Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

NASP 2009 Summer Conferences: Promoting Competence, Creating Capacity

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

NASP 2009 Summer Conferences: Promoting Competence, Creating Capacity

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For many school psychologists, summer is an easier time than most to devote more than a few hours to continuing professional development. Some colleagues are finding this more of an issue as a result of budget and travel restrictions due to the economic downturn. We all need professional development that is affordable, logistically doable, and highly relevant to our work. Keeping our skills up has never been more important.

The NASP 2009 School Psychology Summer Conferences in Washington, DC, July 13-15, 2009 and Albuquerque, NM, July 20-22, 2009 offer the perfect opportunity. Building on our successful 5-year partnership with the American Healthcare Institute (AHI), we have brought the summer conferences fully under the umbrella of NASP's high quality professional development leadership. School psychologists will have access to the level of outstanding professional development found at our annual convention, only in a more intimate context and over summer break. Both conferences focus on issues and skills critical to the profession. Each is thematically organized to provide a comprehensive learning experience that links knowledge across topics. And, new this year, all workshops and sessions at both conferences (18 hours each) qualify as NASP, APA, and NBCC Approved.

Advocacy: Creating Capacity for the Provision of Quality ServicesWashington, DC, July 13-15, 2009

Effective practice relies on sound policy. Advocacy - professional, personal, and legislative - is essential to securing sound policy. In fact, it is not possible to separate the need to advocate for appropriate policies and programs from positive outcomes for students, families, and schools. School psychologists who have the capacity to integrate advocacy into their regular professional responsibilities can improve their visibility and effectiveness. The expanding role of school psychologists makes this a vital professional skill. This is particularly true given the current climate of budget cuts where role promotion and protection maybe essential. Advocating effective policies and your role involves creating positive relations with school administrators and parents as well as school boards and legislators. At its core, effective advocacy builds capacity to increase allies and resources and to translate the important everyday work of school psychologists into the decisionmaking terms of educational leaders and policymakers.

NASP's 2009 School Psychology Summer Conference in Washington, DC offers school psychologists the opportunity to focus on how to link sound advocacy skills to improving services such as school-based mental health, PBIS, and response to intervention, as well as ethics and legal issues, anger management, and self-injury. Workshop presenters are not only experts in the field but also long-time effective advocates who understand the dynamics of policy making. The l-day preconference workshops are being offered by our 2009 School Psychologist of the Year and national school neuropsychology expert, Steven G. Feifer, presenting on Neuropsychology of Emotional Disorders: Assessment and Intervention and internationally renowned expert on RTI, Jeffrey P. Braden, who will present on Evaluating Fidelity of Interventions and RTI Processes: Research to Practice.

Culturally Competent PracticeAlbuquerque, NM, July 20-22, 2009

As America's schools become increasingly diverse, school psychologists are more important than ever for creating inclusive educational environments that respect and support differences in race, culture, ethnicity, and language. …

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