Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association
 

Conferences

This page lists MSPA's upcoming conferences. To register for a conference online, click the "Register" button. Payment is required at the time of registration.  If you wish to pay by mail, please download the event brochure and mail your registration along with payment. 

 

For information on Board Meetings and other MSPA events of interest, please check out the Events page.

***WAIT!*** 

When you register for a MSPA event:

Members: Please make sure you register using the email address that is currently on file for your MSPA account! Do NOT register under a different email address.

Non-Members: Please register for events using the same email address you have used for registration for any previous MSPA events.  If you are unsure which email address was used, please contact Webmaster to verify.

Upcoming events

    • 19 Jun 2018
    • 7:15 AM
    • 21 Jun 2018
    • 12:30 PM
    • Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
    • 23
    Registration is closed

    2018 Summer Institute

      

    Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

    June 19, 20, & 21, 2018 

    Combating Internalizing Distress Associated with Self-Injurious Behaviors and Eating Disorders

     

     

    Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

    Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

    www.atlanticsandshotel.com

    Email: atsands@dmv.com

     

    Registration Deadline: June 8, 2018

    No Walk-In Registrations

    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.

     

     

    Dr. Wendy Price

    Nationally Certified School Psychologist working in public schools as well as clinical experience in a residential eating disorders clinic; National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Secretary; Past-President of the Massachusetts School Psychologists’ Association; Past Massachusetts NASP Delegate; NASP Northeast Region representative on the NASP Board of Directors

    &

    Dr. Melissa Pearrow

    University of Massachusetts Boston Associate Professor and School Psychology Program Director; 10 years experiences working as a school psychologist in an urban district coordinating a program for students with emotional and behavioral disorders; Experience in inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health settings as well as work with the Boston Public Schools and Boston Children’s Hospital in the development of the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model; Member on the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission
       

    WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

    Day 1: Dying to be thin: What school psychologists need to know about eating disorders (Dr. Wendy Price)

    NASP Domains: Domain 2: Consultation and Collaboration; Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills; Domain 6: Preventive and Responsive Services

    Description:  This workshop will provide participants with an overview of eating disorders (ED), including: eating disorder definitions, medical complications associated with ED, eating disorder statistics and prevalence, athletes and eating disorders, causes according to the biopsychosocial model, signs/symptoms/red flags that school psychologists and other school staff need to be aware of, communicating with students and their families about a suspected ED, and an overview of treatment that works (Family Based Treatment). The workshop will also emphasize the schools’ involvement in ED treatment, and crucial points to keep in mind when developing education plans for students in ED treatment.

    After this presentation, the participant will be able to:

    1. Differentiate between Anorexia (AN), Bulimia (BUL), and Binge Eating Disorder (BED)

    2. Describe the prevalence of eating disorders (ED) and ED behaviors

    3. Describe each element of the Biopsychosocial model of understanding EDs

    4. Identify the warning signs and symptoms of an ED

    5. Demonstrate how to communicate with students and their families about a suspected ED

    6. Discuss a variety of school accommodations to consider when a student returns from ED treatment

    7. Recognize the type of treatment(s) that works

    8. Utilize helpful prevention activities/body image group activities

     

    Day 2: Assessing Self-Injurious Behavior (Cutting):  A Primer for School Mental Health Workers (Drs. Wendy Price and Melissa Pearrow)

    NASP Domains: Domain 1: Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability; Domain 2: Consultation and Collaboration;

    Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills; Domain 5: School-Wide Practices to Promote Learning; Domain 6: Preventive and Responsive Services.

    Description:  This workshop will provide foundational information regarding self-injurious behavior (SIB), including definitions, prevalence rates, causes, and an overview of evidence based treatments for SIB (CBT and DBT).  The workshop will also introduce participants to the HIRE model: a tool for the informal assessment of SIB developed by Buser and Buser (2013).  Participants will also receive instruction in developing a school wide protocol for assessing/supporting self-injurers.

    After this presentation, the participant will be able to

    1. Recognize their own thoughts, feelings, and reactions to self-injurious behavior (SIB)

    2. Describe the prevalence of SIB

    3. Differentiate between SIB and suicide

    4. Describe ways to assess self-injurious behavior

    5. Describe the most successful therapeutic approach to working with youth who self- injure (DBT)

    6. Design a school protocol for self-injury

     

    Day 3: Identifying and Intervening with Students with Internalizing Distress-Anxiety (Dr. Melissa Pearrow)

    NASP Domains:  Domain 1: Data-based decision making; Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills; Domain 6: Preventive and Responsive Services

    Description: This workshop focuses on the strategies for early identification and intervention with internalizing distress.  It will introduce symptomatology, prevalence rates and treatment options. Strategies to engage families and community partners will also be discussed.

    After this presentation the participant will be able to:

    1. Recognize early warning signs for internalizing distress

    2. Describe symptoms and typical presentations of internalizing disorders

    3. Identify evidence-based strategies for early identification and screening

    4. Describe individual and classroom-based interventions to promote development of healthy coping skills

    5. Describe how partnerships with families and community agencies can support treatment goals

     

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

    Dr. Wendy Price received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Developmental Psychology in 1987 from Mount Allison University, in Sackville, New Brunswick.  She attended the University of Massachusetts: Boston, and received her Master of Education degree (M.Ed) in School Psychology in 2000, and her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in School Psychology in 2001. Upon graduating from UMASS, Dr. Price was awarded the Vincent Christiani Endowment Award for Excellence in School Psychology. She completed her doctorate in School Psychology at William James College and graduated in August of 2015, following a year-long clinical internship at Walden Behavioral Care (a residential eating disorders clinic). In her role as a school psychologist at WHRHS, Dr. Price is involved in a number of activities, including: assessment, counseling, consultation with parents/faculty/community mental health providers, administrative duties such as being a Team Chairperson, member of the Crisis Intervention Team and the Student/Teacher Assistance Team (STAT). Dr. Price is a past President of the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association.  In 2012 she began a three year term as the Massachusetts Delegate for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), and was re-elected in this role in 2015.  In February of 2013, Dr. Price was awarded the NASP "Rookie of the Year" Award by NASP President Amy Smith.  In 2015, Dr. Price was elected by the NASP Delegates in the Northeast to serve as their representative on the NASP Board of Directors.  In the spring of that same year, Dr. Price was awarded the MSPA 2015 Friend of Children Award.  She is the current NASP Secretary.

    Dr. Melissa Pearrow is an Associate Professor and the Program Director of the School Psychology program at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Prior to joining UMass Boston, she worked for ten years’ as a school psychologist in an urban district, where she coordinated the program for students with emotional and behavioral disorders. She currently serves on the Safe and Supportive Schools Commission. Her training in inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health settings informs her research on school-based mental health, including her work with the Boston Public Schools and Boston Children’s Hospital in the development of the Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model.

      

    Download Brochure here! MSPA Summer Institute 2018.pdf

     

    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 # 8423 to secure rooms at the discounted group rate. The special rate is only available until April 27, 2018 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 ($185.00 single/ double occupancy, $200 triple, $215 quad occupancy) is good for the Sunday night before the conference through Thursday night of the conference (6/17/18- 6/21/18).  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, 2018.  Only online registrations will be accepted from June 1-June 8.  There is a $25 late fee applied beginning June 1; Deadline June 8). 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).   

    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.

     

       

     

    SORRY ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS

     

     

     

     







     

    • 07 Aug 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Howard University, Miner Hall (2450 6th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20059)
    • 49
    Register

    School Psychologists as Behavioral and Mental Health Providers: A Panel Discussion

    Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    (Registration Deadline August 3, 2018)

     

    PANEL DESCRIPTION:

    With the steady increase in the number of youth in need of mental health services, schools are a natural and ideal location in which to provide these services and promote positive mental health outcomes. And, school psychologists are uniquely qualified to provide these services in schools; however, their ability to provide these services may be constrained by organizational characteristics (e.g., school psychologist to student ratio, administrative approvals) or by the need for additional professional development. The purpose of this session is to hear the experiences of four school psychologists who have incorporated mental health prevention and intervention services into their practice.

     

    LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

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

    • Describe how mental and behavioral health problems impact children and youth’s academic achievement and overall school experience
    • Discuss how mental and behavioral health services can be implemented by school psychologists within a multitiered system of supports (MTSS) model
    • Describe how school psychologists collaborate with other school-based professionals and community agencies to promote positive school mental health

          

    PROGRAM AGENDA:
    8:30 – 9:30       Registration & Coffee
    9:30- 11:00       Overview from each panelist

    11:00-12:00      Panel Discussion led by Celeste Malone
          
            
    ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
      

    Bill Flook retired from his position as Supervisor for the Office of Psychological Services, Baltimore County Public Schools, in 2015.  This year he is consulting with the Kent County Public Schools; and serving as mentor for the new KCPS school psychologist.  Bill worked with the interns in the school psychology doctoral program at the University of Maryland for two years following retirement.

    Active with mental health advocacy for many years, Bill represented public education on the Mental Health Advisory Committees of both Anne Arundel and Baltimore Counties.  Currently he serves on the steering committee for the Kent and Queen Anne’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

    Bill maintains an active engagement with the legislative process in the Maryland General Assembly, working with advocacy groups representing school psychologists, licensed psychologists, and NAMI.  He is also active in local political organizations.

    Bill completed his graduate work in psychology at the University of Rhode Island (Ph.D. 1982) with an emphasis on school psychology.  He began his career as a teacher in the Providence (RI) public schools in 1969, and has been a school psychologist since 1974, with service in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Iowa before coming to Maryland in 1984.  He is married, with three children and four grandchildren.

     

     

    Shantrell Huffman, Ed.D. has created PTSD groups to support students in urban settings who are exposed to violent images and trauma.  His panel presentation will address ways to work with administrators to press the importance of providing mental health services in schools as well as the importance of PTSD counseling for minority youth.  (Additional bio information to follow).  

     

    Colleen Lippenholz, MA, CAS, NCSP is a nationally certified school psychologist who has worked for Carroll County Public Schools (CCPS) for the past nine years.  She earned her BA in psychology from the University of Connecticut in 2005 and her MA and Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) from Towson University’s School Psychology Program in 2009.  Over her nine years of professional practice, she has had experiences working with students in pre-k through high school.  Her responsibilities as school psychologist have included conducting psychological evaluations, assisting IEP teams in determining special education eligibility, behavioral and instructional consultation, completing Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA), developing Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP), providing counseling services to students, participating in school teams (SST, PBIS, etc.), and providing consultation to families.  Ms. Lippenholz is currently assigned to one Title I elementary school which differs from her assignment in previous years where she was assigned to three schools. 

    During the current school year Ms. Lippenholz has expanded her role to include a more comprehensive range of services aligned with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS).  Some of her expanded responsibilities include piloting the use of the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment (DESSA) which is a standardized, strength-based measure of the social and emotional competencies of students.  The DESSA has been used by Ms. Lippenholz to identify and monitor progress of at-risk Kindergarten students within the school.  That data is used to drive intervention for those at-risk students.  Ms. Lippenholz also has piloted the implementation of a school-wide social emotional curriculum which consists of classroom lessons she co-leads with the school counselor.  Ms. Lippenholz’s full time assignment in one building has allowed improved frequency and integrity of intervention progress monitoring across tiers.  This has led to improved behavioral and mental health provision to students which is not as feasible within a three school assignment. 

     

    Byron McClure is a National Certified School Psychologist and member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) who uses his extensive expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. He been a school psychologist for eight years and has served as a member of the Leadership Development Committee within NASP for the past two years. Dr. McClure has helped orient new and returning NASP leaders, identify and assign mentors, promote growth and self-evaluation of leadership skills and activities, and develop leaders within the field of school psychology who are prepared to serve the association. He is the Co-chair of the Awards Sub-committee of LDC and directly assists with the selection and nomination process for the School Psychologist of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award for NASP.

    As a practitioner, he has partnered with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.  His efforts to support and ensure implementation of an effective Response to Intervention (RTI) process, is expected to continue to decrease over identification of students with disabilities.  He has worked to support students’ social emotional and behavioral needs and has done considerable work advocating for fair and equitable discipline practices for all students, particularly, for students of color and for students with disabilities. He served as 504 Coordinator for 6 years, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Coach, and committee member for a districts disproportionality committee whose goal was to reduce rates of behavior infractions, suspensions, and expulsions for students of color.

    Additionally, Dr. McClure has conducted research evaluating disproportionate discipline practices and its impact within a PBIS framework. His study sought to determine the extent that high fidelity PBIS implementation affected indices of disproportionate discipline (the rate African-American students received disciplinary infractions when compared to Caucasian students). This was achieved by calculating and then analyzing risk ratios and risk indices. Results from the analyses were shared with school administration and staff, then recommendations were provided to modify and improve existing PBIS frameworks.

    Dr. McClure completed his dissertation, which was an investigation of social emotional learning programs with minority students from high-poverty communities. Dr. McClure found specific SEL programs, which increased pro-social behaviors, reduced conduct problems, and improved academic performance for students of color. With the findings from the research study, school districts may begin to identify, select, and use high-quality and evidence-based SEL programs with minority students from high-poverty communities. Dr. McClure has presented at the NASP national conference in San Antonio, Texas and most recently in Chicago, Illinois. He was also a keynote speaker at the Florida Association of School Psychologists Summer Institute. 

        
     Workshop Location/ Parking:

    Howard University, Miner Hall (2450 6th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20059). The building is between the Administration Building and School of Business. Go up the parking lot stairs for entrance to the building. 

    Campus map with Miner Hall highlighted.  August 2018 Panel Discussion Howard University Campus Map.pdf 

    There is metered parking available along Georgia Avenue, 6th Street, and Howard Place.

    For those wanting to park in a lot, visitor parking is available on the Howard Center Lot at a rate of $10/day and $160/month. The entrance to the Howard Center Lot is located on 8th St. NW. (http://auxiliary.howard.edu/parking--transportation---campus-parking.html). 

    The Howard Center Lot is about four blocks from Miner Hall, so it’s probably easier, more convenient, and cheaper to park on the street.

     

    CPD/CE Credit: 

    Documentation of attendance for 2.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development/ Continuing Education (CPD/CE) credit will be provided to certified school psychologists and licensed psychologists who attend the entire panel discussion.  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.  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 make efforts at each conference to accommodate the privacy needs of nursing mothers. Thank you for understanding. 

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

Past events

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.

Direct website related questions to webmaster@mspaonline.org. Direct other questions to the appropriate board member at Executive Board or Officers.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software