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2021 CPA Virtual Day at the Capitol
Friday, February 12, 2021, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM MST
Category: Annual Meeting

2021 CPA Virtual Day at the Capitol

Friday, February 12, 2020
11:00AM - 1:00PM
Virtual event!

CPA Members: $10.00
Non-Members: $20.00

CE Pricing: 
CPA Members: $35.00
Non-Members: $45.00




Session 1: Utilizing Advocacy to Further the Profession of Psychology in your State
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Jeannie Vanderburg, CPA Lobbyist

Program Level: Introductory

Description: This program will provide participants with information about the state legislative process, how to be an advocate on behalf of policies that are important to psychologists, and tips to build strong arguments for your legislative agenda.

Learning Objectives

  • Learning Objective 1: Participants will be able to verbalize what engaging in advocacy means and how to do it
  • Learning Objective 2: Participants will be able to identify what opportunities and policy issues psychologists can advocate for on the state level
  • Learning Objective 3: Participants will be able to identify why advocacy can further the practice of psychology from a provider and patient perspective


Session 2: Protecting Yourself and Your Practice
12:00PM - 1:00PM
Dr. Julie Jacobs, Psy.D, JD

Program Level: Introductory

Description: This presentation will focus on risks associated with mental health practices and will identify ways to mitigate those risks. We will discuss relevant laws, rules, and policies for Colorado psychologists and provide an overview of malpractice claims and board complaints. The presentation will provide specific risk management strategies that psychologists can use to help protect themselves and their practices from licensing board complaints and malpractice lawsuits. 

Learning Objectives
  • Learning Objective 1Describe the difference between statutes, regulations, and policies as they relate to mental health practices.
  • Learning Objective 2Explain the basic process for responding to a licensing board complaint in Colorado.
  • Learning Objective 3Identify specific risk management strategies for psychologists in practice.



Jeannie Vanderburg, Senior Associate at The Capstone Group

From an early age Jeannie was knocking doors for political candidates, sitting in on strategy sessions, and attending election night parties in northwest Denver. While at the University of Colorado she chose to study Political Science and never looked back. She also had the unique opportunity to live in Jerusalem and explore the Middle East while studying Middle Eastern Policy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jeannie graduated and began work as a research assistant at JVA Consulting. However, she missed being in the fray of politics day to day, and accepted a position with The Capstone Group. She quickly proved an invaluable member of the team, monitoring policy debates, developing expertise in the state’s budget process, as well as creating new events and communication opportunities. As a Senior Associate, Jeannie has achieved a wide range of successes on behalf of clients including developing the first of its kind continuing professional development program for psychologists in the state and authorizing Colorado psychologists to join an intrastate compact allowing them to practice telehealth across state lines, advocating for common sense regulation to ensure the marijuana edible products don’t end up in the hands of children, building statewide support for the reauthorization of Colorado’s Commercial and Residential Historic Preservation Credit which the legislature voted to continue for ten additional years, and promoting business friendly policies. During the interim she actively works with clients on political giving and election strategy. Jeannie is a graduate of the Impact Denver Fall 2018 Class offered through the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation.


Dr. Julie Jacobs, Psy.D., J.D.

Julie Jacobs is a licensed psychologist and attorney who practices in the area of mental health provider law. Julie received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology and her J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School. Prior to attending law school, Julie practiced for 12 years as a clinical psychologist in a variety of settings, including private practice and as a Captain in the United States Air Force.Julie has established a small practice in Colorado focused on optimizing the work of mental health providers through consultations on legal, ethical, and risk management issues. She also works as a Risk Management Consultant for The Trust, providing ethics and risk management consultations to psychologists insured through The Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance Program as well as presenting workshops and other educational content related to psychology on behalf of The Trust. In addition, Julie serves as the Chair of the Legislative Committee for the Colorado Psychological Association, focusing on legislative advocacy related to mental health providers.





The Colorado Psychological Association (CPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.