Our Champion Keynote Speakers!


 Friday Morning

Judith  Beck, Ph.D. 


Cognitive Behavior Therapy:

The Basics and Beyond 

Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Many people are familiar with the “basics” of cognitive therapy that were established in the 1970s, for example, conceptualizing clients according to the cognitive model; developing a strong therapeutic alliance; structuring sessions; using cognitive and behavioral techniques; developing “action plans” with clients; and preventing relapse. But many therapists may not be familiar with CBT circa 2015. Nowadays, depending on their conceptualization of the client and client preferences, cognitive behavior therapists may incorporate techniques from many psychotherapeutic modalities, e.g., dialectic behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, positive psychology, compassion therapy, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, Gestalt therapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy—especially when they treat clients with personality disorders. The challenge for cognitive behavior therapists is to learn key cognitions and behavioral strategies associated with various disorders, so they can plan treatment accordingly, decrease clients’ suffering as soon as possible, and help clients achieve remission and stay well.

Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., is the Director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research in suburban Philadelphia and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches psychiatry residents. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982.

Dr. Beck directs the three major functions of the Beck Institute: educating professionals in cognitive therapy through a variety of training programs, clinical care and research. Dr. Beck is the author of the primary text in the field, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond, which has been translated into 20 languages (for more information about the diet books and diet workshops, visit www.beckinstitute.org).


 Saturday Morning

Linda Godleski, M.D.


Telemental Health  

VHA National Lead for Telemental Health

Associate Chief of Staff for Education at the Yale affiliate of the VA Connecticut Healthcare Center

Dr. Linda Godleski, MD, was a Berkeleyite, Yale Class of ’78, in the Kingman Brewster days when Yale first accepted female undergraduates. Following graduation, her career led her to interesting and exotic places, but Yale ultimately lured her back. Thinking she could leave the Northeast for warmer, more gentile environments, she completed medical school and psychiatry residency at the University of Virginia. She remained on as faculty at UVA and as Director of the University of Virginia's Psychiatric Research Unit at Staunton's Western State Hospital. Leaving academia, she began a solo private practice in psychiatry in Florida, but returned to her work with chronic mental illness when offered a position as Associate Professor at the University of Hawaii. While in Hawaii, she enjoyed opportunities as visiting faculty throughout Micronesia, in Palau and Pohnpei.

Virtually nothing could lure her away from this idyllic setting….except being offered a position at Yale as Associate Professor of Psychiatry, and more importantly, a Berkeley fellow appointment! Though family reasons forced her to leave again shortly afterwards, she ultimately returned to her Yale appointment and now works at the VA Connecticut Healthcare Center as the Associate Chief of Staff for Education for the Yale academic affiliation there. Dr. Godleski is also the VHA National Lead for Telemental Health, and promotes implementation of technological opportunities to deliver mental health care to remote areas. She has published widely, and presented at many national and international conferences, including expert testimony before Congress. She welcomes the opportunity to talk with any students about life at Yale, psychiatry, or career choices


 Saturday Afernoon




Chief Executive Officer, Senior Associate and Founder of OPEN MINDS

Monica E. Oss, M.S., Chief Executive Officer and Senior Associate, is the founder of OPEN MINDS. For the past two decades, Ms. Oss has led the OPEN MINDS team and its research on health and human service market trends and its national consulting practice. Ms. Oss is well known for her numerous books and articles focused on the strategic and marketing implications of the evolving health and human service field. She has unique expertise in payer financing models, provider rate setting, and service pricing. She has led numerous engagements with state Medicaid plans, county governments, private insurers, managed care programs, service provider organizations, technology vendors, neurotechnology and pharmaceutical organizations, and investment banking firms – with a focus on the implications of financing changes on delivery system design.

Prior to founding OPEN MINDS, Ms. Oss served as an executive with a national managed behavioral health organization, with responsibility for market development and for actuarial analysis and capitation-based rate setting. She also held a position as a vice president of the U.S. risk management and underwriting division of an international insurance company.

Ms. Oss has been the keynote speaker at the conferences of dozens of national associations and has been published in a wide range of professional journals and trade publications. She has provided Congressional and state legislative testimony on issues as diverse as the financial impact of parity and payer medication access policies.

Ms. Oss has led a range of industry research and management consultation initiatives, serving as principal investigator on research projects that include (but are certainly not limited to) examination of national managed behavioral health enrollment patterns; development of provider rate structures for government entities; creation of a return-on-investment analysis model for technology investments; design of performance-based compensation models for service providers and managed care entities within public and private health plans; and analysis of the economic impact to health systems and health plans of changes in benefit design, adoption of evidence-based practices, and new technologies. Ms. Oss is a graduate of the University of Minnesota. She serves on the advisory boards of the Shippensburg University Health & Human Service Management Program and the Institute for Behavioral Health Informatics.