Ventura County 
School Psychologists

                      Our Next VCASP Workshop is: 

                   Friday November 16, 2018 8:00 am - 3:30 pm 

Assessment of Students with Comorbid Disorders and Multiple Eligibilities Under IDEA/ADA

Psychologists are increasingly faced with the evaluation of students demonstrating symptoms, behaviors and impairments characteristic of multiple mental health disorders and IDEA/ADA eligibilities. For example, children with autism typically suffer from two additional psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, Oppositional Defiance or a specific learning disability. Children with anxiety, depression and learning disability typically suffer from one or two additional disorders. Three out of ten leading causes of disability in children and young adults are mental disorders and the other causes are often associated with mental disorders. Further, more than half of children with mental health disorders typically suffer from some type of medical condition. Among children in foster care, more than half experience diagnosed mental health disorders. Retrospective and prospective research has shown that most adult mental and developmental disorders begin in childhood and adolescence. Results of current studies indicate that about one out of every three to four youth is estimated to experience a mental health or developmental disorder. Psychologists are increasingly confronted not only with evaluating these children, but also guiding eligibility determination, development of IEPs, implementation and progress monitoring. In this presentation, Dr. Goldstein will review the literature demonstrating the increasing presentation of students meeting multiple diagnostic and eligibility criteria, discuss the prevalence and correlates of various disorders as they present in children and review the risk factors associated with increased vulnerability. He will then offer a comprehensive framework to assist school psychologists in evaluating the development, emotions, behavior and social relations of complex students utilizing valid and reliable behavioral, observer and self-report scales and tests. He will provide a means of understanding and integrating data to assist in developing IEP goals, implementation and progress monitoring.

Sam Goldstein, Ph.D., ABPP is a neuropsychologist with areas of specialization in school psychology, child development, and neuropsychiatric disorders. He is licensed as a psychologist and certified as a developmental disabilities evaluator. He is board certified as a Pediatric Neuropsychologist by the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology. Dr. Goldstein is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Attention Disorders, and Contributing Editor to Attention Magazine. Recent books that he has authored, co-edited or co-authored include Handbook of Intelligence: Evolutionary Theory, Historical Perspective and Current Concepts (2015) with Dana Princiotta and Jack Naglieri, The Handbook of Executive Functioning (2013) with Jack Naglieri, Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorder (2013) with Jack Naglieri, The Handbook of Resilience – 2nd Edition (2013) with Robert Brooks, Practitioner’s Guide to Assessing Intelligence and Achievement (2011) with Jack Naglieri. Needless to say, Dr. Goldstein is an expert and promises to be a fantastic presenter. 

Cost: Members – $70, Nonmembers – $95, Students - $50

(CEU’s offered for $15. Please bring check or cash.)  

Where: All of our workshops are held at VCOE's CESC building located at: 

5100 Adolfo Road • Camarillo, CA 93012

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VCASP: Ventura County Association of School Psychologists

The Ventura County Association of School Psychologists (VCASP) is one of the largest and most active affiliates of the California Association of School Psychologists. With an annual membership of over 100 members from Ventura, Santa Barbara, and portions of Los Angeles counties, VCASP provides continuing professional development activities in order to assist its members as they provide services to children, parents, teachers, and administrators.

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