeless persons as they struggle to survive amidst their complicated problems.


Beth Mitchell is employed by Disability Rights Texas, which is a non-profit which helps to advocate for and protect persons with disabilities.  A few of the many valuable teachings are:

  • “Capacity” is a clinical term which refers to persons functional cognitive and behavioral abilities.  “Competency” is a legal status determined by a court.  Judge Butts pointed out that, although a person could be lacking in important capacities, they might still be legally competent.
  • The mentally disabled have rights when in jail or in a mental hospital, but those right may be restricted for such reasons as patient or staff safely. 
  • If a person suspects abuse, neglect or exploitation, that person must report it the a hotline number:  800-647-7418.  State law requires the report to be made within one hour.  THIS TIME FRAME SHOULD BE CHECKED OUT.


Jeffery Drummond is a healthcare law partner in the office of Jack Walker, LLP in Dallas.   He works with both hospital systems and individual providers.  He is conversant on most all of the regulatory matters, including HIPAA.  A few of the many valuable teachings are:

  • PHI is a very useful an acronym for Protected Health Information.  A patient file or document could become not PHI if certain “identifying information” is removed.  But simply blacking out, i.e., redacting, the patient’s name is certainly not enough.  Mr. Drummond quoted one statistician as saying the removing of 18 identifiers would be sufficient! 
  • Minor children in some circumstances have the right to consent to treatment, therefore they can control disclosure of their medical information to their parent.  But the physician can override and tell the parents. 
  • From Mr. Drummond’s detailed presentation, one sees that in HIPAA there are many absolute rules, rights, and duties; but there are many reasonable exceptions.
  • In any healthcare institution or office, staff must all receive HIPAA training.  Although HIPAA can be overwhelming and confusing from its detail, there are many general principles and reasonable routines to follow which make any healthcare operation a better one for all concerned. 



Professional Development of 6.0 Hours:  The Clinician’s Guide to Suicide and Homicide 2015 (by Cross Country Education)


Gary Massey, PhD, LCSW-S, LPS-S, LMFT-S is the Director of Clinical Services of Dallas Behavioral Healthcare Hospital in the DFW Metroplex.  He has conducted research at the William P. Clements PAMIO prison unit.  In his long career he has created methods for working with difficult patients, supervised mental health providers and made presentations.  A few of the many valuable teachings are:

  • He provided useful information and resources from the American Associate of Suicidology (AAS).   The AAS has the goals of understanding and preventing suicide, and the AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information and resources about suicide.  For example:

  • Men are four times more likely to commit suicide than women.  Yet, three times more women than men attempt suicide.
  • Rates for suicide are high than most people would expect, and the highest suicide rate is for persons over 65. 
  • In the US about 30,000 persons commit suicide every year.
  • The AAS is not just for professionals, rather, membership is available for “all those involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide.”

  • He provided detailed and well thought out routines for assessing and treating high-risk clients.

  • What situations are more likely than others to breed suicide or homicide.
  • How to talk with persons who are suicidal.
  • He provided guidelines for treatment of the persons who are potentially violent or homicidal.  



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Dr. Massey is located at the Rivershire Plaza Building, Ste. 285, 333 N. Rivershire Dr. , Conroe, TX  77304