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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

Types of Sessions


There are several important factors that you'll want to consider when you're choosing sessions to attend at the NASP 2013 Annual Convention. There are different types of session, and each session is assigned a skill level, grade type, and practice model domain. Below are details on decoding each of these different descriptors.


Each of the more than 1,200 sessions at the convention is assigned an identifier that begins with two letters indicating the type of session. Different types of sessions offer different learning formats and opportunities to interact with presenters and colleagues.

Learn Valuable Skills 

Mini-Skills Presentations (MS) are in-depth sessions designed to teach participants specific skills, such as research proficiencies, counseling techniques, or specific assessment methods.

Get the Latest Research

Paper Presentations (PA) cover a broad range of topics, including innovative practice, research, program evaluation, data-based practice, and other areas of interest.

Poster Presentations (PO) are visual displays that provide an interactive format for the presentation of research, data, and innovative practices. Posters are displayed concurrently, by topic strands, and participants can read and discuss posters with authors during the sessions.

Interact With Colleagues  

Participant Information Exchange sessions (PI) are roundtable discussions with facilitators and a small group of interested participants. 

Interest Group Networking Sessions (IG) bring together school psychologists who have similar interests and face similar challenges, ranging from adoption and foster care to urban school psychology.

Special Events (SE) offer a fun way to gather with colleagues during the convention with events like the Children's Fund Auction and the 5K Walk/Run! 

Hear Different Viewpoints 

Symposia Presentations (SY) include three or more presentations on a common theme. Presented together, they offer several views on a single topic or issue. Following the presentations, a discussant provides reactions.

Examine Profession-Wide Issues

The Keynote Address and Featured Sessions (FS) let you hear from thought leaders and profession insiders who will share their insights on the future direction of school psychology.

Special Sessions (SS) are sponsored by NASP leaders, workgroups, and committees to address specific projects and priorities of the association. Unlike mini-skills, papers, posters, and symposia, the special sessions are not selected through the peer-review process.

The President's Special Strands (PSSS) were selected by NASP President Amy R. Smith to help carry the convention theme throughout the week.

Earn Continuing Professional Development

Documented Sessions (DS) are a great way to get documented CPD! Sessions focus on a range of professional issues and cater to advanced experience levels. Registration and a $5 processing fee are required to attend these sessions. 

NASP Convention Workshops (WS) offer half- and full-day opportunities to get intensive training on the latest issues in school psychology. Plus, workshops offer documented CPD! Registration and a fee are required to attend these sessions.


Sessions at the convention also assigned different skill levels so that attendees can tailor their sessions to their level of expertise.

Skill Levels

  1. Introduction: Aimed at participants with no real background in the topic area.
  2. Intermediate: Aimed at participants with limited background in the topic area.
  3. Advanced: Aimed at participants with some theoretical/practical background in the topic area.


A session's grade level focus is indicated through the following key, allowing you to easily choose sessions designed for the age groups you serve.

Grade Levels Key
A = Preschool, B = Elementary School, C = Middle School, D = High School


NASP's Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services, or NASP Practice Model, represents NASP's official policy regarding the delivery of school psychological services, which are outlined in 10 domains of practice. The domains covered by a session are indicated by their corresponding numbers after the letters "PMD". Get more detailed information on the NASP Practice Model.