Delaware Association of 

    School Psychologists

DASP Spring Conference 2017

Small Steps Change Lives

May 2-5, 2017
Boardwalk Plaza Hotel (May 2 & 3)
Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center (May 4 & 5)
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Train-the-Trainer Day 1 of 2-Day Workshop on Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint though the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

 8:00 am Registration 
12:00 pm  Lunch on your own 
 12:00 - 4:00 pm Continue workshop 

Participants will receive a Trauma Curriculum Instructor’s Guide included in the registration fee.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Train-the-Trainer Day 2
 8:00 am  Registration 
 12:00 pm  Lunch on your own 

See registration options for the Train-the-Trainer 2-Day Workshop on Trauma-Informed Care and Alternatives to Seclusion and Restraint here.

Thursday, May 4, 2017 (6 hours CPD)

 8:00 am  Registration
 8:30 - 8:45 am  DASP President, Welcome and Opening Comments
 8:45 - 9:45 am  Keynote Address by Dr. Melissa Reeves, NASP President
 10:00 - 11:30 am  Dr. Reeves: Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with  Grief, Loss, and Mourning
 11:30 - 11:40 am  Executive Board Elections 
 11:30 - 12:30 pm  Poster Session: University of Delaware Interns
 12:00 - 1:00 pm  Lunch on your own
 1:30 - 5:15 pm  Dr. John Murphy: Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools*

Helping Children and Adolescents Cope with Grief, Loss, and Mourning - Dr. Melissa Reeves

This session is designed to enhance a school psychologist’s existing knowledge base about grief, loss, and mourning. Through didactic presentation, case examples, and group discussion, participants will increase their levels of comfort in dealing with grief; better understand the differences between normal and complicated grieving; and learn intervention strategies to address both. Participants will achieve a better understanding of factors that influence grief and morning, and develop specialized skills for helping children and adolescents cope more successfully with these intensely felt emotions.

Solution-Focused Counseling in Schools- Dr. John Murphy

This workshop provides practical strategies of Solution-Focused Counseling (SFC), a culturally respectful, research-supported approach to building school solutions from the unique strengths and resources of preschool through secondary students. Strategies include building collaborative relationships with “resistant” students, creating goals that matter, asking change-focused questions, building on strengths and resources, collecting feedback, and empowering small changes.

*Dr. Murphy's book, "Solutions Focused Counseling in the Schools - 3rd Edition," can be included in your registration fee (see registration options here).

Thursday, May 4, 2017 (Evening)

 6:30 - 9:30 pm  Annual Membership and Award Dinner
 Summer House (228 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, DE)

Please join us for our annual membership dinner.  Delaware's School Psychologist of the Year, SPOTY nominees, and other DASP award recipients will be honored at the dinner.  

Please note: Registration for the membership dinner is separate from the conference.  You may register for the dinner separately online.  Contact Gabi Koury ( if you have any allergies or dietary restrictions.  Vegetarian options will be available upon request.

Friday, May 5, 2016 (3.25 hours CPD)

 8:00 - 9:30 am  Registration & hot breakfast (provided)
 8:30am - 12:00pm  Dr. John Murphy: When Everything You've Tried Hasn't  Worked: Creative Techniques for Difficult Problem Behaviors
 12:00 pm  Adjournment
 12:00 - 2:00 pm  Membership Lunch and Business Meeting for DASP Members  at Mariachi Restaurant (14 Wilmington Ave. Rehoboth Beach)

When Everything You’ve Tried Hasn’t Worked: Creative Techniques for Difficult Behavior Problems- Dr. John Murphy

This workshop equips teachers, counselors, parents, and other helping professionals with a toolbox of creative techniques for addressing difficult problems that are unresponsive to conventional techniques. Based on systems theory, brief therapy, and research on “what works” in changing persistent problems, this session demonstrates how to “do something different” versus more of the same when faced with chronic problems at school or elsewhere. Techniques include re-framing, externalizing, being unpredictable, asking change-focused questions, building resilience/resource interventions, and interviewing the internalized other.

Delaware Association of School Psychologists - P.O. Box 534 - Middletown, DE 19709

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