Convention FAQs

Once I register for the convention, do I have to pay to attend sessions?

No. Your convention registration includes access to more than 1,200 sessions. You can add paid sessions and events like Documented Sessions and NASP Convention Workshops to expand your registration and earn documented CPD, but they are entirely optional.

What is included in the registration fee?

More than 1,200 sessions and events, including:

  • Admission to the Exhibit Hall
  • Convention Mentor Program
  • Featured Sessions (FS)
  • Field-Based Skills Sessions (FBS)
  • Interest Group Networking Sessions (IG)
  • Keynote Address (KY)
  • Mini-Skills Presentations (MS)
  • Paper Presentations (PA)
  • Poster Presentations (PO)
  • Practitioner Conversation Sessions (PC)
  • Special Sessions (SS)
  • Symposium Presentations (SY)
What is not included in the registration fee?
  • Meals
  • Documented Sessions (DS)
  • NASP Convention Workshops (WS)
  • Red Cross Training
  • Session Recording Packages
What are Session Recording Packages?

Session Recording Packages allow you the flexibility to watch recorded convention sessions on your own time after the convention is over. Each package contains three sessions recorded on site, with the option to add the 3-hour legal regulations session.

How and when do I receive the Session Recording Packages?

These sessions can be preordered when registering or on site in the registration area. Sessions will be available for on-demand viewing in the NASP Online Learning Center beginning in May 2020. Watch at your convenience to earn documented CPD from home. These sessions also can be purchased in the Online Learning Center beginning in May 2020. If you preordered recorded sessions, you will be notified when they are available in your Online Learning Center account.

Why should I purchase them now if they aren't available until April?

Convention attendees receive an additional discount when preordering these packages prior to or at the convention. This discount cannot be applied after the convention.

How will I receive the Session Recording Packages?

All sessions will be available as streaming content using your NASP login information in the NASP Online Learning Center. You will have the opportunity to watch the sessions as much as you like, pausing or rewinding as needed, for 120 days after they are loaded into your account. You can start watching from your school computer and finish watching on your home computer, and the system will save your place when you log back in.

How long will I have access to sessions in the Online Learning Center?

Once sessions are loaded into your account, you have 120 days to watch them.

Will there be a convention app again this year?

Yes, the app will have many of the same features as it did in 2019 and will be available for download beginning in January 2020. Convention registrants will receive an email at that time with instructions to download the app.

Can I add sessions after I've already registered?

Absolutely! Follow the instructions in your confirmation email to add to your initial registration. You also can add sessions and events on site at any of the Assisted Registration counters.

I need documented, NASP- and APA-approved CPD. How do I get it?

You can earn documented continuing professional development credits on site in NASP Convention Workshops (3 or 6 hours each) and Documented Sessions (1.25 hours each), and by purchasing Session Recording Packages (up to 10.25 hours each) for viewing at a later date. All sessions are NASP-approved, and NASP is also approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NASP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Do I get any discounts with my registration?

As a convention attendee, you can take advantage of specially negotiated rates at one of five official NASP convention hotels in Baltimore. You also can get discounts or deals at local eateries, shops, and attractions through the Baltimore CVB’s Show Your Badge Program. Find details in the hotel and travel section.

Is there a way to save more on my hotel costs?

Yes. Using NASP’s Roommate Locator Assistance Service lets you find a roommate for the convention and significantly reduce your hotel costs.

Can you help me explain the importance of attending to my supervisor?

We have tools that you can use to help explain the value of attending the convention to your supervisor, including talking points and a customizable letter that you can download.

How can I be a presenter at the convention?

The deadline to submit a proposal for the 2020 convention has passed. The next annual convention will be held February 23–26, 2021, in Salt Lake City, UT. The Call for Presentation Proposals information for the 2021 convention will be available on site in Baltimore, MD, and on the NASP website thereafter.

The size of the Exhibit Hall is overwhelming. How do I find a specific exhibitor?

A map of the Exhibit Hall will be in your registration packet when you check in on site, and the Exhibit Hall Handbook will be available for download online closer to the convention. You also can view a list of exhibitors and make a checklist of the booths you wish to visit using the NASP convention app, which will launch in January 2020. In both cases, exhibitors appear in alphabetical order with a description and their booth number.

Why isn’t the Exhibit Hall open on Tuesday when the convention starts?

Setup of booths in the Exhibit Hall is a massive effort which takes two and a half days to complete. The exhibitors also need time to stock the booths.

Why isn’t the hall open on Wednesday morning?

The general session with the keynote speaker is a significant convention event for the organization. Nothing else is scheduled at that time, to allow attendees to enjoy the session.

Why are there no early morning hours for the Exhibit Hall?

More than half of the entities that purchase booths have only one representative present. Exhibitor rules require that the booth be staffed at all times. The booth hours are set in a manner to acknowledge exhibitors’ need for a reasonable work schedule. Even then, they may need to be absent for brief periods to attend to personal needs.

I am an employer/recruiter and would like to conduct interviews. What do I need to do?

For the past few years, many employers/recruiters have had Exhibit Hall booths to promote their organizations and solicit candidates. On-site interviews have been handled in a variety of ways but not organized through NASP. Some have interviewed within the confines of the booth. Others have found appropriate spots in the hall, or public areas in the hotels or convention center to meet candidates.

Convention Mentor Program

Connect with an experienced school psychology professional on site. Students may sign up only as mentees, whereas all other members may sign up as mentors and/or mentees.