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2022 NCSPA Fall Conference

October 23-25, 2022                Cary, NC

Monday, October 24th

Session Block Four
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Unless otherwise noted, each session meets criteria for NASP and APA approved credit hours.

Stress & Self-Care
Kara Finch, EdD - Stanly Community College

Our professional and personal lives can make us all vulnerable to stress. In modern society, most of us can’t avoid stress. Secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, and burnout can be prevented. Doing so requires a conscious effort to practice self-care strategies on a regular basis, both personally and professionally, to assist in managing stress. In this session you will learn how to recognize burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma. You will also learn effective self-care strategies to assist you with managing the stressors of both your personal and professional life.

International Perspective of School Psychology - Experiences at International School Psychology Association Conference, Belgium 2022
Leonardo Garcia, SSP - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Mr. Garcia was awarded funding from the World Affairs Council of Charlotte as a winner of the 2021-2022 Council Scholar Award Program to attend the International School Psychology Conference in Belgium. As a trilingual school psychologist, international practices are an area of interests for Mr. Garcia. He will share his experiences from the conference and interactions with school psychologists from other countries, and conference topics, such as resilience in development; supporting school communities during unsettling times, and non-suicidal self-injury. The aim of this presentation is to widen the audiences understanding of school psychology by sharing international perspectives.

This session does not meet criteria for APA approved contact hours

This session is for in-person participants only.

Practical Strategies for Supporting Student Mental Health & Resilience
Christian Moore, LCSW, Founder - WhyTry LLC

How do you help students bounce back from what they have been through? From trauma, isolation, and poverty, to mental health challenges, our students have faced many obstacles over the last two years. Come see a formula to help you guide students through the challenges that destroy motivation and make it difficult to find success.

This session is for in-person participants only.

Navigating Counseling as a Related Service - A Framework for Best Practices
Caron Parrish-Nowell, MSEd - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Donna Smith-Hogan, Ph.D., NCSP, LP, HSP-P - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Brynne Hutton Ed.S., NCSP - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Michelle Brown, MA/CAS, NCSP, LPA - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools
Sarah Smead, EdS, NCSP, LPA - Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Navigating counseling as a related service can be challenging and unclear for school personnel. North Carolina policies define counseling as a related service as, "supportive services as required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education and provided by qualified school social workers, school psychologists, school counselors or other qualified personnel." Through this workshop, participants will learn to determine when it is appropriate for students to receive counseling as a related service to access their special education services. Participants will learn to develop effective goals and use progress monitoring tools, review resources and interventions available to support skill development as well as create an implementation plan. Finally, using a variety of data, participants will be given best practice guidance on how to exit students from counseling as a related service. The contents of this workshop are designed to address primary and secondary students and consider equitable practices.

Impacts of Visual Impairments on Cognitive Assessment and student development
Sean Tikkun, PhD - North Carolina Central University

Visual Impairments have a profound impact on the education and development of individuals. The process of loss and adjustment can have a ripple effect that may start with or include parents or family. This session will look at the general impact of visual impairments on learning, developmental stages and recent research on cognitive factors. Both working memory and neurological research continue to explore the differences and underlying functioning of the visual system through new assessment techniques. These factors have a significant impact on student learning when properly understood. The field of visual impairments has also developed a nine area expanded core curriculum that seeks to meet the needs of students to compensate for the impact to their visual functioning.

This session is for in-person participants only.

Intern and Practicum Supervision: Best Practices, Resources, and Models
Jaclyn Zins, MEd - Wake County Public School System
Alma Harness, MA/CAS - Wake County Public School System
Kristen Johnson, MS/CAS - Wake County Public School System

If you are interested in or are currently supervising school psychology interns or practicum students, we invite you to join this interactive session to gain knowledge and skills to improve your practice. The session will provide information, discussion, and learning about the developmental model of supervision, internship program design, and resources that can be used to support you during supervision and to support your student in their learning.

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