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2023 IPA Fall Conference
Friday, October 06, 2023, 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM CDT
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Following the Breadcrumbs: The Basics of Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment and How It Can Enhance Clinical Practice

Dr. Krista Brittain is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in West Des Moines, Iowa. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa (BA) and the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology (MA, PsyD). Following her internship at the University of Missouri- Kansas City she completed postdoctoral and early career work at Trinity Hospital and Clinics in Minot, ND before returning to her home state and entering private practice in the Des Moines area in 2011. At present, Dr. Brittain specializes in assessment, utilizing Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment approach. She is Level 1 certified in Therapeutic Assessment and is currently in the Level 2 Certification process. Aside from assessment, Dr. Brittain collaborates with schools to advocate for neurodivergent individuals in the learning environment, consults and presents on the topic of billing insurance for assessment, and maintains a small caseload of therapy clients. Outside of the office, Dr. Brittain is delighted to spend time with her partner, daughter, family, and friends. She especially enjoys travel, the arts, yoga, gluten free food, and the great outdoors. Dr. Brittain is thrilled to have this opportunity to share about Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment with Iowa Psychologists!

6 CE Hours available

October 6, 2023
8:15am - 4:30pm CST

West48 Conference Center
1601 48th St #100
West Des Moines, IA 50266


Boxed lunches from Palmer's Deli will be provided. Please email Suzanne Hull ([email protected]) with special dietary requests by September 30 at noon.

IPA Member: $198
IPA Lifetime Member: $165
IPA ECP Member: $165
IPA Retired Member: $99
IPA Student Member: $0
Non-Member: $247.50


Continuing Education

CE will be emailed to attendees who have completed the training evaluation.

About This Workshop

This interactive workshop will provide an introduction to Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment, including brief history, description, and comparison with traditional assessment models. Through presentation, interactive discussion, and experiential practice, participants will also apply parts of the model to clinical practice. The workshop will provide opportunities to explore the many applications of C/TA in multiple settings, such as adult assessments, working with parents during child and adolescent assessments, and the treacherous territory of assessing prospective and current therapy clients.

Attendees must complete the course in full and attend all sessions (9am - 4:30pm CST) in order to receive ANY continuing education credit. No partial credit will be given.

Hampton Inn Des Moines West (Certified in Human Trafficking Prevention)
7060 Lake Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Room rate: $94 for October 5, 2023. Free wifi, parking & on site breakfast, 6 min drive from conference venue
To book a room, please call the hotel directly at 515-223-4700 and ask for the IPA 2023 Fall Conference block.
Book by September 5, 2023.

Thank you to our Sponsor:



For over two decades, The Trust has worked to educate and support psychologists in improving their risk management skills and strategies by providing live workshops, webinars, risk management consultation and expanding resources.




Friday, October 6, 2023

8:15am – 8:45am

Check in, light breakfast

8:45am – 9am

Welcome and opening remarks

9am – 10:30am


10:30am – 10:45am

Morning break

10:45am – 12:15pm


12:15pm – 1:15pm

Boxed Lunch Provided

1:15pm – 2:45pm


2:45pm – 3pm


3pm- 4:30pm


 4:30pm - 5:30pm  Social


Click here to register

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:
  1. Identify three (3) of the five (5) core values of Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment (C/TA)
  2. Identify two (2) differences between C/TA and traditional assessment
  3. Identify one (1) type of case for which C/TA would be appropriate and one (1) type of case for which C/TA would not be appropriate
  4. Identify and generally describe the main steps of the adult C/TA process
  5. Discuss two (2) examples of how C/TA can be well-suited to address diversity and client experiences of oppression in the assessment process
  6. Become familiar with several applications of C/TA, including (at least) one (1) that may be applicable to your clinical practice

Refund and Cancellation Policy

We understand, sometimes things come up!

Participants must register by September 30, 2023 at noon. Cancellation is available on the IPA website until September 30, 2023 at noon. No cancellations or refunds will be accepted after September 30, 2023 at noon.