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2018 Spring Conference

Celebrating 75 Years of School Psychology in Ohio: Past, Present, and Future

Thursday, April 19

Please join us in celebrating OSPA’s 75th anniversary at the 2018 Spring Conference. The conference committee is planning a unique, interesting, and fun program. The celebration program will kick-off Thursday morning with Dr. John Kelly, the current President of NASP. John will present his acclaimed keynote address The Power of One.  He has delivered this address across the country in his capacity as NASP President and has received rave reviews. John is an excellent speaker, delivering a very powerful, thought provoking, and inspiring message about the impact we can have every day in our capacity as school psychologists. Many people have called it affirming and rejuvenating. Following his address, John will present Delivering Effective Mental Health Services in Schools with a focus on student anxiety and depression.

Friday, April 20

Children in Crisis: Perspectives on Meeting the Needs of America’s New Refugees. Friday's program will examine the topic of refugee children and families who have experienced trauma. The morning session will begin with student refugees sharing their personal experiences in their transition to the United States. Then we will have a panel of experts from Columbus, Akron, Cleveland, and Cincinnati who deliver services to support refugees in their integration into our schools and larger communities. We will explore best practices in supporting traumatized refugee students. Following the AM break and for the remainder of the day we will feature Dr. William Pfohl from Western Kentucky University. Dr. Pfohl is an international expert on PTSD, crisis intervention, and conflict resolution. Dr. Pfohl will present Helping Students Experiencing Crisis and Trauma. Bill was in Germany for 2 weeks for training in January and will bring what he has learned back to share with us at OSPA. He is an experienced and accomplished speaker who has presented all over the world.


April 18-20, 2018
Hilton Columbus/Polaris
Wednesday, April 18th, 6:00—9:00
Scientific Thinking: A Basis for Ethical Practice: Kathy McNamara, Ph.D., NCSP
Thursday & Friday, April 19-20
Celebrating 75 Years of School Psychology in Ohio: Past, Present, and Future
Thursday, April 19th 
The Power of One and Integrated Social-Emotional Learning with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support 
NASP President John Kelly, Ph.D.
Friday, April 20th
America’s New Refugees: Student Perspectives
Video & Panel Discussion
Recognizing & Helping Students Who Have Experienced Crisis and Trauma
William Pfohl, Psy.D.
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Hilton Columbus/Polaris: Room Rates $135 (single/double) to March 19 or until sold out
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MCE/CEU Credits: 
Ethics: 3 hours; Thursday: 6.5 hours; Friday: 6 hours (including 1.5 hours multicultural competency)
College Credit:
One graduate credit through Ashland University will be available for those who attend all of the Thursday and Friday sessions of the OSPA Fall Conference on both April 19 and 20. The cost will be $175. Attendees can make arrangements upon checking in at the registration table on Thursday morning.
Please email Rob Kubick at with any questions.
Vendors interested in an exhibitor table during the Thursday and Friday conference sessions may submit this Form to Vendors are subject to review and will be granted space on a first come, first served basis.