Indiana Psychological Association - Event Information
February IPA Webinar: Immediacy at the Intersection of Impulse Control Disorders and Pandemics
IPA 2021 Webinar Series
1.0 Hour of Category I CE credit Friday, February 19th, 2021 at Noon
Registrants will receive further information for participating via Zoom Webinar for the presentation.
Immediacy at the Intersection of Impulse Control Disorders and Pandemics
As the name of this psychiatric disorder implies, Impulse-control disorder (ICD) is characterized by impulsivity--the failure to resist an urge, an impulse, or a temptation to engage in certain behaviors that are excessive and/or harmful to the person or to others.
Impulse behavior, unlike compulsions in obsessive-compulsive disorder, possess a pleasurable quality. Individuals might look forward to the time they will engage in such behaviors as gambling or shoplifting. And they may experience an urge or craving state before engaging in the behavior, similar to people with substance use disorders before drinking alcohol or using drugs. In addition, as does drinking in the case of alcohol use disorder, the impulse behavior decreases the individual’s anxiety. Like people with substance use disorders, many individuals with impulse control disorders have difficulties delaying or inhibiting their impulses.
Life during a pandemic requires careful and thoughtful behaviors based on decisions that have been made in constant awareness of possible and probable consequences. Pandemics exacerbate the condition of ICD. In ICDs, the time factor is one of immediacy; relief of tension or achievement of pleasure have to occur immediately. For individuals suffering from ICDs, the goal is pleasure or relief of tension. During pandemics, the time factor is uncertainty; it is unknown when it will be over, and the goal is to remain symptom-free, which requires caution. This constellation severely impacts the lives of people with an ICD and the therapeutic framework they might be involved in.
By completing this program, participants will able to:
1. Utilize the connection of immediacy to impulse control disorders
2. Recognize the importance of consequences in matters of choice
3. Apply/establish a positive balance between the time concepts of now and later
Presenter Bio: Vera S. Maass, Ph.D.
Vera S. Maass, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and a marriage and family therapist in private practice in Indianapolis. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Indiana Psychological Association, and the American Counseling Association. She holds past certifications as chemical dependency counselor, sex therapist, Family Life Educator, and Divorce and Child Custody Mediator. She has conducted personal growth groups within the community and has been a Psychosexual Clinical Interviewer in Clinical Trials for Pfizer Clinical and Johnson & Johnson.
Her teaching experiences include terms as adjunct faculty at Joliet College, the University of Indianapolis, and Ivy Tech Community College.
Practicing within a cognitive behavioral (REBT/RBT) theoretical framework, Dr. Maass has a strong interest in neuropsychology and, after working with Ralph Reitan, Ph.D., has conducted evaluations for several years using the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery.
Dr. Maass has a long history of presentations at numerous national and international psychological conferences, with the most recent one being IPA's 2019 Fall Conference.
She is the author of nine published professional books, currently completing her 10th book on feminist psychology and starting on her 11th contracted book about impulse control disorders.
Dr. Vera Maass
Special Note to Conference Attendees
The Indiana Psychological Association (IPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Indiana Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Indiana State Psychology Board and Indiana Behavioral Health Board:
IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for psychologists.
IPA is an approved provider of Category I continuing education for LSW, LCSW, LMFT, LMHC, LMFTA, LCAC and LAC.
Licensees must judge the program’s relevance to their professional practice.
Please note that APA rules require that credit be given only to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the scheduled start time or leaving early will not receive CE credits. Partial credit cannot be given. We ask that all participants return the post-program evaluation form at the conclusion of the program. Dr. Maass and IPA have not received any commercial support for this program or its contents and will not receive any commercial support prior to or during this program.
CE certificates will be distributed via email withing two weeks post-event.
IPA New, Premier, Platinum, Emeritus-Practicing, and Student Members - $0
IPA Basic, Emeritus-Retired Members, and Affiliate Members - $15
Non-Members - Psychologists and Other Professionals $30
Non-Members - Students $0