Colorado Society of School Psychologists

The Mission of CSSP is to strengthen the effectiveness of school psychologists in addressing academic, social, and emotional needs of children and youth in Colorado. We believe that school psychologists have a unique niche in the educational process. We are grounded in research-based educational and psychological practice and collaboration skills that allow us to provide the leadership necessary for the educational change process.

2016 CSSP Fall Conference – Neurons to Neighborhoods

November 3-5 at the beautiful Vail Marriott Hotel and Spa

Registration Now Open!

This year’s conference emphasizes the relationship between neurodevelopment and student learning, functioning, and behavior within the broader contexts of the school and community environment. We are proud to be able to provide opportunities for collaboration and high quality professional development to school psychologists, social workers, counselors, educational specialists, administrators, graduate students, university professors, and attendees.

For details and a complete schedule, see our flyer: 2016-cssp-conference-mailer

Click on the Fall Conference tab at the top of the page to register online. To register with a check via mail, use this form: 2016-conference-registration-form

CSSP members receive significant discounts on registration fees, so join CSSP or renew your membership now to receive these savings!

Registration received after October 20, 2016 will include a late fee of $20.00.
Online registration closes October 30, 2016
Onsite registration opens November 3, 2016.

Lodging Information:
Conference attendees will receive discounted room rates of $129/night at the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort in beautiful Lionshead Village, CO.

Room Reservations:
Book your room today by calling the Vail Marriott Mountain Resort at 877.622.3140 or reserve online at

Book your room by October 14 to get the reduced group rate of $129 per night!

Hotel Guest Amenities
Valet parking, in-room wireless internet, fitness center, and a 15% discount on select spa services and hotel restaurants for HOTEL GUESTS


Preconference 8:00-3:00 (lunch on your own):

The Neuropsychology of Reading and Written Language Disorders: A Framework for Effective Interventions
Presented by Dr. Steven Feifer

This preconference workshop will examine reading and written language disorders from a brain-based educational perspective, and classify each disorder into distinct subtypes. There will be a detailed discussion linking each learning disorder’s subtype with scores of evidence based interventions. Four universal truths when teaching reading will be shared, in addition to five essential steps for effective written language instruction. There will also be a discussion on new research developments revealing that brain chemistry and neural pathways can actually be altered based upon effective interventions.

Thursday Evening Session 4:00-6:00 (Included with Thursday Registration):
Updates on the Claire Davis Act: SB15-213 & SB15-214
Presented by Chris Harms
Colorado School Safety Resource Center

This session will provide a summary of the 18-member working group’s review of the safety issues and recommendations from the three Arapahoe High School shooting reports.


Keynote Presentation: “The Power of One: Valuing the Role of School Psychologists in Children’s Lives
John Kelly, Ph.D., NASP President-Elect
Stacy Skalski, Ph.D., NASP Director, Professional Policy & Practice

Featured Breakout Session
“Improving School Climate through Bullying Prevention & Intervention”
John Kelly, Ph.D. & Hilary Wilson, MA, NCSP, NASP Delegate, Alaska

Additional Friday Presentations:
•Cognitive Test Accommodations for Students with Neurodevelopmental Disabilities — Laurel Snider, Jeanine Coleman, & Karen Riley
•Using Music to Connect with Students — Adam Parker
•The Heart of the Mind: Applications in School Psychology —Heather Study
•Helping Adolescents of Color Navigate Positive Body Image Through Culturally Responsive Interventions — Sayani Das Chaudhuri, & Londi Howard
•“Hey Mom, I’ve Got ADD and a Couple of F’s” — Jeanine Charlton & LEAD Students
•Transition and Emotional Disturbance: What Does the Literature Say?— Krista Klabo
•Colorado Crisis Services Overview — Mary Hoefler
•Emotional Regulation and Executive Functioning After an Injury to the Brain — Cari Ledger
•Mindfulness-Based Social-Emotional Learning: A Practical Guide to School-Wide Implementation —
Cody Wiggs & Daniel Flanders
•Trauma-Informed Care for Educators: Building Resiliency During an Emotional or Behavioral Crisis —Ashley Brock-Baca
•Core Concepts in the Neurosequential Model: Helping Traumatized Children Heal — Erica Stetson & Kirk Ward
•Utilizing Student Discipline Data and Interventions to Eliminate Racial Disparities Related to Discipline — Barbara Downing & Ellen Kelty
•Reflective Supervision in Schools: Building Supportive Relationships for Professional Growth —
Lisa Humphreys Costello & Erin-Johanna Wood Belcaid
•Poster Presentations

Annual Membership Meeting and Luncheon (included for everyone who registers for the Friday conference)

•Bullying Prevention within a MTSS Framework — Scott Ross & Adam Collins
•Using Functional Assessment to Guide Transition Planning for Students with ASD — Kate Loving
•What Should School Psychologists Know About Classroom Management? — David Hulac
•The Backbone of Intervention: Adaptive Behavior Assessment and the Vineland 3 — Adam Scheller
•Educational Identification of ASD and Beyond – Brooke Carson & Cara Woundy
•What’s Race Got to Do with It? Exploring how Race and Culture Influence our Practice — Ellen Kelty &
Veronica Martinez
•Function-Based Thinking and Trauma-Informed Care: Creating Connections –Lynne DeSousa, Julia Wigert, & Krista Klabo
•School Psychologists: As Agent Facilitators to Help Refugee Families Integrate into a New Society —
Silvia Soderberg, Margarita Cordero, & Laura Ramzy Saturday

Saturday Afternoon Session:
“ESSA: Legal & Ethical Considerations for the Practice of School Psychology”
Stacy Skalski, Ph.D., Director of Public Policy, NASP
Andrea Clyne, Ph.D. , Chair, NASP Practice Model Committee

This session will fulfill NASP 3 hour Law/Ethics requirement for NCSP renewal



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