6th Annual Social-Emotional Conference

Apr 10, 2014
8:30 am — 3:00 pm
Oakdale Campus
Open to Public
Registration Required

Registration: This workshop is geared towards educators, administrators, school psychologists, clinical psychologists and graduate students. Download a registration form

CPD credits: Eligible for 5.75 credits through NASP and granted to participants who attend the entire activity. You must sign-in at the beginning and sign-out at the end of the each workshop (morning & afternoon). A certificate of attendance will be handed out at the end of the afternoon session upon receipt of your evaluation forms.

School-Wide Identification for Behavioral and Emotional Problems and Targeted Interventions for Social Skills

Approximately one out of ten school-aged children experiences a behavioral or emotional disorder that has a major impact on daily functioning, which may also have an impact on the academic environment of the classroom. It can be a challenge to identify these students for a number of practical as well as diagnostic reasons. Further, students at-risk for internalizing disorders may become under-identified in school-settings. Early identification and evidence-based intervention can prevent the onset of major difficulties and behavior-emotional problems. Universal screening to identify students at-risk of developing behavior problems offers several advantages to assist in the school environment. Once identified, there may be a challenge for the school-based professional to implement an intervention that promotes development of adaptive skills through a practical, engaging, user-friendly medium.

This conference will offer two workshops. The first one will provide strategies for school-based professionals to conduct universal screenings of students and then use the data to determine what level of support is warranted for the student, for the class, and the school. The second workshop will describe an evidence-based program that enhances the social competence of elementary students. This program, the Superheroes Social Skills program, was initially developed for students who are high functioning with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The social skills steps have further made this approach an engaging one to promote the social competence of students with ASD, behavioral disorders, or developmental delays. 

This conference will be useful to clinicians, educators, guidance counselors, social workers, school psychologists, and school administrators.

St. John's University Oakdale Campus, Bourne Mansion
500 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, New York
8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Registration starts at 8 a.m.)

Co-Sponsored by: St. John’s University, Department of Psychology and The New York Association of School Psychologists, New York State Psychology (NYSPA) and Pacific Northwest Publishing

Workshop Schedule

8 - 8:30 a.m.

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

8:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Use of Universal Screening to Inform Intervention for Behavioral and Emotional Concerns
Katie Eklund, Ph.D., University of Arizona

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

12:30- 3:15 p.m.
Social skills training using Superheroes Social Skills 
Keith Radley, Ph.D., NCSP, University of Southern Mississippi     

About the Workshops

Morning Workshop: Use of Universal Screening to Inform Intervention for Behavioral and Emotional Concerns
This workshop will provide an overview of universal screening for emotional and behavioral risk and how it may be used within a multi-tiered framework of integrated assessment and intervention.  Participants will be provided information regarding existing screening measures, strategies for linking assessment results to evidence based interventions, and an overview of additional assessment methods and procedures to be used in concert with universal screening (e.g., progress monitoring).  Participants will learn best practice considerations for selecting and implementing screening and intervention strategies in order to best meet the needs of all students within a multi-tiered system of supports.

Learning Assessment Outcomes
Participants will be able to…

  1. Participants will be able to identify the impact of student behavioral and emotional problems on school functioning.
  2. Attendees will learn how to make data-based decisions for prevention and early intervention services based on screening and problem identification data. 
  3. Participants will be able to utilize best practice considerations for selecting and implementing multiple gate behavioral assessment and intervention strategies to meet the needs of youth at-risk for social, emotional, and behavioral concerns in the school setting.

Afternoon Workshop: Social Skills Training using Superheroes Social Skills 
This presentation will describe implementation of the Superheroes Social Skills program, a practice-ready, multicomponent social skills curriculum. A brief review of the empirical basis of Superheroes Social Skills will be provided.  Utilization of assessment procedures to identify skills to be targeted in social skills training will be described.  The presentation will provide detailed instruction in use of the curriculum, as well as strategies that may be utilized to monitor changes in social functioning of participants.

Learning Assessment Outcomes
Participants will develop…

  1. Attendees will be able to identify evidence-based practices in social skills training.
  2. Attendees will be able to utilize various procedures in assessment of social functioning.
  3. Attendees will be able to utilize the Superheroes Social Skills program to address targeted social skills.

Biological Sketch

Katie Eklund, Ph.D.
Dr. Katie Eklund is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology Program at the University of Arizona.  She received her doctorate in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Eklund has worked in public education for 14 years as a school administrator, school psychologist, and school social worker, and is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and licensed Psychologist. Dr. Eklund has authored a number of publications on childhood risk and resiliency factors, including early identification and intervention for behavioral and emotional concerns, school climate, and positive psychology.  Her teaching interests include school-based academic and behavioral interventions, crisis response and intervention, as well as school-based consultation and problem solving skills. 

Keith Radley, Ph.D., NCSP
Dr. Radley is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi.  His research focuses on social skills training, interventions for problem behaviors in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and practice-ready, class wide interventions.  Dr. Radley is the director of the Southern Miss Autism Research and Treatment (SMART) Lab, which provides assessment and direct intervention services to children with ASD.  Additionally, the SMART Lab provides parent training in promotion of social skills and management of difficult behaviors.