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A Positive Psychology Approach to Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology

  • 06 Nov 2017
  • 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Porstmouth, NH


  • Enrolled half-time or more (minimum of 6 semester hours or the equivalent per semester) in a program leading to an advanced degree in school psychology or other related field. (35 hours per week).

NHASP Annual Fall Conference

Monday, November 6th, 2017 

At the Portsmouth Harbor Events Conference Center


A Positive Psychology Approach to Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology 

Presented by 

Jeff Bostic, MD, Ed.D.


8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m

Registration Begins at 7:45 a.m.


Portsmouth Harbor Events Conference Center

100 Deer St, Portsmouth, NH 03801

Click here for the print brochure

Continuing Education Credits

5.5 CE credits are available for this event!

This program is co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA) and NHASP. NHPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. These credits are also accepted by the State Board of Mental Health Practice for all licensees.  NHPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

NHASP is a NASP-approved provider of CPD hours and Certificates of Attendance will be accepted toward NCSP. A total of 5.5 CE credits will be awarded for this event. 

Workshop Description

This presentation will focus on the psychopharmacological treatment of children and the role and opportunities for school staff surrounding medication treatment of children.

The presentation will (1) review primary classes of medications, including stimulants, anxiolytics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and neuroleptics and their use in children; (2) describe the emerging use of positive psychology principles in assessment and monitoring children who receive medication treatment; (3) apply motivational interviewing principles to the treatment of children in the school setting; and (4) include application of these principles to student cases.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

1. Describe 5 components of positive psychology in use in mental health assessments;

2. Recognize the most common uses in students of stimulants, antidepressants, anxiolytics, mood stabilizers, and neuroleptic medications;

3. Describe 3 approaches to monitoring student mental health treatment;

4. Identify 3 common side effects for each of 5 classes of psychiatric medications; and

5. Describe 3 ethical principles important in student mental health treatment.

About the Presenter

Jeff Bostic, MD, Ed.D., is a child psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Dr. Bostic was Associate Professor of Harvard Medical School and Director of School Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital through 2016. He continues to work with approximately 100 school districts (public, private, and charter) on the east Coast, and has develop materials for international projects to support teachers as they work with children having diverse mental health conditions.


  • 7:45 am:              Registration Opens/Breakfast
  • 8:30-10:00:         Workshop Session I
  • 10:00-10:15:      Morning Break
  • 10:15-12:00:      Workshop Session II
  • 12:00-1:00:         Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00:           Workshop Session III
  • 2:00-2:15:           Afternoon Break
  • 2:15-3:30:           Workshop Session IV
  • 3:30 pm:             Conference Ends


To Portsmouth Harbor Events:

  • From South: I-95 N to exit 7, right on Market St., right on Russell St., merge onto Deer St., pull into Portwalk Place at 100 Deer St.
  • From North: I-95 S to exit 7, left on Market St., right on Russell St., merge onto Deer St., pull into Portwalk Place at 100 Deer St.     

Click here for parking information. Note, the parking options are not associated with the Harbor Events conference venue. Discounted parking is not available for this event. 

Registration Information

Conference Fee includes continental breakfast, snacks, and lunch buffet. Please list any dietary restrictions or other special needs. Please be sure to enter your email address above as well.

All registrations must be prepaid or be associated with a valid purchase order number. Payment receipt will be sent to address provided upon request. Cancellations received prior to October 31, 2017 will be refunded less a 5% administrative fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after 5pm on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. In case of inclement weather, notification of postponement will be made by email as soon as possible. 

*Students currently enrolled in a school psychology or school counseling program receive a reduced registration fee. 

For those interested in paying by check, please click here for the print brochure. You may register online and then mail a check using this form. Please indicate you have already registered online on the paper form when mailing. 

For questions, please contact Jeff McNish, NHASP President, jmcnishnhasp@gmail.com

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