2020 NASPA Annual Conference

Dr. Parham, Clippers vs. Celtics, & Staples Center Tour

NASPA is offering a special 100th Anniversary opportunity to see renowned Sports Psychologist and local SoCal native, Dr. William D. Parham, speak at the STAPLES Center! This opportunity also includes a ticket to see the L.A. Clippers take on the Boston Celtics that evening. Snag a ticket while supplies last! 

Additional registration required

Tuesday, March 31
2:00 pm to 2:50 pm


City View Terrace


NASPA has purchased a limited number of tickets that includes the session and the Clippers vs. Celtics game. These tickets will sell out fast! Purchase one now to be entered in a drawing to be a part of a halftime tunnel experience down on the court. Only a lucky 25 will be selected! Drawing will be made on Monday, February 25, 2019. Only selected individuals will be notified.

The limited number of tickets that included the opportunity for a STAPLES Center Tour are now sold out. If you purchased one of those tickets, be sure to ask the Registration Desk in the Convention Center on-site where to pick up your physical ticket. 


Monday, March 11

Dr. Parham Session: 2:00 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. in the City View Terrace room within the STAPLES Center

Clippers vs. Celtics Game: 7:30 p.m. start.

Your tickets from Dr. Parham's session to get you into the game. If you'd like to see the teams warm up, you're able to enter the arena starting at 5:15 p.m. You will not be able to leave and re-enter the arena after that time. Click here for more information

NASPA will be sitting in section 301, but you're more than welcome to purchase tickets anywhere in the stadium. 

Visit the Clippers NASPA webpage to purchase your tickets now. All tickets purchased through the Clippers will be available as a mobile ticket and will not be picked up at a specific location.

No transportation will be provided to and from the STAPLES Center

Tickets for Dr. Parham's Session and the Clippers Game

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Tickets for the Clippers vs. Celtics Game ONLY

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Keynote Speaker


Transitions: Discovering Who You Already Are.


Whether expected or unexpected, life transitions can feel exciting and exhilarating. At the same time, they can feel overwhelming, confusing, even scary. In short, transitions vary considerably relative to how they are experienced. Multiple and intersecting personal and environmental variables influence how transitions are triggered, subsequently navigated, and integrated into a new life stage. And, hidden in all transitions are opportunities for self-discovery. emotional recalibration and to set the stage for life beyond immediate circumstances. This presentation will focus on the challenges and transitions that high school, collegiate and professional athletes often experience. The varying ways in which they respond to the ups and downs of their transitional journeys and ultimately discover the treasures in every trail will also be highlighted.

Dr. William D. Parham

WILLIAM D. PARHAM, PH.D., ABPP is a Professor in the Counseling Program, Interim Associate Dean of Faculty and Past-President of the Loyola Marymount University Faculty Senate. He has devoted his professional career to teaching, training, clinical, administrative, and organizational consultation venues.  The interplay between sport psychology, multiculturalism/diversity and health psychology represents the three areas of professional emphases with which he has been most associated. He is a licensed psychologist, Board Certified in Counseling Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and Past-President of the Society of Counseling Psychology of the American Psychological Association where he also is recognized as a Fellow in Divisions 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology), 45 (Society for the Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race) and 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology).

In addition to his administrative duties Dr. Parham teaches five courses including: Trauma Counseling: Theories and Interventions; Multicultural Counseling; Foundations of Counseling; Lifespan Development and Social, Emotional and Behavioral Functioning and serves on department, School of Education and university committees.

For most of his professional career, Dr. Parham has focused on working with athletes across organizations (e.g., National Basketball Association; National Football League; Major League Baseball; United States Olympic Committee; United States Tennis Association; Major League Soccer, UCLA, UC Irvine) across levels (e.g., professional, elite, amateur, collegiate and youth) and across sports (e.g., basketball, football, gymnastics, softball, baseball, track and field, tennis, golf, swimming, volleyball, figure skating). He also has worked with performance artists in drama, theatre and music. Dr. Parham is also serving currently as the inaugural Director of the National Basketball Players Association Mental Health and Wellness program.

Dr. Parham’s emphasis on personal empowerment, discovering and cultivating innate talents and looking for hidden opportunities in every situation are trademark foci. The articles and book chapters he has authored during the course of his career and his participation on local, state and national boards, committees, task forces, and positions of governance adds to the visible ways in which he has tried to make a difference.