Save the Date: OSPA 2021 Spring Conference
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Boston Public Schools Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model, Andria Amador, Ed.D. Senior Director of Behavioral Health Services with Boston Public Schools.
Dr. Amador began with Boston Public Schools in 1998 as a School Psychologist, and later became the Assistant Director of Behavioral Health Services in 2007. Her position as Senior Director began in 2016. Dr. Amador has had published articles in peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation and the Educational Leadership journal. The Boston Public Schools’ Comprehensive Behavioral Health Model is designed to provide a system-wide framework for the implementation of behavior intervention and supports, including tiered interventions and the collection of data to examine effectiveness. The CBHM is built on the premise that by integrating behavioral health services into schools, we will create safe and supportive learning environments that optimize academic outcomes for all students. The CBHM is in its 10th year of implementation and is overseen by an Executive Workgroup with representation from Boston Public Schools, Boston Children’s Hospital and UMass Boston. The evaluation of CBHM is overseen by the CBHM Research Committee, which also includes representation from all three partner agencies. Additional details on the presentation will be provided once confirmed.
Friday April 16, 2021
AM Session: Positive Psychology: Using a Strengths-Based Approach to the Way We View Children and Youth, Dr. Wendy Price
Dr. Wendy Price completed her doctorate in School Psychology at William James College in August of 2015, following a year-long clinical internship at Walden Behavioral Care (a residential eating disorders clinic). Dr. Price has been involved in leadership at both the state and national level, and is currently the NASP President 2020-2021.
Dr. Price will spend the first part of the morning with a NASP update, which will include the following learning objectives; the broad foundations of Positive Psychology, how NASP is addressing member needs, and information regarding NASP resources, activities, and advocacy efforts. which will last approximately one hour.
Following the NASP update Dr. Price will present on Positive Psychology: Using a strengths based approach to the way we view children and youth. Learning objectives include; learning about the field of Positive Psychology, being able to give explain the strengths assessment and treatment model, and learning how they can help staff and parents see the “power of possibility” in children and youth.
PM Session: Happy Habits for Hard Times, John Sommers-Flanagan, Ph.D. (back by popular demand!)
John Sommers-Flanagan is a professor of counselor education at the University of Montana. He received his doctorate in psychology in 1986, completing his pre-doctoral internship at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, NY. John primarily specializes in working with children, parents, and families. He is author or coauthor of over 50 professional publications, including eight books. Dr. Sommers-Flanagan will be sharing from his most recent work titled “Happy Habits for Hard Times”, which he will be presenting at NASP’s convention for the first time in February of 2021.
Dr. Sommers-Flanagan presented at the OSPA 2017 Spring Conference to rave reviews.