Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association

2019 Summer Institute

  • 18 Jun 2019
  • 7:15 AM
  • 20 Jun 2019
  • 12:30 PM
  • Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
  • 8


  • 1 table for each day of the Summer Institute; Meals provided for 1 person per vendor registration

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2019 Summer Institute


Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday

June 18, 19, & 20, 2019 


Personality Problems in Youth and Adolescence; Theory, Research, & Intervention



Dr. Carla Sharp, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Training for the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at the University of Houston; Adjunct Professor Positions at University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, University College London and the University of the Free State in South Africa; Researcher and Published Author


Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware



Registration Deadline: June 7, 2019

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.



Despite the fact that the diagnosis of personality disorder in youth is legitimized in psychiatric nomenclature (DSM 5 and the ICD-11) as well as national treatment guidelines in the United Kingdom and Australia, personality disorder is not routinely assessed for or treated in most child and mental health services; and remains undetected in school settings. This workshop will review the existing evidence base for BPD in adolescents, followed by a discussion and demonstration of evidence-based approaches to the assessment and treatment of BPD in adolescents, with a specific focus on the development of identity and adolescence and a mentalization-based approach to understanding and treating personality pathology.


Day 1: Personality Disorder in Youth: What it is and Why it Matters?

NASP Domains: Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills; Domain 8: Diversity in Development and Learning

Description:  Participants will be provided with state-of-the-science information on the conceptualization of personality disorder as well as its correlates, causes and outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the barriers (myths) regarding early detection and intervention of BPD in adolescents.
  2. Appreciate the evidence in support of the borderline diagnosis in youth.
  3. Understand why adolescence is a sensitive period for the development of BPD.
  4. Gain an understanding of personality disorder in youth, its correlates, causes and its outcomes.
  5. Gain a perspective on the need for early identification and prevention and the role teachers and schools can play in prevention.


Day 2: Assessment, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Personality Problems in Youth

NASP Domains: Domain 1: Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability; Domain 4: Interventions and Mental Health Services to Develop Social and Life Skills; Domain 6: Preventive and Responsive Services.

Description:  Participants will be provided with hands-on training in the assessment of personality problems in youth. The main treatment approaches will be introduced and discussed, with a particular focus on approaches that strengthen relationships and attachments.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Know the key developmental theories on the development of BPD.
  2. Gain knowledge for the identification of personality problems in school settings.
  3. Gain an understanding of treatment approaches available.

Day 3: Building Resilience in the School Context

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

Description: Participants will be engaged in a hands-on training in interaction skills to facilitate stronger attachment and relationships with the youth in their settings to prevent and address personality problems. By the end of the session, participants will have acquired basic interaction skills to facilitate resilience in youngsters in the school setting.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain skills in how to respond to the interpersonal difficulties characteristic of adolescents with personality pathology.
  2. Gain skills in influencing youth with personality difficulties to reduce interpersonal conflict and increase emotion regulation.  


Carla Sharp, Ph.D. is Professor and Director of Training for the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at UH. She is also Director of the Adolescent Diagnosis Assessment Prevention and Treatment Center and the Developmental Psychopathology Lab at UH. She holds adjunct positions at University of Texas, Baylor College of Medicine, University College London and the University of the Free State in South Africa. She has a longstanding interest in social cognition as a cause and correlate of psychiatric disorder across the lifespan with a special focus on youth. She has published over 200 peer reviewed publications, numerous chapters and books, including Social Cognition and Developmental Psychopathology (OUP), and Handbook of Borderline Personality Disorder in Children and Adolescents (Springer). A large proportion of her research has used Borderline Personality Disorder (and other personality pathology) to study where social-cognitive function goes awry. As such, she has significantly advanced scientific understanding of the phenomenology, causes and correlates of personality pathology in youth. Recent developments in her work reflect a translational focus to carry through the earlier focus on social cognition to evaluate its function as mechanism of change in personality pathology as well as other attachment-related conditions (orphans). As such, her work is influenced by mentalization-based approaches to scaffold interpersonal relationships and interactions between caregivers and youth. Her work has been funded by the NICHD, NIAAA, NIMH, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation and other foundations.


Download Brochure here! MSPA Summer Institute 2019 final.pdf


Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 


New Pool, New Deck 



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 



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 # 9244 to secure rooms at the discounted group rate. The special rate is only available until May 17, 2019 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 (6/16/19- 6/23/19).  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, 2019.  Only online registrations will be accepted from June 1-June 7.  There is a $25 late fee applied beginning June 1; 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 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









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