Fort Bend Psychological Association
Welcome to FBPA

Fort Bend Psychological Association (FBPA) was formally organized to promote psychology as a science and as a profession, to promote human welfare and mental health, to represent psychological practitioners in Southeast Texas, to uphold ethical standards for psychologists, to provide a basis for professional growth and social interaction among area psychologists, and to attract new professionals to Southeast Texas.

Serving the Communities of:
  • Sugar Land
  • Katy
  • Richmond
  • Rosenberg
  • Missouri City
  • Stafford
  • Southwest Houston

The Fort Bend Psychological Association has been in existence since the early 1990's. It was  founded to provide ongoing education to and collaboration among local psychologists and other mental health professionals. Not only does it meet these goals today, but it also serves to champion the benefits of psychology to this community.   If you are a local psychologist and you are looking to become involved in your local mental health community, please contact a member of the Executive Committee.

FBPA meets monthly to hear various topics of interest presented by subject-area experts. Meetings occur on the 3rd Wednesday of each month, and they are held in various locations. The topics and locations are updated on the Upcoming Events page of this website.

If you would like more information about joining Fort Bend Psychological Association, or if you would like to renew your dues for 2020, see the Members page of this website.

Time to Renew Your FBPA Dues for 2020!

We have had an exciting year with GREAT presentations during 2019.
More to come in 2020!

Need more incentive? Just look at these wonderful membership benefits:
  • Professional Development credits! The opportunity to earn up to 16-20 required PD hours each year, including 3 hours of Cultural Diversity and 3 hours of Ethics! Plus, reduced PD fees for each 3-hour training in Ethics and Diversity. (All PDs acquired through FBPA meet the requirement of Board Rule 461.11(c)(3), because FBPA is a Local Psychological Association.)
  • Monthly meetings to learn about developments in psychology AND earn PD credits.
  • Free professional posting on the FBPA website, including your contact information and a link to your website.
  • Representation with TPA through the local area society meetings.
  • Membership in the FBPA Listserve.
  • Information flow from TPA about Division/SIG activities, professional affairs, legislative issues and Texas Psychological Foundation.
  • Access to a local peer group for consultation or book study. (If you are looking for such a group, let us know.)
  • Networking with colleagues, sharing ideas, and making friends. Who is doing psychology in Fort Bend County??

Dues for joining or renewing in Fort Bend Psychological Association are $75.00!

To renew your membership, or to join FBPA, follow this link.

Student membership is $15.00. Follow this link to join as a student.

Fort Bend Psychological Association


Assessment and Treatment of Suicidal Patients: Peril and Promise

Dr. Tom Ellis

When:    February 21, 2020

Time:     1 - 4 p.m.

Where:   The Fort Bend Regional Council, 10435 Greenbough Dr #250, Stafford, TX 77477

Credit:   3 Hours of Diversity OR Ethics PD credit (Not both. Pick one)

Enjoy:    Light lunch, snacks, and drinks

FBPA Members registering before February 15, 2020 - $60.00 - Click here to pay

FBPA Non-members registering before February 15, 2020 - $70.00 - Click here to pay

Students registering before February 15, 2020 - $15.00 - Click here to pay

Training Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

Distinguish between chronic vs. acute suicide risk factors;

Recognize the critical role of the working alliance for accurate assessment of suicide risk;

Recognize key differences between suicidal and other therapy patients;

Describe recent developments in empirically supported interventions for suicidal individuals;

Demonstrate basic understanding of the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS).


About the Speaker:

Thomas E. Ellis, PsyD, ABPP, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Prior to retiring in 2017, he served as Senior Psychologist and Director of Psychology at the Menninger Clinic, Houston, Texas. He earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin and his doctorate at Baylor University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (Clinical and Psychotherapy Divisions) and Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology (Cognitive Behavior Therapy). He is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and Associate Fellow and Supervisor at the Albert Ellis Institute. His research and publications focus primarily on the problem of suicide, including cognitive characteristics of suicidal individuals and the effectiveness of suicide-specific therapeutic interventions. His books include Suicide Risk: Assessment and Response Guidelines (with W. Fremouw and M. dePerczel, 1990), Choosing to Live: How to Defeat Suicide through Cognitive Therapy (with C. Newman, 1996), and Cognition and Suicide: Theory, Research, and Practice (2006). He is the 2011 recipient of the Roger J. Tierney Award from the American Association of Suicidology, in recognition of distinguished contributions to the organization and the field of suicidology.

Ketamine: An Old Molecule with New Indications

Bakhtiar Shah, M.D.

When:    March 18, 2020

Time:     7 - 8:15  p.m.

Where:   The Atrium Bldg. 10701 Corporate Drive, Stafford, TX 77477. First floor Conference Rm

Credit:   1.5 Hours of PD credit.

Enjoy:    Snacks and drinks

Training Objectives:

At the end of the talk, participants will be able to:

  1. Know the basic pharmacology of Ketamine. The role of Glutamate and the reason why
    most  SSRIs fail. 
  2. Know the indications of Ketamine therapy.
  3. Know the contraindications of Ketamine therapy.
  4. Appreciate the role of Ketamine as ‘one of the components ‘ of  a multidisciplinary care model in the treatment of patients for mood and certain chronic pain disorders.

About the Speaker:

Bakhtiar Shah, M.D. is Board Certified by American Board of Anesthesiology both in Anesthesiology and Pain Management.  He possesses a wealth of experience in providing care to patients on both sides of the Atlantic.

Dr. Shah did his initial anesthesiology training in Great Britain and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Anesthetists of Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.  He completed his anesthesiology residency from State University of New York in Buffalo, New York and subsequently an A.C.G.M.E. accredited Pain Management Fellowship from University of Rochester, New York. He is a member of Texas Pain Society as well as the Texas Medical Association. 

Dr. Shah practiced anesthesiology and pain management in both hospital and office settings in Arkansas, New York and Texas.  He is a humane, patient-centric, quality physician who has a philosophy of taking care of his patients like his family.

Outside of medicine, Dr. Shah has varied interests including sports, traveling, reading and, most recently, a keen interest in golf.

Topics Scheduled for 2020!!

April 15, 2020
FBISD Campus Mental Health Centers
Steve Shiels

May 20, 2020
Autism Spectrum Assessment
Amalyssa Johnson, Ph.D.

Watch for other exciting events planned for next Spring!

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