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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When and where is the NASP 2012 Annual Convention being held?

The NASP 2012 Annual Convention will be held February 21—24, at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Marriott Courtyard Philadelphia, and Loews Philadelphia Hotels. Registration and housing will open on October 3, 2011. The convention dates and locations for future meetings also are available.

What is included in my convention registration fee?

Your convention registration fee includes admission to the keynote address, all special and featured sessions, more than 1,000 reviewed presentations (mini-skills, papers, PIE sessions, posters, and symposia), the Exhibit Hall, and the Philadelphia welcome party. Listings of the educational sessions will be available on the Convention section of the NASP website by mid-January, 2012. Additional fees are required for optional NASP Convention Workshops, Documented Sessions, certain special events, and session recording packages.

Payment may be made by Visa/MasterCard, check, or money order only. Checks and money orders must be made payable to NASP, in U.S. dollars. Please note that NASP is unable to accept purchase orders. Please submit a separate registration form and payment for each individual attending the convention; checks covering more than one person's registration will not be accepted.

How can I be a presenter at the 2013 Convention?

The online Call for Presentation Proposals will open in May 2012. The deadline to submit a proposal will be in mid June 2012.

Do I earn professional development credits for attending the convention?

Convention participants can earn continuing professional development (CPD) credits for attending most convention activities. The NASP 2012 Annual Convention offers 4 full days of educational sessions that are included in your registration fee, averaging 8 hours per day of CPD-eligible time. Additional CPD credit also is available by participating in optional NASP Convention Workshops, some of which extend into the evening hours, and for Documented Sessions.

The following types of educational sessions qualify for NASP-,APA-, and NBCC-approved professional development hours at the NASP convention and provide documentation of attendance. They are identified throughout the Preliminary Program and Final Program (provided on site) and on the NASP website by this symbol Sessions and Workshops Qualifying for NASP and APA-Approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Documentation.

  • All NASP Convention Workshops (categorized with a WS session code). These workshops offer between 3 and 12 approved hours, depending on the workshop, and require registration (with a fee) in addition to the general convention registration.
  • Documented Sessions (categorized with a DS session code). These Documented Sessions are 80 minutes each and require a $5 registration processing fee (each) to receive a reserved spot and entry ticket.

NCSP Renewal

Both the NASP convention workshops (WS) and Documented Sessions (DS) qualify for the 10 hour requirement for NCSP renewal. For more information on this requirement, visit www.nasponline.org/certification.

CPD Credit for All Other Educational Sessions

All educational sessions at the NASP convention are reviewed and accepted as relevant and appropriate to the broad spectrum of continuing professional development of school psychologists. While attendance at these sessions qualifies for many types of professional development required by the NCSP and in many state and local districts, they do not meet the standards of NASP- or APA-approved CPD (based on the specified requirements). Therefore, they do not count toward the requirement of 10 NASP- or APA-approved hours each NCSP renewal cycle.

For more information on NASP-approved professional development, visit www.nasponline.org/profdevel.

Can I assist with the Annual Convention?

NASP is looking for individuals to serve as Convention Assistants and NASP Convention Workshop Monitors to assist with various convention activities. All assistants and monitors must be current NASP members and must register for the convention before signing up as Convention Assistants or Workshop Monitors.

The time you provide as a Convention Assistant may count toward continuing professional development (CPD) hours, depending on your personal evaluation of the educational value of the experience. In appreciation of a minimum of 4–6 hours of service as Convention Assistants, a refund of $75 will be given to student Convention Assistants only. Convention Assistant spots fill quickly on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.

Workshop Monitors may participate in the workshop (and receive CPD credit) without paying the workshop fee. Individuals serving as Workshop Monitors do not need to register for the workshop they monitor, once they have signed up for that monitor assignment. Please note that, unlike Convention Assistants, Workshop Monitors do not receive a $75 partial registration fee refund.

Convention registration is currently available. Additional information on the electronic sign-up system for convention assistant and NASP Convention Workshop monitor slots is also available.

Where can I find exhibitor and sponsorship information?

Reach nearly 6,000 school psychologists and related professionals by exhibiting at the NASP 2012 Annual Convention. The exhibit dates are Wednesday, February 22–Friday, February 24, 2012. Additional Exhibit and Sponsorship Information is available in the Convention section of the NASP website.

Will there be interview opportunities at the Convention?

NASP regrets that, due to extremely low registration by potential employers, we have found it necessary to cancel the NASP Convention Career Service in its full format for the Philadelphia convention. We apologize for any inconvenience this situation may cause convention attendees. Additional details, for potential candidates and potential employers, is available in the Convention section of the NASP website.

How can I convince my supervisor and organization that I should attend the Annual Convention?

Review the list of ten tips on convincing your supervisor that you should attend the convention.

When and where will the Summer Conferences be held next year?

The NASP 2012 Summer Conferences will be held on July 9–11, 2012 in Denver CO and July 23–25, 2012 in Minneapolis, MN.