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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

Special Events

There are so many fun things to do at the annual convention. Adding some special events to your schedule is a great way to spice up your convention experience!

SE001: Red Cross Training: Foundations of Disaster Mental Health

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 2:00 P.M.–6:00 P.M.

This tailored version of the American Red Cross's Foundations for 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. This 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. Participants will learn how to work within Red Cross protocol to assist people in emergencies. This session is sponsored by the Convention Committee. Preregistration and a $20 materials and processing fee are required.

SE001: Red Cross Training: Foundations of Disaster Mental Health

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 2:00 P.M.–6:00 P.M.

NASP thanks the American Red Cross for its sponsorship of this session. This tailored version of the American Red Cross’s 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. Participants will learn how to work within Red Cross protocol to assist people in emergencies. This session is sponsored by the Convention Committee. Preregistration and a $20 materials and processing fee are required.

SE002: 5K Walk/Run

Thursday, February 19, 2015 6:30 A.M.–8:00 A.M.

Looking for a fun fitness event at the Convention? Try the 5K Walk/Run—It’s-About-Time Tour. There's a fabulous course for all--runners, joggers, and walkers—and you can choose to be professionally timed or not, walk or run, fast or slow. Plus, we’ll have medals for outstanding 5K timed finishers. It’s about time, isn’t it? For warm rays, fresh air, and a little fun! Reserve your spot by adding SE002 to your registration. Register BEFORE January 21, fee $35, t-shirt guaranteed. After January 21, fee $45, t-shirt not guaranteed.

SE002: Securing, Navigating, and Thriving in Your First Job as a School Psychologist

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 3:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M.

Anxious about starting your first job as a school psychologist? This session offers tips on the latest technology, as well as successful practices. Presenters will review how to effectively use Web-based application services and the NASP Online Career Center, how to develop powerful résumés, how to correspond with prospective employers, why a professional portfolio is vital to your continued success, and how to make the mot of your interviews. The session will also provide tips for a great first year so you can get the job done with a minimum of stress. The fee is $10, and preregistration is required.

SE003: 5K Walk/Run

The Do-It-Yourself 5K Walk/Run returns thanks to our enthusiastic registrants and 31 state association sponsors. It's DIY, so run or walk anytime you wish. You pick the course using NASP-provided maps and directions. Or select a volunteer-led run or walk. Best of all, all proceeds after expenses are paid benefit Life Pieces to Masterpieces—an awesome DC-based charity. To guarantee a t-shirt, you must be registered for the 5K by January 19, otherwise a t-shirt is not guaranteed. Registration fee: $30.

SE004: NASP Children's Fund Auction

Thursday, February 20, 2014 6:00 P.M.–7:30 P.M.

Join the Children's Fund Trustees and friends at the social event of the convention! Exciting items will be available for bidding via silent and live auctions. Proceeds are used to support grants and projects benefiting children and youth. Participate, too, in our bring-a-book campaign benefiting Everybody Wins DC, devoted to promoting children’s literacy and a love of learning through shared reading experiences with caring individuals. Become part of this inspiring literacy effort by donating a book of your choice appropriate for K-5. Book Drop-off: Children’s Fund Booth, NASP Exhibit Hall. Auction Admission Tickets: $10 (in advance, using code SE004 on your registration, or at the door).

SE004: MHS Breakfast *DO NOT POST*

Thursday, February 19, 2015 7:30 A.M.–9:00 A.M.

SE004: NASP Children's Fund Auction

Thursday, February 19, 2015 6:00 P.M.–7:30 P.M.

Please join the Children's Fund Trustees for a gala celebration that features both live and silent auctions. Proceeds from this event will be used to help fund Basic Needs/Mental Health Grants, Service Grants, Youth Empowerment Grants, Disaster Relief Grants, and the local Children's Fund Project in the Orlando area. Admission to the auction is $10. Auction items may be dropped off in the Parrot 2 room on the Ballroom Level of the Swan 2:00–5:00 p.m., Tuesday; 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Wednesday; and 8:00 a.m.–noon, Thursday.

SE005: Nova Southeastern University Graduates Networking Reception

Thursday, February 19, 2015 8:00 P.M.–10:00 P.M.

SE005: Trainers of School Psychologists Reception and Poster Session

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 5:00 P.M.–9:30 P.M.

SE006: Trainers of School Psychologists Annual National Conference

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:00 A.M.–3:50 P.M.

SE006: Michigan State University School Psychology Program Reception

Thursday, February 19, 2015 4:30 P.M.–6:30 P.M.

Michigan State University School Psychology Program reception for students, faculty, and alumni attending the NASP convention

SE007: Multicultural Meet and Greet Event

Thursday, February 19, 2015 8:30 A.M.–9:50 A.M.

Come to a celebration of diversity and cultural awareness in school psychology. Network and mingle with colleagues, hear about the current initiatives and accomplishments of the Multicultural Affairs and the GLBTQ Committees, and meet the 2015 Minority Scholarship recipients. Open to all attendees.

SE007: 32nd Annual Past Presidents Roast and Gala Reception

Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:00 P.M.–7:00 P.M.

Come one, come all to this event honoring Kevin Dwyer, NASP's 31st president (1999–2000). A unique opportunity to learn of the ups and downs of the presidency and to hear Kevin honored by friends and colleagues. The roast will be followed by a Gala Reception for all NASP past-presidents.

SE008: Washington, DC Welcome Party

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 9:00 P.M.–12:00 A.M.

Join us for the social kick-off of the convention at the Washington, DC Welcome Party! Enjoy an evening of music, socializing, dancing and a good time for all! Light refreshments and a cash bar will be provided. See you there!

SE008: 33rd Annual Past Presidents Roast

Thursday, February 19, 2015 4:30 P.M.–6:00 P.M.

Gene Cash, NASP 2008–2009 President, will be roasted by his friends and colleagues.

SE009: International School Psychology Reception

Thursday, February 19, 2015 4:00 P.M.–6:00 P.M.

Everyone is invited. This reception, sponsored by the International School Psychology Association (ISPA). This event honors those school psychologists attending the convention from all countries. Come meet NASP members with an interest in international school psychology and colleagues from around the world. Learn about ISPA and the summer conference.

SE009: Graduate Student Outing

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 9:00 P.M.–12:00 A.M.

Please join fellow school psychology graduate students for an evening of fun at Penn Social. The venue has two floors with three bars and a great selection of games. Try one of the 30+ draft beers or enjoy a game of corn hole, billiards, skee ball, or many others. It’s a great space to relax and have fun with other school psychology students!


Penn Social is easily accessed by the Metro subway Red Line. Just get on the Metro at the Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro stop, very near the two official NASP convention hotels, and get off four stops later at the Gallery Place/Chinatown stop. Be sure to wear your name badge in the venue (though not on the Metro), to be easily identified as a NASP convention student attendee.


Penn Social
801 E Street, NW
Washington, DC

SE010: NASP President's Reception

Friday, February 21, 2014 6:30 P.M.–8:30 P.M.

NASP thanks Forrest T. Jones & Company, Inc., for its continuing sponsorship of the President's Reception. By invitation only.

SE011: International School Psychology Reception

Thursday, February 20, 2014 4:00 P.M.–6:00 P.M.

Everyone is invited to this reception, which honors those school psychologists attending the convention from all countries. Come meet NASP members with an interest in international school psychology and colleagues from around the world. Learn about the International School Psychology Association and ISPA summer conference.

SE011: Student Welcome Orientation

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 4:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M.

Students will learn best practices for convention attendance, get networking tips from school psychology leaders, and connect with other students regarding practice and/or research interests. After the orientation event, the Student Development Workgroup invites students to gather in the Kimono’s Lounge for a social from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

SE012: Graduate Student Capitol Hill Experience

Thursday, February 20, 2014 12:15 P.M.–4:00 P.M.

Join fellow graduate students and interact with your elected officials on Capitol Hill. Meet with your state’s officials and advocate for public policy related to school psychology, mental health, and graduate studies. Members of the NASP GPR Committee will help prepare you for your visit and accompany you during the event. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss! The fee is $5, and preregistration is required.


Metro passes will be sold for $10 each (cash only) from 12:00 – 12:15 p.m.

SE013: Multicultural Meet and Greet Breakfast

Thursday, February 20, 2014 8:30 A.M.–9:50 A.M.

Join your colleagues in a celebration of diversity and cultural awareness. Network and mingle over a complimentary continental breakfast; hear about the current initiatives of the Multicultural Affairs and GLBTQ Committees; and meet the 2014 Minority Scholarship recipients. Open to all attendees.

SE013: NASP Book Conversation

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 3:00 P.M.–3:50 P.M.

Join Shelley Hart, co-author of Identifying, Assessing, and Treating Bipolar Disorder at School (Developmental Psychopathology at School) for a discussion about what school psychologists need to know about bipolar disorder and children. This straightforward resource clears up misconceptions about the condition and outlines its complex presentation in young people.

SE014: Capitol Hill Visits

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 12:30 P.M.–5:00 P.M.

Join fellow school psychologists and interact with your elected officials on Capitol Hill to advocate for children, families, and school psychology. Members of the NASP Government and Professional Relations (GPR) Committee will help prepare you for your visit and accompany you to the Hill. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won’t want to miss!
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SE015: Society for the Study of School Psychology Member Reception

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 6:00 P.M.–7:30 P.M.

SSSP Membership and SRPCC Reception

SE015: NASP Book Group Conversation

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 3:00 P.M.–3:50 P.M.

Join Furlong, Gilman, and Huebner, editors of Handbook of Positive Psychology in Schools, Second Edition, for a discussion about the latest research on hope, optimism, signature strengths, gratitude, and other themes of positive psychology. This event is sponsored by the Positive Psychology and Prevention and Promotion of Psychological Wellness Special Interest Groups.

SE016: Trainers of School Psychologists poster session

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 5:30 P.M.–9:00 P.M.

SE016: Student Welcome Orientation

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 4:00 P.M.–5:00 P.M.

Students will learn best practices for convention attendance, get networking tips from school psychology leaders, and connect with other students with similar practice and/or research interests. After the event, the Student Development Workgroup invites students to gather in the Stone’s Throw Restaurant and Bar, in the Marriott Wardman Park hotel lobby, for a social from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

SE017: NASP Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:00 P.M.–7:00 P.M.

Congratulations to the NASP 2014 Award Recipients! NASP awards recognize individuals who exemplify professional excellence in school psychology or support the mission of the profession in a significant way. In honoring these individuals, NASP seeks to celebrate their contributions to the profession and improved outcomes for children, families, and schools. Don’t miss this chance to honor the year’s select group of individual award winners. Help NASP congratulate the recipients of the 2014 School Psychologist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Minority Scholarship, Government and Professional Relations, Henkin Scholarship, and Student Research awards. Selected from among our colleagues across the country, these individuals exemplify the best in daily practice, innovation, and advocacy on behalf of school psychologists and the children, families, and schools we serve. Light refreshments will be served following the awards ceremony.

SE018: Welcome Orientation

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 8:00 A.M.–9:00 A.M.

Designed especially for new NASP members and first-time attendees, the Welcome Orientation is open to all convention attendees and guests. Receive an overview of the convention and learn how to benefit most from your attendance. This is the time to hear from NASP leaders and convention organizers, ask questions, interact with colleagues, and make new friends.

SE019: NASP Florida Welcome Party

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 9:00 P.M.–12:00 A.M.

Join us for the social kick-off of the convention at the Florida Welcome Party! Enjoy an evening of music, socializing, dancing and a good time for all! Light refreshments and a cash bar will be provided. See you there!

SE019: Welcome Orientation

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:00 A.M.–9:00 A.M.

Designed especially for new NASP members and first-time attendees, the Welcome Orientation is open to all convention attendees and guests. Receive an overview of the convention and learn how to benefit most from your attendance. This is the time to hear from NASP leaders and convention organizers, ask questions, interact with colleagues, and make new friends.

SE020: Trainers of School Psychologists Keynote Address

Monday, February 17, 2014 6:00 P.M.–9:00 P.M.

SE020: NASP Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 6:00 P.M.–7:00 P.M.

Congratulations to the NASP 2015 Award Recipients! NASP awards recognize individuals who exemplify professional excellence in school psychology or support the mission of the profession in a significant way. In honoring these individuals, NASP seeks to celebrate their contributions to the profession and improved outcomes for children, families, and schools. Don’t miss this chance to honor the year’s select group of individual award winners. Help NASP congratulate the recipients of the 2015 School Psychologist of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Minority Scholarship, Government and Professional Relations, Henkin Scholarship, and Student Research awards. Selected from among our colleagues across the country, these individuals exemplify the best in daily practice, innovation, and advocacy on behalf of school psychologists and the children, families, and schools we serve. Light refreshments will be served following the awards ceremony. NASP Thanks PAR for their ongoing sponsorship of the NASP Awards Reception.

SE021: NASP Awards Reception *DO NOT POST*

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 7:00 P.M.–8:00 P.M.

SE022: NASP Graduate Student Outing

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 9:00 P.M.–12:00 A.M.

"After an eventful day of convention presentations and events, come socialize, meet other graduate students from around the nation, and enjoy 20% off bowling, food, and beverages at Splitsville Luxury Lanes (with your NASP convention name badge only). Splitsville, a vintage, retro-style bowling alley with a fresh spin on music, dining and entertainment, is located in Downtown Disney®, is a short walk from the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. A complimentary bus to the Downtown Disney® area departs every 15–25 minutes from the front entrances of both the Swan wing and the Dolphin wings of the resort. Splitsville Luxury Lanes does not accept formal reservations, and all dining and bowling is on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure you arrive early and don't forget to bring your convention name badge! Downtown Disney® West Side 1494 East Buena Vista Drive Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830 Phone: 407-938-PINS (7467) See more at: www.splitsvillelanes.com"

SE023: NASP President's Reception

Friday, February 20, 2015 6:30 P.M.–8:30 P.M.

NASP thanks Forrest T. Jones & Company, Inc., for its continuing sponsorship of the President's Reception. By invitation only.

SE024: NASP Night at the Movies: Race to Nowhere

Thursday, February 19, 2015 8:00 P.M.–10:00 P.M.

Race to Nowhere is a film that calls us to challenge current thinking about how to prepare our students for success. The film unveils the dark side of America’s educational culture by weaving the stories of students from across the country who are pushed to the brink of mental and physical exhaustion by over-scheduling, over-testing, and the relentless pressure to achieve. Four years and 7,000 screenings later, Race to Nowhere has ignited a nationwide, grassroots movement to reclaim healthy childhood and rethink what’s possible in education. The film continues to be an enduring touchstone for parents, educators, students, and health professionals seeking to raise awareness, engage their school community and inspire community-wide action that prioritizes the quality of students’ learning and well being. The film's director, Vicki Abeles, will lead a discussion following the film. Abeles is a parent, filmmaker, author and advocate for children and families. Popcorn will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

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