Kentucky Association for Psychology
                     in the Schools

KAPS Spring Training

  • Tuesday, April 09, 2019
  • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Elkhorn Crossing School
  • 75


Registration is closed

Dr. Clarissa Belle is our presenter for this year's Spring Conference! 

Dr. Clarissa Belle is a licensed psychologist with a passion for assisting youth, families and child-serving systems in coping with psychological trauma. During her doctoral studies at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Belle was drawn to children with intense behavioral and emotional problems. She quickly realized that behind their tough exterior and withdrawn, there was significant unresolved pain. While working in school-based mental health clinics, community mental health clinics, and training educators across the state, Dr. Belle has maintained a focus on working to enhancing the functioning of trauma exposed youth. Dr. Belle recently started a private practice, Higher Horizons, and the foundation of her practice is cultivating safe, supportive and trusting relationships because relationships are the conduit through which effective treatment and systemic change take place.

Summary:   There is a growing number of children within our schools exhibiting intense social and emotional needs. Research has found that exposure to traumatic, chaotic, and stressful life events is a significant factor influencing student’s functioning. School professionals (e.g., school psychologists, guidance counselors, and social workers) often have the desire to address the needs of students, but many training programs have ill-prepared them to meet the demand.  Furthermore, there is increased frustration associated with limited trauma-focused interventions and resources within communities. These issues are leading more and more school psychologists, guidance counselors, and social workers to seek opportunities to enhance their skill set and provide direct services to traumatized youth.  However, before schools solidify a focus on treatment programs and interventions, there needs to be a clear assessment of the school environment to ensure the viability and sustainability of interventions. This training will provide information about specific implementation needs, and steps trainees can engage in to prepare their school for a tier II and tier III trauma-focused evidenced-based intervention.  

Trainees will learn how to:

  • Assess school readiness for an evidence-based intervention/treatment 
  • Utilize motivational interviewing techniques to aid in enhancing buy-in from stakeholders
  • Discuss sensitive issues, such as trauma, with parents and students
  •  Introduce the idea of utilizing a tier II and tier III trauma-focused intervention, specifically Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in the Schools (CBITS), to school leadership.


Location: Elkhorn Crossing School, 2001 Frankfort Road, Georgetown, KY 40324

Registration begins at 8:00 am. Training is from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. 

Other information:

  • Lunch will be provided by KAPS.  Registrants with dietary restrictions, email upon registration.
  • If a minimum of 50 registrants is not met, workshop may be cancelled.
  • Workshop is exclusively for school psychologists/students, counselors, social workers and other school based mental health professionals.
  • Cancellation policy: No refunds for cancelled registration. Substitutions are allowed, but restricted to eligible role groups.  Original registrant is responsible for ensuring that registration is paid in full by the date of the workshop.  
  • EILA approval is pending.       
  • Registration closes 4/1/18.  No on-site registration.
  • Registration rates: KAPS Member $40, Student Member $20, Non-member $50. Principals are encouraged to attend as well--only $20 if attending with their school psychologist!


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