Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association


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Upcoming events

    • 16 Oct 2015
    • Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road, Windsor Mill, MD 21244

    MSPA Fall 2015 Conference

    Implementing Positive Psychology and Mindfulness Techniques in School Settings


    Dan Tomasulo, Ph.D.

    Professor at New Jersey City University (NJCU), Assistant Instructor for Martin Seligman ‘The Father of Positive Psychology’ at the UPenn Masters of Applied Positive Psychology Program (MAPP), Developer of the Dare to be Happy experiential workshops for Kripalu, and the Creator of Interactive-Behavioral Therapy


    Debra Burdick, LCSW, BCN

    “The Brain Lady,” Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Board Certified Neurofeedback practitioner, international speaker, and best-selling author with over 25 years of experience in teaching mindfulness skills to clients


    Conference Agenda 

    8:00 – 9:00      Registration and Continental Breakfast

    9:00 – 12:00     The Power of Positive Psychology: Well-Being as an Untapped Driver of Achievement in Education (D. Tomasulo)

    12:00 -1:00       Lunch

    1:00 - 4:00       Teaching Mindfulness Techniques to Children and Adolescents (D. Burdick)



    Learning objectives for this conference are as follows:

    1. Participants will develop an understanding of the history of the positive psychology movement.

    2. Participants will be able to identify the elements of PERMA as a central theory in positive psychology.

    3. Participants will learn the principles behind character strength development.

    4. Participants will describe key research currently employed in positive education.

    5. Participants will review the research on mindfulness for children and adolescents.

    6. Participants will develop an understanding of the neurobiology behind mindfulness and will be able to explain that in terms children and adolescents can understand.

    7. Participants will experience specific mindfulness skills that work for children and adolescents.

    8. Participants will identify and address obstacles to mindfulness in children and adolescents.

    Martin's West

    6817 Dogwood Road
    Windsor Mill, MD 21244

    phone: (443) 380-2298

    Driving Directions to West »

    Online Registration Opens July, 2015

    Online Registration ends on October 10, 2015.

    USPS Registration must be postmarked by October 10, 2015.  Download brochure and paper registration here.

    Requests for refunds must be submitted, in writing (email to or USPS), no later than October 11, 2015

    Requests for interpreters must be received no later than September 16, 2015.

    Requests for a Kosher meal must be received no later than October 2, 2015.


    • 15 Apr 2016
    • The Hotel at Arundel Preserves, 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076
    • 356

    Spring Conference 2016

    Supporting LGBTQ Youth and Families  



    Friday, April 15, 2016 


    The Hotel at Arundel Preserves

    7795 Arundel Mills Blvd.

    Hanover, MD 21076


    Program Overview

    8:15-9:00  Registration and Coffee

    9:00-10:00  Keynote Presenter: Todd Savage (NASP Updates/ NASP Presidential Keynote on School Climate)

    10:00-12:00 Jeffrey Poirier (Core Competencies to Create Safe and Supportive Schools for LGBTQ Students in Maryland) 

    Learning Objectives:

    • Define key terms related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) identity
    • Describe some challenges LGBT students and those questioning (Q) their sexual orientation/gender identity experience in schools.
    • Identify competencies to create physically, emotionally safe and supportive schools.

    12:00-1:30  Buffet Lunch, MSPA General Membership Meeting/ Awards

    1:30-4:00  (Attendees will attend 1 of the 3 afternoon sessions)

    Option 1:

    Todd Savage- The Role of the School Psychologist in Supporting LGBTQ Youth and Families  

         Learning Objectives:

    • To heighten the participants’ awareness of definitional and other issues related to sexual orientation and gender diversity as they pertain to school and to home environments.
    • To aid participants to begin to construct a knowledge base about the various experiences and challenges faced by LGBTQ+ students at home and school, as well as how participants can address these matters.
    • To provide an opportunity for participants to apply their new-found awareness and knowledge to case material pertaining to sexual and gender diversity.

    Option 2:

    Colton Keo-Meier- Safe Schools for Transgender and Gender Diverse Students   

         Learning Objectives:

    • Develop a common vocabulary for understanding the experiences of transgender and gender diverse youth and adults and using respectful language.    
    • Review the processes of gender development for transgender and gender diverse students.    
    • Explain the roles of school psychologists in supporting transgender and gender diverse children in schools      

    Option 3:

    Lynne Muller & Saida Agnostini- Counseling and Clinical Interventions for LGBTQ Youth

         Learning objectives:

    • Participants will be able to identify the needs of school-based LGBTQ youth and discuss strategies to meet those needs
    • Participants will be able to identify community based needs of youth and discuss strategies to meet those needs.
    • Participants will discuss issues related to LGBTQ youth of color, youth living on the streets, and survivors of violence.
    • Participants will be able to identify school-based group counseling strategies and techniques for LGBTQ youth.
    • Participants will be able to identify resources for school-aged youth and their families.    

    Documentation of attendance for 5.5 hours of Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Education (CPD/CE) credit will be provided to certified school psychologists and licensed psychologists who complete the entire workshop.  Partial credit cannot be awardedIn order to receive CPD/CE credit, attendees must arrive no later than 15 minutes after the start, and may not leave prior to 15 minutes before the end of the program.  The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists recognize MSPA as an approved provider of CPD/CE for psychologists (NASP APS #1002).  MSPA maintains responsibility for the program. 

    Download Conference Brochure here!

    The conference will be held at The Hotel at Arundel Preserves, 7795 Arundel Mills Boulevard, Hanover, Maryland 21076.  Attendees can book a room at the hotel the night before or night after the conference at a special MSPA rate of $149.00.  Call 1-888-624-4011 and identify yourself as an MSPA conference attendee.  The room block will be released to general registrations on March 24, 2016.

    The required annual MSPA general membership meeting will be held during the luncheon.  Meeting rooms are wheelchair accessible and any participant that requires any special services (such as an interpreter), should note this requirement on the registration form at least one month in advance of the conference.  Interpreters cannot be hired after April 1, 2016.  Persons with questions or special needs should contact:  Amy Jagoda at (410) 386-1818 or 

    Registration must be postmarked by March 25, 2016 There is a $25.00 additional fee for late registrants. Due to the nature of this conference, there is a REGISTRATION DEADLINE of April 1, 2016 and there will be NO WALK-IN REGISTRATIONS If you want confirmation of your registration, please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard.  Your attendance certificate acts as your receipt (monetary receipts are available at the conference upon request).  Registration is limited and accepted on a first come, first served basis.

    Reimbursement requests for registration cancellations will be honored until March 25, 2016Requests for refunds must be received in writing. Reimbursement requests must be received by mail or by an email sent to Amy Jagoda at on or before March 25, 2016.  Reimbursement requests after that date cannot be guaranteed.

    Register and pay online by going to or mail registration forms and checks to: MSPA Spring Conference, P.O. Box 1859, Westminster, MD 21158.  CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTED BY MAIL.  IF YOU WISH TO PAY BY CREDIT CARD, YOU MUST REGISTER ONLINE. 


Vision: All students will thrive in school, at home, and throughout their lives.

Mission: MSPA promotes and advocates for best practices in school psychology to improve learning, behavior, and mental health for all students, families, and schools.

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