Conference Schedule: Fourth Annual RMHCPA Conference

Fourth Annual Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling & Psychological Association Conference

“Humanistic Psychology and Anti-Racism”

Live Schedule (All Times are listed in Mountain Standard Time (Add 2-hours for EST; add 1-hour for CST; subtract 1 hour for PST). Up to CEs are available. The CE programs have “(CE)” listed behind the title. You must register for CEs in advance of the conference to receive CEs.

8:30-8:40 AM Conference Opening  
8:40-8:45 AMPoetic Introduction: “1619”
Aliya Granger 
8:45-9:45 AM “Social Justice, Advocacy, and Psychology in Today’s Climate”
(1 CE)
Apryl Alexander, PsyD  
9:45-10:45“Towards Holism in Psychology: Examining the Need for a Socioecological Justice Praxis as a Seventh Force” (1 CE)
Derrick Sebree, Jr., PsyD 
10:45-11:45 “Reflect…Revise…Relate and Respond….”
Terri Davis, PhD 
11:45-12:15 Lunch Break
12:15 PM-1:30 PMKeynote Address:
“So What Woke You Up? Critical Conversations about Anti-Racism with Humanistic Practitioners” (1 CE)
Theopia Jackson, PhD 
1:30-2:30 PM “A Humanistic-Examination of the Intersection of Race and Universal Suffering: The Impact of COVID-19” (1 CE)
Nathaniel Granger, Jr., PsyD 
2:30-3:30 PM“Existential Psychology, White Privilege, and Racial Gaslighting” (1 CE)
Louis Hoffman, PhD 
3:30-3:45Afternoon Break    
3:45-4:45 PMAward Presentation: Lisa Xochitl Vallejos, PhD – Early Career Award
“8 Things Graduate School Didn’t Teach You About Anti-Racist Therapy that You Need to Know” (1 CE)
4:45-5:30 PMAward Presentation: Thomas Pyszczynski – Lifetime Achievement Award Presentation
“A Terror Management Theory Perspective on Prejudice, Hatred, and Intergroup Conflict and Strategies for Reducing the Hate” 
5:30-6:15Award Presentation: Sandy Sela-Smith – Humanistic Exemplar Award
“Title: Following the  Beat of a Different Drum:  The Embodied Humanistic Path That Transformed My Life and Work”
6:15-6:20Announcement of Student Paper Awards 
6:20-6:30Closing of the Conference  

Asynchronous Presentations (Available Online)

  • The Unequal Economics of Meaning in Life: Addressing Discrimination and Implicit Racism in Our Mind-Manipulating System (Invited Presentation) by Joel Vos, PhD
  • Black: More or Less than Human. The Compensation Resulting from The Invalidation of Black Humanity by Nathaniel Granger, Jr., PsyD
  • “In the Wake”: Centering Black Studies and Existential Themes to Guide Anti-Racism in Humanistic Psychology by Zenobia Morrill
  • What is it Like to Live as a Black Woman in Brazil? A Phenomenological Study by Elizabeth Brown V. Brisola, PhD, Guilherme Wykrota Tostes, M.S., & Gabrielle Christine Santos, M.S.
  • Using Nature Poetry for Psychological and Social Healing by Michael Moats, PsyD, Derrick Sebree, Jr., PsyD, Gina Subia Belton, PhD, & Louis Hoffman, PhD
  • Multiracial People and Racism by Richard Talley, PhD

Poster Presentations (Available Online)

  • Experimental Effects of Location and Trash on Person Attractiveness by Colin D. M. Adams, Daniela G. Catarino, Tylor Ghaffari, & Alekxandria Schneeback
  • Wellbeing, Sense of Life, and Academic Motivation of University Students in Conditions of Distant Learning and Pandemic by Lada Alexandrova
  • The Portrayal of Drugs in Rap Music by Daniela G. Catarino, Tylor Ghaffari, & Colin D. M. Adams
  • On Humanistic Psychology and Revolutionary Praxis by Rivers Flemming, MA, and Benjamin Ramey, MA
  • A Better World Is Possible: Psychology’s Responsibility to Abolition by Haleh Kanani, BA, & Hannah Klukoff, BA
  • The Myth of Lockstep Progression: Maslow’s Misconstrued Theory by Christopher Latourrette, Johanna Guz Montgomery, Kelly Rios Santos, William Purrington, Rachel Creed, Alan Lankford, & Richard Bargdill
  • Coping with COVID-19: Investigating COVID-19-Related Functional Impairment, Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms, and Coping Self-Efficacy in an Online Sample of Trauma-Exposed Adults by McKenzie Lockett, MA, Sander Koole, PhD, & Tom Pyszczynski, PhD
  • Privilege and Oppression in Gender and Class by Kathryn Palm
  • Healing Social Cultural Wounds within the Black Community by Adeola Quintero

Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) of the American Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 32 (Society for Humanistic Psychology) of the American Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. For additional information about CE offerings or disability accommodations, please email