2015 Annual Conference

  • 01 Oct 2015
  • 8:00 AM
  • 02 Oct 2015
  • 4:15 PM
  • McCall, Idaho


  • Includes membership dues.
  • Includes membership dues.
  • Includes membership dues.

Registration is closed


Todd A. Savage, Ph.D., NCSP
President of the National Association of School Psychologists

Dr. Savage earned his doctorate in school psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2002. Having worked as a consultant for several education-related agencies, he joined the school psychology faculty at New Mexico State University in 2004. Since 2008, Dr. Savage has been on the school psychology faculty at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he currently holds the rank of associate professor. He teaches courses on diversity and inclusion; consultation; assessment; public policy and advocacy; and school crisis prevention, preparedness, and intervention. His research interests include culturally-responsive practice; social justice in school psychology; issues of sexual orientation and gender identity as they pertain to the schooling process; and school crisis response. He has published multiple articles and chapters in a variety of sources, in addition to providing professional development focused primarily on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender student matters as well as the PREPaRE school crisis prevention and intervention curriculum published by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Dr. Savage’s NASP service includes terms as New Mexico Delegate; Leadership Development Workgroup chair and co-chair; and Program Manager for the Professional Development Program Area. Dr. Savage will be speaking on School Climate as it relates to school wide population, families, and the LGBTQ population. 

Presentation Topics:

Keynote and NASP Update: School Climate - #ConnectTheDots

Breakout 1: School Crisis Prevention, Preparedness and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model

Breakout 2: Helping Transgender and Gender Diverse Students Succeed at School and at Home (Part 1)

Breakout 3: Helping Transgender and Gender Diverse Students Succeed at School and at Home (Part 2)

Dr. Stephen Luber,MD
Pediatrician, Spokane Washington

Dr. Luber, received his undergraduate degree at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA, his Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in Boston, MA, and his medical degree from the University of California San Francisco Medical School in San Francisco, CA. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco, CA.Dr. Luber specializes in pediatric medicine, and has over 40 years of experience in the field of medicine.

Presentation Topics:

Keynote: Effects of prenatal exposure on later development of the child

Break-Out 1: Psychopharmacology

Break-Out 2: ADHD Treatment and Intervention

Michael Brinker, Ph.D
Pediatric Neuropsychologist at Northwest Neurobehavioral Health, Boise Idaho

Dr. Brinker specializes in the assessment of young children, adolescents, and teenagers. Dr. Brinker received his doctorate degree from the University of Denver’s School of Professional Psychology, with a specialization in pediatric neuropsychology. Following his studies Michael completed his internship training in the neuropsychology program at Hamilton Health Sciences, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and then he completed his post-doctoral fellowship training at Northwest Neurobehavioral Health, in Meridian, Idaho. Throughout his training Michael has developed clinical experience with a broad range of presenting concerns, including prenatal substance exposure, traumatic brain injuries, concussive injuries, oncology/hematology, genetic conditions, and autism. In addition to his clinical work Michael is also working on research projects at NNH focusing on the neurodevelopmental impact of prenatal methamphetamine exposure, and is an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University.

Presentation Topics:

​Break Out Part 1 and 2:

Historical foundations and current research on the cerebral and functional impact of prenatal meth exposure.

Current NNH research on the neurodevelopmental impact of prenatal methamphetamine exposure, including the impact on cognitive skills, learning and memory, and emotional regulation skills.

Intervention considerations for PME children and potential time-frames for interventions.

Leena Weaver, Ed.S., NCSP
Healing Children Consultant/Trainer; School Psychologist, Boise School District

Leena completed her Education Specialist Degree in 1999. She became a Nationally Certified School Psychologist in 2009. Leena has worked as a school psychologist since 1999. She is a Love and Logic School Wide Discipline Facilitator. Leena has a passion for understanding how trauma impacts the brain and child development. She loves working with children who have severe emotional and behavioral difficulties and seeing their growth. She received the School Psychologist of the Year Award from the National Association of School Psychologists in 2011. She is a wife and mother of three. She loves being on her 7 acre ranch, spending time with her family, gardening, canning, and quilting.

Traci Glover, M.Ed., LSW, LPC
Healing Children Consultant/Trainer; School Counselor, Boise School District

Traci has been a Licensed Social Worker since 1994 and a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2009. She has worked as a school counselor since 1999. She is trained in EMDR Therapy (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) and in Attachment Therapy. Traci is a Love and Logic Parent Education Facilitator as well as a Love and Logic School Wide Discipline Facilitator. She loves helping children face their critical issues and seeing them grow and become more confident. She received the Friend of the School Psychologist award in 2007 from the Idaho School Psychologist Association and the Elementary School Counselor of the Year award for the Boise School District in 2010. In her free time Traci loves to be with friends and family. She also enjoys shopping and dancing.

Break Out Part 1 and 2:

Underlying causes of severe behavior:  trauma, attachment, development, temperament, and entitlement. Introduction to the Healing Environment for severe behavior.

Alana Brunner, LCPC, NCC
Psychiatric Clinician, Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise Idaho

Alana is a registered supervisor with experience centered around psychiatric screening and the inpatient psychiatric setting. In addition to her current position as a Psychiatric Clinician at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Alana owns an outpatient private practice and is a Part-time Lecturer for the Counselor Education Department at Boise State University. Alana has provided course work at BSU including: Ethics, Depression, Foundations in Counseling, and Internship. Additionally, she has facilitated several Ethics continuing education courses both within the community and for private entities. Alana also works closely with counselors-in-training in conjunction with BSU and provides clinical supervision locally.

Presentation Topics:

Break Out Part 1 and 2:

Managing Professional Boundaries: Ethical Guidelines to Prevent Boundary Violations

This course will provide an overview of the terms “boundary extension/crossing” and “boundary violation” and a review of current code on topics such as: multiple relationships, gifts, self-disclosure, social media, and other forms of technology. Steps to consider in the event of a boundary extension gone wrong will also be discussed.

Dr. Carolyn Golden, Psy.D
Licensed Psychologist, Northwest Neurobehavioral, Boise, Idaho

Dr. Golden is a licensed psychologist conducting therapy and psychological assessment at Northwest Neurobehavioral in Boise, Idaho. She specializes in the family-based treatment of anxiety disorders, OCD, autism spectrum disorders and mood disorders. She also works individually with adolescents and adults and conducts psychological assessments with an array of clients. Dr. Gold graduated with a Psy.D in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in family therapy, in 2005 from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. While in Chicago, she worked with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population in residential and inpatient settings. She also completed a therapy practicum at a day school specializing in adolescents with mood disorders and autism spectrum disorders. Dr. Golden came to Boise in 2004 and has since made her home in the community.

Break out Part 1 and 2: Executive Functioning Skill Intervention

Joel Bocanegra, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, College of Education, School Psychology and Educational Leadership Training Program, Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho

Break Out 1: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse student Identification, Assessment, and Intervention


University Credit will be offered through Idaho State University.

NASP accredited CEU's will be offered.


This years annual conference will be hosted in McCall, Idaho at the McCall Holiday Inn Express. Rooms have been blocked under "ISPA".

Call 208-634-4700 to reserver your room. Space is limited so make your reservation sooner than later.

 - 1 King @ $124/night
 - 2 Queens @ $134/night

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