South Carolina Association of School Psychologists

Supporting learning and mental health of youth in South Carolina.

Celebrating 50 Years of SCASP

Spring Workshop Info

March 23, 2018 Rock Hill

Understanding and Supporting Transgender and Gender Diverse Students in Schools

Todd A. Savage, Ph.D., NCSP

Professor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

Past President, National Association of School Psychologists

Session Description:

The purpose of this session is to provide the participant with knowledge and specific strategies they can employ to support transgender and gender diverse students in schools, optimizing their potential for success academically, socially, emotionally, and behaviorally. Areas to be addressed include systems-level strategies and individual support plans that can be developed to best meet the diverse needs of this population of youth. Participants will also gain insight into how they can advocate for transgender and gender diverse youth and their families. Learning will be supported through direct instruction, large- and small-group work, and resources that can be employed to facilitate these processes.

Session Objectives:

  • 1.       To enhance participants’ awareness of gender identity and gender diversity matters in schools;
  • 2.       To introduce tools participants can use not only to assess a system’s readiness to accommodate transgender and gender diverse students but to determine the support and transition needs of individual gender diverse youth;
  • 3.       To highlight strategies participants can employ to support transgender and gender diverse students and to improve school climates as they pertain to gender diversity.


The SCASP board is appreciative of its members! This past year, SCASP members’ financial support and time has:

  • Maintained an updated website with resources for all school psychologists in SC
  • Helped to spread information and resources for Crisis Response during Hurricane Matthew
  • Connected School Psychologists with potential employers through our free job board 
  • Advocated for a re-defined role of the School Psychologist by hosting an ESSA town hall
  • Supported and participated in SCASP2NASP grants that created over 5000 points of awareness, and demonstrated leadership among the SCASP members!  SCASP2NASP 2017 provided national attention to the role of the school psychologist through NASP participation on social media outlets
  • Helped to seek submissions and produce the School Psych Scene to hear from members from graduate school students to retired professional. The School Psych Scene publishes articles from professionals practicing in schools, academia, and private settings
  • Helped to plan for and host professional development conferences. SCASP holds conferences twice a year.  The Spring Conference hosted content from John-Sommers Flanagan and Kathleen Williams

Be a part of a community of school psychologists by joining SCASP and sharing your talents and your voice with your peers

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Upcoming events


The Winthrop School Psychology Program will be offering PSYC 690- “Applying DSM-5 to Children and Adolescents” again this coming summer. The course will include one introductory afternoon session at Winthrop the afternoon of Thursday, June 8th, followed by internet-based modules and submission of a real or simulated case study to which students have applied DSM-5 criteria. The texts will include the DSM-5 and DSM-5 in the Schools as well as some readings provided by the instructor.

Dr. Harriett Ford will teach the course. Dr. Ford is a school psychologist with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and is an adjunct instructor and supervisor at Winthrop. She was previously on the faculty at the University of Kentucky.

The South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Psycho-Educational Specialists has approved PSYC 690 as meeting its DSM requirement. The course will be offered at a special tuition and fee rate of $980, which represents over a 25% reduction from usual summer tuition rates. Those who are interested should complete and return the attached course registration form.

The course is limited to 20 students, so don’t delay in registering!

PSYC 690-DSM-5_2017 Registration Form.pdf

Questions? Contact either:

Dr. Joe Prus


Dr. Harriett Ford

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