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I always come away from the NASP conventions with energy and renewed excitement about being a school psychologist.
Alice Wellborn, MA, NCSP
Transylvania County Schools


I am always impressed with the level of expertise and depth of offerings at the NASP convention.
Nadine Woodle, NCSP
Naperville School District 203

Session Recording Packages

PKG1A: Mental Health (5.5 Hours)

WS03: After a Suicide: Guidelines for Schools

This workshop will provide model practices to deal with a tragic loss by suicide in a school community. Enhanced by the testimonies of the presenters, participants will learn how
to provide the tools for a coordinated crisis response, help students cope, work effectively with the community, make appropriate choices supporting memorialization, use social media to identify and respond to at-risk students, provide opportunities for grief support, and minimize the risk of suicide contagion.

Richard A. Lieberman, NCSP, Los Angeles County Office of Education, CA;
Scott Poland, EdD, NCSP, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL;
Brian R. Lazzaro, Med, Township High School District 211, Palatine, IL

DS04: Military-Connected Children: You Can Make a Difference

This session addresses the challenges children of military families face in schools. After 12 years of war, millions of children have experienced a parent, sibling, or extended family members being deployed to a combat zone. Learn how you can support their success in school.

Deborah B. Johnson, EdD, Children’s Institute, Rochester, NY

DS08: Individual Counseling with LGBTQ Students: Ethical and Affirmative Practices

Affirmative counseling strategies can help support LGBTQ students experiencing difficulties. These strategies include supporting identity development and disclosure, and managing discrimination and homophobia. Additionally, by adhering to professional and ethical mandates, school psychologists can be advocates for LGBTQ students and work to educate others about harmful practices such as reparative therapy.

Emily S. Fisher, PhD, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA;
Kelly S. Kennedy, PhD, Chapman University, Orange, CA

PKG1B: Leadership and Problem-Solving (5.5 Hours)

WS05: Don’t Carve the Turkey with a Chainsaw: Resolving Interpersonal Conflict

The presentation will consist of a PowerPoint with interactive questioning. Participants will

  • understand that conflict is not based on objective reality, but on a person’s interpretation of that reality;
  • identify five styles of conflict resolution and when to use each;
  • learn how to effectively present information to adults to minimize defensiveness;
  • identify eight sources of power and how to use them;
  • identify four components of a genuine apology; and
  • identify nine steps to facilitate forgiveness.

Roger E. Frame, PhD, Frameworks 4 Learning, LLC, Centennial, CO

DS02: Leading for Social Justice as a School Psychologist

This session will provide a focused overview of current leadership and social justice models as they relate to school psychology practice. The presenter will guide participants as they work to develop their own strategies to provide leadership in the area of social justice as a current or future school psychologist.

David Shriberg, PhD, Loyola University Chicago, IL

DS06: The Ethics Committee's Dilemmas: Responding to Questions from the Field [AUDIO]

NASP’s Ethical and Professional Practices Committee receives many inquiries from school psychologists seeking guidance about challenging situations. In this session, the committee will share questions raised by NASP members and invite participants to join them in discussing contemporary issues including digital communication and recordkeeping, privileged communication, and ethical considerations related to response to intervention and mental health services.

Leigh Armistead, EdD, NCSP, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC
Susan Jacob, PhD, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant
Fred Provenzano, PhD, NCSP, Private Practice, Seattle, WA
Melissa Pearrow, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Juliette Madigan, NCSP, Cleveland Municipal School District, OH; and
Laurie Klose, PhD,
Texas State University, San Marcos

PKG2A:Assessment and Intervention (10.25 Hours)

DS01: Translating RTI Case Law into Practice for Struggling Readers

This recent case law addressing schools’ duty to develop individualized reading programs for students diagnosed with or suspected of having SLD in reading, and to implement the programs with fidelity. Also included will be research-based practices that are consistent with previous case law findings.

Matthew Burns, PhD, and Shanna Sadeh, JD, MA, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

WS17: Evidence for Methods of Identification of SLD: A Classification Perspective

This workshop addresses the conceptual and empirical bases for the cognitive discrepancy, low achievement, and instructional response frameworks for learning disability (LD) identification. A hybrid model blending low achievement and instructional response methods is proposed with implications for conducting a comprehensive evaluation per the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004.

The objectives for participants are as follow:

  • understand research underlying different methods for LD identification,
  • gain greater appreciation of the historical and conceptual basis for LD identification, and
  • enhance capacity for conducting comprehensive evaluations of LD.

Jack M. Fletcher, PhD, University of Houston, TX

WS31: Evaluation and Treatment of Executive Functioning, New Data, New Ideas

This presentation will provide an overview the of historical and current theories and definitions of executive functioning (EF), discuss the most current research reflecting the core issues that comprise these hypothesized functions, and review behaviors considered characteristic of EF as well as current diagnostic protocols and intervention. The presentation will include a discussion of data from the largest epidemiological/standardization sample completed thus far, examining EF in the general population of children.

Jack A. Naglieri, PhD, ABAP, University of Virginia, Fairfax, VA;
Sam Goldstein, PhD, Neurology, Learning and Behavior Center, Salt Lake City, UT

WS22: IDEA Trends, Rules, and Survival Tactics: A Legal Update on School

Law [LEGAL/ETHICS]

School psychologists are confronted daily with an ever-changing labyrinth of federal and state regulatory pitfalls relating to special education and Section 504 accommodation. This workshop, delivered by a school law practitioner with decades of school district legal counseling, who has litigated special education and Section 504 disputes in six different states, will present plain-spoken, battle tested best practice suggestions for compliant special education delivery and handling of difficult special education issues.

John B. Comegno II, Esquire, Comegno Law Group, P.C., Moorestown, NJ

PKG2B: Diversity (10.25 Hours)

DS08: Individual Counseling with LGBTQ Students: Ethical and Affirmative Practices

Affirmative counseling strategies can help support LGBTQ students experiencing difficulties. These strategies include supporting identity development and disclosure, and managing discrimination and homophobia. Additionally, by adhering to professional and ethical mandates, school psychologists can be advocates for LGBTQ students and work to educate others about harmful practices such as reparative therapy.

Emily S. Fisher, PhD, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA;
Kelly S. Kennedy, PhD, Chapman University, Orange, CA

WS13: Addressing Equity and Disproportionality and Family Engagement within Behavior Support Efforts

This session examines how behavior support processes can be a vehicle for addressing equity and disproportionality in discipline (e.g., suspensions) and enhancing family and community engagement. Through lecture, guided exercises, and discussion, participants will develop strategies for using data to assess current strengths and weaknesses of equity and family engagement. Descriptive menus of prevention and intervention strategies will be included to help participants develop school improvement plans that encompass both equity and family engagement.

Randall S. Sprick, PhD, Teaching Strategies Inc. and Safe & Civil Schools, Eugene, OR ;                                                                                                                                                                                  
Jose L. Torres, PhD, JLT Education and Psychology Consulting, Richardson, TX;
Ilene Brown Harper, Fort Bend Independent School District, Sugar Land, TX

WS27: RTI for English Language Learners: Appropriate Screening, Intervention, and Progress Monitoring

The objectives of this workshop are to enable participants to

  • identify unique cultural, linguistic, and experiential factors that affect English language learners’ (ELLs’) achievement;
  • identify appropriate screening and progress monitoring tools;
  • set appropriate yet rigorous goals for ELLs; and
  • provide appropriate instruction and interventions for ELLs.

Presenters will discuss the importance of students’ linguistic and cultural backgrounds, an overview of second language development, and factors that affect students’ learning. Research on screening, progress monitoring, and instruction and interventions within an RTI framework will be reviewed and explicit recommendations provided.

Julie Esparza Brown, PhD and Amanda K. Sanford, PhD, Portland State University, OR

WS22: IDEA Trends, Rules, and Survival Tactics: A Legal Update on School Law [LEGAL/ETHICS]

School psychologists are confronted daily with an ever-changing labyrinth of federal and state regulatory pitfalls relating to special education and Section 504 accommodation. This workshop, delivered by a school law practitioner with decades of school district legal counseling, who has litigated special education and Section 504 disputes in six different states, will present plain-spoken, battle tested best practice suggestions for compliant special education delivery and handling of difficult special education issues.

John B. Comegno II, Esquire,Comegno Law Group, P.C., Moorestown, NJ

Recording Packages