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NASP 2012 Summer Conferences
Denver, CO July 9–11


Preconference Workshops

Cognitive–Behavioral Strategies for Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Interventions for the School Setting
Melissa A. Reeves, PhD, NCSP, LPC
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
6 CPD hours

Get specific cognitive–behavioral intervention strategies that can be used effectively with children and adolescents in school settings. Topics to be covered include anxiety, school refusal, depression, ADHD, aggression, and traumatic stress. You'll review the key components underlying cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT), learn to use and teach CBT strategies, and find ways to integrate these skills into an educational setting. Specific examples of practical techniques and activities will be shared.

Academic Interventions for School Psychologists: Without the “I”, the “R” Won't Happen
Matthew K. Burns, PhD
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
6 CPD hours

Participate in an interactive presentation designed to demonstrate small-group and individual interventions for reading and math. This presentation also will use current research to show how to use measures of student skill to determine which intervention is most appropriate for a given problem. At the conclusion of the session, participants will be able to discuss a skill-by-treatment interaction model of intervention, identify an instructional level for reading and math and use those data to drive intervention


Welcome and NASP Overview
Anthony M. Adamowski, MEd, Conference Chair
8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

General Session
The Role of Executive Functions in Classroom Learning and Behavior: Strategies for Assessment and Intervention
George McCloskey, PhD
8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
3 CPD hours

Explore the impact of executive functions on learning, behavior, and classroom production and get a comprehensive model of executive functions during this presentation. You'll learn ways to assess executive function difficulties and get methods for helping children with executive functioning difficulties improve their behavior and academic performance through either teacher assistance or increasing their capacity for self-regulation.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions
1:30 – 4:45 p.m. (Repeated Wednesday, 8:30 – 11:45 a.m.)
3 CPD hours each

Utilizing RTI With English Language Learners
Seth Aldrich, PhD

Find ways to better address the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of English language learners (ELLs) within the context of the response-to-intervention (RTI) process. You will learn to apply RTI elements such as universal screening for prioritizing students' needs, problem-solving procedures, timely supports through a multitiered model, and formative evaluation of outcomes, especially for ELLs. In addition to a review of best practices at Tier 1, particular emphasis will be placed on specific intervention strategies that have proven effective for ELLs at both Tier 2 and Tier 3.

How Tech R U? Using Technology Productively
Dan Florell, PhD, NCSP

Learn how to use technology to increase your practice knowledge and effectiveness. This session will outline the pros and cons of different iPad and smartphone apps designed for school psychologists as well as how to incorporate their use into your practice. You'll review the best software programs for writing reports, compiling data, and scoring protocols and delve into Google services and applications. Plus, get better acquainted with the NASP website and the new NASP Communities!

What School Psychologists Need to Know About Mood Disorders in School-Age Children and Adolescents
Melissa A. Reeves, PhD, NCSP

Explore the ways in which mood disorders affect children and adolescents in school, especially their effects on learning. You will learn current treatment approaches and school-based interventions in the context of case examples and proven best practices. By participating in this session, you will enhance your knowledge of the most current research literature and contemporary definitions and proposed changes in DSM-V, and the most effective instruments used to assess mood disorders in children and adolescents at school.

Addressing Barriers to Successful RTI Implementation at the Middle School and High School Levels
Matthew K. Burns, PhD

Increase your awareness of common challenges and practical solutions associated with successful implementation of RTI at the middle and high school levels. In this session, you will gain an understanding of how basic literacy instruction can be effective with older students. In addition, practical issues such as scheduling, adolescent resistance, credits/graduation requirements, and flexible movement across tiers will be addressed.

Advanced Workshop on Ethical Decision-Making for School Psychologists
Barbara Bole Williams, PhD, NCSP

Review the 2010 NASP Principles for Professional Ethics and practice an ethical decision-making model, designed to develop ethical decision-making. Using actual cases submitted by school psychologists, participants will get clear examples of behaviors that would comply with standards for professional conduct. Participants also will learn about necessary resources and make specific plans for implementing the problem-solving model in daily practice. Plus, earn 3 CPD hours to fulfill the ethics and professional practice requirement for NCSP renewal.


Concurrent Breakout Sessions
8:30 – 11:45 a.m. (See Tuesday schedule for descriptions.)
3 CPD hours each

General Session
Effective Interventions for Behaviorally Challenging Students
Michael Gilbert, PsyD
1:00 – 4:15 p.m.
3 CPD hours

Learn to select and implement effective interventions for elementary and middle school students who display social, emotional, and behavioral challenges. You will learn a variety of specific strategies that can be used with students at various levels of a multitiered system of service delivery and intervention to decrease inappropriate behavior patterns and increase self-management skills. Techniques to integrate social–emotional learning will be shared. Strategies presented will help students gain the skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively.


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