Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association

MSPA Spring Conference 2015

  • 24 Apr 2015
  • 8:15 AM - 4:00 PM
  • The Villa 4060 Powder Mill Rd, Beltsville, MD 20705
  • 0


  • Active, Associate, Distinguished MSPA Members
  • 1 table, includes 1 meal

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Student Threat Assessment:  An Evidence-Based Approach 


Dewey G. Cornell, Ph.D.
Forensic Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia 


New Location!

The Villa
4060 Powder Mill Rd
Beltsville, MD 20705 


What is threat assessment, how does it differ from other forms of risk assessment, and how is it conducted in school settings?  This presentation will cover basic principles of threat assessment and describe the Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines, which are currently used in thousands of schools nationwide.  Special attention will be given to the procedures for a team-based assessment and the role of psychological evaluations in the threat assessment process.  Finally, the presentation will review research support from a series of controlled studies of the Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines. 


Learning Objectives

1. Attendees will be able to distinguish threat assessment from other forms of risk assessment.

2. Attendees will learn to identify different types of threats and the duties associated with substantive threats.

3. Attendees will learn the role of psychological evaluations in the threat assessment process.

4. Attendees will become familiar with the research evidence in support of the Virginia Student Threat Assessment Guidelines.


Program Overview

8:15-9:00  Registration and Coffee

9:00-12:00  Presenter: Dewey Cornell, Ph.D. 

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

1:30-4:00  Presenter: Dewey Cornell, Ph.D. 


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 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. 

Download Conference Brochure here!

Requests for refunds must be received in writing. Email requests must be received at five (5) days prior to the scheduled event or postmarked at least five (5) days prior to the scheduled event. Requests for refunds received after this time may be honored at the discretion of the program chairperson.


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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