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NCSPA is a professional organization that supports and advocates for school psychologists across North Carolina to provide comprehensive services that reflect best practices in the field of school psychology.


Welcome parents, educators, leaders, and student support specialists!

We hope that you will find this resource helpful as you fulfill your role in ensuring positive educational outcomes and wellness for all our children and youth. As School Psychologists across North Carolina, we can be part of the solution, no matter the problem!

For School Psychologists: Get Department of Public Instruction Updates! Join the new listserv. To join the listserv: Send an email with NOTHING in the subject line and NOTHING in the body of the email to: join-dpi_school_psychology@lists.dpi.state.nc.us (note the dash between "join" and "dpi" and the underscore between "dpi" and "school" and "school" and "psychology"). If anyone has any questions, please email lkmakor@email.unc.edu.


Special Announcements

2015 North Piedmont Region Spring Drive-in
8:30 - 9:00 am
Sign-in, registration, refreshments (coffee and light breakfast items)

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Risk Assessment

Presenter:
Stephanie Austin, Ed.S., NCSP
Lead School Psychologist and Crisis/PBIS Coordinator for Rockingham County Schools.

This session will focus on Risk Assessment (Suicide and Threat Assessment) in Schools. School Psychologists are key individuals to provide intervention and support to students who may be impacted by thoughts of harm to themselves or others. Key objectives of this training includes: warning signs and evaluating the risk (suicide or threat) statement, completion of the suicide/threat evaluation process, and follow up/intervention care. Tools and resources will be shared with participants as well. The objectives of a risk assessment are to assist the student in regaining mastery, control, and predictability. This is accomplished by reinforcing healthy coping skills and substituting more effective skills and responses for less effective skills and dysfunctional responses. The goal of crisis management is to re-establish equilibrium and restore the individual to a state of feeling in control in a safe, secure, and stable environment. The techniques include removing or securing any lethal methods of self-harm, decreasing isolation, decreasing anxiety and agitation, and engaging the individual in a safety plan (crisis management or contingency planning).

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch on your own

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

School Refusal Behavior in Children and Adolescents: An Evidence Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment

Presenter:
Christian F. Mauro, Ph.D
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Division of Medical Psychology at Duke University Medical Center

Whether a young child clings to a parentís leg and wonít enter school, has stomach aches on test-taking days, or would rather hang out at the mall with friends, the reasons of school refusal behavior are diverse. It is clear that one size does not fit all when it comes to understanding and helping children who refuse school.

The goal of this workshop will be to present an evidence based approach to assessing and treating school refusal behavior in children and adolescents. The approach focuses on assessing the specific factors that maintain the behavior and the best methods to intervene in multiple settings and contexts.

Cost:
$5 for members of NCSPA
$15 for nonmembers

Click Here to Register!
Posted by NCSPA Web Admin at March 26, 2015 8:18 AM.
Mountain Region Spring Drive-in
8:30am-9:00am
Sign-in, registration, refreshments (coffee and doughnuts)

Morning Session
9:00am-12:00pm


Dr. Kurt Michael, PhD and Kelsey Toomey, MA, LPA Appalachian State University

Title: School Mental Health and PEACE: Helping Educators Educate

First developed in 2006, the Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center is a university-school mental health partnership between Appalachian State University and rural western North Carolina school districts (Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany) designed to provide integrated school mental health services to children and families in the High Country. The mission of the ASC Center is to serve students who typically have difficulty accessing high quality mental health services due to transportation issues, economic limitations, and lack of qualified mental health providers common in rural regions. The model emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration among educators, mental health clinicians, and graduate trainees under supervision to promote the wellness of the whole child and to help educators educate those with common mental health issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, self-injury, suicidal ideation) that are known impediments to learning. In addition, several treatment and crisis intervention procedures have been developed to fit the educational milieu, including the Prevention of Escalating Adolescent Crisis Events (PEACE) protocol and a user-friendly website containing information about mental health promotion. The treatment model is based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and the modularized components that are used most often in randomized, controlled trials.

Dr. Michael recently won a state-wide award:
http://www.news.appstate.edu/2014/10/24/kurt-michael/
http://video.unctv.org/video/2365355746/

12:00pm -1:00pm
Lunch on your own

Afternoon Session
1:00pm-4:00pm


Lynn Makor MA, CAGS
NCDPI Consultant for School Psychology
NC Department of Public Instruction/Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities

Title: Unpacking the Policy Amendments in the Definition, Evaluation, and Identification of SLD.

This session will address the proposed amendments to SLD policy and its roll-out over the next 5 years. This will include how the changes may impact the role and function of the school psychologist. There will be plenty of time for healthy discussion. Click Here to Register!
Posted by NCSPA Web Admin at March 25, 2015 10:54 AM.
2015 NCSPA Fall Conference Call for Presentations!!
The North Carolina School Psychology Association Executive Board and Fall Conference Committee invites you to present at the 2015 Fall Conference:

"Reflecting On Our Past, Charting The Paths To Our Future"

To be held October 18 - 20, 2015 in Winston-Salem, NC

Click Here to Register
Posted by NCSPA Web Admin at March 23, 2015 8:27 PM.
Save the Date! 2015 NCSPA North Piedmont Region Spring Drive-In Conference
CVENT Link to come soon!

Date: May 11, 2015
Time: 8:30am Ė4pm (1 hour lunch break)
Location: Cone Health Womenís Hospital, Education Center 801 Green Valley Road Greensboro, NC 27408

What:
AM Session:
Risk Assessment
Stephanie Austin, Ed.S., NCSP
Lead School Psychologist and Crisis/PBIS Coordinator for Rockingham County Schools

PM Session:
School Refusal Behavior in Children and Adolescents: An Evidence Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment
Christian F. Mauro, Ph.D
Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Division of Medical Psychology at Duke University Medical Center

Cost:
$5 for members
$15 for nonmembers

Risk Assessment
This session will focus on Risk Assessment (Suicide and Threat Assessment) in Schools. School Psychologists are key individuals to provide intervention and support to students who may be impacted by thoughts of harm to themselves or others. Key objectives of this training includes: warning signs and evaluating the risk (suicide or threat) statement, completion of the suicide/threat evaluation process, and follow up/intervention care. Tools and resources will be shared with participants as well. The objectives of a risk assessment are to assist the student in regaining mastery, control, and predictability. This is accomplished by reinforcing healthy coping skills and substituting more effective skills and responses for less effective skills and dysfunctional responses. The goal of crisis management is to re-establish equilibrium and restore the individual to a state of feeling in control in a safe, secure, and stable environment. The techniques include removing or securing any lethal methods of self-harm, decreasing isolation, decreasing anxiety and agitation, and engaging the individual in a safety plan (crisis management or contingency planning). This training will be provided by Stephanie Austin, Ed.S, NCSP, Lead School Psychologist and Crisis/PBIS Coordinator for Rockingham County Schools.

School Refusal Behavior in Children and Adolescents: An Evidence Based Approach to Assessment and Treatment Whether a young child clings to a parentís leg and wonít enter school, has stomach aches on test-taking days, or would rather hang out at the mall with friends, the reasons of school refusal behavior are diverse. It is clear that one size does not fit all when it comes to understanding and helping children who refuse school.

The goal of this workshop will be to present an evidence based approach to assessing and treating school refusal behavior in children and adolescents. The approach focuses on assessing the specific factors that maintain the behavior and the best methods to intervene in multiple settings and contexts.

Agenda for this session:
1. History, Terms, and Definitions
2. Characteristics of Youth
3. Assessment: Understanding the Functions
4. Functionally Based Treatment
5. Case Examples

Learning Objectives:
1. Recognize the historical context for school refusal behaviors
2. Understand the characteristics of children and adolescents who refuse school
3. Assess the functions served by school refusal behaviors
4. Develop effective treatment plans for children and adolescents who refuse school.
Posted by NCSPA Web Admin at March 21, 2015 9:37 AM.
March Legislative Alert

Your help is needed! The fix for our salary scale was not included in the Governor's budget (despite our meeting with his advisor). The House is now beginning to formulate it's budget (probably submitted in May). After the House passes it's budget, the Senate will formulate their budget. The budgets are usually then finalized in a joint committee and presented to each chamber for concurrence. It is extremely important that our legislative fix is included in the House budget and remains in the Senate budget. For this to happen each member must at least send an email to their representatives. I have attached a sample email and two salary scale attachments to this e-mail. You can easily cut and paste the sample email with the salary attachments. All you will need to add is a sentence or two to individualize the mail (perhaps about your job as a School Psychologist and/or your school setting, etc). This will be easy; please do it this week!

Additionally, in order to develop a true grass roots organization we are inviting any interested members to attend the NCSPA Board Meeting on April 18th in Greensboro. We will have a Legislative and Public Policy (LPP) committee meeting in conjunction with this board meeting. Our meeting will be held from 10:00 am- 12:00 noon followed by lunch with the Board. Please think about adding this to your calendar. The meeting will take place at the Guilford County Psych Services office (4830 Pleasant Garden Rd, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313). Please RSVP to Cheryl (address below) so lunch can be ordered for you.

Thanks for your continued support. If you have any questions please email or call me. This will take a concerted effort by all members.

Cheryl Posner-Cahill, Ed.D
NC School Psychology Association, Member Lobbyist
NCSPAlegislative@gmail.com
919 819-2220


Posted by NCSPA Web Admin at March 16, 2015 10:55 AM.

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