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Mentoring Program at the NASP Annual Convention

Thank you for participating in the mentoring program at the NASP 2012 Annual Convention in Philadelphia. We had an overwhelming response this year, resulting in 96 matches.

Please check back again later in the fall for information on the mentoring program at the NASP 2013 Annual Convention in Seattle.

Interest Group Networking Sessions

The NASP Interest Groups bring together NASP members who share common areas of expertise and concern. Most Interest Groups sponsor a networking session at the Convention. These sessions may include business or organizational meetings, discussion groups, and informal sharing of information. Content of the sessions is the responsibility of the Interest Group coordinators; these sessions are not part of the reviewed educational program.

In addition to the networking sessions, Interest Groups share resources and discuss their experiences in the NASP Communities where member can join the conversation year round.

NASP Interest Groups:

  • Adoption & Foster Care
  • Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders
  • Behavioral School Psychology
  • Bilingual School Psychology
  • Computer & Technical Applications in School Psychology
  • Consultee-Centered Consultation
  • Crisis Management in the Schools
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Gifted/Talented
  • Military Families
  • Neuropsychology in the Schools
  • Pediatric School Psychology
  • Positive School Psychology
  • Prevention and Promotion of Psychological Wellness
  • Reading
  • Response to Intervention
  • Retirement
  • Rural School Psychology
  • School Psychologists Working With Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
  • Social Justice
  • State School Psychology Consultants
  • Supervision
  • Systems Level Data-Driven Decision-Making
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Urban School Psychology

Visit the Exhibit Hall to see new products and services the exhibitors have brought to the NASP convention for you. A list of organizations exhibiting at the NASP 2012 Annual Convention is now will be available.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Wednesday, February 22 12:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 23 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday, February 24 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

NASP VILLAGE

Be sure to visit the NASP Village, located in the Exhibit Hall in the Grand Ballroom, to learn about new and ongoing NASP services and resources.

Nationally Certified School Psychologist Program
Stop by the certification section of the NASP Village to meet NCSP board members and staff, learn about the NCSP program, and pick up a new or renewal application.

NASP Advocacy Action Center
Visit the Government and Professional Relations area for an opportunity to use NASP's Advocacy Action Center to make your opinions heard on Capitol Hill as well as get information on key policy issues for school psychologists, parents, and teachers.

NASP Membership
See the latest online resources available on the NASP website. Get information on NASP membership. Not a member? Join at the convention.

ADDITIONAL NASP BOOTHS NEAR THE NASP VILLAGE

NASP 2013 Annual Convention in Seattle, WA
Stop by to learn about Seattle and next year's NASP convention, February 12-16, 2013, at the Sheraton Seattle.

NASP Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Questioning Issues and Multicultural Affairs Committees
Committee members will be on hand to answer questions and discuss current activities and initiatives. Resources and handouts promoting cultural competence and responsiveness to the needs of students and families from diverse backgrounds will be available.

NASP Publications Center
Take advantage of convention discounts on all NASP publications. Browse the Publications Center and meet NASP Publications Board members

Getting the Most Out of the Exhibit Hall

The Exhibit Hall is one of the most popular features of the NASP convention each year. To maximize your experience, please keep the following ideas in mind:

  1. Try to schedule times to visit instead of dropping in. You can spend a great deal of time there at once or visit several times over three days. Don't delay your visit until the last minute.
  2. The hall is busiest at the opening times each day, particularly on Wednesday. The smallest crowds tend to be in the hall on Friday.
  3. Review the floor plan and exhibitor descriptions to find your favorites or those that are of particular interest.
  4. Identify "must see" and "want to see" exhibitors and those from whom you can just pick up information if there is not enough time to visit individual booths. Don't forget the "Take One Tables" located in the Exhibit Hall.
  5. Please be cognizant of the fact that some materials in the booths may be free and others are for sale at special convention prices. Don't be afraid to ask if you are not sure.
  6. All "Take One" materials, unless marked as "desk copy," are free. Please limit yourself to one copy from each "Take One" organization.
  7. Scan your Exhibit Hall identification card to provide your contact information at the booths of all vendors exhibiting products or services in which you are interested so that vendors can follow up with you after the convention.
  8. Request that bulky literature or samples be mailed to you instead of having to carry them home with you.

Exhibit Hall Identification Cards

Exhibit Hall identification cards may be scanned in the Exhibit Hall to provide contact information to vendors. Please be aware that all information captured on the registration form, except home and cell phone numbers, will be included on your Exhibit Hall identification card. Do not swipe your ID card in the exhibit booths of any vendors whom you do not wish to receive your contact information.

Children

To ensure children's safety, and because of insurance constraints and fire marshal regulations, children under the age of 16 must be closely accompanied by an adult in the exhibit area at all times. This NASP policy will be strictly enforced.

Red Cross Training: Foundations of Disaster Mental Health

Tuesday, February 21, 2:00–6:00 p.m.

This tailored version of the American Red Cross’ Foundations of Disaster Mental Health training course is one of the prerequisites to becoming certified as a volunteer in the Disaster Mental Health Network for the Red Cross. The session offers the training and theoretical and practical information necessary for providing American Red Cross crisis intervention services to shelter residents, staff, and others involved in disasters. Learn how to work within Red Cross protocol to assist people in emergencies. This session is sponsored by the Convention Committee. Preregistration and a $15 materials and processing fee are required.

NASP thanks the American Red Cross for its sponsorship of this session.

NASP Children’s Fund Auction

Thursday, February 23, 6:00–7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the social event of the convention. The Children’s Fund will be auctioning exciting items for the benefit of children. The fee is $2, and registration is required.

School Psychologists on the Run (or Walk) in Philly!

This year’s NASP 5K Walk/Run will feature the opportunity to get a great T-shirt and fit the walk/run into your own schedule. The do it yourself (DIY) format will include maps and information to give you a choice of walks/runs near the hotel and in downtown Philadelphia. Some of this year’s route highlights will include the Rocky steps, Philadelphia Zoo, and more. Local runners also will provide group runs on various days (weather permitting), for those who prefer to run with a group. All profits, after expenses, will benefit a Philadelphia children’s charity. Registration is required.The preconvention fee (by January 25, 2012), is $20. After January 25, the registration fee will be $30. Be sure to include the NASP 5K Walk/Run in your event choices! >>more

Convention Career Service Update (January 5, 2012)

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.

For potential candidates: Please note that a few recruiters have elected to participate in the Exhibit Hall and will be available to meet with potential candidates during exhibit hours Wednesday, February 22 through Friday, February 24. Interested potential candidates should check this page again next week for a list of these employers and their booth locations within the Exhibit Hall.

For potential employers: We regret that only previously-registered employers have access to Exhibit Hall space because the Exhibit Hall is sold out. Potential employers wishing to connect with candidates can post a notice or job listing in the NASP Online Career Center

Although the Convention Career Service has been cancelled, the following recruiters will be participating in the Exhibit Hall:
Clark County School District Las Vegas, NV Booth #714
Cumberland County Schools Fayetteville, NC Booth #706
Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Fairbanks, AK Booth #617
Youngstown State University Youngstown, OH Booth #702