TASP Summer Institute 2017 Agenda

Emerald Beach Hotel

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Emerald Beach Hotel

102 South Shoreline Boulevard, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Room Rate: $119.00 per night

To make hotel room reservations, call (361) 883-5731 and mention TAS as the booking code.
Room reservations must be made by 5/18/2017

Bring the whole family to enjoy playing on the beach or experience all of the fun that Corpus has to offer.

Additional days may be available before and after conference for reduced rate (based on availability) 6/8/2017 – 6/12/2017.



Friday, June 9, 2017 


Session: Diversity Focus: Dealing with Trauma in Immigrant Students
Speaker: Jennifer Schroeder, Ph.D., LP, LSSP, NCSP, Texas A&M University, Commerce

Session: Promoting Safety, Inclusion, and Well-Being for LGBTQ Students
Speaker: Vincent Pompei, Ed.D., Youth Well-Being Project & Time to THRIVE


Session: Practical Play Therapy in the Schools
Speaker: Kelly Martin, M.Ed., LPC, The Playroom

Session: Beyond Compliance: Highly Ethical Counseling Services for LSSPs
Speaker: Jon Lasser, Ph.D., LP, LSSP, Texas State University


Saturday, June 10, 2017 


Session: TASP Legislative Update
Speaker: Stephanie Kneedler, LSSP, NCSP, TASP Government and Professional Relations Chair


Session: The Crashing Tide: Blending Restorative Practices and Trauma-Informed Care
Speaker: Don Mills, Ed.D., Meadowland Charter School

Session:  An Introduction to School-Based Motivational Interviewing
Speaker: Gill Strait, Ph.D., NCSP, University of Houston, Clear Lake 


Session Topic: Supervision
Speaker: Jeremy Sullivan, Ph.D., LP, LSSP, NCSP

Session: Denton ISD Psychological Services: Family Services Center - Parent Centered Consultation
Speaker: Francis Chen, LSSP, Denton Independent School District


TASP Summer Institute Speakers

Jennifer Schroeder
Dr. Jennifer Schroeder is a Professor and Department Head at Texas A&M University - Commerce. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has been in higher education since 2004. She has been the School Psychology program coordinator at TAMU-Commerce since 2005. Prior to that she worked in the public schools as a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She is also a Licensed Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Vincent Pompei
Dr. Vincent "Vinnie" Pompei is the director of the Youth Well-Being Project at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest civil rights organization dedicated to LGBTQ equality. Dr. Pompei holds two Master's degrees in Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Kelly Martin
Kelly Martin began The Playroom Lubbock, a private collaborative therapy practice, in 2015. She obtained her Master's in Education in Counseling from the University of North Texas and worked as an elementary school counselor for 4 years. At her private practice, she counsels children and adolescents using play therapy, sand therapy, and expressive arts therapy.

Jon Lasser
Jon Lasser is a professor and program coordinator of the School Psychology specialist program at Texas State University. Prior to coming to Texas State, he was a school psychologist for the Eanes Independent School District. He has a Ph.D. in School Psychology from UT Austin and a master's in sexuality education from the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored three books (School Psychologist as Counselor, Grow Happy, and Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice) and is working on a book about parenting and screen time for Oxford University Press.

Stephanie Kneedler

Dr. Mills served in a variety of academic settings. He has an array of experiences from being a classroom teacher to being a superintendent. Dr. Mills is currently the superintendent of Meadowland Charter School in Boerne, Texas. His 8 degrees include academics and psychology which is balanced to reach kids in crisis.

Dr. Gill Strait is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Strait completed an APPIC internship with Dallas Independent School District and a post-doc with Saint Louis Special School District.

Jeremy Sullivan

Francis Chen
Francis Chen is an LSSP who went from working with a cohort of 5 LSSPs to a cohort of 23 LSSPs. He has served as coordinator of the Family Services Center for 3 years. He has had the great privilege to serve on the TASP Executive Board. He earned his BA in Psychology and MA in School Psychology, at Texas State University. He loves what he does.


TASP 2017 Summer Institute Session Summaries

Diversity Focus: Dealing with Trauma in Immigrant Students
Traumatic events are said to affect 40% of school children, making the need for school-based trauma-informed care imperative. This session will overview trauma and its effects as well as review techniques for dealing with one population that is often exposed to traumatic events, immigrant students. Participants will learn the basics of trauma exposure (what trauma is and how it manifests in the school setting) as well as how to effectively intervene with this specific population.

Promoting Safety, Inclusion, and Well-Being for LGBTQ Students
The LGBTQ community has made progress toward legal equality, yet the deck continues to be stacked against young people growing up LGBTQ in America. The impacts of family rejection, bullying, and daily concerns for safety weigh heavy on our youth. This workshop will discuss the current state of LGBTQ youth in grades K through 12, resources available, emerging best practices, and ways to make a positive difference. This workshop will particularly benefit those who wish to build their confidence and take action. NASP Practice Domains 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 are addressed in this session.

Practical Play Therapy in the Schools
Kelly will present Practical Play Therapy in the Schools in a dynamic and experiential way so that participants will obtain foundational knowledge of play therapy to build upon and implement play-based responsive services in your school setting. Participants will: 1) understand the theory of child-centered play therapy; 2) examine the theory of child-centered play therapy; 3) experience play as a metaphor; 4) practice basic play therapy; and 5) develop a plan for implementing play-based treatment in your school. This workshop supports domains 4 and 6 of the NASP Practice Model.

Beyond Compliance: Highly Ethical Counseling Services for LSSPs
The focus on this presentation is on the identification of ethical challenges specific to the counseling role of school psychologists and the development of proactive practices to prevent ethical mishaps. Using a case-based approach, the workshop will illustrate key ethical principles and provide opportunities for the participants to be actively engaged in their learning. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to: 1) identify ethical challenges specific to the counseling role of school psychologists; 2) recognize proactive practices to prevent ethical mishaps; and 3) apply ethical decision-making strategies to real cases at work.

TASP Legislative Update

The Crashing Tide: Blending Restorative Practices and Trauma Informed Care
Schools today face a myriad of mental health and academic challenges and are yet held to a high level of accountability and compliance. School based mental health practitioners are being expected to find creative resolutions for an ever changing student population who has needs beyond traditional school abilities. This session will provide a basic foundational approach for school based mental health practitioners to assist in developing a blended safe haven for children in crisis while meeting domains 2, 3, 4, 5, & 6 of the NASP Practice Model. Attendees will get a basic understanding for restorative practices and practice easy to replicate skills to take home.

An Introduction to School-Based Motivational Interviewing
School-Based Motivational Interviewing (SBMI) is an evidence-based client-centered conversational style useful in consultation with teachers and direct services with adolescents (Frey et al., 2013; Lee et al., 2014; Reinke et al., 2008; Strait et al., 2012). School psychologists can use SBMI to promote students’ academic performance and teachers’ use of evidence-based programs. In this workshop, attendees will learn and practice the core client-centered counseling skills (i.e., OARS) associated with SBMI. Attendees will also gain entry-level knowledge of the spirit and processes of SBMI. This workshop addresses NASP Practice Domains I (Consultation and Collaboration) and IV (Interventions and Mental Health Services).

Supervision (session topic)

Consultation with Families
After completing this workshop, the LSSP should be able to place, in an appropriate context, parent support for students who have historically or currently received some form of psychological services and exhibit a need for indirect intervention in the home setting. The practicing LSSP will be able to pull from their own established/establishing competency of consultation and put these skills in the context of the home setting. The goal is to develop a flexible model that may be similar to the one presented at this workshop and/or to transform the model based on the available resources (e.g., staffing for after school). The model described in this workshop supports parents as part of a general school consultation and is a pre-referral intervention for the traditional “Parent Training” program. This is ideal for the K-8 population of students. 


Americans With Disabilities Act: Do you require any of the special services (such as an interpreter or wheel-chair accessible accommodations) covered under American with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-336, Section 102)? If so, please send your requirements in writing no later than May 2, 2017 to TASP Summer Institute ADA Requirements, PO Box 141023, Austin, TX 78714, by calling (512) 791-4701, or by emailing txaspadmin@txasp.org.

Refund/Cancellation Policy: Summer Institute cancellations made by May 18,2017 will receive a refund LESS an administrative fee, AFTER the event. Cancellations made after May 18, 2017 will NOT be refunded. Cancellations may be made in writing to TASP, PO Box 141023, Austin, TX 78714, by calling (512) 791-4701, or emailing to txaspadmin@txasp.org.

TSBEP Professional Development Rules on Ethics and Cultural Diversity: It is the responsibility of each individual licensee to determine if CPD sessions meet the requirements of the TSBEP’s rules on cultural diversity and ethics. If you have any questions, please contact TASP’s Professional Development Chair at professionaldev@txasp.org or TSBEP at http://www.tsbep.texas.gov/.