Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association


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Upcoming events

    • 09 Aug 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 10 Aug 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Bowie State University
    • 21

    National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) PREPaRE

    Workshop 2 Training

    2 Full days: Wednesday, August 9th & Thursday, August 10th

    (Registration Deadline June 30, 2017)

    The PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum (PREPaRE) has been developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as part of the association’s decade-long leadership in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention, intervention, response, and recovery. PREPaRE training is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school crisis prevention plans and emergency crisis response procedures. Specifically, it provides training for school personnel in crisis prevention, preparation, intervention, and recovery procedures. Pilot testing and program evaluation of this curriculum suggest that the PREPaRE workshops have a high degree of consumer satisfaction, have a positive effect on participants’ attitudes regarding their ability to participate on a school crisis team, and result in significant changes in crisis prevention and intervention knowledge (Brock, 2006, July; Brock, Nickerson, Reeves, Savage, & Woitaszewski, 2011; Nickerson, 2006).

    Crisis Intervention & Recovery: The Roles of School-Based Mental Health Professionals.

    This 2-day workshop (also known as Workshop 2 or "WS2") reviews the crisis intervention and recovery element of PREPaRE. Specifically, WS2 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. The PREPaRE model suggests that, as members of a school crisis team, school-based mental health professionals must be involved in the following hierarchical and sequential set of activities. First, the mental health professional strives to prevent those psychological traumas that can be avoided and prepares for those that cannot. Second, once a crisis event has occurred, school-based mental health professionals initially focus on helping to reaffirm physical health and students’ perceptions that they are safe. Third, school-based mental health professionals evaluate the degree to which individuals have suffered psychological trauma. Fourth, using evaluation data, school-based mental health professionals provide and respond to the psychological needs of school community members. Finally, school-based mental health professionals examine the effectiveness of school crisis intervention and recovery efforts. The workshop teaches specific skills that enable participants to offer a range of indirect and direct crisis intervention services to the school community.

    WS2 is appropriate for any individual who will be filling the role of crisis intervention specialist. School staff who will benefit include school mental health staff (e.g., school psychologists, social workers, counselors, and nurses), administrators, and other individuals whom the team has identified as appropriate providers of psychological first-aid. Additionally, this workshop can be very helpful for community-based mental health practitioners who may work with the school crisis team or be brought in to the school to assist in response to a crisis.


    PROGRAM AGENDA (Each Day):
    8:30 – 9:00        Registration & Continental Breakfast
      9:00- 12:00      Training with mid morning break
    12:00 – 12:30    Lunch (provided)

    12:30- 4:00        Training with mid afternoon break

    Christina Conolly, PsyD, NCSP, is a member of the National School Safety and Crisis Response Committee and an author of PREPaRE Workshop 1: Crisis Prevention and Preparedness. Dr. Conolly received her doctorate in the Combined-Integrated Clinical and School Psychology program at James Madison University, where she researched eating disorders. Currently she is the Coordinator for the Division of Psychological Services for the Montgomery County Public Schools (Rockville, MD). She was the former Director of Crisis Intervention and Safety for the Waukegan Public Schools (Waukegan, IL), and was responsible for managing the five missions of emergency management (Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery) for her school district. In this capacity she supervised the suicide and bullying prevention programs, the district mental health response team, physical restraints, isolated timeouts, district and school crisis plan development, incident action planning for large-scale school events, staff training, and consultation with school buildings and community agencies. Dr. Conolly is a coauthor of School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model (2nd ed.) and  has authored and coauthored several articles and book chapters on school crisis prevention and intervention.

    Workshop Location/ Parking: Bowie State University, Student Center, Ballroom A.  Come to Building 26 and park in Lot J or J1. Bowie Campus Map Student Center marked for NASP PREPaRE Workshop.pdf 

    CPD/CE Credit: Documentation of attendance for 13 hours of Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Education (CPD/CE) credit will be provided to certified school psychologists and licensed psychologists who complete the entire workshop (2 days).  Partial credit cannot be awarded.  In order to receive CPD/CE credit, attendees must arrive no later than 15 minutes after the start, and may not leave prior to 15 minutes before the end of the program. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) maintains responsibility for the program and its content (NASP approved provider #1083). Persons with questions or special needs should contact:  Amy Jagoda at (410) 386-1818 or

      This is an ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY event.  Online payment is required at the time of registration.  Register ONLINE at  Checks, Cash, Purchase Orders are NOT accepted.  Sorry, NO REFUNDS.

Past events

20 Jun 2017 2017 Summer Institute
21 Apr 2017 MSPA Spring Conference 2017
04 Jan 2017 Spring 2017- NASP School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) T-Shirt
21 Oct 2016 Fall 2016 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Administrators, Counselors, Social Workers, & Teachers Welcome)
20 Sep 2016 NASP School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) T-Shirt
21 Jun 2016 2016 Summer Institute
15 Apr 2016 The Maryland School Psychologists’ Association 5th Annual Happy Hour fundraiser to benefit SPAM Scholarship
15 Apr 2016 MSPA Spring Conference 2016
16 Oct 2015 Fall 2015 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Teachers Welcome)
24 Apr 2015 MSPA Spring Conference 2015
16 Jan 2015 WISC-V Training -This is an ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY event.
17 Jun 2014 2014 Summer Institute: Jack A. Naglieri, Ph.D.
25 Apr 2014 MSPA Spring Conference 2014
07 Feb 2014 Winter Symposium -This is an ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY event.
18 Oct 2013 Fall 2013 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Teachers Welcome)
25 Jun 2013 2013 Summer Institute: John J. Murphy, Ph.D.
26 Apr 2013 Spring 2013 Conference
19 Oct 2012 Fall 2012 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Teachers Welcome) Walk-Ins Welcomed between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.
19 Jun 2012 2012 Summer Institute - SOLD OUT
04 May 2012 Spring 2012 Conference
21 Oct 2011 Fall 2011 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Teachers Welcome)
21 Jun 2011 Current Topics in Assessment and Intervention for Autism and Asperger's Syndrome
29 Apr 2011 Spring 2011 Conference ($25 additional for on site registration)
15 Oct 2010 Fall 2010 Conference

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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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