Cleveland Association o f School Psychol ogists
President’s Message Volume 35, Issue 2
In late September, I spent the weekend at a lovely resort in Mauston, Wisconsin, known as
Woodside Ranch. At the ranch, our group rode horses to breakfast, told stories around the Winter 2009
campfire and watched the buffalo as they roamed in their paddock (really, there wasn’t
much roaming, more like some standing and staring at us humans). The reason for my visit
was for a motorscooter dealer’s meeting (some of you know I have a “side job” in a local Dana Marolt, Psy.S., ABSNP
scooter shop, and if you didn’t know before…) where dealers from places like San Francisco,
Tampa, Providence and Minneapolis used planes, busses, cars, motorcycles, and—of
course--scooters, to gather together. This weekend-long meeting was a big innovation in CASP
the motorscooter industry, as the centerpiece of the meeting was six of the most successful
dealer principles (that’s business talk for owners) Executive B o a rd
speaking to the group about the core reasons for
the success of their businesses. Even though each President:
person spoke about a different topic, each freely
shared about stumbling blocks he had faced along Merritt F. Waters, M.Ed.
the way, as well as his very best ideas that led to
building a profitable business. At the end of the
weekend, there was no doubt the group of President-Elect:
dealers from all around our large country had Shayla Brown, Psy.S.
become so much more of a community than we
were before, and we were so grateful for having
had the opportunity of building those relation-
ships. Past President:
The month before that, I traveled to Golden,
Linda M. Neiheiser, Ph.D., NCSP
Colorado, to a retreat site called the Mother
Cabrini Shrine. The view from the mountaintop
included the sparkling city lights of Denver to the Secretary:
east, and countless other mountain peaks in the
other directions. It was an inspiring location Mauni Khoury, M.Ed.
where meditators from around the United States came together for a workshop to learn new
techniques and share stories about the rough spots and the small victories that come with Treasurer:
any challenging endeavor. Additionally, those of us who had been to retreats before knew
we would be revitalized by spending time with like-minded individuals away from the busy Mitch Moisio, Ed.S.
routine of everyday life. In this setting, the sharing looked more like sitting in a circle and
responding verbally to the facilitators’ questions, with time for one-on-one and small group
conversations about issues of common interest during meals and breaks. Nevertheless,
those participants who knew each other before the event indicated they felt even more con- Favia Becker, Psy.S.
nected, and many, like me, who were strangers on Friday, had forged the beginnings of
friendships by Sunday afternoon.
In October, I had lunch with a school psychologist colleague, and—among many other Representatives:
things — we talked about CASP in general, and CASPLINE, specifically. She shared she
views CASPLINE as a community newsletter, even though it is the communication tool for Denise DiMaria-Lopardo, Psy.S.,
our professional association. This idea—that we are a community of school psychologists— NCSP
really made me think! I began to mull over the idea that we might have more in common
with the other types of communities with whom I had recently spent time than I had ever Dan Dean, M.Ed.
suspected… Wendy Eckert, M.Ed.
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President’s Message Continued from Page 1
In the Fall 2008 President’s Message, I wrote about Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) and how, when done well,
they can have a positive impact on student achievement. On some level, school psychologists are likely already engaging in
some of the essential practices of a PLC. For example, we read research on a variety of related topics (this is especially easy
to do if you receive Communique) and we convene a few times per year at CASP, OSPA and/or NASP meetings to learn new
things and share ideas. Of course, we are fortunate to have the OSPA listserve as a clearinghouse for questions and answers.
For some, there are also internal School Psychology department meetings where valuable discussions about essential issues
take place. With these strong foundations, it seems like we should make the most of our healthy community. I’d like to
suggest a few ideas inspired by the trips I took this fall that could take our group to the next level:
1. Find a school psychologist peer buddy who is wiling to sit in on one of your MFE team meetings, and then sit in
on one of hers. Afterward, make time to talk about what went well, and if you have questions about how to
improve something in your meeting/report, ask your peer! How many of us have done anything like this since
2. Contact a school psychologist in another school district that is similar in size and population to yours. Ask the
questions you have been embarrassed to ask anyone else because it feels like you should already know the
answer. Who knows, maybe he has some questions about which he would like to ask your opinion. Think of this
as grown-up pen pals!
3. Work smarter—not harder—by adopting forms and ideas from other school psychologists. On the flip side, if you
have something that works well for you, share generously!
Clearly, engaging in any of these action steps takes time, and I know we feel as though we have little enough of that as it is.
However, if we participate more-fully in our community, there will likely be personal benefit, as well as an increased richness
in the community, itself.
Just a week or so ago, as a direct result of the dealer meeting at Woodside Ranch, the most-successful scooter dealer
principle in the country journeyed across two time zones to Ohio to visit three scooter dealerships here. In talking with the
principle before he parted to return home again, he emphatically stated it had been worth the time and expense to get
together with the Ohio dealers. Let’s follow his lead and go the extra mile to continue to build our community and learn
from each other.
Merritt F. Waters
Dear CASP members,
The Oregon Center for Applied Science
(ORCAS), which is a public health research organi-
zation that develops interactive multimedia pro-
grams to help people live healthier lives on Mental
Health they are recruiting youth to participate in a
research study to help evaluate the efficacy of the pro-
gram. They thought that members of CASP might be interested in offer-
ing this opportunity to the youth with whom we work.
The Blues Blaster program is adapted from an empirically validated
intervention. It includes six cognitive behavioral therapy modules,
interactive and educational games, and additional content related to
youth depression. Youth who participate in this research study will have
Don’t miss out on your
the opportunity to learn new skills to help them feel better more of the
time. Three hundred youth will be invited to participate in the paid
next issue of
evaluation of this new program. Qualified youth must be 11 to 15 years CASPLINE!!!!
old, be able to understand written and spoken English, have access to a
computer with internet, and have some symptoms of mild depression. If you have recently or will
The youth will be asked to view the program online and complete several
assessments online and over the phone. Qualified youth will receive up to be moving in the near future,
$120 for their participation. please provide us with your
If you are interested in getting additional information about this
project, please call 1-866-822-0226 or email Nicole Holt, MPH Research new mailing address.
Assistant II at, email@example.com. For more information about ORCAS, Email : Wendy Jovan at
please visit their website: www.orcasinc.com. Organizations providing
recruitment assistance for this project will receive free access to this firstname.lastname@example.org
evidence-based program after it has been evaluated.
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President Elect’s Message
Seasons greetings to all of you and your families! These past few Quote Corner
months have been very exciting for me! On November 4th, 2008 history
was made! People came out in unprecedented numbers for voter
registrations, early voting, and casting their vote at the polls. Lines
stretched around buildings and down city blocks as people waited hours
to cast ballots in the historic presidential race between Barack Obama
and John McCain. Regardless of party affiliation or who we wanted to
win, this election inspired people to get out and vote, to make a
difference, and to make a change. We made history every day during We never touch people so lightly
the election whether we knocked on doors, made a donation, or talked to that we do not leave a trace.
our family, friends, and neighbors about why we believed it's time for -Peggy Tabor Millin
change. During this new and exciting time, I wanted to remind us all to
keep that momentum going by staying active or getting involved in the many opportunities which are
presented to us!
Attending CASP meetings is a great way to get involved and stay current on what is happening in our field.
Members of the Program Committee and the Executive board have been working hard to plan new and use-
ful programs for you to attend. On December 5th, 2008 during our winter meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn
Cleveland Downtown, Jim Harvey, the Project Coordinator from The Center for Community Solutions, will
speak to us about the School-based Mental Health Tool Kit which was developed for Cuyahoga County
School Districts. This tool kit can be used at three different levels:
1. Basic information for a preliminary understanding of the need for mental health services and basic
road maps to begin the process of addressing mental health barriers to learning.
2. More detailed information to help facilitate the integration of mental health supports into current
Ohio learning supports initiatives.
3. Extensive links to information on school-based mental health services for those who want more
detailed and in-depth information.
Mr. Harvey’s presentation will be followed by a panel presentation from local mental health experts. Please
see the attached Winter Flyer for further details. This hopes to be a worthwhile and informative
presentation for all who attend. The Program Committee has also arranged for Claire Campbell and Kristy
Mouncey, from the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, to come and speak at our spring meeting which will be
held on March 6th, 2008. Their presentation will focus on what we as first responders can do in our school
districts to help with the initial and long term impact a rape trauma may have. For more
information on this organization, go to: http://www.clevelandrapecrisis.org
Brown’s Brain and be sure to look for further details in the next issue of CASPLINE.
Another great way you can get involved is by joining a committee in CASP
or OSPA. Being active on a committee is not only fun socially, but it gives
you the opportunity to have a more hands on role in your organization. Feel
free to contact me if you would like to know more! Speaking of committees,
please don’t forget that The Children’s Advocacy Committee will be
collecting new unwrapped toy donations for the Marines Toys for Tots
foundation during our winter meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland
Downtown on December 5th. If you would like to participate please bring
the toys with you to the meeting.
What can run but never
walks, has a mouth but
I hope during this busy holiday season we all find a little time to stay in-
never talks, has a head but
never weeps, has a bed but volved and or get active!!!
never sleeps? ~Shayla L. Brown~
Answer: See Page 7
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Children’s Advocacy Committee
Valorie Wolcott Mendelson and Amy Such
On October 11, 2008 nineteen CASP members and guests attended the wine-tasting event at Grand
River Cellars. The food was good, the wine tasting was great, and the tour and guidance given by
our host, Ryan Reichart, head bartender, was illuminating. We learned about grapes, wines, we
toured the wine cellars where the cooling tanks are located, and even saw the winemakers’ labora-
tory where the Autism wines were created. Everyone had a great time, and we hope to meet there
again. Thanks to Ryan and to Cynthia Lindberg.
5, 2008, at our December meeting, we will be joined by
two marines with a LARGE vehicle to haul away our mar-
velous collection for TOYS FOR TOTS. Please bring toys to
the luncheon prior to the meeting or to the meeting. Last
year's collection far exceeded anyone's imagination, and
we hope to equal or exceed that amount again this year.
Volunteerism at Ronald McDonald House is being renego-
tiated due to schedule conflicts. We may be preparing the
meal for families in January rather than during the
Thanksgiving weekend. Stay tuned.
Volume 35, Issue 2 Page 5
Cleveland Association of School Psychologists
Executive Board Meeting
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Cleveland, Ohio
Those In Attendance: Dana Marolt, Becky Dingeldein, Kelly Crandall, Valorie Wolcott Mendelson, Favia Becker, Wendy
Jovan, Juliette Madigan, Lucy Simm, Sal Karanouh-Schuler, Linda Neiheiser, Adria Fisher, Dan Dean, Mitch Moisio,
Wendy Eckert, Kelly Kreske, Caitlyn Cushner, Denise DiMaria-Lopardo, Shayla Brown, Karin Tinnon, Gina Worsdall,
Ralph Pajka, Merritt Waters, and Mauni Khoury.
1. Call to Order made at 4:10 p.m.
2. Approval of Minutes: Minutes from the June executive Board meeting were approved.
3. Reports of Officers (Voting)
A. President – Merritt begins by having everyone introduce themselves and welcomes everyone. The Fall
meeting will consist of a speaker presenting about lesbian and gay issues. The flyer will be in CASPLINE.
Goals are to increase membership and to encourage committees to be committees in their actions.
B. President Elect – Shayla welcomes everyone back and hopes they had a nice summer. Topics discussed
during a Program Committee meeting in July regarding possible speakers. Possible topics are meditation
and relaxation techniques, dealing with body language, possibly having an information and resource fair or
bazaar in the Spring.
C. Treasurer – Mitch reports that our checking account is now on Quicken. Our current balance is $1751.00.
4. Reports of Executive Board Members (Voting)
A. CASP Regional Representatives of OSPA, in order of terms:
- Wendy: Membership for OSPA (and dues) are a bit low, and she encourages everyone to renew their
memberships and remind their colleagues to do so as well. She also encourages everyone to register
for the OSPA Fall Conference.
- Valorie also shared information about membership and the percentage of OSPA members, including
the number of interns that continue to be full members after their internship year. Membership is
down and outreach to students and interns can be done by having current members come to
universities to speak to students about joining.
B. CASP At-Large Representative’s reports – Favia sent a regional update to TOSP with information about
CASP and future meetings.
5. Reports of Executive Board Members (Non-Voting)
A. CASP university representatives:
- CSU – Rachel Ryan, KSU – Caitlyn Cushner, and JCU – Kelly Kreske. They have interviewed Ann
Brennan and are currently working on summarizing the write up to submit to CASPLINE.
6. Report of Standing Committees
A. Membership – Gina and Wendy: Gina encourages everyone to get others to renew their memberships
B. Nominations/Elections/Awards – Ralph & Lucy: Lucy suggests including in CASPLINE the definitions of the
Awards given out by CASP.
7. Reports of AD-Hoc Committees – CASP Representatives to OSPA
A. Legislative – Juliette shares updates about House Bill 503 between NASP and OSPA to make a change to
the general psychology licensure.
B. OSPA Fall Conference – Merritt reminds everyone about the CASP basket and the social gathering for
CASP members. Sal has offered to put the basket together and asks board members to bring their
contributions to the next meeting.
C. OSPA Spring Conference – Sal: the conference is set for the Hilton in Cincinnati, and they are in the process
of booking speakers.
D. Children’s Advocacy – Valorie shares that we will repeat the “Toys For Tots” and possibly do a wine-tasting
and maybe dinner to raise money.
G. Constitution Review – Linda shares that the revision of the Constitution has been completed. She will get
the document version from Amy to complete it and share with the association and eventually post online.
H. Public Relations – Becky & Kelly: Discussion about possibly coming up with something to identify CASP
members like an armband, pin, stickers, visors, T-shirts, etc.
8. Unfinished Business
A. CASPLINE will be sent to Student Services Directors
9. New Business – Discussion about continuing to have the meetings at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown, with CASP
board members contributing to the cost of the refreshments and CASP covering the cost of the conference room.
Meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted: Mauni Khoury, Secretary
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Sometimes we get asked to do a “good deed.” We have the best intentions,
but we never get around to getting that “deed” done. I know, I’m guilty of it
…and so I want to let you know about a “good deed” you did – Last month,
the U.S. Congress passed the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental
Health Parity and Addiction Equity act of 2008. You may not recognize that
name but you will recognize it when I tell you it is the Mental Health
Parity Act! Thanks to you, our NASP members and our colleagues at APA and a 10 year effort of e-mails,
letters and phone calls – parents and children with mental health needs will have parity in their insurance
plans to receive the treatment they need.
When insurance plans renew, beginning in January 2010, companies will be required to provide parity
benefits coverage for both in-network and out-of-network providers for mental health related illnesses and
treatment for substance use disorders.
This was no small task, and not a quick one, that’s for sure. But your part – if you wrote a letter or sent an
e-mail or made a phone call and left a message, moved this bill forward to its passage.
Please keep this story in mind when you get a message from me or from Chuck Archer, the Ohio SPAN
Coordinator or from NASP directly about sending a message to congress. Please take the time to send the
message and please, if you can, set up your computer for an office colleague to send a message as well –
Thank you again for all of your efforts – and if you are a little more interested in advocacy activities, go to
the NASP website (NASPonline.org) and click on Advocacy.
Submitted by: Juliette Madigan NASP Delegate
28, 2008, several
Walk Now For
to go towards
Back row- left to right: Dan Dean, Adria Fischer, Sal
Karanouh-Schuler, Scott Brown awareness and
Front Row: Donna Valtman, Kelly Crandall, Gina Worsdall,
Wendy Jovan, Shayla Brown, Carolyn Brown
Volume 35, Issue 2 Page 7
Suzanne Baker 3
WINTER MEETING: December 5, 2008 Donna Yohe 11
SPRING MEETING: March 6, 2009 Lauren Janus 12
Wendy Jovan 13
Sandra Alexander Haynes 18
Todd Karp 18
Merritt Watters 18
The READER’S POLL question in the Fall CASPLINE asked: Juanita Lefloria 19
“In your current practice, which method do you most frequently use? Linda Neiheiser 19
1. Ability-Achievement Discrepancy (AAD) Carrie Wiesenbach 24
2. Response-to-Intervention (RTI) or Sarah Hughes 27
3. The “Third Method” or “Balanced Practice” Model (which suggests December
“the use of the RTI approach at Tier 1, the Problem-Solving Model at Habeeba Rasheed Grimes 1
Tier 2 and a comprehensive assessment prior to Tier 3 using cogni- Tasneem Lokhandwala 4
tive processing and neuropsychological measures” Jennifer McCue 6
Please respond 1, 2, or 3, and list the type of school district where you work: Marija Colic-Turcinov 10
Urban, Suburban or Rural.” Renee Misella 11
Susan Berk 15
As with the poll from the Summer CASPLINE, the number of responses re- William Deal 18
ceived could not possibly be counted as representative of our full member- Norma Harnick 18
ship. That being said, the responses suggest about 1/3 of districts are using Alison Bland 19
the AAD model, with 2/3 using the “Balanced Practice” Model. Madeline Zammar Ibrahim 20
Leanne Moses 21
Thanks to all CASP members who responded to the poll! Michelle Martin 21
Meghan Shelby 22
Christine Masulovich 27
Sandra Mackenmull 30
Amanda Williams 31
Pam Honsa 5
Margaret Barry 9
Mary Ognibene 12
Cynthia Lindberg 13
Sharon Agiopan 13
Donna Valtman 18
Robin Harpster 20
Ellen Petrick 22
Brown’s Lakesha Buggs 22
Brain Maureen Ray 23
Diane DeCaprio 23
Teaser Kathleen Reitz 24
Next Deadline Answer: Colleen Lorber 28
Bonnie Brofman 30
February 28, 2008 Karla Anhalt 31
River Kelly Evans 6
Shayla Brown 9
Lisa Klesh 12
(From page 3) Valerie O’Connor 12
Dave Vessel 12
Dana Marolt, CASPLINE Editor Alison Zahler 16
Email Submissions to: email@example.com Isabelle Martinez 16
Dennis Koenig 17
James Harvey 20
CASPLINE Submission Guidelines: Articles should be ready for publication at the Jennifer Ballinger 23
time of submission. Editing for grammar, punctuation, and spelling does not occur Amanda Kravochuck 23
after submission. Please submit as an email attachment compatible with Microsoft Kurt Wiant 24
Word or Publisher.
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Pictured from left to right:
Ellen Petrick, Euclid City Schools,
School Psychologist Intern
Emily Winders, Berea City Schools,
School Psychologist Intern
Rachel Ryan, Nordonia Hills City
Schools, School Psychologist Intern and
CASP CSU University Representative
Beth Poe is an 18-year veteran school psychologist working in the Solon City
Schools. Beth earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from Miami
University. She then went on to graduate from the Cleveland State
University school psychology graduate program. Beth feels fortunate to
have spent her career working with the preschool to grade four population.
She is currently employed by Solon City Schools as the full time preschool
school psychologist. Beth finds working with preschool children and families
can be very difficult, especially having to tell a parent their child may have
some sort of disability. However, she finds it very rewarding to be a part
of a great program that works hard to give parents hope for their
Gina Worsdall, our new “Get to Know” the Featured School Psychologists
columnist, interviewed Beth and the following are her responses.
1. What is the biggest lesson you learned as a school psychologists?
2. What music are you listening to right now?
Maroon 5, Coldplay, Jason Mraz, Fall Out Boy, some Carrie Underwood,
some Dixie Chicks, Queen, Vivaldi….
3. What was the last good book you read?
Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Beth Poe 4. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
I would love to travel all around Europe!
Solon City Schools 5. What is your most prized possession?
6. What is your favorite food?
7. If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
I’d love to give some clever, intellectual response to this, but the truth
is I’d love to meet up with my grandmother again. She died over 6
years ago. She was a huge influence on my life and I miss her every
Volume 35, Issue 2 Page 9
Opening the Door to Discuss Mental Illness in the Family
Patricia J. Masterson, Ph.D. and Harry J. Sivec, Ph.D.
Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare
A special and often unseen population that travels in and out of the school doors each day is the children
and youth who have a family member who suffers from mental illness. The needs of these children vary from
family to family depending on the type and stage of the illness. However, all of these children would benefit
from information, coping skills, and support (Marsh, 2001).
Mental illness may strike a family suddenly or develop in slow and insidious ways. Most adults as well
as children have little preparation or knowledge of what happened to their family member. It is not uncommon
for the parent of caregiver to hesitate to say anything to the children. As a result, children in these situations may
come to school laden with worries they may not feel free to discuss. As such, opportunities to bring up the topic
and to access help and resources are critical.
Teachers may be among the first to spot a change in a child’s mood or behavior. Oftentimes, school per-
sonnel may overhear “gossip” from other children that signals concerns about a parent with a mental illness
problem (Reupert & Maybery, 2007). How can school staff respond to these concerns? Gently reaching out to
explore what might be happening at home can be helpful for some students. A referral to the school psychologist
or counselor may also be an important step in helping the child to begin to receive individual attention for the
difficulties they are facing. More generally, incorporating mental health/illness into coursework, where appropri-
ate, and providing school presentation on these topics may help to create an environment where it is okay to talk
about mental illness.
There are also resources outside of the school system that can be tapped. If a parent is hospitalized with
illness in a state operated hospital, a referral can be made to BART’s Place in the Greater Cleveland area. This
program provides the opportunity for the well child to meet with their parent and to address their concerns with
the help of a trained professional. More generally, The NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS
(NAMI) is an organization devoted to addressing the needs of individuals with mental illness and their families.
You can reach the NAMI office by calling (216) 875-7776 . You can also visit NAMI’s website for further in-
formation at www.namigreatercleveland.org.
Marsh, D.T. (2001). A Family-Focused Approach to Serious Mental Illness: Empirically Supported Interven-
tions. Sarasota: Professional Resource Press.
Reupert, A. & Maybery, D. (2007). Strategies and issues in supporting children whose parents have a mental
illness within the school system. School Psychology International, 28, 195-205.
NAMI, Greater Cleveland offers a variety of programs throughout the Greater Cleveland area. Their 12-week pro-
gram entitled Family-to –Family works to educate adult and adolescent family members about the many facets of mental
illness for an ill adult family member. This program also provides practical advice about coping with the symptoms and
behaviors of an ill family member. Even though younger family members don’t attend these meetings, the more information
parents have, the better they are able to share with their children at an age-appropriate level. NAMI offers several other
programs. The Hand-to-Hand program helps parents who have a child with emotional or mental illnesses. At times, sup-
port groups for well children living with a mentally ill family member and other educational programs are also offered.
NAMI also provides a helpful information and referral line.
The next CASP Executive Board meeting will be Thursday, February 19, 2009
at 4:00 p.m at the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown.
ALL ARE WELCOME Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Fall CASP meeting presentation
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
Presentor: Jaime Bishop M.A., L.S.W.
Did you know that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) youth are frequently
subjected to harassment, including verbal and physical abuse, in the schools? As school
psychologists, it is important for us to be aware of LGBT issues and to provide support and a
safe place for these youth. Not only is it our ethical responsibility to address these social-
emotional issues, but it is also mandated by federal law that we protect this group. School
districts can be held liable for failing to protect students from harassment and discrimination
based on their sexual orientation. This falls under the equal protection clause of the 14th
amendment of the United States constitution. School psychologists can be at risk for losing
their license in instances of litigation revolving around these issues.
At the September CASP meeting, Jaime Bishop, M.A., L.S.W., provided helpful information
for becoming an LGBT ally in the schools. Ms. Bishop made the following recommendations to school psychologists:
- Have available resources in your office, such as LGBT pamphlets, lists of community organizations, and other
forms of literature that students can obtain discretely if desired.
- Place an LGBT-related sticker on your office door to designate that area as a “safe place” for LGBT students.
- Work with your administration to change or add policies on sexual orientation to protect all students.
- Provide in-services to educate fellow staff on LGBT issues.
Ms. Bishop also informed us that the LGBT category has been expanded to now also include “Q” and “I” categories. The
“Q” represents individuals who are questioning their sexuality. They may be in a phase of exploring who they are and
possibly experimenting with different roles. An “I” has also been added to include individuals in the intersex category.
Intersex persons are born with ambiguous genitalia and are assigned a gender marker at birth at the doctor’s discretion.
This can have serious consequences to one’s self-image and self-identity.
It is so important that we address the needs of LGBT youth in the schools in which we serve because there are many
related risk factors that can affect their development. LGBT youth have a higher risk of substance use, suicide, abuse,
mental health issues, bullying, and poor family support than other students. Family support is a critical issue because LGBT
youth who do not have a support network are more likely to resort to underground cultures which can result in increased drug
use and exposure to STDs. Alarmingly, 24-40% of homeless youth identify themselves as LGBTQ.
A question and answer session followed the presentation, and Ms. Bishop was able to provide insight into many concerns
that may arise in our schools. She emphasized that the bottom line is to provide support for the student, avoid “outing” a
student as much as possible (even to administration), do not judge or give advice, simply listen, and provide support. Also,
be sure to address the most crucial issues first (e.g., suicidal ideation or telling one’s parents). LBGT individuals are
supported through local, state, and federal organizations and it is important to be aware of these resources. Many schools
have a Gay-Straight Student Alliance, or some other variation thereof. A good starting place for more information on this
issue is the Gay Lesbian Straight Educators Network (GLSEN): www.glsen.org. Handouts from the presentation, including a
LGBT student’s bill of rights, tips on working with gay and lesbian adolescents, and other helpful resources can be
downloaded from the CASP website.
Audience comments about the presentation:
Fall CASP Meeting Presentation Feedback: Impact on Students: The presentation was encouraging; had good
Issues of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Youth in the Schools suggestions for use in schools; and had significant relevance,
especially at the high school level.
A verage R ating
5 Strengths of Presentation: The presentation was sensitive, clear,
concise, compassionate and informative; presented great clarification
2 of politically correct terminology; provided great resources and hand-
1 outs to help work with and create a safe environment for LGBTQ
0 youth; shared powerful statistics and poems; had a wonderful
New Ideas &
Im press ion
O rganiz ation
U s efullness
question/answer session; and the presenter demonstrated great
of H andouts
knowledge and experience.
Possible Improvements: This presentation could have been
improved by providing handouts on legality issues for schools;
increasing audio/visual supports; expanding information beyond the
handouts; having people from the population speak, particularly a
LGBTQ youth willing to share their story; providing possible case
scenarios and applying them to practitioners working with this population; and providing more intervention and information on counseling techniques to help
Additional Comments: This was a much needed topic; the question/answer session was helpful; it was good that she knew the audience and our work
environment; incorporating personal touch/stories was great; and it was in a great meeting room, preceded by a good lunch.
Future Topics for CASP: Suggestions for future presentations include behavioral and emotional needs of students; RTI; technology (excel and progress
monitoring); updates on psychotropic medications; use of projectives; interventions for specific populations (MR, ED, etc.); autism & ED issues – strategies and
practical information for practice; new Operating Standards and their legal impact; and mental health in the classroom and schools.
Submitted By: Rachel Ryan, Caitlyn Cushner, and Kelly Kreske
CASP University Representatives
Ψ Cleveland Association of School Psychologists Ψ
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008
12:30 – 3:30pm General Meeting with Presentation Immediately to Follow
“School-Based Mental Health Tool Kit for Cuyahoga County
Featured Presenter: Jim Harvey, Ed.S, NCSP,
Project Coordinator - The Center for Community Solutions
PANEL MEMBERS: TOPIC:
Sandra Borovicka, MA, School Psychologist -Model of School-Agency Collaboration
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Terri Oldham, LISW-S, Children's Project Administrator -Current School-Based Mental Health Services
Cuyahoga County Community Mental Health Board in Cuyahoga County
Elaine Harper, MEd, LSW, Education Consultant -Bibliotherapy
Positive Education Program
Jane Wood, MS, PCC-S, Assistant Director -SECOND STEP & PATHS Mental Health
Family Treatment & School Services, Berea Children's Home & Family Services. Intervention Programs
Location: Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Downtown 1100 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115
Presentation: Free for CASP Members, $15 for non-members
Parking: Reduced fee of $2 in the gated lot behind the hotel (with parking voucher provided at the meeting)
Optional Lunch: 11:30am at the Hilton Garden Inn Great American Grill
Buffet Menu: Cincinnati chili, cole slaw, and spaghetti, with the following optional toppings: sour cream,
onions, jalapeño peppers, tortilla chips; sweet rolls & corn muffins w/butter; dessert; and beverages.
Social Gathering: 3:45pm at Harvey’s at the Hilton (in the Hilton Garden Inn)
Please email CASP Secretary Mauni Khoury (email@example.com) if you plan to attend the meeting, the
luncheon or both. Your RSVP for the meeting ensures adequate room size/seating as well as refreshments.
If you are attending the luncheon, please mail a check payable to CASP for $14.40, gratuity included, to
Mauni at 17050 Raccoon Trail Strongsville, Ohio 44136 no later than December 2, 2008.
(Reservation/payment in advance is a must for luncheon planning purposes)
The Children’s Advocacy Committee will be collecting new unwrapped toy donations for the Marines Toys for
Tots Foundation. If you would like to participate, please bring the toys with you to the meeting.
Clevelan d Associ ation of
c/o CMSD Psychological Services
1440 Lakeside Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114
The mission of the Cleveland
Association of School Psychologists
is to support school psychology in
Northeast Ohio by providing
opportunities for professional growth
and collaboration that will enhance
the mental health and educational
competence of children in a diverse
Highlights from the Issue:
President’s Message 1–2
Save the Date:
Blues Blaster 3
President Elect’s Message 3
CASP Winter General Meeting and 12/5
Presentation at the Hilton Garden Inn
Children’s Advocacy Committee Report 4
CASP Meeting Minutes (August 21, 2008) 5
NASP News 6 NASP Annual Conference and Convention 2/24-2/28
CASP Walks for Autism 6
CASP Executive Board Meeting 2/9
Reader’s Poll 7
CASP Birthdays 7
Featured School Psychologist 8 Spring Meeting (pg 3) 3/6
Opening the Door to Discuss Mental Illness 9
in the Family
OSPA Spring Conference 4/23-4/24
Executive Board Meeting Reminder 9
Fall Meeting Summary 10
Winter Meeting Flyer 11