Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association


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


  • Current MPA member

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.


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.

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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