South Carolina Association of School Psychologists

Supporting learning and mental health of youth in South Carolina.



Upcoming events

    • 12 Oct 2022
    • 7:30 AM
    • 14 Oct 2022
    • 4:00 PM
    • Embassy Suites Greystone Columbia

    Note: This is a tentative schedule.  More details will follow as arrangements are finalized. 

    Winthrop registration forms:

    Vendor/exhibitor form: exhibitor form.doc



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

    October 12-14, 2022

    Embassy Suites

    Greystone Blvd. Columbia

    Register early and save!

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    Wednesday, October 12, 2022 - Virtual or In person

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

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

    Tentative title: 

    From Prevention and Intervention to IDEA Identification: Equitable and Effective Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Educational Practices within a PBIS  Framework - Tier One and Beyond! Exploring the Vast Benefits of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports    Dr. Jessica Dirsmith

    Dr. Jessica Dirsmith, NCSP is a Clinical Assistant Professor of School Psychology at

    Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a Pennsylvania and nationally certified school psychologist and a licensed psychologist. She has served as both a school psychologist practitioner for over a decade and a trainer of future school psychologists. Dr. Dirsmith is the 2017 recipient of the School Psychologist of the Year Award in Pennsylvania and the 2021 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Young Alumni Achievement Award. She serves as the Membership Chair for the Association of School Psychologists of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS) with a focus on underserved populations. She also researches school-based mental health, emotional and behavioral disability case law, and legally defensible assessment practices. She is passionate about a problem-solving approach, incorporating strengths-based methods to best support academic, social, emotional, and behavioral learning for all students.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Participants will learn skills to support the development and maintenance of a systems level framework that will make the school more effective and efficient in meeting students social, emotional, and behavioral needs.

    2. Understand the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) evidence base with a focus on outcomes including the acquisition of skills, improved school climate, and reduction in disproportionate disciplinary practices.

    3. Learn about universal practices as well as evidenced based interventions to target and support student’s social, emotional, and behavioral needs.

    4. Learn how to review and analyze school, class, and individual data and how to effectively participate in PBIS teams

    5. Participants will better understand the constructions that comprise the Emotional Disturbance IDEA disability category and systematize their assessment and eligibility practices based on current research and legal guidelines

    6. Learn methods to reduce bias, including implicit bias in assessment and identification practices when working with students with social, emotional, and behavioral needs.

    Thursday, October 13, 2022 - Virtual or In person

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

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

    Full-day workshop designed to meet Ethics PD requirement = Dr. Laurie Klose, Past President of NASP

    Friday, October 14, 2022 - In person only

              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

    Keynote address - Krysten Douglas, SC Department of Education

              10:15 AM – 11:30 AM        Mini sessions

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

              1:00 PM – 2:15 PM         Mini sessions continued

               2:30 PM – 3:50 PM         Mini sessions continued 

    Mini-sessions topics will be announced mid-August but will include topics such as low-incidence assessment, concussion follow-up, a listening circle, and sessions for newer practitioners and students.


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