Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Wanted for 2018: Skill-Building, Practitioner- Oriented Presentations

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

Wanted for 2018: Skill-Building, Practitioner- Oriented Presentations

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NASP's goal at the annual convention is to provide the highest quality, most relevant sessions on a diverse range of topics. This includes presentations on the latest research as well as evidencebased programs and interventions. We are making a concerted effort this year to increase the number of presentations that equip practitioners across the spectrum, from early career to seasoned, with evidencebased skills, strategies, and knowledge they can use.

In particular, we want to encourage practitioners who might not normally think to submit a proposal to do so. You may not be doing theoretical research, but you probably are doing effective skills-based practice that other practitioners would find useful. Ask yourself, "Am I doing something that really works? Is it grounded in research? Do I have the evidence to demonstrate outcomes? Would other school psychologists benefit from knowing how to do it?" These are questions that most effective practitioners live by in their daily work. You may simply need to ask yourself the next question: "Can I translate this knowledge into a presentation for other practitioners?" You might also ask yourself: "Have I done presentations on this as an inservice that could be adapted?" or "Could I use a presentation I develop for the convention to help train other staff or advocate an issue with administrators in my district?"

Typically, advanced skills-based sessions are mini-skills (80 minutes), but a targeted strategy or focus can be covered in a paper presentation (50 minutes). …

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