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NHASP spring Conference 2024

Does Emotional Disturbance Have you Feeling Disturbed? Understanding the Benefits of Prevention, Intervention, and Comprehensive Assessment of Students with Emotional and Behavioral Needs

Presented by: Jessica Dirsmith

Wednesday, March 27th, 2024 

8:00am - 12:30pm


Workshop Description

In this session, participants will understand the benefits of universal prevention and targeted intervention for the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students. Screening, teaming, and progress monitoring will be reviewed. Participants will learn about the need for responsible Emotional Disturbance assessment and eligibility determination practices and will better understand the impact of bias from the time of referral to eligibility recommendation. Using a sequential approach, participants will gain the knowledge needed to thoroughly assess students. Finally, they will learn how to link assessment findings to intervention.

Presenter Biography

Dr. Jessica Dirsmith, NCSP is a Pennsylvania and nationally certified school psychologist and a Pennsylvania licensed psychologist. She has served as a trainer of school psychologists, has overseen the university clinical practicum and internship training experiences, and has been a school psychologist practitioner for fifteen years. 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 (ASPP) and is the 2024-25 President-Elect. Her clinical and research interests include the assessment of students with emotional and behavioral needs, school-wide positive behavioral interventions and supports (SWPBIS), emotional and behavioral disability case law, and legally defensible assessment practices.

4.0 CE credits are available for this event!

NHASP is a NASP-approved provider of CPD hours and Certificates of Attendance will be accepted toward NCSP. A total of 4.0 CE credits will be awarded for this event.

NH Licensed Psychologists should note that NASP is an approved CE provider and these credits count towards licensure renewal requirements. 

Target Audience

This workshop is appropriate for School Psychologists, Psychologists, School Social Workers, School Counselors, Special Education Teachers and Administrators, Regular Education Teachers, and Speech Pathologists. The workshop is available to current NHASP members at a special reduced rate as a membership benefit. Additionally, members of other Northeast Regional state associations can attend at the NH member rate as part of our regional collaboration. 


7:45 am: Zoom Opens

8:00am: Workshop Session I

9:30am: NHASP Updates & Break

9:45am: Workshop Session II

11:15am: Break

11:30:  Workshop Session III

12:30pm: Session Ends 

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