Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    

  Uniting school psychologists to support all students through advocacy, leadership, and professional development. 
Secondary Summer Summit

Tacoma Convention Center

Aug. 17, 2018


There will be a light continental type breakfast at 8am

Lunch will be  at 11:30am

Registration is open !!

2018 Workshops/Schedule

8:00am: Light breakfast

Executive Function Dimensions for Understanding and Serving Children with Emotional and Behavior Disorders

J. Brad. Hale, PhD, MEd, ABPdN, Professor of Educational Neuroscience
, Director, Center for Teaching Brain Literacy

Like other global constructs in psychology, executive function is not a single construct that can be assessed to identify children with differing emotional and behavior disorders. Instead, there are multiple executive functions tied to the different self-regulatory brain circuits that govern volitional behavior and self-control. In this workshop, participants will be given an in-depth examination of the biological determinants and behavioral manifestations of executive circuit disorders, tied to the ecology of the school classroom. Using Circuit Balance Theory (Hale et al., 2009; 2018) as a framework for understanding individual differences in executive function, participants will recognize that a child's pattern of executive strengths and weaknesses can help differentiate common neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism, ADHD, depression), with direct implications for academic and behavioral intervention offered. Not only can this approach help differentiate the executive problems we see in practice, but it can also help teachers and psychologists recognize these patterns in the classroom. Recognizing classroom manifestations of executive circuit dysfunction helps practitioners ameliorate child deficits and build strengths that can mitigate circuit interference with a child's learning and psychosocial adjustment. In addition to reviewing the latest empirical work in childhood emotional and behavior disorders, this workshop will conclude with a case study that highlights the child’s executive pattern that helped the school team not only understand the nature of the problem, but also develop individualized interventions that improved his emotional and behavioral functioning in the classroom. 

11:30am: Lunch

Distress Assessment: Understanding and Responding to Threats of Violence in Schools

Jay Schneller Ph,D., NCSP, Tacoma Public Schools

This workshop will provide participants with a process for identifying, documenting, and responding to students in acute distress using the Tacoma School District (TPS) model. Use of the Psychosocial Evaluation & Threat Risk Assessment (PETRA), Adolescent & Child Urgent Threat Evaluation (ACUTE) and the Suicidal Ideation Questionnaire (SIQ) will be discussed, as they relate to understanding student distress. The Emotional Behavior Distress Form (EBDF), a TPS form to document concerns and guide intervention, will also be reviewed. Together, these tools help school psychologists to understand the relevant characteristics of student threats of violence in order to quickly formulate an appropriate plan to mitigate student harm to self or others.

Breaks will be inserted at speaker discretion.  There will be coffee and soft drinks available at breaks.


From I-5 Southbound/Northbound:

  1. Take Exit 133 (City Center Exit) toward I-705/ City Center.
  2. Keep LEFT toward I-705/ City Center.
  3. Turn LEFT onto ramp toward A Street/ City Center.
  4. Keep LEFT to stay on ramp toward S. 15th Street/ Pacific Avenue.
  5. Follow S. 15th Street two blocks, the Convention Center will be on your left.
  6. To access onsite parking, turn LEFT on Court C.

Parking - Parking lots are operated by Republic Parking and managed by the City of Tacoma. Accessible parking is available in Parking Lot A garage on a first come, first serve basis, and can be accessed via the ramp from Commerce Street.

*Standard parking rates:
$6.00 ..... 0-4 Hours
$12.00....4 + Hours/ All Day
subject to change at any time

Alternate Off-Site Parking options include street parking, downtown Tacoma parking lotsRepublic Parking NW lotsDiamond Parking lots, and the Tacoma Dome Station Transit Garage serviced by Link Light Rail.

Tacoma's Free Link Light Rail runs frequently throughout the downtown corridor with a stop located just outside the Convention Center on Commerce Street.


Rooms can be reserved at the Hotel Murano, a beautiful modern hotel within short walking distance of convention center, located at 1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402. We have a wonderful rate for you. To make a reservation, call (253) 238-8000. Please make your reservations as soon as possible to guarantee the rate. For any questions, please contact our sales manager Megan Schoenfelder at (253) 591-4112 or  megan.schoenfelder@murano.com.

Steve Hirsch, Professional Development Chair
Curt Blair, Office Manager/Registration Support
Susan Ruby, Clock Hour Coordinator

Future Secondary Summer Summits:
To be announced soon!

Washington State Association of School Psychologists
PO Box 525
Cheney, WA 99004

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