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Summer Conferences Offer Excellent Value and Convenient Timing

By Anthony M. Adamowski

We all know how difficult it can be to get the training you need during the school year. Paperwork piles up, cases need attention, and the meetings can seem endless. It can be hard to find time to meet your deadlines, let alone get the training you need to help you tackle tough issues. Summer break is the perfect opportunity to catch up on your professional development and the NASP 2011 Summer Conferences offer you an ideal forum with concentrated, relevant training presented by industry experts and up to 18 hours of NASP-, APA-, and NBCC-approved CPD at each conference.

Conferences focus on issues and skills critical to our profession. Registration fees include extensive handout materials, daily lunch and breaks, a Tuesday evening networking reception, and a certificate of attendance attesting to CPD credits earned. Participants also have the option of attending one of two full-day preconference workshops on Monday.

Indianapolis, IN, July 11–13, 2011. In Indianapolis, summer conference attendees can choose from a robust list of breakout sessions that will provide specific cognitive–behavioral intervention strategies to use in a school setting, offer an interactive demonstration on individual interventions for reading and math, and provide user-friendly, evidence-based interventions that target organization and homework difficulties.

General sessions for this conference will help attendees find the right spark for motivating resistant learners and better understanding psychotropic medications. The preconference workshops will focus on behavioral interventions for challenging students and best practices in data-based decision making.

Atlantic City, NJ, July 25–27, 2011. The summer conference in Atlantic City will cover everything from RTI to ethics to legal issues. Attendees can attend breakout sessions that will improve their ability to navigate through complex pediatric neuropsychiatric conditions, teach them how to improve academic learning in students with memory impairments, and give them tools to help them implement an ethical decision-making model.

The general sessions will offer a chance to hear two attorneys square off on special education issues as well as an opportunity to get tools to help address social, emotional, and behavioral aspects within the RTI framework. Preconference workshops will feature a discussion on how to integrate RTI with cognitive neuropsychology and techniques for assessing students who are not responding to Tier 2 interventions.

For more information and to register. You can read full session descriptions for each city, and register for both conferences by visiting www.nasponline.org/summerconferences. Be sure to register by June 8 to save on your conference fees. Join us for what promises to be an engaging learning opportunity!

Anthony M. Adamowski is the NASP Summer Conference chair.