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The Knoxville Area Psychological Association (KAPA) is a regional affiliate of the Tennessee Psychological Association. As an organization, our mission is to advance psychology as a profession and a science, to promote the mental health of our community, and to further the education of its members by offering continuing education.



See full notice here:  Rulemaking Hearing 12/03/20

November 18th, 19th, & 20th  2020

This year's Fall Psychiatric Symposium

will be held virtually

Session topic categories include:

Mental Health      COVID-19      

Addiction & Substance Abuse    Ethics     Psychopharmacology       

Transgender Issues  Trauma       Cultural Competence      Recovery    

Physical Health

Dear KAPA member,

We are excited to provide information about this year's Fall Psychiatric Symposium. The KAPA Board has been working all year with the Fall Psychiatric Symposium planning committee to bring you an impressive lineup of speakers and programs for the 3-day symposium in November. We have been negotiating the changing scene of COVID along the way and have decided that this year's Symposium will be virtual. The Symposium presentations will be pre-recorded, with a 15-minute Q&A session at the end of each segment.

Due to APA guidelines for Type I CE credits, we will not be able to offer Type I CE credits for your participation in this year's Symposium. The CE credits obtained through KAPA for participation at the Symposium will be Type II CE credits. Under normal circumstances, Type II CE credits obtained via the internet are not eligible to fulfill the Tennessee Board of Examiners in Psychology continuing education requirements for license renewal. However, based on consultation with the Tennessee Board of Examiners in Psychology, KAPA has confirmed that the requirement for live, in-person CEs has been suspended through the end of this year. Therefore, the Type II credits you receive from this year's Fall Psychiatric Symposium will count toward your Type II requirements for license renewal.

From the Tennessee HEALTH RELATED BOARDS: 

State of Emergency related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic extended to December 29, 2020 

Dear Health Care Practitioner: 
On October 30th, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 67 to extend the State of Emergency related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to December 29, 2020. 
The order allows the continued suspension of various laws and regulations and other measures in these orders to facilitate the treatment and containment of COVID-19 through regulatory flexibility, promoting social distancing and avoidance of large gatherings, and protecting vulnerable populations.   
Gov. Lee also signed Executive Order No. 65 which extends electronic government meetings subject to transparency safeguards, including the requirement of live broadcasts of electronic meetings to the public through December 27, 2020. Executive Order No. 66 extends provisions that allow for remote notarization and witnessing of documents through December 29, 2020.

Executive Order Nos. 65, 66 and 67 may be found at:
Health Related Boards

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FROM TPA President Dr. Gina Delgardo:

Dear Colleague,

The founders of the Mental Health Active Response Team (MHART) know that mental health professionals across the State of Tennessee have been wanting to reach out and help during this pandemic.  We know that the stress on front line health care workers and first responders could have significant mental health consequences. MHART (501c3 pending) was created to address these two needs. By partnering with the State of Tennessee and through the support of various mental health professional organizations, MHART will provide a statewide Emotional Support Line for front line health care workers and first responders that is staffed by volunteer mental health professionals.  

You can help, by putting aside a few hours a week to offer phone support to front line healthcare workers who are feeling the stress of putting their and their family’s health and life at risk, while working in difficult conditions. As a mental health provider, you are skilled at offering the support these individuals need.  MHART will be using a simple phone app to allow volunteers to take voice calls on their cell phone or computer, in their office or from their home. MHART has also developed a short training video for volunteers and a quick guide for the phone app. 

You can help by signing up now to volunteer on the Emotional Support Line at ( If you would like more information, email MHART at  

Thank you,

Mental Health Active Response Team Board of Directors

Lizzie Harrigan, Amanda Stone, Gina DelGardo, Cynthia Lucas, Cathryn Yarbrough


From the Tennessee Psychological Association:

Front-line health care workers are facing tremendous challenges as they work to treat and contain COVID-19. Please complete this brief survey if you are interested in being included in a referral database of TN based community providers with availability and willingness to provide telehealth services to front-line medical staff from Vanderbilt University, and other hospitals across the state.



    News from the Tennessee

    Psychological Association:

TPA is monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19. 

Based on questions asked and information received, we wanted to share the following information at this time: 

First, we are aware that many active patients may be unexpectedly leaving the state due to quarantine, travel restrictions, etc. We’ve been asked whether Tennessee licensed practitioners will be able to offer telehealth services to patients leaving the state.

We consulted with ASPPB and they are trying to find out which states have declared emergencies, what is in their state of emergency, and if it includes a suspension of the rules/laws to allow for interjurisdictional telepsych electronic practice.  But as of now, they recommend contacting each state to see what their laws and regulations are pertaining to telepsych. Here is a link to the ASPPB website for the email address to all states.

Second, and of additional note, the following order was signed by Governor Lee regarding Tennessee’s response, including some previsions related to licensure that members may find of interest: Click here to see signed order.

Third, TPA Board of Directors is monitoring the situation and is making provisions in case the April Trust workshop needs to be moved to an online format. Additional information will be forthcoming as soon as we know something.


Continuing Education Presentation:



Laws, Rules and Regulations, and Ethics of the Board of Examiners in Psychology: With a Special Focus on Dual Relationships

Todd Moore, PhD
Professor of Psychology
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Pinnacle Bank - Landmark Center: 1111 N. Northshore Dr, Knoxville, TN 37919


Laws, Rules and Regulations, and Ethics of the Board of Examiners in Psychology: With a Special Focus on Dual Relationships

Local populations of practitioners and patients are finite; we often find ourselves in situations where our patient is also a student, friend, family member, employee or neighbor. Learn how to recognize and navigate the many ethical obligations and clinical responsibilities you face in these complex situations.

This program is presented at the post-doctoral introductory level. The program's content is designed for psychologists who may have little or no background in the content area but who can become acquainted with the theoretical underpinnings, principles, methods, and perspectives of the content area.


This new KAPA website in designed to provide a usable interactive home space, connecting members to the organization, the leadership, and each other.

The site has been introduced in accordance to the 2020 KAPA board of director's intention to facilitate knowledge and community for East Tennessee psychologists.

Look around, and see what's new!

Tennessee GOVERNOR'S Executive

Order 36

On May 12th the Governor issued Executive Order 36. Executive Order 36 extends many of the provisions in Executive Order Nos. 15, 19, 20, 24, 28 and 32 through June 30, 2020. 

Executive Order 36


Meeting the Needs for Telepsychology

Dear KAPA Members:

As you are likely aware, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed an order declaring “a state of emergency exists to facilitate the response to COVID-19,” which includes provisions related to licensure: Executive Order

Partially in response to this order, KAPA is now receiving more questions than ever regarding use of remote telecommunication for the provision of psychotherapy consistent with social distancing efforts.

KAPA aims to provide some guidance regarding the legal and technological issues involved in providing Teletherapy, in order that our members can maintain continuity of care with their patients.

See our News section for updated resources regarding the pandemic, Telehealth, and related issues. For example, you can find a link to the American Psychological Association (APA) website regarding the new APA guidelines for telepsychology and new resources for psychologists to use:

APA Telepsychology Guidelines:

1) Informed Consent Telepsychology Checklist. [For use in your clinical record.  Please add your own letterhead.]

2) Office & Technology Preparation Checklist.  [For reference to prepare your office and practice for telehealth.]

JUST RELEASED (3/17/20: Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet


D. Malcolm Spica, Ph.D.

KAPA President


Laura Stockdale, MSN, Ph.D.

Knoxville Behavioral and Mental Health Services


Ten Questions with Dr. Stockdale

Member Benefits

  Stay up to date with scientific advancements of psychology through web articles and continuing education presentations.

  Partner with your peers in our active community to coordinate patient care and about research and professional opportunities.

  Enjoy discounts to attend the 23rd fall Psychiatric Symposium of the Mental Health Association of East Tennessee.

  When available, meals for KAPA Continuing Education presentations are no extra charge.

  Come see friends and connect!


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Knoxville, TN, 37950
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