Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association

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Happenings Around the State

School Psychologists in the Summer!


MSPA Summer Institute 2017

MSPA’s Summer Institute was held at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach, DE on June 20-22, 2017

WPS sponsored speaker Dr. Kathleen T. Williams spoke on “Language-Based Literacy Challenges: Assessment and Intervention”.  

Dr. Williams covered the oral language connection to reading and writing on the first day of the conference.  On day two she explained how as school psychologists we can differentiate the source of reading disabilities in order to implement effective interventions.  On the final day of the conference Dr. Williams reviewed research-based, age-appropriate word decoding strategies with conference attendees.

In addition to the informative conference sessions each day, MSPA hosted two traditional Summer Institute events!

On the first afternoon of the conference, MSPA hosted a welcome party for all conference attendees.  This kickoff event was well attended and provided opportunity for conference attendees to network with colleagues and hob nob with Dr. Williams.  On the second afternoon of the conference MHS sponsored a happy hour at the Rusty Rudder.  Conference attendees celebrated with lite fare and beach themed beverages while enjoying the classic beach setting.

Check out the fun!

Fun with colleagues at the Rusty Rudder!

Jodi Kennis (MHS Consultant), Stephanie Livesay (WPS Consultant and MSPA NASP Delegate), Laura Shriver (MSPA Program Co-Chair)

Nancy Davidson (2017 MSPA Outstanding Advocate Award recipient) and Deborah Peterson (MSPA member)

April Turner (MSPA Diversity Chair), Erika Wood (2015 MSPA Outstanding Practice Award recipient), Jill Cohen (MSPA member), D'Andrea Jacobs (MSPA Baltimore County LEA Contact) 

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NASP PREPaRE Workshop 2 Training 2017

MSPA and Bowie State University hosted a NASP PREPaRE Workshop 2 Training on August 9th and 10th

Dr. Christina Conolly gave an excellent presentation to 28 attendees consisting of school psychologists from around the state, school psychology graduate students, supervisors, and other mental health providers.

The PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum (PREPaRE) provides evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention, intervention, response, and recovery.

Workshop 2 is designed to provide school-based mental health professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the immediate needs of students and staff following a school-associated crisis.

Participating in PREPaRE Training! 

Dr. Christina Conolly, NASP PREPaRE Trainer

Participants included some Frederick County School Psychologists, Bowie State University School Psychology graduate students, and Calvert County School Psychologists     

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In the future MSPA plans to offer the NASP PREPaRE Workshop 1 Training as well as the NASP PREPaRE Trainer training. 

If you are interested in becoming a NASP PREPaRE trainer, be sure to attend both the Workshop 1 & Workshop 2 trainings before registering for the trainer training.


NASP Public Policy Institute 2017 

 In July, Luke Erichsen and Kyle Potter attended the Public Policy Institute hosted by NASP and George Washington University.  They had the opportunity to hear speakers on education policy, the roles of federal and state governments in education, and children's advocacy. 

On the final day, Luke and Kyle went to Capitol Hill and met with legislators from the Maryland delegation to advocate for strong public schools, children's healthcare coverage, and increased school-based mental health services.

Resources from NASP

  Focus on Safety & Security in our Schools

We were all saddened by the recent violence and tragic loss of life in Charlottesville, Virginia. With instances of hate speech and violent actions displayed in our society, it is important that we are all part of the effort to support students during difficult and uncertain times.

As school psychologists, we are in a position to help students navigate difficult conversations, create safe and secure learning environments for all students, and be advocates for the systems and services that lower barriers and create genuine, sustained equity and opportunity.

NASP has created resources to support and facilitate our work in these areas.  

Social Justice Resources

School Safety & Crisis Resources

A Framework for Safe & Successful Schools



Membership News!

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Contact Laura Veon if you have questions. 

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The Summer issue of the Protocol is now available online.

Access it here!


New Resource!

Were you unable to attend the Summer Institute this year?

MSPA Members can view or download handouts from presentations on Reading Disabilities 


Upcoming Conferences

20 Apr 2018 8:15 AM • The Hotel at Arundel Preserves, 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076

Other Activities

15 Dec 2017 1:00 PM • Francis Scott Key Elementary and Middle School; 1425 E. Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
11 Jan 2018 1:00 PM • MSEA, 140 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
02 Feb 2018 1:00 PM • Carroll County
02 Mar 2018 1:00 PM • TBD
20 Apr 2018 1:00 PM • The Hotel at Arundel Preserves, 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076

Vision: All students will thrive in school, at home, and throughout their lives.

Mission: MSPA promotes and advocates for best practices in school psychology to improve learning, behavior, and mental health for all students, families, and schools.

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