OSPA Annual Conference - 2023

Thursday, November 30 - Friday, December 1st 

Keynote Speakers and Presentation Descriptions

Oklahoma's Landscape of 
Pediatric Mental Health

 Equity in Assessment

Student mental health is imperative in their overall wellbeing and in support of their educational success. Punitive practices, a lack of funding and a reluctance to emphasize emotional well-being have been a challenge in Oklahoma. However, we might be turning the ship towards a journey of collaboration, emotional well-being and care. Dr. Coffey will explore past experiences working with students in a variety of settings, review existing resources in place in Oklahoma and look towards future opportunities to provide quality mental health care for Oklahoma students. 

Dr. Coffey's Keynote Presentation Slides

Assessment, while the primary role of school psychologists across the United States, continues to be a controversial topic particularly concerning its use, interpretation, and outcomes for culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) youth. This presentation will review historical and contemporary issues in assessment practices with CLD students, provide evidence-based strategies for equitable assessment from pre-referral to post-eligibility, and challenge participants to view assessment as a tool for advocacy for all students.

Breakout Session Descriptions

Autism Through the Lens of Trauma: Shining a Light on the Way Forward

Session Slides

This session will highlight the impact trauma has on children with autism, including the impact on brain development. Participants will learn to recognize the impact of stressful, adverse and/or traumatic events that children with autism may experience. Positive behavioral supports for children with autism (and other disabilities) will be discussed, as well as strategies that will help most children, including those with autism, be successful.  Implications for therapy, education and parenting will be incorporated into the presentation. 

Safety Risk Assessments

Session Slides
Jackie Johns has been a School Psychologist for 21 years and is currently the Director of Special Education for Collinsville Public Schools. She is also the Immediate Past President of OSPA. Michelle Brown is the Senior Counselor at Collinsville Public Schools, where she has worked for the past 8 years. She is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Together, they created a Safety Risk Assessment that has been shared with other districts throughout the state and has been used in Collinsville for the past 6 years. This session will go through the risk assessment process and also address recent legislative updates and OSDE guidance on risk assessments. 

Supervision Panel Discussion

Through a panel discussion format, this session will address supervision of practicum students and interns, and promoting interdisciplinary collaboration. Experienced practitioners in supervisory roles will discuss topics including tools to facilitate supervision, evaluating supervisee performance and giving feedback, and helping supervisees navigate work/life balance challenges. 

Impact of Prenatal Substance Use on Child Development

Session Slides


In this session, we will review updated information regarding the prevalence, assessment, and intervention of children with prenatal substance exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. By the end of this session, participants will…

  • Identify primary characteristics of prenatal and postnatal substance exposure to alcohol and other drugs
  • Identify long-term effects of this exposure on the developmental spectrum for children
  • Learn how prenatal substance abuse can impact child behavior and family relations
  • Learn about evidence-based assessment and treatment strategies for children exposed to prenatal substance abuse

Supporting Indigenous Students

Session Slides

Join Kyla Molina and Sarah Adams as they provide a BRIEF overview of colonization, cultural suppression, and historical oppression of Indigenous peoples and how it impacts children today. Further, discuss the apology provided by the APA, the acknowledgment and failure to speak out against colonial framework and its harm. 

Early Career & Graduate Student Connections

Join a panel of early career school psychologists from different training programs to discuss highlights of the job, strategies for success, managing unexpected demands, things they wished they’d known, and more!  An hour will focus on Q&As from the moderator and the audience with a short transition into a “table talk” with topic and discussion prompts to get to know your fellow school psychology colleagues. Make connections, make a friend!

OSU Tulsa Conference Center
700 N. Greenwood Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74106

Members - $100 for 1 day, $160 for 2 days
Students - $50 for 1 day, $100 for 2 days
Free for student volunteers and presenters
Non-Members - $130 for 1 day, $220 for 2 days
On-Site Registration - Additional $20 for all
Fairfield Inn & Suites, Downtown Arts District
111 N Main St, Tulsa, OK 74103
$119 group rate - (918) 879-1800


Hotel Indigo, Tulsa Downtown
121 S Elgin Ave, Tulsa, OK 74120
$159 group rate - (918) 779-4445

(Identify yourself as part of OSPA)

Wear your favorite School Psych T-Shirt to the conference on Friday, December 1st 

Plan to wear your favorite school psych t-shirt and jeans on Friday of the conference!

If you do not have a favorite school psych t-shirt, OSPA is proud to partner with Bad Apple Designs to offer school psychology t-shirts and hats.

Order here!

OSPA invites you to donate to our chosen charity 

Donate today at the following link: https://www.bridgestulsa.org/donate

Donations will support the Bridges Foundation's work adjustment program for high school students with developmental disabilities. The work adjustment training (WAT) team takes students to various job sites to participate in job sampling so they can get a better idea of what they may be interested in doing post high school graduation. Donations will be used by the Bridges Foundation to purchase new technology for this program. If you donate before the conference, please email [email protected] and let us know of your donation. You will be entered into a raffle for prizes including books and test kits. Each $1 donation equals one raffle entry!

Make plans to attend the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee's Mixer!

Save the date! OSPA's Diversity and Equity Committee will host a mixer at the Tulsa Dust Bowl Lanes & Lounge from 6-9 pm on 11/30 following day one of the annual conference. https://dustbowllounge.com/locations/tulsa/

Join us for bowling, tater tots, and a good time! Take this chance to get a little bit out of your comfort zone and meet colleagues from across the state. Come with friends and colleagues, or come on your own. We hope to see you there!