Professional Development Center

Best Practices in Applied Psychology Fall 2014 Workshop Series

The School of Education and Human Development School Psychology Program and Professional Development Center at the University of Southern Maine are pleased to announce the following workshops for psychologists and related mental health professionals during the 2014 fall semester.

All events will be held in Bailey Hall on the USM Gorham Campus. All events have psychology CEUs available.

To download a registration form (pdf) please click here.


Date Topic Times Cost
9/19 Woodcock Johnson 4 Update - Morning Only (Aca) 9am-12pm $75.00
9/19 Woodcock Johnson 4 Update - Afternoon Only (Cog) 1pm-4pm $75.00
9/19 Woodcock Johnson 4 Update - Full Day 9am-4pm $145.00
10/17 Threat Assessment 9am-4pm $145.00
11/21 WISC-V Update 1pm-4pm $75.00
12/12 PREPaRE Workshop 1 (includes $35 materials fee) 8:30am-4pm $180.00

Workshop Descriptions

Woodcock Johnson 4 Update (3.0  - 6.0 APA CE credits included)
September 19, 2014; 9:00am-4:00pm (Please register by 9/8/2014)
301 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham Campus

The Fourth Edition of the trusted, groundbreaking leader in individually administered assessments, Woodcock-Johnson, is a complete solution that providese a comprehensive yet efficient process for evaluating cognitive difficulties, achievement, and oral language. This trianing seminar will include "What's New" in the Woodcock-Johnson IV as a full day workshop. Half of the day will focus on the Tests of Acheivement (morning) and the other half will be on the Tests of Cognitive Abilities (afternoon). You can attend one or both. This seminar is perfect for those who are familiar with the Woodcock-Johnson suite of assessments and are interested in a workshop detailing only the new tests and features of the WJ IV.

Threat Assessment (6.0 APA CE credits included)
October 17, 2014; 9:00am-4:00pm
301 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Given the many school shootings across the country in recent years, it's crutial that schools take threats of violence seriously and develop quick, accurate, and reasonable ways to assess potentially violent situations. But what is the best way to do this? How do we distinguish "real" threats from those that are harmless expressions of anger or figures of speech? According to the FBI and Secret Service, the preferred method is the school threat assessment model. This session will provide participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead school-based teams through an evidence-based method for evaluating threats of targeted violence. Participants will be introduced to a multi-step process that provides a safe, structured, and efficient way to respond to threats of violence. Using case examples, participants will also develop the skills necessary to distinguish threats that must be taken seriously from those that can be quickly resolved. Safety planning, school-wide prevention efforts, and ethical and legal considerations will be also discussed.

WISC-V Update (3.0 APA CE credits included)
November 21, 2014; 1:00pm-4:00pm
10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham Campus

In this presentation we will review the WISC-V sub-test changes. Attendees will learn about what has been dropped from the WISC-IV and what has been added to the WISC-V. We will review the new structure of the test and explore the new fluid reasoning and visual-spatial tests. Interpretative options will be provided. Attendees will learn about scoring and the new iPad admnistrative and scoring system, called Q-Interactive. We will review some of the preliminary evidence on reliability and validity so attendees will be able to assess the value of the new test and whether it meets professional standards. We will also examine data on various clinical populations and correlations of the WISC-V with other known psychological tests.

PREPaRE Workshop 1: Crisis Prevention and Preparedness - Comprehensive School Safety Planning (6.5 NASP CPDs included)
December 12, 2014; 8:30am-4:00pm (Please register by November 12, 2014)
10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham Campus

Click here (pdf) for the workshop flyer.

Learn how to establish and sustain comprehensive school safety efforts. Specific attention will be given to developing, exercising, and evaluating safety/crisis teams and plans. The workshop also addresses issues associated with the media, students with special needs, culture, and memorials. From this workhop participants will be better able to improve school climate, student behavior and academic functioning, student resilience, and school staff member crisis response capabilities. Bring your whole school crisis team to this training.