Announcer May 2017 Print

President's Message

 By Giries Sweis, Psy.D, CPA President

Dear Colleagues,

This issue of The Announcer includes special attention on the new Ohio rule limiting opioid prescriptions and the state proposal that called for creation of a seven-member state behavioral health profession-al board to replace several independent mental health boards. I encour-age you to read these headlines, as they bring attention to the challenges of dealing with the opioid addiction epidemic and the future of how our mental health boards will oversee our professional practice. Hopefully, these readings will create meaningful discussion with your colleagues and help you better prepare when approaching individuals that are at risk and/or struggling with an opioid addiction and furthermore to continue to support the opposition of board consolidation in general and spe-cifically the elimination of the State Board of Psychology.

I am delighted to announce the results of our recent election. Our new President-Elect is Dr. Eric H. Berko, who has served as secretary for the past year. Our new Treasurer is Dr. April Sobieralski and Dr. Farshid Afsarifard is our new Secretary. Thanks to all who sent in your ballots.

We had an enjoyable and well-attended Awards Ceremony at our Annual Meeting in December. Dr. Abraham Wolf, PhD received the Life Time Achievement Award. This award is given to individuals who have made sustained, outstanding, and significant contributions to the field of psychology over the course of their careers. Dr. Wolf has had a distin-guished career for the last 36 years as a clinician, administrator, profes-sor, editor, researcher, and author. Combining clinical work and re-search, he has applied his expertise to the study of psychotherapy. Dr. April Sobieralski was the recipient of the Outstanding Early Career Psy-chologist Award. Dr. Sobieralski has dedicated clinical and administra-tive work helping individuals with eating disorders and has recently tak-en a position as a director for a counseling center.

Please also encourage your students and colleagues with an interest in psychology to join the CPA and ensure its future viability.

Giries Sweis


Cleveland Psychological Association

2017 Officers

President: Giries Sweis, Psy.D.

Past President: Miriam Boraz, Ph.D.

President-Elect: Eric Berko, Ph.D.

Secretary: Farshid Asfarisard, Ph.D.

Treasurer: April Sobieralski, Ph.D.

Program Chair: Deborah Ross, Ph.D.

OPA Representative: Catherine Gaw, Psy.D.

Technology Chair: Giries Sweis, Psy.D.

Interprofessional Affairs and Advocacy Chair Catherine Gaw, Psy.D.

Announcer: Nancy Duff-Boehm, Ph.D.

Ethics: Cynthia Kubu, Ph.D.

Mentoring Program: Barry Gordon, Ph.D.

CPA Historian: Richard Schiller, Ph.D.

Student Representative: Mallori King., B.A.

Administrative Assistant: Angela Bailey


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State News Updates

New Requirements for Opioid Prescriptions – Effective 4.6.2017

According to the Metro News, Gov. John Kasich announced new limits for prescribing opi-oids, a seven-day supply for adults and a five-day supply for kids and teens, as a way to control the number of painkiller prescriptions. The limits apply to acute pain patients, with exceptions for cancer, hospice or medication-assisted addiction patients. Prescribers can override the limits if they provide a specific reason in the patient's medical record. State offi-cials estimated 109 million fewer opiate doses would be administered under the new limits. The acute pain prescribing limits is the latest step in the state's effort to fight the opioid cri-sis. Ohio led the nation in opioid overdose deaths in 2014, and deaths have continued to rise with increased use of heroin and fentanyl. You can read the new requirements for opioid pre-scriptions at

The Ohio Psychological Association continues to oppose board consolidation.

According to OPA announcements:

The Governors Budget Bill, HB 49, previously included a provision for the elimination of the State Board of Psychology through consolidation of several behavioral mental health boards. Fortunately, and in large part to significant advocacy efforts by OPA and psychologists and other behavioral health professionals across the state, the House Finance Committee eliminated this provision in an amended version of the bill (Substitute HB49). However, this amended ver-sion must still pass the Senate and be signed by the governor.

Cost savings and administrative efficiency are the common arguments for consolidation. However, these arguments do not hold water in Ohio.

Mental health boards in Ohio are self-sufficient with licensing fees fully funding the cost of each board.

An omnibus structure would combine different disciplines with different levels of training and different scopes of practice, to oversee ALL behavioral mental health providers in the state leading to greater administrative inefficiencies.

The previously proposed board structure would have included only one psychologist and one school psychologist along with six other behavioral health professionals and one public mem-ber -- tasked with overseeing 18 different state licenses and over 47,000 licensees across the state!

This combined board would undoubtedly lead to delays and inefficiencies in managing com-plaints and protecting the public given the heavy burden on a very small number of representa-tives.

Lastly, psychologists are doctoral-level licensed mental health professionals. Evidence from New Hampshire indicates that a consolidated board led to inappropriate investigation of some psychologists by omnibus board members who did not have the education or expertise to inves-tigate doctoral-level psychologists and our full scope of practice.

You can read more at:


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Program Report

Our programming at Cleveland Psychological Association runs on an academic calendar. As this "year" comes to a close, I am reflecting on the excellent programs and speakers that we have offered to our members.

In November, Lori DAngelo from Magnolia House presented on services they offer to the community. She brought with her a social worker and a member of the Magnolia House com-munity.

At our annual meeting in December we had an excellent presentation by Lisa Damour on working with adolescent girls. We also presented our annual awards for Early Career Psy-chologist, which went to April Sobieralski, and our Lifetime Achievement Award, which went to Abe Wolf.

In March Cindi Kubu brought an excellent panel to present a four hour ethics program includ-ing an ethicist Paul Ford, Taylor Rush, and Kate Eshleman. This program satisfied all four ethics credits required for the licensing biennium including diversity.

Our final program of the academic year was held at Dave and Busters on the west side in May. Kelly Bhatnagar gave a presentation on her work and research with eating disorders. She focused on Anorexia and Family Behavioral Therapy.

Looking forward to next year, I already have some programs scheduled. On September 25 Mi-chael Rainey and Jim Broyles of Ohio Psychological Association will come up from Columbus to inform us of legislation and other issues effecting psychologists in Ohio. This will be a Monday evening program at Embassy Suites in Beachwood.

So mark your calendars for the following dates:

Monday September 25, 2017

Saturday November 5, 2017

Monday December 11, 2017

Monday February 5, 2018

Saturday March 25, 2018

Monday May 7, 2018

I am always open to ideas for presentations, especially if you know a speaker on a particular topic.

Debbie Ross
CPA Program Chair

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Book Review

Different takes on Positive Psychology

By Nancy Duff-Boehm, Ph.D., Committee member, Ohio Psychological Association Colleague Assistance Program.

Two books came out in the past seven years from the world-famous Positive Psychology Department at the University of Pennsylvania developed by Martin Seligman, of Learned Helplessness fame. Both books are well-written and easy to understand, and both provide self-assessment tools. They start with the same basic prem-ise about the nature of success, achievement and talent. Both are based on impressive academic research which the authors distill into reasonable, practical advice for the reader. It is amazing, therefore, how vastly different are the conclusions and recommended approaches to life that result! Can the two be reconciled?

Angela Duckworth has been researching her conception of grit for decades (GRIT: The Power of Pas-sion and Perseverance, Scribner, New York, 2016). It is the idea that individuals can become more than they are if they apply effort and persistence. She has developed a self-assessment tool, which is free and easily scored, to measure the amount of grit in ones current attitude toward life. To find it go to The for-mulae she uses are Talent x Effort= Skill, and then, Skill x Effort= Achievement. So, in other words, effort counts twice. Her advice is to develop more grit by selecting a weakness and practicing it to improve it. This pro-cess leads not only to more success in life, but also to higher self-esteem, self-confidence and happiness.

Shawn Achor, in The Happiness Advantage: The seven principles of positive psychology that fuel success and performance at work, (Random House, New York, 2010) perceives the correlation from the oppo-site point of view. If a person focuses on developing the five components of Positive Psychology postulated by Martin Seligman, success comes as a result. These five components are: positive emotion, engagement, meaning, accomplishment and positive relationships. The seven principles are methods to change ones thinking and behav-ior to a more optimistic approach to life. His self-assessment tool is also on the internet and free; it is scored auto-matically and the results sent to you in a report via email. Access it at Based on your re-sponses, it tells you your signature strengths of character, in rank order from 1 to 24. To improve your sense of well-being, Achor advises that you exercise at least one of your top 5 signature strengths daily, basically remind-ing yourself what you are good at.

The main populations of their research differ. Duckworth has worked extensively for decades with inner-city school children, and her work has corroborated that something akin to a growth mindset (Carol Dweck, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Random House, 2006) is a great predictor of achievement in an envi-ronment that often offers little encouragement. Her measure did so well in predicting completion of a harsh, Ma-rine basic training camp, that the service has started using these scores over intelligence and current physical ca-pacity measures for admissions decisions.

Achor, on the other hand, has worked largely with Fortune 500 company executives, managers and sales forces, and his workshops have reportedly resulted in vastly improved individual well-being and company bottom-lines. He conducted most of his research between 2008 and 2009, when pretty much every Fortune 500 company was brought to its knees. Although one must concede that his research results may have benefitted from a regres-sion to the mean, statistically, or a gradual return to normalcy in the financial markets, his immediate results are striking. A change in attitude and perspective can alter ones performance at home and at work, really quickly!

What do the two perspectives have in common?

The authors agree that a focus on the innate characteristic of talent is deflating for everyone in the long run. It is better to focus on what one can change.

They provide advice on both how to develop strength within oneself and how to cultivate it in others.

Accepting support from others is often key to improvement and success.

For both, having a purpose outside of oneself is paramount to success in life.

When faced with failure or adversity, choosing to double down your effort instead of accepting defeat will lead to increased well-being, even if not success in the specific venture.

Finally, the presence of hope is the foundation for change.

You may be surprised at how inspiring both these books can be.

Dr. Duff-Boehm has been in practice for 37 years, serving individuals of all ages. She currently serves on the OPA Colleague Assistance Program Committee, and she encourages any psychologist having trouble flourishing in life to call 614 224-0034 and ask to speak with one of our CAP providers to see if we can help.


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The Search Is On for Psychologists Who Love to Read

Michael Leach, Ph.D.

I have been writing book reviews for the ANNOUNCER for 25+ years and its about time for me to stop. Ideally, there are 3 or 4 of you out there who love reading as much as I do and would like to (1) keep up with the current literature and (2) let your colleagues know the books you really enjoyed reading.

Publishers have been good to us. They send us free books, knowing that we will only publish reviews on the few that we really like. In fact, most publishers let you choose any books you want from their new and forthcoming publications list. You even get to read books 2-3 months before they are officially published. Here is a great way you can stock up your professional library and benefit your col-leagues at the same time. Im happy to get you started, introduce you to the publishersrepresentatives and even help you prepare your first reviews for publication. Your only obligation to the AN-NOUNCER would be to submit one review per year.

Contact me at:,if you are interested.

Michael B. Leach, Ph.D.



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Membership News

Please consider renewing through CPAs website ( at your earliest convenience. The renewal tab is on the front page of CPAs website, and the process takes only a few minutes. If you have any questions or concerns with the renewal process, please direct them to Angela Bailey, our Administrative Assistant at 216.397.9229. While the website has been in transition, membership renewals have been strained. We are now up and running, so please log on as soon as possible to renew. Lets keep these programs coming!!!

We also need your help in verifying or correcting the information about you on the website, both what is public and what is private.


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Ohio Psychological Association News

 By Cathy Gaw, Psy.D., OPA Representative

(repeated from February 2017 Edition)

OPA Board meetings since September 2016 Board Retreat: 10/22/16, 10/10/16, 1/14/17

OPA Staff Change: Dr. Bobbie Celeste, OPAs Director of Professional Affairs (DPA) for 18 years, retired at the close of 2016. She had been an energetic and positive influence on Ohio psy-chology and psychologists throughout her directorship, including: participating in a number of coa-litions, advocating with key state departments, outspoken advocate for diversity initiatives and Fed-eral Advocacy, creator of OPA Legislative Day, effective leader in passing state legislation address-ing areas of concern for psychologists, advocating for psychologists with insurance companies, and consulting with psychologists on a range of issues. She has been very appreciated by OPA and psy-chologists and will be missed. If you wish to send Bobbie a message, you can do so at the forum created for this purpose on the OPA website. Dr. Jim Broyles has taken on the part-time role as OPAs Director of Professional Affairs as of 1/1/2017. He is currently the Chair of the OPA Insur-ance Committee and will be focusing DPA efforts on advocating for psychologists with all issues related to insurance, Medicaid and Medicare.

OPA has a new and improved website! It is much easier to navigate and use – check it out!! OPA members, make sure to update your profile page on the site (

OPA Membership Renewal is now on a rolling basis, meaning that the year of membership begins on the date you renew your membership. This should make the process more user-friendly. Many thanks to OPA Staff, especially Karen Hardin and Carolyn Green, for this fabulous improvement!!!

OPA Governance Structure – OPA members voted to accept the new governance structure re-searched and fine-tuned over the past 4 years. Stay tuned to the OPA website for details of the up-coming election of president elect and the smaller board made up of 5 Vice-Presidents and Execu-tive Committee members.

Opening for OPA Public Education Coordinator – This position is one that involves creating a bridge between APAs public education efforts and the needs of Ohio psychologists and their clien-tele. Please refer to OPA website for information about your fit with this exciting role!

District and State Science Fairs – Influence the lives of young, enthusiastic behavioral scientists - Be a behavioral health project judge at your District and State Science Fair! Cuyahoga, Summit, Geauga, Lake and Portage counties comprise District 5, whose science fair will be held at Universi-ty of Akron on 3/18/2017. State Science Day is on May 13,2017 in Columbus, OH. Contact OPA Executive Director, Michael Ranney, for more information. 

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