Professional Development Center

Best Practices in Applied Psychology Spring 2015 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 2015 spring 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
1/16 Keeping Educational Records Safe (Type 2 BACB Ethics) 1pm-4pm $75.00
2/27 Positive Psychology in School Psychology 9am-4pm $145.00
3/20 Assessment of Processing Strengths and Weaknesses 1pm-4pm $75.00
4/10 Typical and Atypical Personality Development 1pm-4pm $75.00
5/15 Dropout Prevention 1pm-4pm $75.00
6/4 & 5 PREPaRE Workshop 2 (includes $45 materials fee) 8:30am-4pm $100.00

Workshop Descriptions

Keeping Educational Records Safe: Complying with FERPA and HIPAA in an Online World
January 16, 2015; 1:00pm-4:00pm (3.0 APA CE credits; 3.0 BACB Type 2 Ethics credits)
301 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham Campus
William Pfohl, Psy.D., Professor of School Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University
Susan Jarmuz-Smith, M.S., BCBA, University of Southern Maine

The presenters will review the key points of federal guidelines for protecting educational records and inadvertent ways schools and districts may violate them. They will cover practical steps any school and/or district can take to secure records and comply with legal and ethical requirements of confidentiality. This is an excellent workshop for Special Education Directors, Principals, School Psychologists, and Technical Staff. Compliance is not a choice – it’s a requirement!

 Positive Psychology in School Psychology: Putting Effective Strategies into Practice
February 27, 2015; 9:00am-4:00pm (6.0 APA CE credit included)
10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Rebekah Bickford, Psy.D., NCSP, BCBA, The Alliance School
William Roy, M.S., BCBA, University of Southern Maine

Positive psychology has been an identified field for many years and has a wealth of empirical evidence supporting its efficacy. Along with some basic theoretical information, the workshop will be focused on giving attendees skills and activities that they can take back to schools with them. The primary focus of the workshop will be on applying the research-based elements of positive psychology to everyday practice in school psychology.

Assessment of Cognitive Processing Strengths and Weaknesses
March 20, 2015; 1:00-4:00pm (3.0 APA CE credits included)
301 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Rachel Brown, Ph.D., NCSP, Associate Professor, University of Southern Maine

This session will cover methods that can be used to identify a student’s cognitive processing strengths and weaknesses as outlined in IDEA 2004. The regulatory basis of the methods, as well as the specific assessments and procedures will be described.  Participants will learn principles for selecting assessments, guidelines for comparing scores, and how to summarize results in a formal report.

Typical and Atypical Personality Development: Implications for School Assessment and Intervention
April 10, 2015; 1:00pm-4:00pm (3.0 APA credits included)
10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Heather Alvarez, Ph.D.
Meaghan Swan, Psy.D.

This workshop will focus on personality features among children and adolescents, with the goal of providing participants with a beginning knowledge of how different personality features can place children and adolescents at risk for development of other clinical conditions. The difference between personality traits and disorders in personality as defined by DSM 5, as well as recent updates to the DSM 5 will be considered. Participants will leave with a greater understanding of how personality and personality disorders are assessed, as well as the myths and realities of diagnosing personality disorders among children and adolescents. Strategies for intervention across more common presentations in schools will be discussed.

Dropout Prevention: Early Warning Signs and Systems
May 15, 2015; 1:00-4:00pm (3.0 APA CE credits included)
10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Lee Goss, Psy.D., NCSP, University of Southern Maine
Kristina Andren, Psy.D., NCSP, University of Southern Maine

Dropping out of school is a multifaceted process of disengagement that often begins early in school. We will present research on the key risk indicators for dropout and recommendations for developing early warning systems to inform interventions within a multi-tier system of support (MTSS). Participants will learn best practices for identifying students at risk for dropping out and making data-based decisions for dropout prevention and intervention, with an emphasis on the secondary level.

PREPaRE Workshop 2: The Roles of School-Based Mental Health Professionals
June 4th and 5th, 2015 8:30am-4:00pm (13.0 NASP CPDs included)
(must attend both days) - Please register by May 10, 2015
10 Bailey Hall, USM Gorham Campus
Susan Jarmuz-Smith, Psy.D., BCBA, University of Southern Maine

Click here (pdf) for the workshop flyer.

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 school-associated crisis events. With current research and crisis intervention strategies, this workshop teaches participants how to prevent and prepare for psychological trauma, help to reaffirm both the physical health of members of the school community and students’ perceptions that they are safe and secure, conduct psychological triage, and respond to psychological needs. This workshop is an excellent course for all professionals in your district who provide mental health crisis intervention services. $45 materials fee included in workshop price.