Nassau County Psychological Association

Welcome to NCPA

Highlights of Changes from

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New CPT® codes for psychotherapy- effective Jan. 1, 2013

Dear NCPA / NPSI Friends,

In navigating the CPT changes, I believe you will find this website interesting and helpful:


This presentation explains the changes made in the CPT codes for psychological services.  Prepared recently by Antonio Puente of UNC Wilmington, it is very comprehensive and runs more than 500 pages.

Best wishes,

Maxine Marcus, President
Nassau County Psychological Association

Maxine M.Marcus, Ph.D

The public access section allows consumers to query the "Find a Psychologist" database, formerly known as "On-Line Referral Service." This newly revamped feature provides a more comprehensive profile of private practice information which we believe will better service our members and public inquiries. Visitors will also find helpful community resources, a user-friendly method of contacting us and a simplified manner in which to apply for membership.

For NCPA Members only: An ID and password are necessary to access this section. As a current member, you will be provided with a temporary ID and password via e-mail. Upon your initial log-in to the Members Only section, please use the assigned login information.

Once logged-in, all information is menu- driven, providing you with the ability to navigate the entire site. In addition, we are most excited to provide a much expanded self-entry database (replacing the currently used paper on-line profile form.) This new feature is designed to enable you to specifically represent your practice and keep your information up-to-date. As a School Psychologist, Academic, Agency/Hospital affiliated psychologist, Emeritus or Student, you have the ability to enter pertinent information to be included in the NCPA Member Directory.

Since this newly designed website is still a work in progress, your comments/suggestions are most welcome. You may click on "Contact Us" link, call 516-377-1010 or fax us at 516-377-1240.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

As we launch the 2015-16 fiscal year, I join NCPA Treasurer Carol Hassett, Secretary Fran Schweitzer, and Trustees Chuck King and Ron Smith in offering you a warmly appreciative “Welcome Back!” We know that all of you are asked to share your time, energy, and financial resources, and we are reassured that you recognize the value the Nassau County Psychological Association provides to local psychologists, as you renew your membership with us.

Although we continue to actively seek early career members who would be interested in taking leadership roles in NCPA, we understand that many of you prefer a more cyber relationship with us. We will continue to provide you with information about current issues in our professional world through our website, listserv, and emails, and we hope that you will join us in these dialogues.

As you are no doubt aware, the American Psychological Association has been dealt a mighty blow from within its ranks, as the Hoffman report revealed serious ethical breaches by APA leaders who sanctioned and shaped harsh techniques in the interrogation of CIA and Department of Defense detainees. Our psychological association works hard and pledges to continue to protect our members and the general public by maintaining a high level of integrity and transparency in all of our activities.

We know that those of you who attended Larry Weiss’ WISC-V presentation last March found it extremely helpful and informative. We are hoping to provide you with equally helpful programs and activities during the coming months.

Essential information for practitioners utilizing insurance reimbursement: all insurance forms must utilize ICD-10-CM codes beginning October 1, 2015. Sessions billed before October 31 must utilize the DSM-5/ ICD-9 codes. The alphanumeric ICD-10-CM codes can be found on line at no charge at:

Codes for Mental, Behavioral, and Neurodevelopmental Disorders range from F01-F99.

Our Executive Director, Angela Russo, updates our NCPA website often, so do check in with us regularly.

Please join or rejoin NCPA now, at this critical time in our profession. As a courtesy, upon renewal, we will provide you with the power-point presentation from our very well-received ICD-10 program.

Let your voice be heard!

My very best wishes to all of you,

Maxine M. Marcus, Ph.D., NCPA President

Latest News and Upcoming Events

Friday, October 07, 2016

Mindfulness for You, Mindfulness for Your Patients

Presented by Gabrielle Chiaramonte, Ph.D., Barbara Fisher, Ph.D. and Anthony Pantaleno, Ph.D.

Where: Adelphi University’s Hauppauge Education and Conference Center - 55 Kennedy Drive, Hauppauge (Facilities are handicapped accessible)

When: 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm

Price: SCPA Members: No fee ~  Current Adelphi Faculty & Students: No Fee

Nonmembers: $15.00 fee if payment received by 10/03/16
$20.00 fee from 10/04/16 - 10/07/16 strictly subject to seating availability.

2 CE credits are available for a $20.00 additional fee
Certificate of Attendance is available for a $5.00 additional fee

About the Presentation

Interest in mindfulness meditation has increased exponentially since Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn developed the 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course in 1979 that has been featured in countless media segments and hundreds of scientific research articles. Mindfulness meditation as taught in the MBSR course is evidence-based and has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety, improve coping with chronic illness and pain, and increase a sense of balance and well-being. Moreover, research has found that health care providers who practice mindfulness meditation have decreased stress and burnout and improved communication with patients. Given its effectiveness, mindfulness meditation has become increasingly popular  across  psychotherapeutic  orientations. This  workshop  will  include  an  educational  component  as  well as  an  experiential  component. Participants will learn about the trend of using mindfulness in therapy, get an overview of the MBSR course, and learn about current research. They will also get a first-hand experience in 2-3 mindfulness meditation practices.

At the conclusion of the presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Name three benefits of developing their own mindfulness practice for self-care
  2. Describe research supporting the clinical value of mindfulness practices in improving mental and physical health.
  3. Develop an experiential understanding of mindfulness practice and the common experiences faced by new practitioners
  4. Articulate the elements of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course.
  5. Provide patients with a rationale for the use of mindfulness practices in session.  
  6. Access resources to develop their own mindfulness practice as well as resources for incorporating mindfulness with their patients

About the Presenters

Gabrielle R. Chiaramonte, Ph.D., received her Doctorate in Clinical (Health) Psychology from Stony Brook University. She specialized in the treatment of PTSD at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital where  she  serves on the clinical faculty. She joined Long Island Behavioral Medicine, PC, (LIBM) in 2012 where she provides individual psychotherapy. She is certified by the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) and has worked with many 9/11 first responders and civilians as well as members of the US military, victims of accidents and crimes, and burn victims.   
In 2014 she founded The Stress Reduction Center (SRC) at LIBM. The SRC offers mindfulness-based interventions including the 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) to individuals and groups. Dr. Chiaramonte is certified to teach the Mindfulness in Schools Projects' (.b) Curriculum to young people aged 11-18 and has attained the highest level of training in MBSR from the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts' Medical Center where she completed professional training under the direction of Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Dr. Barbara Fisher is a clinical and school psychologist. She received her doctoral degree from Hofstra University in 1986. She has been in private practice for over 25 years, serving adults, teens and children on Long Island. For the past seven years, Dr. Fisher has facilitated groups for teenage girls focusing on social and emotional needs of teens. In addition to maintaining her private practice, she has consulted and given presentations for  schools and organizations. Topics on she has presented include mindfulness, female athlete triad, body image and disordered eating, and performance anxiety. Dr. Fisher has been published in several journals and newsletters, including Journal of Psychology and Psychological Reports.

Dr.  Anthony Pantaleno  is  a  recently  retired  School  Psychologist  of  38  years  in  the  Elwood  School  District  in  East  Northport,  Long  Island.  His professional interests have been the application of mindfulness-based interventions to public education and private practice settings, and the creation of the Long Island School Practitioner Action Network (LI-SPAN) to expand and coordinate a network of school-based mental health crisis responders. Dr. Pantaleno was the 2013 NASP School Practitioner of the Year and the SCPA Psychologist of the Year in both 2008 and 2016.

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Monday, November 07, 2016

Assessment of Children: WISC-V & WPPSI-IV

Presented by Dr. Jerome M. Sattler

Where: Long Island University - Tilles Center - 720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY, 11548

When: 9:00am - 4:00pm

Registration: Registration for conference is $90. This includes the price of Dr. Sattler’s new book and morning refreshments. Advanced registration by October 24th is required. Please call (516) 299 3211

This workshop will cover the WISC–V and WPPSI–IV. It will consider the role of the evaluator in the assessment process and report writing. In addition, it will cover the standardization, scoring, reliability, validity, factor analysis, short forms, subtest scatter, and strengths and limitations of the WISC–V and WPPSI–IV. Other areas that will be addressed include administering the WISC–V and WPPSI–IV to children with disabilities and how to interpret these new editions. Finally, CHC theory will be covered for each of the new editions.

Jerome Sattler is a Diplomate in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology. Currently, he is Professor Emeritus and an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University. He has published multiple books that have become standard classical works in the area of intelligence.  He has published over 100 articles in the fields of school and clinical psychology and is a co-author of the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale: Fourth Edition.

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