Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association

2020 Summer Institute

  • 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
  • 108


  • Current MPA Member in good standing; Opens April 1
  • MPA Student Members in Good Standing
  • 1 table for each day of the Summer Institute; Meals provided for 1 person per vendor registration


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



Registration Deadline: June 7, 2020 (online registrations)

May 31, 2020 (mail-in registrations)

No Walk-In Registrations



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.


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 



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 # 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 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



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. 








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