2022 WSPA Spring Meeting
Brief Psychotherapy Approaches: Targeted Interventions in the Clinic, Hospital, or Emergency Room

Saturday, June 4, 2022 | 8 AM—12 PM

About the Event

Brush up on your psychotherapy skills with presentations from experts on brief therapeutic interventions that are effective and accessible in a variety of clinical care environments. Presentations will focus on Psychological First Aid, Skills for Psychological Recovery, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and more.

Join us to learn new skills, connect with colleagues and earn CME credits—all from the comfort of your own home or office!

Registration Fees

Members | $100
Non-Members | $135
Resident Members | Complimentary
Resident Non-Members | $30

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Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD., UW

Dr. Bedard-Gilligan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington. She received her PhD from the UW in 2009 and has been faculty since 2012. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Her research predominantly focuses on mechanisms of recovery in PTSD, with particular emphases on treatment outcome, mechanisms of change in recovery from trauma, and the co-occurrence of PTSD, alcohol use, and cannabis use disorders. Dr. Bedard-Gilligan is also involved in research around testing and disseminating evidence based treatments for PTSD in low resource settings both in the US and internationally. She has presented her research at national conferences and has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals. She also maintains an active clinical practice specializing in using empirically supported treatments for PTSD and other anxiety disorders at the University of Washington Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic. She is involved in training and supervising individuals in the use of empirically supported treatments for PTSD and other disorders through the UW Psychology Department and the UW School of Medicine Psychology and Psychiatry Residency Programs.


Michele Bedard-Gilligan, PhD
Co-Director, Trauma Recovery Innovations
Associate Director, UW Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress
UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Dorian Hunter, Ph.D. (she/her), University of Washington 

Dorian Hunter, Ph.D. is a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification Certified Clinician and licensed clinical psychologist in Washington State.  She provides APA-approved continuing education trainings and workshops on Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), mindfulness and mindfulness-based interventions, alcohol and other substance use disorders, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).  She trains and provides consultation to DBT teams with Treatment Implementation Collaborative (TIC), teaching individual DBT clinicians and DBT teams hoping to implement DBT, increase their treatment fidelity and competence, and improve clinical skills. She also trains students and fellows within the Greater Seattle Area DBT Practicum, co-directing the DBT training team. In addition to maintaining an independent practice, she is currently co-building a new DBT treatment and training clinic, The DBT Center of Tacoma (DCT).


Dr. Hunter completed her undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and post-doctoral training at the University of Washington Behavioral Research and Therapy Clinics (BRTC), under the direction of the DBT treatment developer, Dr. Marsha Linehan. At the BRTC she worked as a research assistant, treatment coordinator, research fellow, and study therapist on multiple studies of DBT, including pilot studies and clinical trials focused on development and evaluation of DBT for clients with suicidal behaviors, alcohol and other substance use disorders, and in multi-family DBT for adolescents and their parents.  Dr. Hunter completed her Master and Doctoral degrees at Rutgers University, where she was a National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) fellow throughout her training. Her graduate work focused primarily on learning and evaluating cognitive behavioral interventions for alcohol and other substance use disorders, particularly through the lens of interpersonal functioning.  She additionally completed a clinical post-doctoral fellowship at the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, with specialized training in DBT and interventions for anxiety disorders.  Dr. Hunter has published book chapters and articles on DBT and other evidence-based interventions and underlying psychological processes related to behavior change.



Dorian Hunter, Ph.D. (she/her)
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™
Clinical Instructor, University of Washington Department of Psychology

Christopher Martell, PhD, Hofstra University
Behavioral Activation Updates and Transdiagnostic Processes

Dr. Christopher Martell (Ph.D. 1988 Hofstra University) is the Clinic Director of the Psychological Services Center and a lecturer in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at UMass Amherst. Dr. Martell has specialized in the practice of empirically based psychological treatments. He has worked as a research therapist on three NIMH-funded clinical trials and has been a research consultant on psychotherapy treatment development and outcome studies using behavioral activation (BA) for depression in the U.S., U.K., and the Netherlands.  Furthermore, he has conducted and contributed to the development of affirmative CBT with lesbian, gay and bisexual adults. 

Dr. Martell is the first author of three books: Depression in Context: Strategies for Guided Action with Michael Addis, Ph.D. and Neil S. Jacobson, Ph.D. (2001), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients, with Steven Safren, Ph.D. and Stacey, Prince, Ph.D. (2004), and Behavioral Activation for Depression: A Clinician’s Guide (2010), with Sona Dimidjian, Ph.D. and Ruth Herman-Dunn, Ph.D.

He has co-authored five other books, including: Overcoming Depression One Step at a Time:  The New Behavioral Activation Approach to Getting Your Life Back (2004), with Michael Addis.  Additionally, he has published in peer reviewed journals and contributed chapters to edited textbooks. His work has been translated into 7 languages. He has trained and supervised therapists around the world. He is board certified in Clinical Psychology, and in Behavioral & Cognitive Psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Christopher Martell, PhD, ABPP
Clinic Director of Psychological Services Center UMass Amherst
International expert & author of Behavioral Activation & LGBT-affirmative CBT


There are some exciting opportunities to sponsor/exhibit for this event. So why get involved? 

The Spring Conference...

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  • Provides a relaxed atmosphere to build relationships
  • Is in a virtual format that expands accessibility and reaches more people
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Interested in sponsoring this event? Please contact the WSPA office at (206) 209-5271 or [email protected].