School Psychologist in a team meeting


School Psychology Continuing Professional Development Workshops

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has outlined Domains of Professional Practice in its Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services. These Domains address the many skills school psychologists are expected to have when practicing in the schools as well as provide a structure to ensure well-rounded training programs and professional development.

Join us for a series of trainings at the University of Arizona at Chandler that systematically address the Domains. Each training will strive to provide a balance of research-based information and practical ways to implement best practices in the schools.

Who Should Attend?

These workshops are designed for School Psychologists, Special Education Teachers, Administrators, Classroom Teachers, and Other Related Professionals.

Upcoming Workshops

Schedule: morning and afternoon sessions on Friday, January 24, 2020

  • Morning session: Navigating Two Cultural Worlds: Acculturation Matters in School Psychology, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Afternoon session: Responsive Facilitation, 1-4 p.m.

Location: University of Arizona at Chandler, 125 E Commonwealth Ave., Room 206, Chandler, AZ

Cost: $45/session

Morning Session, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Navigating Two Cultural Worlds: Acculturation Matters in School Psychology

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) requires that assessment procedures for children with suspected disabilities be multifaceted, comprehensive, fair, useful, and valid. For culturally and linguistically diverse children, this includes assessing their level of acculturation in order to select non-discriminatory instruments, and devise culturally responsive interventions. This workshop reviews current literature on acculturation and development; acculturation and assessment considerations; and potential strategies for interventions related to wellbeing and mental health among acculturating student populations. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understanding acculturation as a developmental process
  • Understanding the implications of acculturation on assessment procedures
  • Understanding the implications of acculturation on psychosocial interventions
  • Be familiar with acculturation assessment techniques

Instructor: Dr. Carlos O. Calderón

Register for Morning Workshop

Afternoon Session: 1-4 p.m.

Responsive Facilitation

Facilitators have opportunities to construct efficiently organized meetings that lead to positive desired outcomes. These outcomes may include but are not limited to productive communication, trusting relationships, and task completion all leading to the goal of creating effective meetings. However, in many instances participants may feel frustrated because of inefficient processes and fatigue due to continued dissatisfied results.  The purpose of this workshop is to lessen this dissatisfaction by presenting fundamental tenets for responsive facilitation by using proactive methods.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the presentation, the participants will be able to:

  • Define facilitation terminology
  • Recognize and analyze stages of conflict
  • Classify leadership types and traits
  • Identify research on negotiation tactics, group work, and conflict management
  • Develop effective teams and identify member roles
  • Establish strategies prior to facilitating meetings
  • Receive information about resources to further develop proactive responsive facilitation styles and methods

Instructor: Dr. Stacy Anderson, PsyD, MC, NCC

Register for Afternoon Workshop


Dr. Carlos O. Calderón is an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. Born and raised in Mexico, he completed his undergraduate studies in Riverside, California, and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at Arizona State University. His areas of interest and expertise include multicultural and bilingual psychology practice; stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination; and assessment and research methodology issues with culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Dr. Calderón has been a regular presenter at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) annual meeting and has been recognized by the Arizona Association of School Psychologists (AASP), Arizona Psychological Foundation, Arizona Neuropsychological Society, California Association of School Psychologists, among other professional and academic institutions. He currently serves as the Professional Standards Committee chair for AASP, and as a Social Justice Committee member for NASP.

Dr. Stacy Anderson, PsyD, MC, NCC works as a school psychologist for the Paradise Valley Unified School District. She is also an adjunct assistant professor of practice for the University of Arizona and taught for Northern Arizona University and Argosy University. Dr. Anderson was employed with mental and behavioral health agencies as a case manager, master’s level therapist, and a supervisor. She has facilitated meetings for special education and seriously mentally ill services, corporate programming, crisis planning, professional teams, committees, grant writing, and community prevention programs. Dr. Anderson received facilitation training through the Arizona Attorney General’s Office Civil Rights Division, in partnership with the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Court mediation course, mental and behavioral health agencies, and through her graduate studies. She consults and assists her current district to facilitate highly contentious meetings and to assist in de-escalation tactics. Dr. Anderson presented workshops to universities, school districts, the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers in Arizona, and the Arizona Association of School Psychologists.