Registration is Open! 

Please join us In-Person for the ISPA Annual Convention. Learn about how to Piloting Positive Change, our theme for this year.  The convention will include half-day workshops, Job Fair, Poster Presentations, and The Practitioner of the Year Award winner will be announced!

*CDC Guidelines will be followed.

  • Governing Board Meeting: 2/2/2022
  • Dates: 2/3-2/4/2022 Workshops and Activities
  • Job Placement : 2/4/2022

Hotel Accommodations

Register early. Contact the Wyndham Springfield City Centre directly or at (217) 789-1530.  Identify yourself as being with the Illinois School Psychologists Association and specify the code ISPA2022. Each sleeping room includes one (1) complimentary parking pass for the duration of stay. Non-hotel guest parking is available for $8.00 per day. The special room rates (excluding taxes) for convention are available until midnight, January 10, 2022. $103.00 Single or Double Room Rate.

Rate:   $103 Single/Double (Includes daily parking) 

Wyndham Springfield City Centre | 700 East Adams St.| Springfield, IL 62701 |Phone: 877-999-3223

 

Hotel Reservations

Exhibitors      

Please review the attached documents for additional details and information regarding exhibiting with us in 2022. Applications to exhibit are due by Friday, January 14th, 2022. If you have any questions, please e-mail Carrie Hutton at [email protected].

Exhibit Booth Application 

Job Placement

The Illinois School Psychologists Association’s Job Placement Bureau will take place on Friday, February 4th, from 8:00am to 12:00pm, during the annual Convention at the Springfield Wyndham, 700 E. Adams in Springfield, Illinois. Position openings in internships and employment from around the state will be represented, and members will have an opportunity to meet face to face with representatives from the many districts that attend. Districts will have the opportunity to highlight their openings for all who are interested.

FOR INTERVIEWEES

If you are seeking a School Psychologist or internship position, you need to submit your resume/vita. Please restrict your submission to one side of an 8½ by 11 inch sheet of paper. Be sure to indicate what type of position you are seeking (INTERNSHIP or EMPLOYMENT) in the subject line when you email your document (in Word or PDF format) to [email protected]. You may submit your resume/vita regardless of whether you are planning to attend the Convention. There is no additional cost for this service. All resumes submitted will be provided to prospective employers. As a result, it is essential that you keep your resume/vita to one page. 

FOR INTERVIEWERS

If you would like to post a position opening and/or attend the Job Placement Bureau to interview potential employees/interns. Each district that registers will be allowed up to two interviewers. 

You will need to know basic information about the available employment and/or internship positions such as whether or not you will be attending the Job Placement Bureau and what specific positions are available. 

Additionally, due to space constraints, only 70 tables are available. One table will be saved for the first 70 districts that complete the survey in totality (https://forms.gle/2kFbr2uFqMNU9MpU7)  as well as submit their registration fees. Each interviewer will need to register for the convention. Interviewers can register for both Thursday and Friday if they would like to participate in the various workshops that are being offered. If you elect this registration option, the Job Placement Bureau table will be included in your registration fee. If you will just be attending the Job Placement Bureau on Friday, you will register for the single day option and the fee will be $150. The single day option will also include lunch and the Friday afternoon workshops.  If there is another interviewer from the same district will also be only attending the Job Placement Bureau on Friday, they will need to register, however, that individual will not need to pay the $150 fee. That person will need to indicate who the other (paying) interviewer is so that both can be linked to the same table. 

For districts who wish to have their information shared in the final packet but are not able to attend the Job Placement Bureau in person, please also complete the linked survey https://forms.gle/2kFbr2uFqMNU9MpU7 .

Job Placement Registration Form
 

Student/Intern Volunteer Opportunities

We welcome student and intern participation with registration, workshop monitoring, and other convention activities. Volunteers will be reimbursed for each block of time they cover. Reimbursement will not exceed the total amount of registration fees.

Please contact Colleen Hester at [email protected] as soon as possible to indicate your interest or to inquire about the responsibilities. Volunteers are assigned on a first come, first served basis

 

Registration Cost

  ISPA Members Student/Intern/Retiree Members NonMember
Single Day $150.00 $65.00 $200.00
Both Days $275.00* $120.00* $375.00*

 

**Come for two days(Thursday& Friday) and the Spring Virtual Workshop is Free!

ATTEND SPRING VIRTUAL CONFERENCE FOR “FREE”- DATE TO BE DETERMINED!

For check payment: MAIL completed form to ISPA Convention, Department 4651, Carol Stream, IL 60122-4651
For credit card payment: FAX completed form to (847)864-7580

***PURCHASE ORDERS ARE NOT ACCEPTED***

Please contact Shirely Pitts at [email protected] with any registration changes or cancellations.

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 Workshops

Thursday, February 3, 2022
8:30am -11:50am

Workshop 1: Ethics, Test Standards, & Test Interpretation(3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Gary L. Canivez, PhD

Workshop Description: Ethics guide school psychology practice in all areas for beneficence and nonmaleficence.  All professional associations have ethical principles and standards, many of which are the same or similar.  Ethical standards of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP, 2010) and the American Psychological Association (APA, 2010) include both general and specific ethical principles and standards that relate to test use and APA produced Guidelines for Test User Qualifications (Turner, DeMers, Fox, & Reed, 2001) that interface with professional ethics so are also important to consider.  This workshop details the specific ethical principles and test standards that relate to test use so that school psychologists remain mindful of their implications and act in accordance.  Weiner (1989) cogently noted, psychologists must “(a) know what their tests can do and (b) act accordingly.  …expressing only opinions that are consonant with the current status of validity data—is the measure of his or her ethicality” (p. 829).  Ethical standards related to general competence, test selection, test administration, test scoring, and test interpretation will be addressed with examples and discussion. Test standards address psychometric fitness of tests or procedures that guide ethical practice. Details of what is necessary to practice ethically sound assessment and test interpretation will be provided.

Learning Objectives: Workshop participants will:

  1. Articulate how ethics generally and specifically apply to test selection, administration, and interpretation.

  2. Describe why measurement principles and test standards are important to consider in the selection, administration, and interpretation of psychological tests.

  3. Recognize the four broad measurement principles (reliability, validity, utility, norms) that provide the empirical foundation for ethical test score/discrepancy interpretations.

8:30am -11:50am

Workshop 2: Conducting Targeted and Useful FBA's (3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Gary Cates, PhD, BCBA, NCSP

8:30am-11:50am

Workshop 3: Treatment Planning and Progress Monitoring for Social Emotional Concerns (3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Brea Banks, PhD 

Workshop DescriptionThe development of treatment goals that center on referral concerns and client goals is an essential first step that facilitates the use of effective therapeutic techniques and progress monitoring. Writing goals that are behaviorally focused may prove difficult when clinicians are presented with referral concerns that are vague or are primarily focused on social and emotional problems. As part of the session, the presenter will discuss strategies to help develop such treatment goals and progress monitoring strategies. Session content will specifically focus on use of targeted interview questions, baseline data collection, and linking goals to progress monitoring techniques.

 

8:30pm -11:50am

Workshop 4: Illinois Safe2Help (3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Samantha Kanish, M.S. and Nicole Pieranunzi, M.A. 

Workshop DescriptionSafe2Help Illinois is a comprehensive resource for students, teachers, and the community to support students’ social, emotional, and behavioral health and includes a 24/7 program where students can use a free app, text/phone, website, and other social media platforms to report school safety issues in a confidential environment. In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety. The goal of Safe2Help Illinois is to get students to “Seek Help Before Harm”. This session will highlight the services and resources available to students, parents, and school communities through Safe2Help Illinois as well as provide an interactive session using the Safe2Help Illinois Mental Health Toolkit. The Mental Health Toolkit serves to is a supplemental piece to support current curriculum and end the stigma associated with mental health. 

      Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand what Safe2Help Illinois is and how it works 
  2. Familiarization with the services and resources available to students, parents, and school communities 
  3. Understand the Safe2Help Mental Health Toolkit and training available for educators to support social, emotional, and behavioral health of students 
8:30pm -11:50pm

Workshop 5: Social Justice in School Psychology Practice: Examining the Impact of Diversity and Justice on Everyday Practice (3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Laurie Klose, PhD

12:00pm-1:00pm

Lunch

1:30pm - 4:50pm

Workshop 1:  Dispelling Myths & Combating Pseudoscience in School Psychology: Applying Scientific Principles to Psychological Assessment and Intervention (3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Gary L. Canivez, PhD

Workshop Description: Numerous factors influence our susceptibility to beliefs in myths and misconceptions in both our personal and professional lives.  Lilienfeld, Lynn, Ruscio, & Beyerstein (2010) wrote about 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology, many with direct or indirect relations to educational and school psychological practices. Watkins (2009) outlined factors that influence errors in diagnostic decision–making and clinical judgment and Lilienfeld, Ammirati, & David (2012) wrote how pseudoscience also influences our beliefs and practices in school psychology and education.  Our defense against these negative influences is constant vigilance and application of science. This workshop identifies common myths in educational and school psychological practice, factors influencing such beliefs, how to recognize pseudoscience, and how to guard against such influences so that practices are evidence-based.

Learning Objectives:  Workshop participants will:

  1. Recognize common myths in educational and school psychological practice

  2. Identify factors or influences that lead to and perpetuate beliefs in common myths

  3. Identify methods or factors that indicate pseudoscientific practices

  4. Identify and apply scientific principles that guard against beliefs in myths and pseudoscientific “evidence”

1:30pm-4:50pm

Workshop 2:  Effective Behavioral Intervention Plans: From Start to Finish(3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Gary L Cates, PhD, BCBA, NCSP

1:30pm-4:50pm

Workshop 3:  Culturally Responsive Psychological Services(3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Brea Banks, PhD

Workshop Description: As the number of students holding minoritized identities in schools increases, school psychologists must think critically about how the psychological services they provide are culturally responsive. Given our commitment to children and families and based on guidelines set forth by the American Psychological Association and National Association of School Psychologists, we are charged to respond to the needs of children and adolescents using a lens of equity and justice. As part of this session, the presenter will discuss strategies that practitioners may employ across their training and professional careers to engage in practices that are culturally responsive. Session content will primarily focus the importance of self-reflection and examination, while attendees will also be encouraged to consider the impact of traditionally implemented therapeutic techniques on individuals, groups, and families holding marginalized identities.

 
1:30pm-4:50pm

Workshop 4:  Become a Data Hero: Data Analysis Tips and Tricks from the “Graphman”(3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Joel M. Grafman, SSP, NCSP

Workshop Description: The purpose of this workshop is to provide school practitioners with ideas and examples of how they can collect, organize, and interpret data to gain a better picture of both their local population of students as a whole and individual students, all as part of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) process.  Participants will learn how to extract student demographic information from their student information system (e.g. NWEA MAP, IAR, FastBridge, Attendance, etc.) and then use different formulas in Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets to combine information into an easily readable format for staff.  We will also go through the use of Google Forms for data collection and the use of the Autocrat Google add-on to create forms to send to administrators and parents.  Bring your laptop and be ready to dive deep into your data!

     Learner Objectives:

     This session will help participants:

  1. Extract data from online software programs and organize it to meet their needs, using Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets.
  2. Use formulas to easily combine and organize data and calculate basic statistics that are easily interpretable.
  3. Learn how to use Google Forms to collect, graph, and share behavioral data with all stakeholders.
 
 
1:30pm-4:50pm

Workshop 5:  Illinois Safe2Help/Mental Health Toolkit (3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Samantha Kanish, M.S. and Nicole Pieranunzi, M.A.

Workshop DescriptionSafe2Help Illinois is a comprehensive resource for students, teachers, and the community to support students’ social, emotional, and behavioral health and includes a 24/7 program where students can use a free app, text/phone, website, and other social media platforms to report school safety issues in a confidential environment. In the absence of a trusted adult, Safe2Help Illinois offers students a safe, confidential way in which to share information that might help prevent suicides, bullying, school violence or other threats to school safety. The goal of Safe2Help Illinois is to get students to “Seek Help Before Harm”. This session will highlight the services and resources available to students, parents, and school communities through Safe2Help Illinois as well as provide an interactive session using the Safe2Help Illinois Mental Health Toolkit. The Mental Health Toolkit serves to is a supplemental piece to support current curriculum and end the stigma associated with mental health. 

      Learning Objectives: 

  1. Understand what Safe2Help Illinois is and how it works 
  2. Familiarization with the services and resources available to students, parents, and school communities 
  3. Understand the Safe2Help Mental Health Toolkit and training available for educators to support social, emotional, and behavioral health of students
Friday, February 4, 2022

8:30am -11:50am

Workshop 1: Enhancing Outcomes for Preschool Students: Resources for School Psychologists(3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Mary Satchwell, PhD, NCSP

8:30am -11:50am

 Workshop 2: Using CBT to Support Anxious Students (3.0 PD Credit)

Presented by William Pfohl , Psy.D.

8:30am -11:50am
  

Workshop 3: Improving Student Mental and Behavioral Health: Opportunities at Tier 1(3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Robert J. Dixon, PhD, NCSP 

Workshop Description: Schools are faced with a number of challenges that require our attention: academic, behavioral and more recently mental health.  Rather than focus exclusively on behavioral compliance, School Psychologists can positively impact the mental health of students that may be the trigger of the behavioral problems. This includes attention to reducing the negative risk factors of mental illness and increasing the positive resilience factors. Interventions points for the school psychologist will focus on both the classroom system and the school system. Objectives for the presentation

  1. Define Mental Health
  2. Describe how MTSS can be adapted to meet Mental Health needs
  3. Examine universal intervention programs
  4. Differentiate types of screening data and the impact on educational decisions
  5. Create an action plan to address mental health at your school

 

8:00am-12:00pm

 Job Placement

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm - 4:15pm Workshop 1: Improving Student Mental and Behavioral Health: Opportunities at Tier 1 (3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Robert J. Dixon, PhD, NCSP, LP
1:00pm - 4:15pm

 Workshop 2: Become a Data Hero: Data Analysis Tips and Tricks from the “Graphman” (3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Joel M. Grafman, SSP, NCSP

Workshop Description: The purpose of this workshop is to provide school practitioners with ideas and examples of how they can collect, organize, and interpret data to gain a better picture of both their local population of students as a whole and individual students, all as part of a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) process.  Participants will learn how to extract student demographic information from their student information system (e.g. NWEA MAP, IAR, FastBridge, Attendance, etc.) and then use different formulas in Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets to combine information into an easily readable format for staff.  We will also go through the use of Google Forms for data collection and the use of the Autocrat Google add-on to create forms to send to administrators and parents.  Bring your laptop and be ready to dive deep into your data!

     Learner Objectives:

     This session will help participants:

  1. Extract data from online software programs and organize it to meet their needs, using Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets.
  2. Use formulas to easily combine and organize data and calculate basic statistics that are easily interpretable.
  3. Learn how to use Google Forms to collect, graph, and share behavioral data with all stakeholders.
1:00pm - 4:15pm Workshop 3: Ethics for School Psychologists: Challenges and Opportunities (3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Laurie Klose, PhD
1:00pm - 4:15pm

Workshop 4: Becoming Grief Informed in the Era of Covid-19 (3.0 PD Credit)
Presented by Kathleen Loomos Ostry, PhD & Natalie LaDuke, PhD, LCP, NCSP

Workshop Description: Since March 2020, the global COVID-19 pandemic has brought grief, a once avoided topic, into the everyday lexicon and awareness of everyone, especially educators working in schools.  This new reality has created the opportunity for us as school psychologists to bring grief into the foreground and embed grief-informed practices into our professional work. Grief has often been conceptualized as an individual problem rather than as a universal normal experience. Since grief touches us all, approaches to treatment must be multi-systemic, culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate and meet the griever where they are.

 Participants will learn the history of and current theories of grief. They will understand the impact of grief on children from a cultural-development perspective and tiered implementation of grief informed practices in the schools. By developing a grief-informed lens, it is anticipated participants will be grief-advocates who promote grief-sensitive practices that support the social-emotional and academic well-being of the students they serve.

 
1:00pm - 4:15pm STUDENT & INTERN SESSION: You’re Hired! Tips to a Successful First Few Years as a School Psychologist