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Preserving Inclusive Schools: Proven Strategies for the Era of Anxiety

  • 30 Mar 2018
  • 7:45 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Concord, 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).

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NHASP Annual Spring Conference

Friday, March 30th, 2018 

At the Grappone Conference Center, Concord,NH


Preserving Inclusive Schools: Proven Strategies in the Era of Anxiety

Presented by NASP Past President

Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LPC

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

Registration Begins at 7:45 a.m.


Grappone Conference Center

70 Constitution Ave, Concord, NH 03301

Click here for the print brochure


Continuing Education Credits

5.5 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 5.5 CE credits will be awarded for this event. 

Workshop Description

Multiple events in the past months have negatively impacted our country’s sense of physical and psychological safety. These events and the negative rhetoric has led to increased fear, anxiety, anger, and divisiveness in our country, thus negatively impacting the learning environment. The impact of these events on both the physical and psychological safety of students and families will be presented. The core of the presentation will focus on how to help teachers, students, families, and colleagues understand, process, and cope with the emotions caused by these events.

Specific NASP (National Association of School Psychologists) resources will be shared to help educators facilitate respectful conversations that promote a safe and inclusive environment for all. For those students who need more targeted and intensive supports, a variety of cognitive–behavioral strategies will be highlighted to help students exhibiting emotional regulation difficulties, anxiety, and depression. Key components underlying CBT, with resiliency integrated as a primary focus, will be reviewed and participants will explore ways to integrate these skills in an educational setting utilizing multi-tiered supports. Case study examples will be featured and specific examples of practical techniques and activities will be shared.


Learning Objectives

During this program, participants will:

1. Engage in activities and discussions that encourage reflection regarding current events, school climate, and personal experiences to promote a greater understanding of privilege and interpersonal dynamics.

2.  Learn how to lead activities and discussions within their own schools and classrooms that promote understanding and acceptance of differences.

3. Be able to apply CBT strategies in the school setting to help students increase their understanding and ability to cope with emotional regulation difficulties, anxiety, and depression.


About the Presenter

Dr. Melissa Reeves, Ph.D., NCSP, LPC recently served as President of the National Association of School Psychologists (2016-17). She is currently an Associate Professor at Winthrop University, SC in the psychology department and school psychology graduate program and a senior consultant with Sigma Threat Management Associates. Dr. Reeves is a nationally certified school psychologist, licensed special education teacher, licensed professional counselor, and former district coordinator of social/emotional/behavioral services. She has over 20 years’ experience working in public schools and a private school, in addition to providing mental health services in day and residential treatment settings.

As NASP President, Dr. Reeves appointed the NASP Social Justice Task Force. She is also co-author of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum and former Chair (and current member) of the NASP School Safety and Crisis Response Committee. She travels both nationally and internationally training professionals in the areas of school crisis prevention through recovery, threat and suicide assessment, the impact of trauma on academic achievement, and works with schools on establishing a positive and safe school climate. She has conducted more than 250 workshops and presentations and has also provided consultation and staff development to professionals in the United States Department of Defense Educational Activity Schools located on various military installations. Dr. Reeves is co-author of four books and multiple publications.


  • 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


The location is in Concord, just off of exit 15W from Rt. 93.  Click here for detailed directions offered by the Grappone Conference Center.

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 March 22, 2018 will be refunded less a 5% administrative fee. No refunds will be provided for cancellations received after 5pm on Thursday, March 22, 2018. 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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