The Temple University School Psychology Program, the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania, and the School District of Philadelphia invite you to join us for the

38th Annual School Psychology Conference 
March 15, 2019

Schedule of Events


Registration and Continental Breakfast

Howard Gittis Student Center


Welcome and Opening Remarks


Keynote Address –  Cecil Reynolds, PhD,ABN, ABPdN

Understanding Executive Function:  What it is, what it is not—and What to do about it.

This address will describe the executive system of the brain at conceptual and neurobiological levels.  Common myths about executive functioning will be explored and the need for executive function coaches and similar approaches critiqued and general methods that are effective in improving the academic performance of students with oft presumed executive function deficits presented.

Workshop Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe and link their understanding of the EC system to the major architecture of the underlying brain systems.
  • Differentiate executive function deficits from skill deficits.
  • Make evidence-based recommendations for improving relevant academic behaviors

10:15-12:15 Morning Workshops

Dyslexia: What every school psychologist needs to know.

Presenter:  Monica McHale-Small, PhD

Dyslexia is the most researched and best understood learning disability. In October of 2015, OSERS issued a guidance level which encouraged “SEAs and LEAs to consider situations where it would be appropriate to use the terms dyslexia, dyscalculia, or dysgraphia to describe and address the child’s unique, identified needs…”  Nonetheless, confusion about the use of the term in school settings continues to exist. This workshop will provide an overview of the research on dyslexia and related language-based learning disabilities. Best practices for identification and intervention will be reviewed and legislative and policy trends and their implications will be discussed.

Workshop Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe dyslexia and related language-based learning disabilities.
  • Identify characteristics of risk as well as screening and assessment methods.
  • Explain the link between screening and assessment data and intervention.

Social Justice Considerations in Working with Undocumented Immigrants

Presenter: Germán A. Cadenas

This workshop will provide school psychologists with foundational competencies for working with undocumented immigrant children and families using a social justice framework. The presentation will include a brief history of immigration policy and enforcement in the United States, the current context of anti-immigrant hostility, the mental health impact on undocumented immigrant communities, social justice models for working with this community, as well as best-practices and recommendations for clinical practice. The workshop will include didactic presentation, active learning exercises, open dialogue, and Q&A.

Workshop Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify major immigration policies across time, and their intersection with race/ethnicity, class, and gender.
  • Describe the current context and trends related to immigration in the US (characteristics of immigrant communities).
  • Identify best-practices for working with undocumented immigrants, including the application of social justice frameworks with children and families.

12:15-1:30 Lunch**

1:30-4:30 Afternoon Workshops

When It Rains It Pours: Balancing the constant demands of law, ethics, and best practice

Presenter: Caitlin Gilmartin

This workshop is designed to cover legal and ethical aspects of school psychology. Topics include current case law applications in the intersection between legality and clinical decision making and issues relevant to IDEA/school code that school psychologists are likely to encounter. Law and ethics related to specialty and challenging cases will also be discussed: Manifestation Determinations, FBA, due process testimony, consultation etc. A special emphasis will be placed on understanding best practice versus legally defensible practice, and the gray area in between!

Workshop  Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Apply case law in the clinical decision - making process
  • Anticipate common pitfalls and snags related to legal and ethics
  • Articulate the relationship between best practices and legally defensible practices
  • Collaborate with school psychology peers, administration, and their legal team to strengthen cases and make decisions

Supporting Transgender and Gender Expansive Students

Presenters: Samantha King, MSW, M.Ed and Katelyn Regan, LSW, M.Ed

At the Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, we focus on providing care to transgender and gender expansive youth and their families. During this workshop, participants will learn more about best practices for supporting youth in school settings. Facilitators will review current social impacts on our work as providers and how to best navigate potential challenges in the field. Participants will have time for small group activity and large group discussion to help further process and create strategies for changes within individual and school wide practice.

Workshop Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Define sex, gender, identity, and expression.
  • Identify three stages of gender and sexuality identity development.
  • Examine at least one update in education, medial, or mental health that could impact their work with transgender youth.
  • Establish two changes to increase gender inclusivity in their therapeutic practice.

**REMINDER: Lunch is on your own.  A food court is available in the building and a list of nearby restaurants will be provided at the conference.  A limited number of rooms are available at the Conwell Inn on the Temple Campus for the evening of March 14.  For more information, call the Conwell Inn at 215-235-6200 or visit their website**