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Upcoming events

    • 15 May 2020
    • 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Hotel at Arundel Preserves, 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076
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    Spring Conference 2020                 


    Putting Motivational Interviewing (MI)

    & Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills to Work in Schools

     

    Gerald Strait, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Licensed

    Psychologist (Missouri & Texas), Licensed School Psychology Specialist, Nationally

    Certified School Psychologist, published author, national speaker


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    Magda Rodriguez Gonzalez, Psy.D.

    Licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions including anxiety, OCD and related disorders utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) - specifically Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)



     

    Friday, May 15, 2020

     

    The Hotel at Arundel Preserves

    7795 Arundel Mills Blvd.

    Hanover, MD 21076

     

    Mail in- REGISTRATION DEADLINE postmarked April 25


    Late Fee applied beginning April 10, 2020

     

    Online- REGISTRATION DEADLINE May 1

     

    NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS     

     

    Program Overview:

    8:15 - 9:00      Registration and Continental Breakfast

    9:00 - 12:00    School-Based Motivational Interviewing: Using OARS to Evoke Change Talk

    12:00 - 1:30    Buffet Lunch, MSPA General Meeting and MSPA Awards

    1:30 - 4:00      Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skill Training in Schools

     

    Morning Program Description:

    This 3-hour workshop on School-Based Motivational Interviewing (SBMI) is an evidence-based client-centered conversational style approach, useful in consultation with teachers and direct services with adolescents (Frey et al., 2013; Lee et al., 2014; Reinke et al., 2008; Strait et al., 2012). School mental health professionals can use SBMI to promote students’ academic performance and teachers’ use of evidence-based programs. In this workshop, attendees will learn and practice the core interpersonal skills (i.e., OARS) associated with SBMI. In addition, attendees will learn to use these skills to guide teachers, parents, and students through the four processes of MI: Engage, Focus, Evoke, and Plan. Finally, attendees will have the opportunity to form on-going MI practice groups with their peers. This workshop addresses NASP Practice Domains I (Consultation and Collaboration) and IV (Interventions and Mental Health Services).


    Learning Objectives:

    As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

    1.      Learn and practice using Open Ended Questions, Affirmations, Reflections, and Summaries (OARS).

    2.      Learn how to help teachers, parents, and students clarify their core goals and values.

    3.      Practice focusing conversations on areas of change.

    4.      Learn and practice strategies to evoke change talk from teachers, parents, and students.


    Afternoon Program Description:

    This 2.5-hour workshop covers the fundamentals of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills: Core Mindfulness, Distress Tolerance, Emotion Regulation, and Interpersonal Effectiveness. Participants learn how to set up a group, the group goals and guidelines, begin to teach skills, be a co-leader, and identify and solve common problems in skills groups, and make skills lectures come alive.  This course is designed for all mental health professionals who want to learn to teach or improve their teaching of DBT skills to clients.


    Learning Objectives:

    As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

    1.      Describe how DBT skills fit in the larger context of DBT.

    2.      Describe the function of skills training.

    3.      Identify the goals of DBT Mindfulness skills.

    4.      Describe how Core Mindfulness skills are key (core) to all skills taught in DBT.

    5.      Identify the goals of DBT Distress Tolerance skills.

    6.      Identify the goals of DBT Emotion Regulation skills.

    7.      Describe the functions of emotions.

    8.      Identify the goals of DBT Interpersonal Effectiveness skills.

    9.      Explain the progression from skills acquisition and strengthening to generalization.

       
    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS: 
       

    Gerald Strait, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Strait is a Licensed Psychologist (Missouri  & Texas), Licensed School Psychology Specialist, and a Nationally Credentialed School Psychologist. Prior to becoming an assistant professor, Dr. Strait worked as a school psychologist in Texas and Missouri schools where he provided consultation, assessment, and intervention services. He has published numerous articles and studies on School-Based Motivational Interviewing and he regularly conducts workshops, trainings, symposiums, mini-skills, and paper presentations on the topic.

     

    Magda Rodriguez Gonzalez, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions including anxiety, OCD and related disorders such as body repetitive behaviors, and problems with ineffective coping strategies and emotion dysregulation. Dr. Rodriguez’s expertise is in evidenced based treatments including Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) - specifically Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). CBT and/or DBT is effective for those who suffer with anxiety, OCD, treatment resistant depression, bipolar disorder, chronic illness, and general emotional dysregulation.

    During her work as a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Rodriguez was supervised by and trained under Marsha M. Linehan, Ph.D. who established Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). While at the University of Washington, Dr. Rodriguez contributed to the development of the DBT training curriculum and has trained other practitioners in the DBT approach. In addition to researching and publishing journal articles on DBT, she has developed training materials and trained mental health professionals in DBT and OCD treatment. Her practice includes 1:1 therapy, group therapy, social skills groups, as well as, the four levels provided (comprehensive) in DBT work.

     

     Download Conference Brochure here MSPA Spring Conference 2020.pdf

     

    Important Information: 

    The conference will be held at The Hotel at Arundel Preserves, 7795 Arundel Mills Boulevard, Hanover, Maryland 21076. Attendees can book a room at the hotel the night before the conference at a special MSPA rate of $152.00. Call 1-888-624-4011 and identify yourself as an MSPA conference attendee or reserve your room online https://www.thehotelarundel.com/ using the group code 200515MSPY. The room block will be released to general hotel room registrations on April 15, 2020. 

    Documentation of attendance for 5.5 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. 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) and hence the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists recognize MSPA as an approved provider of CPD/CE for psychologists (NASP APS #1002). MSPA maintains responsibility for the program. 

    Go to www.mspaonline.org to register and pay online or download the full brochure to mail in your registration form and check to: MSPA Spring Conference, P.O. Box 1859, Westminster, MD 21158. 

    Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by April 25, 2020.  There is a $25.00 additional fee for late registrants. The late fee goes into effect beginning April 10, 2020. There is an ONLINE REGISTRATION DEADLINE of May 1, 2020 and there will be NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS. If you want confirmation of your registration, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard. Your attendance certificate acts as your receipt (monetary receipts are available at the conference upon request). Registration is limited and accepted on a first come, first served basis. Reimbursement requests for registration cancellations will be honored until May 1, 2020. Reimbursement requests after that date cannot be guaranteed

    MSPA does not offer a group registration rate however, employers who register a group of 10 or more will receive 1 complimentary registration. Email the list of names as well as registration forms for each registrant to Amy Jagoda at aljagod@carrollk12.org. She will give you the total cost for the registrations.

    The required annual MSPA general membership meeting will be held during the luncheon. Meeting rooms are wheelchair accessible and any participant that requires any special services (such as an interpreter), should note this requirement on the registration form at least one month in advance of the conference. Persons with questions or special needs should contact: Amy Jagoda at (410) 386-1818 or aljagod@carrollk12.org .

    The MSPA Program Committee recognizes the commitment of time and resources to attend professional conferences. Due to the sensitive nature of the topics discussed, as well as the professional setting of our activities, we cannot accommodate children at our conferences. We will however, make efforts at each conference to accommodate the privacy needs of nursing mothers. Thank you for understanding.

       

     

     

    • 22 Jun 2020
    • 7:15 AM
    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 12:30 PM
    • Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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    2020 Summer Institute

      


    "The Traumas We Don't Like to Talk About"


    Monday, Tuesday,, and Wednesday

    June 22, 23, and 24, 2020

     

     

    Jeanne Allert, M.ED, MACM

    Founder and Executive Director of The Samaritan Woman, helped to establish the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance, graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, National Advisory Council for the Conference on Crimes Against Women, holds a Masters in Education, Masters in Ministry, and is a Doctoral candidate in Psychology, author, and international speaker

    Amie Myrick, LCPC

    Director of Training and Education for Family & Children’s Services, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Master Presenter; therapist, supervisor, and clinical coordinator for the Harford County Child Advocacy Center since 2012, international speaker, research consultant, and author

     Linda Auerback

    Substance Abuse Prevention Supervisor, Bureau of Prevention, Wellness & Recovery at the Carroll County Health Department, Certified Prevention Professional, Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist, graduate of the DEA Citizen Academy, Western Region representative for the Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates

    Tim Weber

    Community Education Liaison for the Office of the Sate’s Attorney, Carroll County, Maryland, Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates Certified Prevention Specialist, Founder of The Weber Addiction Group and Weber Sober Homes, founding member of the Triangle Recovery Club



    Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

    Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

    www.atlanticsandshotel.com

    Email: atsands@dmv.com

     

    Registration Deadline: June 7, 2020 (online registrations)

    May 31, 2020 (mail-in registrations)

    No Walk-In Registrations


     

     WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

    Day 1: The Victimization Funnel: What Goes into Making an Exploited Child

    NASP Domains: Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills; Domain 6: Preventative and Responsive Strategies; Domain 7: Family-School Collaboration Services

    Description: This session takes a hard look at how children in America today are being distorted and even destroyed by various forms of sexual coercion and violence and what we need to understand about these in order to build a compassionate response.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Explore our contemporary understanding of the prevalence of pornography, technology, and culture of sexualization through the contemporary channels reaching into the lives of children.

    2. Review the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse and child molesters, including the rise in child-on-child violence.

    3. Take a deeper look into the victimology of those who fall prey to sex trafficking based on the Samaritan Woman organization's 10+ years of serving trafficking victims.

    4. Gain a better understanding of who are the predators, and what is important for schools to know in order to identify possible trafficking.

     

    Day 2: Practical Applications of Trauma-Informed Care with Students and Families

    NASP Domains: Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills; Domain 6: Preventative and Responsive Strategies; Domain 7: Family-School Collaboration Services; Domain 9: Research and Program Evaluation

    Description:  More and more, research and public health is supporting what we have long known from experience: trauma impacts youth across settings, including school where they spend much of their time. Despite the increased prevalence of buzzwords such as “ACEs” and “trauma-informed care,”, it can be difficult to determine the most effective ways to put what we know into practice. Attendees will learn ways to apply a trauma-informed approach into their daily work with students and families, beginning with the creation of a sensitive and safe environment. Attendees will also consider ways to integrate the current trauma research into building relationships with students, collaborating with caregivers, goal-setting and executive functioning, and understanding challenging behaviors such as problematic sexual behavior.

    Learning Outcomes:

    1. Define Trauma-Informed Care and related concepts.
    2. Discuss the ways in which various aspects of work with students and families benefit from a trauma-informed approach.
    3. Understand the role of trauma in challenging behaviors.
    4. Identify one to two changes they can make in their daily work and outline an action plan for making those changes.


    Day 3: Drugs in Our Society: the Journey and the Story

    NASP Domains: Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills; Domain 6: Preventative and Responsive Strategies

    Description: This workshop will provide extensive insight into current drug trends, as well as a focus on the opioid epidemic, drug history and data. A “Show & Tell” hands-on display of drug packaging and paraphernalia will be available.  The pit falls and barriers of getting someone into immediate treatment and understand the different types of treatment and the concept of recovery will be discussed. This workshop will provide the tools and resources needed to offer support to students and families through prevention strategies and partnerships. Critical life skills and positive awareness campaigns that are used in schools will be presented. 

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will learn to recognize and identify current street drugs as well as drug paraphernalia and concealment containers.
    2. Participants will gain knowledge of the opioid epidemic. 
    3. Participants will gain knowledge of the pit falls and barriers of getting someone into immediate treatment, types of treatment and solutions.
    4. Participants will gain an understanding of addiction and the recovery process through first hand testimony.
    5. Participants will engage in school-based prevention activities in order to enhance their knowledge of prevention strategies to offer support.
    6. Participants will know where to arm themselves with resources in their community.


    Jeanne Allert, M.ED, MACM

    In 2007 Jeanne founded and currently directs The Samaritan Women, a national faith-based organization providing restorative care to survivors of domestic sex trafficking and the Institute for Shelter Care, which serves are a research, training and equipping entity to help establish new shelter programs, stabilize and improve current programs, and facilitate qualified research to advance national standards of care and best practices.

    In 2018 Jeanne helped establish the National Trafficking Sheltered Alliance which serves as a trade association for shelter programs across the country. In 2018 she was awarded a Silver Stevie award for “Most Innovative Woman of the Year for government and Nonprofits.”


    Jeanne is a graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy and sits on the National Advisory Council for the Conference on Crimes Against Women. She authored PRACTICES, a national survey report of residential service providers in 2017, Funding Landscape for Residential Service Provider Agencies for Victims of Domestic Sex Trafficking in 2016, and co-authored Guide for Residential Service Providers for Human Trafficking Survivors with the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015. Her work is profiled in the 2015 national documentary “In Plain Sight.”


    Jeanne has served as an international public speaker for over 35 years. She holds a Master of Education, a Master’s in Ministry, and is a Doctoral candidate in Psychology.

     


    Amie Myrick , LCPC

    Amie Myrick is licensed clinical professional counselor who specializes in working with traumatized youth and families. She has worked closely with the Harford County Child Advocacy Center since 2012 as a therapist, supervisor, and clinical coordinator. She acts as the Director of Training and Education for Family & Children’s Services and is an Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Master Presenter in the state of Maryland. Through these two roles, she provides education to professionals and community members throughout the state. Ms. Myrick has presented at local, national, and international conferences for over 15 years on topics related to trauma and advocacy for children. In addition to her clinical and training work, Ms. Myrick has been a research consultant for groups interested in comprehensive treatment for populations affected by trauma. She has authored and co-authored many articles and chapters about trauma across the lifespan and is the co-editor of several books about children and families. Ms. Myrick is also the author of Engaging Parents in Adolescent Therapy: Beyond the Waiting Room.


    Linda Auerback

    Linda Auerback, of the Carroll County Health Department- Bureau of Prevention, Wellness and Recovery, is the Substance Abuse Prevention Supervisor for Carroll County. She is a Certified Prevention Professional and an Internationally Certified Prevention Specialist. Linda sits on the advisory board of the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking through Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and is a graduate of the DEA Citizen Academy. Linda is a member of the Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates and the Western Region representative for Maryland. Linda and her team were awarded the 2019 Team Exceptional Performance Award for outstanding achievement in the field of Prevention by the Maryland Department of Health. Linda has been in the field of Substance Abuse Prevention for over 20 years.


    TimWeber 

    Tim Weber is the Community Education Liaison for the States Attorney’s Office in Carroll County, Maryland. He is on the Carroll County Behavioral Health and Addictions Planning Committee, Opioid Response team and is the founding board member of the Triangle Recovery Club. He also founded The Weber Addiction Group and Weber Sober Homes. He is a published author of Gutters and Roses with notes from a sober home. Weber is certified through the Maryland Association of Prevention Professionals and Advocates as a prevention specialist. Weber was the 2011 Risky Business Award winner for substance abuse prevention and the DEA's Light of Hope Award winner in 2014, and in 2017, he received a governor's citation for his work in the field of prevention and treatment for substance use disorders. Most importantly, he is in long-term recovery since 2003 from heroin and all drugs and alcohol.



     

    Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

    Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk

    Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 

     

    New Pool, New Deck

    www.atlanticsandshotel.com 

     

     

    Daily Program Agenda

    7:15 -   8:00   Continental Breakfast

    8:00 -  10:00  Workshop Session

    10:00 - 10:30  Break and Refreshments

    10:30 - 12:30  Workshop Session 

      


    OVERVIEW AND INFORMATION

    The Maryland School Psychologists’ Association will provide three days of training for school psychologists interested in continuing professional development. Sessions are planned each morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Registration fee includes three days of skill development, buffet breakfasts, and refreshments during breaks. MSPA has arranged special conference rates for overnight accommodations at the Atlantic Sands Hotel (800-422-0600 or 302-227-2511). Refer to the MSPA-Maryland School Psychologists Association block # 9741 to secure rooms at the discounted group rate. The special rate is only available until May 15, 2020 so be sure to book before that date.  In order to minimize confusion, please be aware that room reservations are made through the hotel; specific room types are requests only and cannot be guaranteed. This includes specific room numbers. The special rate ($199.00 single/ double occupancy, $214 triple, $229 quad occupancy) is good for the Saturday night before the conference through the Saturday night after the conference (6/20/20- 6/27/20).  You must stay at the Atlantic Sands in order to get free parking (1 space per room). If you do not stay at the conference hotel, be sure to arrive early each day in order to find parking in time for the start of the presentation.  Parking is not available at the hotel for conference attendees not staying at the hotel.


    A total of 12 hours of Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Education (CPD/CE) are available. Documentation of attendance for 4 hours of CPD/CE credit will be provided each day to certified school psychologists and licensed psychologists who complete the entire workshop that day. 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), and hence the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists, recognize MSPA as an approved provider of CPD/CE for psychologists (NASP APS #1002). MSPA maintains responsibility for the program.


    Mail in registration must be postmarked by May 31, 2020.  Only online registrations will be accepted from June 1-June 7. There is a $25 late fee applied beginning June 1; Online Registration Deadline June 7). Registration is limited and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis based on the postmark of the envelope or online registration date. If you want confirmation of your registration, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard or email Amy Jagoda at ALJAGOD@carrollk12.org. Your attendance certificate acts as your receipt (monetary receipts are available upon request).   

     Access the Mail-In Registration Form Here!

    The MSPA Program Committee recognizes the commitment of time and resources to attend professional conferences.  Due to the sensitive nature of the topics discussed, as well as the professional setting of our activities, we cannot accommodate children at our conferences. We will make efforts at each conference to accommodate the privacy needs of nursing mothers. Thank you for understanding. Persons with questions or special needs should contact: Amy Jagoda at (410) 386-1818 or ALJAGOD@carrollk12.org

     

    MSPA 2020 SUMMER INSTITUTE REGISTRATION

    Registration opens to MSPA Members first, however, registration will become available for MPA members on April 1st and non-members beginning May 1st if space allows. 

     

    SORRY ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS

     

     

     

     








     

Past events

18 Oct 2019 Fall 2019 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Legal and Ethical Issues Impacting Maryland School Psychologists)
18 Jun 2019 2019 Summer Institute
12 Apr 2019 MSPA Spring Conference 2019
19 Oct 2018 Fall 2018 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) for Accommodating Students’ Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health: An Advanced Session for School Professionals)
07 Aug 2018 Panel Discussion: School Psychologists as Behavioral and Mental Health Providers
19 Jun 2018 2018 Summer Institute
20 Apr 2018 MSPA Spring Conference 2018
20 Oct 2017 Fall 2017 Conference MSEA Conference Day (Autism Conversations: A Framework for Assessment and Intervention Across Age and Ability Levels)
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

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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