APP is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. APP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
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Who we are

A resource to our community, promoting human welfare.

The Association of Practicing Psychologists: Montgomery – Prince George’s Counties (APP) works to advance the practice of psychology, to be a resource to the community and to promote human welfare.

APP tracks legislative issues and governmental affairs bearing on Montgomery County and Prince George’s Counties and informs its members when serious concerns arise. APP works with the Maryland Psychological Association regarding state-level issues.

APP members are practicing psychologists who are licensed in Maryland and who reside or practice in Montgomery and/or Prince George’s Counties. APP takes pride in offering its members, affiliates and other mental health professionals high quality continuing education programs at a reasonable cost. The American Psychological Association (APA) has awarded approval for continuing education programs offered by the APP. APP continuing education programs meet the requirements for continued licensure established by the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

Current Speakers and Presenters

Our presenters deliver a combination of stimulating professional development and collegiality

Elspeth Bell, Ph.D.

Capital Anxiety: Dealing with political anxiety in our practices
Dr. Elspeth Bell holds extensive background and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). A recognized expert in working with Hoarding Disorder, she’s collaborated with area Hoarding Task Forces, presented at national conferences, and conducted numerous professional workshops.

Jessica Gurley, Ph.D.

More than Projection: Using the Rorschach in the 21st Century
Dr. Jessica Gurley is licensed as a psychologist in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. She specializes in psychological assessment, including psychological evaluations, psychoeducational evaluations, and forensic evaluations.

Rolando Diaz, Ph.D.

Religion and Spirituality in Psychotherapy
Dr. Rolando J. Díaz is a clinical psychologist specializing in children and adolescents, learning disabilities assessment, bilingualism and acculturation, men’s issues, post-deployment adjustment for members of the Armed Services, and the clinical needs of Roman Catholic clergy.

Irene Leigh, Ph.D.

Multicultural Competence: Respecting the Unity and Diversity of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Communities
Professor Emerita at Gallaudet University, Dr. Irene Leigh is involved in ongoing writing and presenting on critical issues related to deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the areas of mental health, parenting, psychosocial aspects, and cochlear implants.

Richard Bloch, Esq

Law, Ethics and Managing Risk CE Workshop
Richard Bloch, Esq., is President of Shiling, Bloch & Hirsch, P.A. and has been General Counsel to the Maryland Psychological Association since 1979. He has written numerous articles and lectures frequently on legal and ethical issues pertaining to the practice of psychology and mental health.

Mary Alvord, Ph.D.

Building Resilience and Conquering Negative Thought Habits in Youth
Dr. Alvord specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, ADHD, and emotional and behavioral regulation problems. Her work recognizes the importance of resilience in the framework of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.


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