Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association


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Upcoming events

    • 16 Jun 2015
    • 7:15 AM
    • 18 Jun 2015
    • 12:30 PM
    • Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
    • 8

    2015 Summer Institute

     Registration now open to nonmembers

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday June 16-18, 2015


    Howard M. Knoff, Ph.D

    Creator and Director of Project ACHIEVE; Director of the State Improvement/Personnel Development Grant for the Arkansas Department of Education undefined Special Education Unit; Former Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Florida; Former Director of the University of South Florida School Psychology Program


    Day 1:  Teaching Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Skills to Improve Student Engagement, Behavior, and Achievement 

    Day 2: Self-Management, Behavioral Accountability,  and Performance Deficit Students: Developing School-wide Behavioral Standards, Expectations, Responses, and Consistency

    Day 3: Disobedient, Disruptive, Defiant, and Disturbed Students: Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Self-Management Interventions for Challenging Students

    Learning Objectives

    - Participants will examine the research demonstrating how students’ social, emotional, and behavioral skills significantly contribute to their academic engagement and performance

    -  Participants will learn how to select and implement a social skills program as part of a school-wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program

    -  Participants will gain insight into determining which social skills to focus on first and how to teach them in a regular classroom setting to prevent teasing, bullying, harassment, hazing, and physical aggression

    -  Participants will learn how to successfully use social skills instruction as part of a multi-tiered process for special education and other students with more challenging or significant behavioral problems.

    -  Participants will gain an understanding of the need and benefit of a school-wide accountability system

    -  Participants will be given the tools to develop a Behavioral Matrix and discuss the ways to implement and use it effectively.  The effective involvement of building principals and the place of functional assessment will also be addressed, along with discussions of where teasing, bullying, harassment, and physical aggression fit into a student accountability system

    -  Participants will learn the Seven High-Hit Reasons for Students’ Challenging Behavior and how they related to Functional Behavior Assessments

    -  Participants will leave this workshop with several Tier II interventions directly linked to the Seven High Hit Reasons for Challenging Behavior that they can implement in their own schools 


    Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center

    Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk

    Rehoboth Beach, Delaware


    New Pool, New Deck 


    Daily Program Agenda 

    7:15 -   8:00   Continental Breakfast

     8:00 -  10:00  Workshop Session

    10:00 - 10:30  Break and Refreshments

    10:30 - 12:30  Workshop Session




    The Maryland School Psychologists’ Association will provide three days of training for school psychologists interested in continuing professional development.  Sessions are planned each morning from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The Registration fee includes three days of skill development, continental breakfasts, and refreshments during breaks.  MSPA has arranged special conference rates for overnight accommodations at the Atlantic Sands Hotel (800-422-0600 or 302-227-2511).  This special rate (i.e., $170.00 single/double occupancy; $185.00 triple; $200.00 quad.) is good for the Sunday night before the conference through Thursday night of the conference.  The Conference Center has a spacious ballroom with two-story window views of the ocean.  You must register as early as possible.  Persons with questions or special needs should contact:  Amy Jagoda at 410-386-1818 or 


    A total of 12 hours of Continuing Professional Development/Continuing Education (CPD/CE) are available.  Documentation of attendance for 4 hours of CPD/CE credit will be provided each day to certified school psychologists and licensed psychologists who complete the entire workshop that day.  Partial credit cannot be awarded.  In 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 hence 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.



    You must stay at the Atlantic Sands Hotel to get free parking with one space per room. Registration must be postmarked by May 31, 2015 ($25 late fee applies), but registration may be limited and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis based on the postmark of the envelope.  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).    Persons with questions or special needs should contact:  Amy Jagoda at (410) 386-1818 or  Attendees can call 1-800-422-0600, refer to the MSPA - Maryland School Psychologists Association block # 7214 arriving Sunday, June 14, 2015 and secure their rooms at the discounted group rate.  In order to minimize confusion, please be aware that room reservations are made through the hotel; specific room types are requests only and cannot be guaranteed.  This includes actual room numbers.



     Download Brochure here!




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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