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                                   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,
                                                                                                  CASP Rep-at-Large:
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.

                            ………………………….President’s message continued on Page 2
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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, For more information about ORCAS,          Email : Wendy Jovan at
please visit their website: Organizations providing
recruitment assistance for this project will receive free access to this
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:
     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.

                                       On December
                                       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.
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                                     Cleveland Association of School Psychologists
                                              Executive Board Meeting
                                                  DATE 8/21/2008

   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 ( and click on Advocacy.

Submitted by: Juliette Madigan NASP Delegate

                                                                                      On September
                                                                                      28, 2008, several
                                                                                      CASP members
                                                                                      participated in
                                                                                      Walk Now For
                                                                                      Autism. The
                                                                                      CASP team
                                                                                      raised $667.00
                                                                                      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
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                                                                                     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
                                                                        A            February
                                                                      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:                                         Isabelle Martinez         16
                                                                                     Dennis Koenig             17
                                                                                     James Harvey              20
CASPLINE Submission Guidelines: Articles should be ready for publication at the      Jennifer Ballinger        23
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after submission. Please submit as an email attachment compatible with Microsoft     Kurt Wiant                24
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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
                      children’s future

                      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?
                               DOCUMENT Everything!
                      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?
                               My camera
                      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
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          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

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
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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): 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

                                      Effectiv eness

                                                       Effectiv eness

                                                                            O rganiz ation

                                                                                                                          U s efullness

                                                                                             question/answer session; and the presenter demonstrated great
                                                                                             of Concepts
                                                                                             Ex planation
                                       Audio/Vis ual

                                                       of H andouts

                                                                             Planning &
                         G eneral


                                                                                             knowledge and experience.
                                                                                                               Sk ills

                                                                                             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
LGBTQ youth.
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
                                                Winter Meeting
                                          FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2008
             12:30 – 3:30pm General Meeting with Presentation Immediately to Follow

“School-Based Mental Health Tool Kit for Cuyahoga County
                                                   School Districts”
                              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 ( 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
  School Psychologists

  c/o CMSD Psychological Services
  1440 Lakeside Avenue
  Cleveland, OH 44114

  Phone: 216-523-8498


   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
                                                   (pg 11)
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
                                                   (pg 9)
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

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