Fall Conference

Registration for the 2022 Fall conference is now live!

If you'd like more information on the sessions, including topics and speakers 
click here.

Register

2022 Spring Lecture Series

Registration is now open for the 2022 Spring Lecture Series! This great PD opportunity features state- and nationally-recognized speakers, and can be accessed from your home or office. A total of 24 clock hours are available, and are included with registration.

Registration Rate (for the entire spring lecture series)

  • Members: $100 for practitioners; $25 for students/retired
  • Non-members: $200 for practitioners; $50 for students/retired
  • Out of State Non-members: $200 for practitioners; $50 for students/retired
    *Note: Those not residing in Washington State can still apply for membership and receive member only pricing.
Register


    March 11
    , 2022

    AM Session (3 hours) - 9AM

    Title: Assessing Racially and Ethnically Minoritized Students

    Speaker: Dr. Charles Barrett


    Participants will be exposed to comprehensive, evidence-based, and practitioner friendly assessment models to effectively differentiate between language difference and disability(particularly Specific Learning Disability) for English Learner (EL) students and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) for Black students. Additionally, participants will develop the skills necessary to effectively design culturally responsive assessment batteries to assess racially and ethnically minoritized(REM)students’ cognitive abilities, academic skills, and social, emotional, and behavioral functioning. Related to ADHD, specific emphasis will be placed on how rater characteristics influence diagnostic decisions. An interactive workshop with multiple opportunities for active engagement, participants will be encouraged to consider the manner in which data are gathered throughout the assessment process and inform next steps for children and adolescents. Implications for school-based psychological practice and influencing practice and policy decisions in local school divisions related to serving REM students and families will be discussed.


    PM Session (3 hours) - 1PM

    TitleBest Practices for Social Justice in Schools 

    Speaker: Dr. Charles Barrett


    Having been recently adopted as a strategic goal of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), this session will discuss the significance of social justice to all aspects of school psychology and education, including research, practice (prevention and intervention),teaching, advocacy, and policy. Practical suggestions for embedding a social justice paradigm into school-based services for students, families, schools, and communities will be provided and resources to support professional learning about social justice will be highlighted

    April 8, 2022

    AM Session (3 hours) - 9AM

    Title: Collaborative Problem Solving with Parents & Integrated Home-School Interventions (Part 1)

    Speaker: Dennis Simon

    Materials: PowerPoint | Activity Sheet


    Effective collaboration with parents is essential to support students experiencing behavioral and/or academic challenges. School psychologists have unique opportunities to implement integrated intervention plans that coordinate individual, classroom, and family strategies. This workshop presents a Problem-solving Parent Conference (PPC) model that applies empirically supported systemic-behavioral intervention strategies to coordinated home-school interventions for student behavioral-social-emotional problems. PPC is a practical solution-focused approach that taps family, student, and school strengths and community supports. PPC’s 5-stage protocol is designed to simultaneously address the individual and systemic functions of behavior. Case illustrations, training exercises, and discussion examine skills for engaging parents, managing resistance and conflicts, understanding family dynamics, and coordinating collaborative home-school problem-solving. PPC assesses individual, family, and school resources and barriers to change, then designs intervention plans to simultaneously address the individual and systemic functions of behavior at home and school. Additionally, a comprehensive school-centered case conceptualization approach that links assessment to intervention across school and home contexts will be delineated. Within this framework, strategies for assisting parents and teachers to coordinate their efforts in supporting students with specific internalizing and externalizing issues will be described. A parallel paradigm for structuring multi-tiered systems of support for parents will be presented. Coordinated home-school interventions can achieve sustained improvements in student functioning.


    PM Session (3 hours) - 1PM

    Title: Collaborative Problem Solving with Parents & Integrated Home-School Interventions (Part 2)

    SpeakerDennis Simon



    May 6, 2022

    AM Session (3 hours) - 9AM

    Title: Strengthening Executive Functioning Across the Tiers

    Speaker: Dr. Peg Dawson


    We’ve come a long way since the early days of RTI (Response-to-Intervention), which began with a focus on academic skills acquisition and progress monitoring. An MTSS model assumes that meeting students’ academic, behavioral, and social needs begins in the general education classroom (Tier 1). Central to the model is both a decision-making process to determine when a Tier 1 intervention is insufficient and the assumption that increasing intensities of interventions are built in at the Tier 2 and Tier 3 levels. It has become clear to educators that focusing on traditional academic performance does not address some critical skills that underlie academic success, in particular, executive skills. These are brain-based skills that, quite succinctly, students need to execute tasks, and they include skills such as planning, organization, time management, impulse control, and emotional regulation. This workshop will provide a quick introduction to executive skills and why they are critical to school success. Dr. Dawson will then outline a process for addressing executive skill challenges at each tier at both the elementary and the secondary levels


    PM Session (3 hours) - 1PM

    Title: School Law for School Psychs: Beyond Special Education (Part 1)

    Speaker: Dr. Shirley Woika & Anne McGinnis


    This two-part workshop series will provide participants with a review of legal issues and caselaw in educational settings. Legal issues surrounding current hot topics in schools will be presented. Sample topics include student threat assessment/school violence, student freedom of expression in off campus/social media speech, challenges to mindfulness programs, and the use of service animals. Attendees will apply legal principles to determine an appropriate course of action. Participants will increase knowledge of educational rights of all students and be given resources to share this knowledge.

    May 27, 2022

    AM Session (3 hours) - 9AM

    Title: How to Engage Teachers in Understanding and Addressing Executive Functioning Skills

    Speaker: Dr. Peg Dawson


    School psychologists likely are the best-informed school personnel when it comes to understanding executive skills and how they impact learning. They are not, however, in the best position to help students strengthen executive skills. Executive skills can be considered habits of mind, and to build habits requires daily opportunities for practice. No school employee is better positioned to help students with weak executive skills than classroom teachers—because they are with students every day. Through in-service training, school psychologists have the opportunity to educate teachers about the nature of executive skills and their importance to the learning process. Through case consultation, school psychologists can assist teachers in designing classroom-based interventions to address executive skill challenges on a class wide or an individual basis. This workshop will introduce a variety of activities that school psychologists can use for in-service training as well as a consultation process for helping teachers manage executive skill challenges in the classroom.


    PM Session (3 hours) - 1PM

    Title: School Law for School Psychs: Beyond Special Education (Part 2)

    Speaker: Dr. Shirley Woika & Anne McGinnis


    This two-part workshop series will provide participants with a review of legal issues and caselaw in educational settings. Legal issues surrounding current hot topics in schools will be presented. Sample topics include student threat assessment/school violence, student freedom of expression in off campus/social media speech, challenges to mindfulness programs, and the use of service animals. Attendees will apply legal principles to determine an appropriate course of action. Participants will increase knowledge of educational rights of all students and be given resources to share this knowledge.


    Archived Sessions

    Interested in accessing handouts and PowerPoints from previous years? You can find them here, without purchasing the webinar.

    If you'd like to purchase previous sessions of the Spring Lecture Series and watch them in their entirety, you can register here and within 72 hours, you'll be sent the link to watch the video(s) you purchased. The price includes clock hours (which you'll receive after doing the evaluation). The 2020 SLS is available for $40/session. Previous 2014-2019 SLS sessions are available for $25-30/session.

    Washington State Association of School Psychologists
    816 W. Francis Ave #214
    Spokane, WA 99205
    contact@wsasp.org
    509-724-1587

    Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software