South Carolina Association of School Psychologists

Supporting learning and mental health of youth in South Carolina.

Fall Conference 2018

  • 03 Oct 2018
  • 7:30 AM
  • 05 Oct 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • Columbia Conference Center


  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • SCASP CEU - Non-Winthrop
  • Please complete and send the attached forms to Winthrop and send payment to Winthrop. Please indicate which days you are attending for Winthrop credit. If you would like to register for other days for SCASP CEU's, please complete a second online registration and send that payment to SCASP. Email with questions.

Registration is closed

Note: This is a tentative schedule.  More details will follow as arrangements are finalized. Scroll down for Winthrop registration information.

Hard copy if needed: FALL Conference registration form.docx



SCASP is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education for school psychologists.  SCASP maintains responsibility for the program. 

October 3-5, 2018

Columbia Conference Center

169 Laurelhurst Avenue

Columbia, SC 29210

Register early and save!

Hotel: Hampton In Harbison

Rate $110 per night 

Group code PSY

Make reservations by September 12th.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

          7:30 AM – 8:30 AM         Snacks/Coffee and Registration

         8:30 AM – 4:30 PM          Full-day Workshop - 

Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah School of Medicine, Clinical Director of the Neurology Learning and Behavior Center. 

Understanding and Applying Resilience in the Care and Education of Children 

Why can some of us handle life’s greatest trials with ease while others become burdened by the slightest setback?  What factors help some children and adults bounce back from adversity while others languish in feelings of helplessness and hopelessness?  What exactly is that inner strength that some people exude in their daily lives.  The term resilience has been reserved for those who have overcome overwhelming obstacles.  But in reality, every child encounters stress in every day life and no one knows when they may face unexpected hardships.  Resilience embraces a set of qualities that afford sustainability of good functioning. In this day long presentation, Dr. Goldstein will begin by addressing the science and research of resilience. He will then introduce a research based framework for understanding, modeling and teaching resilience strategies to youth of all ages.  Dr. Goldstein will also focus on the disruptive and non-disruptive challenges affecting a significant minority of the school population and discuss the relevance and role of resilience in the education of these students.  

 Learning Objectives:

1.   Participants will understand the history and basic science of resilience. 

2.   Participants will develop an understanding of a framework for strategies to apply resilience concepts in school settings. 

3.   Participants will understand general environmental and developmental variables that predict good life outcome for all children as well as those with neurodevelopmental, emotional and behavioral challenges.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

         7:30 AM – 8:30 AM         Snacks/Coffee and Registration

         8:30 AM – 4:30 PM          Full-day Workshop

Scott Poland, Ph.D., Professor at the College of Psychology and Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Continuing Professional Development in School Psychology:School Crisis Legal and Ethical Issues: Case Review

The incidence of youth violence, suicide, bullying and traumatic events in general requires that schools have prevention programs and be prepared to respond to tragic events.  The presenter has a wealth of practical experience in school crises and will help school psychologists and other school personnel enhance their ability to respond to critical incidents. The presenter has been an expert witness in more than a dozen cases where schools were sued after a crisis and will share the outcome of those cases and the lessons learned for prevention and intervention. Several of those cases questioned the competency of the suicide and violent assessments done by school personnel. Practical best practices interventions for school psychologists to avoid liability will be outlined.

 Learning Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify protective factors and primary prevention programs to prevent crises from occurring.
  2. Identify key points concerning parent permission for services in light of a legal case where no parent permission was obtained prior to a school psychologist and school counselor assisting a group of children who viewed a dead body on their way home from school.
  3. Identify key factors that were involved in legal cases that questioned the assessment of threats of violence done by school personnel.
  4. Learn the lessons from several legal cases after student suicides pertaining to parent notification and the suicide assessment conducted at school and whether when a student is 18 years or older parent notification is or is not required.
  5. Understand the complex relationship between bullying and suicide and the outcome of numerous lawsuits filed against schools after students died by suicide and parents were critical of the schools’ role in preventing bullying.
  6. Understand best postvention practices in schools after a suicide in light of a lawsuit filed against a school district by parents after the second suicide of their children.
  7. Become familiar with a lawsuit brought against school personnel for failure to notify parents of a student who engaged in NSSI.


Friday, October 5, 2018

          7:30 AM – 8:30 AM         Snacks/Coffee and Registration

          8:30 AM – 9:00 AM         General Business Meeting

          9:15 AM – 10:00 AM        Keynote Address

Special Guest Speakers: Preston Thorne and Langston Moore

Authors of Just a Chicken

        10:15 AM – 11:30 AM        Mini sessions

          11:30 AM – 1:00 PM         Lunch on your own

          1:00 PM – 4:00 PM         Mini sessions continued 

Mini sessions topics may include: Suicide prevention, Fads and Trends in alcohol and drug use, presentations on new regulations, legal updates, Self-injury, School Psycs as mental health professionals, lead psyc rountable/student session, and much more!


Winthrop University is now offering online registration for graduate credit! Follow link below to register. You have the option of registering and paying yourself or registering and then having a “sponsor” (e.g. your district) make payment on your behalf.  Even if a “sponsor” is paying for you, each individual attendee must complete their own registration as this is how individual transcripts are generated. 

Each workshop is $190 for 1 graduate credit ($95 for retired SC personnel over age 60, not employed full-time). 

If a “sponsor” will be paying for you, you will need a contact name, address, phone number, and email address for the sponsor in order to complete your registration. Once registration is complete, the “sponsor” will receive an email with directions to submit payment. 

*IMPORTANT NOTE: On-site registration will be done electronically and payment will only be accepted via credit card. Personal checks are no longer accepted. It is strongly recommended you register in-advance via the website. Questions contact Dr. Melissa Reeves at


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