Missouri Association of School Psychologists
2018 Fall Conference
October 26th and 27th, 2018
University of Missouri, St. Louis (UMSL)
218 Millennium Student Center
1 University Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63121
In cooperation with:
The Graduate Association of School Psychologists (GrASP)
Keynote Focus: Tier 2 Interventions and Prevention
Lisa Kelly-Vance, PhD, NCSP
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) President
About the Keynote Speaker:
Lisa Kelly-Vance, Ph.D. began her career as a School Psychologist in Council Bluffs, Iowa serving children birth through 21 and leading the early RTI initiatives. She is a Professor of School Psychology at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and serves as the Program Director. Her research and applied interests are assessment and interventions with preschool children in the context of play, mental health in early childhood, school-based academic and social interventions, prevention, and self-care. She is the current President of the National Association of School Psychologists and her theme is “Unlock Potential: Prevention is Key.”
Keynote Topics (Friday, October 26, 2018):
Unlock Potential: Prevention is Key (9:30 am – 11:00 am)
Presented by: Dr. Lisa Kelly-Vance
This keynote will include NASP updates and resources. Self-care for school psychologists, our colleagues, and the students we serve will also be discussed.
- Participants will learn how NASP is addressing member needs.
- Participants will learn about NASP resources, activities, and advocacy efforts
- Participants will learn strategies for personal and professional self-care.
- Participants will learn strategies for helping children and youth engage in self-care.
Using Small Group Interventions to Unlock Student Potential (12:45 pm – 3:30 pm)
Presented by: Dr. Lisa Kelly-Vance
This workshop will assist practitioners in improving their implementation of practices to build skills in small group formats with an emphasis on learning additional small group and prevention strategies for improving students’ social, emotional, behavioral and academic skills. Participants will learn implementation and evaluation techniques. Case examples will be provided.
- Participants will learn strategies for effective small group implementation.
- Participants will learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of their small group interventions.
- Participants will gain additional resources for their school-based practice.
- Participants will learn about effective programs including implementation and outcomes.
- Participants will develop advocacy strategies for promoting small groups.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
1st Break-out Session Choices (8:00 am – 9:30 am):
Advocacy 101: Messaging to Promote the Interests of Families and Children in Missouri
Presented by: Michele Augustin and Katya Sussmann
The purpose of this breakout session is to present information acquired at the Missouri Health Partnership Policy Summit in June 2018 by a coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the well-being of Missouri children and families. The workshop will focus on both the challenges and strategies involved in MASP’s own advocacy efforts.
- recognize the challenges associated with fiscal decision making on the federal budget and its impact on education.
- summarize current legislative proposals with a potential impact on Missouri’s children and families
- execute strategies for messaging legislators to protect the interests of children in Missouri
Using Technology to Improve Effectiveness and Efficiency
Presented by: Rio Munro, Amanda Witting, Stephen Loke, and Jamie Powers
This session will focus on technology resources to improve effectiveness and efficiency in organization, time management, collecting and sharing information, and communication. Attendees will have the opportunity to create technology-related goals, explore resources, and develop an action plan for integrating technology resources into daily practice.
- Opportunity to integrate technology into effective communication practices to improve collaboration with school staff and families
- Reflecting upon own strengths and weaknesses using technology to develop goals to improve practice
- Opportunity to improve professional work characteristics through technology resources
2nd Break-out Session Choices (9:45 am – 11:15 am):
Title: How to Turn your Advocacy Efforts from Zero to Hero
Presenter: Katya Sussman
School Psychologists can be effective advocates at the school, district, regional, state, and national levels. The future of our profession relies heavily on our leadership and advocacy abilities as practitioners, graduate trainers, and researchers. Through personal stories, resources, and concrete examples, participants will leave invigorated and ready to apply the knowledge they learn to advance our field through advocacy and leadership.
- Explain the importance of advocacy and leadership
- Share ways that school psychologists can get involved
- Provide resources and tips that can be implemented immediately
- Support current leaders in cultivating new leaders and advocates
Middle and High School Student Attendance and MTSS: Linking Attendance Supports and Interventions Across Tiers to Increase Student, Classroom, and Building Success
Presenters: Rachele Loreaux and Chelsea McDowell
This session will focus on the challenge of improving student attendance in the middle and high setting.
Attendees will learn how to apply the problem-solving approach to truly identify the underlying issue for attendance concerns. Presenters will discuss various strategies/interventions that can develop an action plan for implementation.
- Attendees will gain knowledge in implementing attendance supports within the problem-solving process. Starting with the screening and identification process to ensuring fidelity through the development of a comprehensive support plan.
- Attendees will gain knowledge of tier I, preventative attendance supports for all students, as well as the responsive layers of supports for tier II and tier III students.
- Attendees will gain knowledge in how to incorporate student buy-in and utilize family-school collaboration as a multidisciplinary approach.
Workshop Session (Held During Break-out Sessions 1 & 2)
The following session is a 3 hour workshop that will be provided during the 1st and 2nd break-out session (8:00 am – 11:15 pm):
PLAIS: A Play Assessment and Intervention System for Early Childhood
The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants with tools for using play assessment and intervention in early childhood settings with emphasis on the Play Assessment and Intervention System (PLAIS) that is available free of cost. Participants will first learn the background and rationale for using play assessments and interventions. Detailed information will be give about the PLAIS, which is a comprehensive approach firmly grounded in research and easy to use in practice. Participants will learn the PLAIS system of assessment (PIECES) and intervention (CLIPS) and how to access the materials. Applications of play assessments and interventions will be discussed and case example will help to illustrate the process.
- Participants will learn background and rationale for play assessment and intervention – why play is good for kids
- Participants will learn a method of play assessment and intervention
- Participants will learn applications of play assessment and intervention in early childhood settings
- Participants will learn case examples to illustrate the process
MASP 2018 Fall Conference Agenda
October 26, 2018
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Registration
9:00 am – 9:15 am: Welcome and Introductions: Michele Augustin, MASP President
9:15 am – 9:30 am: Special Awards
9:30 am – 11:00 am: Keynote NASP Message and Self-Care*
11:00 am – 12:15 pm: Lunch on your own
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm: Twitter Chat/Social Media Networking
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Tier 2 Interventions*
2:00 pm – 2:15 pm: Break
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm: Tier 2 Interventions*
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Complete Conference Evaluation Form (Door Prize/Drawings)
4:15 pm – 6:15 pm: MASP Happy Hour/Networking (Come relax, network, and make some new friends! Everyone is invited!)
October 27, 2018
8:00 am – 9:30 am: 1st Breakout Session*
9:30 am – 9:45 am: Break
9:45 am – 11:15 am: 2nd Breakout Session*
11:15 am – 12:30 pm: Lunch on your own
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm: MASP Membership Meeting/State Legislative Update (all members encouraged to attend)
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Complete Conference Evaluation Forms
* Continuing education CPDs may only be provided to participants who attend the entire session