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2016 Statewide Conference


DATE: OCTOBER 22, 2016

TIME: 8:00am-4:00pm (6 NASP Approved Credits)


Featured Presentation

Dr. Randy Sprick

All audience members will attend Dr. Sprick's featured presentation.  It will be the first presentation of the day and will go for 1.5 hours.  The featured presentation will be on the following topic:

Early-Stage Interventions for Individual Students

This session will provide information on five interventions that can become a standard protocol within a district—what should teachers implement first when an individual student’s behavior is problematic.  Strategies include planned discussion, goal setting, data-collection and debriefing, increasing positive interactions, and function-based interventions. Each strategy will include some easy-to-use implementation forms and worksheets. This protocol or something similar is essential for creating the link between universal procedures and Tier 2 and Tier 3 intervention support.

Dr. Sprick is renowned for his expertise in behavior management and school climate.  He is the primary author for the Safe and Civil Schools series. Click here for more information on Randy Sprick.

List of Breakout Session Speakers


John Alamodin, MSW, LSW, Community Outreach Training Coordinator

Southern Nevada Substance Use Disorders Training Project

Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

Trainees will learn the information, tools, skills, and resources to identify and assist adolescents who are at risk of moderate or excessive use of alcohol and other drugs and whose substance use is causing or exacerbating poor health conditions. The primary intervention to be taught is Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). SBIRT is an intervention based on evidenced-based Motivational Interviewing strategies. Trainees will learn about universal screening for quickly assessing use and severity of alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drug use, misuse and abuse; brief motivational and awareness-raising intervention given to risky or problematic substance users; and referral to specialty care for adolescents with substance use disorders. The SBIRT interventions for adolescent alcohol and substance use is an empirically based, early detection tool that is intended to be fast and versatile. Adolescence is a period of rapid biological, psychological, and social development, and drug and alcohol misuse during this critical period poses substantial problems for the individual.  The SBIRT model can be applied to identify and intervene with adolescents who are at-risk of developing substance use disorders and those adolescents whose substance use puts them at risk for injury or illness.

School Refusal

Mirae Fornander, Graduate Student

Kyleigh Sheldon, Graduate Student

Christopher Kearney, PhD, Chair and Professor

Department of Psychology, UNLV

School Refusal Behavior

School refusal behavior refers to difficulties remaining in classes for an entire day or difficulties attending school.  This session will briefly cover characteristics, assessment, and multi-tiered interventions for problematic absenteeism, with time for questions and answers.


Shannon Crozier, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA, Director

Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, UNLV

Autism Spectrum Disorders: Diagnosis and Evidence Based Treatments

Participants will learn about the updated diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorders and the best practice methods of conducting assessments. Participants will learn what constitutes evidence-based treatment, the national projects that evaluate and define treatment, and which treatments have the strongest evidence base in the field.

Mood Disorders

Andrew J. Freeman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology, UNLV

Mood Disorders in children: What can schools do?

While cases of mood disorders in children have been documented throughout written history; the modern, scientific study of mood disorders in children is only 60 years old. The knowledge base has increased exponentially since early work identifying depression in children in the early 1970s. The pace of scientific investigations of mood disorders in children continues to accelerate with the inclusion of bipolar disorders in the 1990s. Pubmed results for mood and children indicate more than 50,000 published scientific articles. Even for clinicians with a scientific bent, this is an overwhelming amount of primary sources to sift. The purpose of this talk is to distill the explosion of new data into concrete, actionable steps that a school can use immediately to aid children suffering from mood disorders. Topics to be covered include how to identify children with mood disorders, plan treatment, monitor treatment, and make appropriate accommodations for children with mood disorders. A special emphasis will be made on mood disorders in the context of the classroom and working with diverse children.

Attendees will learn:

a) How to identify children with mood disorders cost-efficiently and more accurately.

b) Methods for differential diagnosis and measuring response to treatment.

c) Potential, structured interventions for children with mood disorders.

d) School-specific learning accommodations that might be necessary for children with mood disorders.

Childhood Trauma

Jacqueline Harris, M.A., Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor

Private Practice - Healing Solutions Counseling Center

Chair - Statewide Children's Behavioral Health Consortium

Impact of Trauma on Children and Adolescents

The presentation will focus on the Impact of Trauma on Children and Adolescents.  The following topics will be covered in the presentation:

a) Origins of Trauma (family, community & school)

b) Diagnosis of Trauma & PTSD per DSM5 (particular focus on changes to DSM5 regarding children)

c) Impact and Effects of Trauma

d) Impact of Trauma to the School Environment

e) Treatment of Trauma in Children

f) Engaging the Family

g) Community & Statewide Initiatives to Support Children

Ethics in Technology

Tim McIvor, NCSP, School Psychologist

President of NVASP, Founder of Schoolpsych.com - A resource for technology in school psychology

Ethics in Technology

This presentation discusses the NASP Principles for Professional Ethics (2010), and how it applies to technology.  It will provide practical tips about utilizing various forms of technology in an ethical manner.  Tutorials will demonstrate how to ensure the confidentiality of electronically stored documents through the use of encryption.  

Child Abuse

Valeria Gurr, Program Coordinator and Trainer

Prevent Child Abuse Nevada

Enough Abuse! Strategies to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Enough Abuse! Educational curricula provide strategies for adults and communities to take primary responsibility for preventing child sexual abuse. This presentation addresses the following:

· The nature and scope of child sexual abuse

· Characteristics of men and women who abuse and how they differ

· Social messages, tactics of abusers, and attitude of adults that have allowed sexual abuse to thrive in our communities

· Behaviors that might indicate an adult poses a sexual risk to a child

· Specific "grooming" tactics that abusers use

· Specific prevention messages that adults need to convey to children and to youth

· How to handle disclosures from a child or youth victim

· Reporting suspected cases of child sexual abuse


Amanda Haboush-Deloye, Ph.D., Associate Director

Nevada Institute for Children's Research and Policy

Advocating for Children and Families

This training will provide an overview of advocacy techniques and strategies to help you make your policy issues a priority. This presentation will specifically include training on the legislative process in Nevada, review the differences between advocacy vs. lobbying, and techniques for effective advocacy.  

Behavior Management

Randy Sprick, Ph.D. (See above for more information)

Breakout 1: Behavioral Interventions for At-Risk Students

This session will explore how to involve and assist teachers  to design and implement interventions for students with chronic behavioral or motivational problems.  Participants will learn to design a "Problem Profile" on an individual student.  Next, participants will learn how to select interventions that have a high probability of helping the student improve his/her behavior.  Collaborating with teachers in designing and implementing interventions will be a major focus of this session.

Breakout 2: Coaching Classroom Management

Classroom Management: The CORE of RTI for Behavior

This session will examine what can be done to help teachers organize classrooms to reduce discipline problems and prompt responsible behavior from students.   The research on effective classroom management is clear and consistent. The trick lies in getting staff to implement effective practice on a regular basis in their classrooms. This session will examine specific teacher behaviors that can be observed and quantified to assist teachers in setting goals and improving teacher’s ability to manage behavior and engage students in active learning.


Conference Pricing

$90- Members in Clark County School District (CCSD)

$70- Members outside of CCSD

$35- Student/retiree Member

Free- Student volunteers

$120- Nonmember

On-Site Registration (10/22/16):

$120 Conference Fee (regardless of member profile).  No lunch provided.

Membership Fee:

$30- 1-year membership

$15- 1 year student/retiree membership

Participants will receive 6 NASP Approved CPD Hours/Credits

Lunch options from Honey Baked Ham will be included in the conference fee. 

Honey Baked Ham Sandwich Choices*

Ham Classic 

Ham, Swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a flaky croissant 

Roasted Turkey Classic  

Roasted Turkey Breast, Swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a baker's roll

Smoked Turkey Classic 

Smoked Turkey Breast, Swiss cheese, lettuce, and tomato on a baker's roll

Mediterranean Veggie 

Sliced cucumber, green bell peppers, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, black olives, banana pepper rings, ranch dressing and balsamic vinaigrette on multigrain flatbread 

*All sandwiches come with chips, cookie and sauce packets.

Responsibilities of NVASP

Click here to review the responsibilities and policies of NVASP for the 2016 Fall Conference such as the cancellation and refund policy and request for accommodations procedure. 

Travel Recommendations

The Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa is less than two miles away from the location of the conference: West Career and Technical Academy.  


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