CEHD Faculty and staff with keynote speaker smiling.
Faculty, staff, and students with keynote speaker, John Murphy.
Dawn Angelique Roberts

The 43rd Annual School Psychology, Counseling Psychology and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Conference recently concluded at Temple University, uniting mental health professionals and students from a myriad of backgrounds in a successful gathering. 

Hosted by the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)'s School Psychology, Counseling Psychology, and ABA programs in collaboration with esteemed partners like the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania, the School District of Philadelphia and CORA Services, this event drew over 230 attendees from diverse mental health disciplines, each bringing their unique perspectives and experiences. 

Representing a wide array of fields, including school psychology, counseling psychology, counseling, social work, ABA, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and more, participants came together to explore the ever-evolving landscape of psychology and behavior analysis.  

"As the director of the Temple University School Psychology program, I am thrilled to witness the engagement and vibrant exchange of ideas at our 43rd Annual Conference. The student poster session was a highlight, showcasing innovative research and promising practices from our field's future leaders. It's through these scholarly contributions that we advance the science and practice of school psychology and counseling psychology," said Jessica Reinhardt. 

One of the most impactful moments of the conference was the keynote address by John Murphy, a world-renowned author and figure in the field. "The Secret Sauce of Therapeutic Solutions" keynote session highlighted the role of clients' indigenous resources in co-constructing therapeutic solutions with children, adults and families. Murphy emphasized how every client offers a unique set of resources that can help move forward from depression, anxiety, trauma and other challenges. Drawing from the practical principles and practices of solution-focused counseling, he demonstrated how practitioners can partner with clients in culturally responsive ways that honor their resources and accelerate solutions. 

"Dr. Murphy's conversation was humorous and pleasant but poignant," remarked Ivy Harris, child advocate and conference attendee. "He shared his experience as an educator and psychologist, pointing out the secret sauce. Activities during his session acknowledged solution-focused and client factors."  

Heidi Hutman, CEHD counseling psychology faculty and conference coordinator, expressed her delight at the event's success, stating, "It is always such a treat to see people from all over the region who share a passion and commitment to promoting mental health and well-being come together on Temple's campus to connect and learn from one another." 

Throughout the day, attendees engaged in meaningful discussions, exchanged ideas and forged valuable connections with fellow professionals and students. The conference provided a platform for collaboration and learning, empowering participants to continue their professional growth and contribute to positive change in their respective fields. 

As the College of Education and Human Development organizers reflect on the success of the 43rd Annual Psychology Conference, they extend gratitude to all who contributed to making it a memorable and impactful event—attendees, presenters, partners and organizers alike. Their dedication to advancing mental health and well-being is commendable. They eagerly anticipate the future, filled with continued collaboration and learning as they strive together to make a difference in the mental health field.