Delaware Association of 

    School Psychologists

DASP Spring Conference 2018

Power Up!

May 8-11, 2018
Lewes Public Library (May 8 & 9)
Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center (May 10 & 11)
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Register under the "Events" page.

A *HUGE* thank you to the Delaware Network for Excellence in Autism (DNEA) for providing funding and support for this year's conference. 

Find out more about DNEA here.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 (PREPaRE- Day 1, Workshop 2)

7:00-7:10 am: Registration
7:10 am: Day 1 of PREPaRE training begins
2:00 pm: Adjournment of day 1 of training
*There will be a 30 minute working lunch*

Participants will receive a PREPaRE training workbook included in the registration fee.

Tuesday, May 9th, 2018 (PREPaRE- Day 2, Workshop 2)

7:00-7:10 am: Registration
7:10 am: Day 2 of PREPaRE training begins
2:00 pm: Adjournment of day 2 of training

*Lunch will be provided on both days of PREPaRE training. It will be a working lunch.*

Description of PREPaRE Training (Workshop 2)

The PREPaRE curriculum has been developed by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) as part of NASP's decade-long leadership in providing evidence-based resources and consultation related to school crisis prevention and response. PREPaRE training is ideal for schools committed to improving and strengthening their school safety and crisis management plans and emergency response. Register quickly for this opportunity, because there are only 40 available spots!

Workshop 2 of PREPaRE training covers Crisis Intervention and Recovery: The Roles of School-Based Mental Health Professionals. This 2-day workshop provides school-based mental health professionals and other school crisis intervention team members with the knowledge necessary to meet the mental health needs of students and staff following a school-associated crisis event. With updated research and crisis intervention strategies, this workshop teaches participants how to prevent and prepare for psychological trauma, helps to reaffirm both the physical health of members of the school community and students' perceptions that they are safe and secure, evaluates the degree of psychological trauma, responds to the psychological needs of members of the school community, and examines the effectiveness of school crisis intervention and recovery efforts. This workshop is an excellent course for all mental health professionals in your district who provide mental health crisis intervention services.

Thursday, May 10th, 2018 (6 hours CPD)

8:00 am: Registration
8:30-8:45 am: DASP President (Katie Eaken) and DASP President Elect (Brittany Zehr)- Welcome
Address and Opening Comments
8:45 am: Dr. Marilyn J. Monteiro- Individualizing the Diagnosis Across Age and Ability Levels
11:45 am: Poster Session by the University of Delaware Interns
12:15 pm: Lunch On Your Own
1:15 pm: Dr. Marilyn J. Monteiro- Continuation of Autism Evaluations: Individualizing the
Diagnosis Across Age and Ability Levels
4:15 pm: Adjournment with Evaluations and CPD Certificates

7:00-10:00 pm: DASP Membership Dinner with presentation of the SPOTY and Friend of DASP
Awards at Summer House (228 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE)
Register here for the membership dinner—

Thursday, May 11th, 2018 (6 hours CPD)

8:30 am: Keynote Address by Dr. John Kelly (NASP President)- School Psychologists Creating
Caring Connections
9:45 am: Break
10:00 am: Dr. John Kelly- Integrating Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
11:45 am: DASP Business Meeting- State of the Union/Elections (Elected Positions: President
Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary)
12:00 pm: Lunch On Your Own
1:00 pm: Dr. Emily Bernabe (Pediatric Psychologist and Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) from
the Autism Program at Nemours/A.I. duPont Hospital for Children)- Classroom and Behavioral Consultation Strategies for Students with Autism Across the Lifespan
4:00 pm: Adjournment- Evaluations and Continuing Professional Development Certificates

Presentation Descriptions:

Power of One: Creating Connections

This inspirational presentation will focus on the crucial connections that school psychologists often make with students, which result in transformative experiences in students' lives.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will reflect upon their relationships with students and the meaningful and powerful nature of their work.

Participants will develop methods to connect with students through interpersonal relationships to effect change.

           Participants will identify NASP resources which support their professional practice.


Integrating Social Emotional Learning with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support


Social and emotional competencies serve as the foundation for positive interpersonal relationships and emotional wellness. Schools have become one of the primary locations that these competencies are developed in children and youth. This presentation introduces the participants to a framework to structure SEL in schools, as well as resources to select evidenced-based SEL programs.


Learning Objectives:

Participants will increase their knowledge of SEL competencies and the impact upon positive youth development.

Participants will gain knowledge about systemic methods to integrate SEL into the school setting.

Participants will be able to access resources to select evidenced-based SEL programs.

Autism Conversations: A Framework for Assessment and Intervention Across Age and Ability Levels

School Psychologists are increasingly faced with the challenge of recognizing the full range of autism spectrum differences and discussing individual diagnostic results with parents and teachers. Parents and teachers look to school psychologists to provide a compelling description of the individual child that goes beyond the label of autism. Participants will learn how to use a visual framework and descriptive language to individualize the diagnosis of autism spectrum differences across age and ability levels. They will learn to use sensory-based interview techniques that elicit the individual’s singular behavioral profile, facilitating the diagnostic process. Four key narrative shifts that face individuals, their parents, and their teachers will be highlighted, along with practical supports and interventions.

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.

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

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