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2024 LIASEA Summer Institute

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Onward and Upward!

Thursday, July 11th, 2024 and Friday, July 12th, 2024


Long Island Aquarium, 431 East Main Street, Riverhead NY 11901


Lead Presenter's BIO:  A. Jordan Wright is a Clinical Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University, as well as a Masters in    Psychology in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Assessment Psychology and a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment and the American Academy for Assessment Psychology. Dr. Wright has authored multiple widely-used books on psychological assessment. Jordan is the founding director of the Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing, the training clinic in NYU's Counseling Psychology  Ph.D. program, as well as coordinating and teaching the psychological assessment curriculum for the doctoral program. Prior to joining NYU, Jordan spent five years on faculty in the Clinical  Psychology Ph.D. program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he coordinated and ran the psychological assessment training. He then spent six years in the faculty at Empire State College, State University of New York, where he coordinated the statewide online psychology curriculum and served as Department Chair of Psychology statewide. He also previously ran the mental health department for The HOPE Program, a workforce development program for    chronically under- and unemployed adults in Brooklyn.

Lead Presenter's BIO:  Dr. Harold Dean has served as Superintendent of Schools at Little Flower School since the 2018-2019 school year. Prior to leading Little Flower, he served as a districtwide administrator with Freeport Public Schools and as an assistant principal and grants administrator with Eastern Suffolk BOCES. His teaching career included serving the East Moriches School District as a special education teacher. Dr. Dean is currently president-elect and the slated 24-25 president of the Suffolk County School Superintendents Association and co-chair of the SCSSA SEL committee. In addition to serving as a House of Delegate member and Commissioner's Advisory Council under the New York State Council of School Superintendents, he is also a member of the NYSED Commissioner's Advisory Panel on Special Education. Dr. Dean is also a senior lecturer with St. Joseph's University, serving their graduate child study program since 2011.

Lead Presenter's BIO: Jaime Webber is the Vice President of School-Age Services at Family of Kidz. Jaime previously served as Director of School-Age Services and  prior to that was the Assistant Director of Autism and Behavioral Services. Her responsibilities included supporting the Behavior Analysts, Special Educators and Behavior Technicians across the Company’s Early Intervention, Pre-school, and School-Age service lines. Jaime also served as a lead behavior analyst and special educator providing direct services to children with autism and related disorders. Prior to Kidz, Jaime held various teaching positions at public and non-public organizations on Long Island and continues to actively host workshops and trainings  related to special education and behavioral interventions. Jaime received a BS in Childhood    Education from SUNY Cortland, a MS in Special Education from Dowling College, an Advanced Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas and is currently  pursuing her SBL/SDL through Stonybrook University.

Lead Presenter's BIO:  Gail Daugherty is the Assistant Director of Special  Education at West Islip Schools, with a distinguished career spanning over a decade in various roles within the field of education. She holds an Advanced Certification in School Building and School District Leadership from Stony Brook University, along with an MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Hofstra University and a BS from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. Gail's professional experience includes significant contributions to the development of inclusive special education programs and leadership positions, such as the Director of Elementary Special Education at Oceanside School District and a tenure as a Speech Language Pathologist in a variety of settings.


Thursday, July 11, 2024 Morning
7:30am     — Registration and Breakfast  (Terrace) Atlantis Banquets
The Sea Star building is located between the Hyatt Place and the Long Island Aquarium. The guests may enter through the doors with the blue awnings and take the .elevator or stairs to the third floor. The Banquet/meeting space is on the third floor of the Sea Star building (not in the hotel). 

8:45am    —President Welcome & Introduction

9:00am    —Can Tele-Assessment and Tele-Services Improve Efficiency and    Effectiveness of Meeting Student Needs and reducing School Staff Burnout

Presented by:  Jordan Wright is a Clinical Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU.
Presentation Objectives: 
  Discuss benefits and limitations of teletherapy.
  Discuss ways teletherapy can flexibly meet district needs.
  Explain how teletherapy can be implemented in actual practice.

10:30am    —Break

10:45am    —Comprehensive Behavior Support through Registered Behavior Technician Training
Presented by:  Jaime Webber, VP of Kidz Educational Services, 
John Guerriero, Director of Special Education, and
Lisa Lucchesi, Assistant Superintendent for PPS
Presentation Objectives:    
  Describe what the role of a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) is?
  Explain the BACB expectations and the RBT Training Course Outline.
  Identify funding for professional development training for TAs as well as RBT compensation, when applicable.
  Discuss benefits of implementing RBT training for TAs and identify further services RBTs can provide.

Thursday, July 12, 2024 Afternoon

12:15pm  —Lunch—(Terrace) Atlantis Banquets

1:15pm    Trauma-Informed Mindfulness at Little Flower: A Year In Review
Presented by:  Dr. Harold Dean has served as superintendent of schools at Little  Flower and Jessica Frost, School Psychologist at Little Flower School
Presentation Objectives: Understand what trauma-informed means.
  Engage in mindfulness practice to experience the body's response to these           strategies.
  Identify how mindfulness may support their own SEL, trauma-informed,           and/or CRSE practices and broader mental health curriculum.
 2:45pm     - Wrap up
All rooms should be ready at the Hyatt if you reserved a sleeping room.
4:00pm     -  Boat Ride Experience, Sponsored by: 
Family of Kidz and 
New York Therapy Placement Services
Parallel Learning 
5:30pm—7:30 pm - Dinner and Networking Reception

Friday, July 12, 2024

8:00am     - Coffee and Tea only (Terrace) Atlantis Banquets
9:00am     - Mental Health Supports in a Public High School: West Islip High School’s Journey with Tier 3.
Presented by:  Gail Daugherty, Assistant Director of Special Education West Islip School District and Wendy Jorgensen-James, LCSW-R, SDA Regional Director Effective School Solutions 

Presentation Objectives: 
1.  Identify MTSS framework for mental health components.
2.  Analyze district infrastructure strengths and gaps.
3. Compile focus area(s) for current MTSS model in district
4. Construct potential practical application of learning towards current MTSS model

10:30am     - Business Meeting (Agenda to be announced)
11:45am     - Wrap Up



-$695pp  Single Occupancy Thursday   
               (includes lodging Thursday, conference and meals Thursday and Friday)

-$495pp  Double Occupancy Thursday
               (includes lodging Thursday, conference and meals Thursday and Friday)    

-$395pp  Conference only Commuter Special Rate for both days
               (includes conference and all meals)

-$320pp  Conference only Commuter Special Rate Thursday only
               (includes conference, breakfast, lunch and dinner)

-$225pp  Conference only Commuter Special Rate Thursday only
               (includes conference, breakfast, lunch only)

-$75pp  for Friday Commuter only
              (includes conference and breakfast) 

**Cancellation policy:  Cancellations will be accepted for full refund if received by June 14, 2024 with written notice ONLY**

Deadline for Guarantee of available rooms June 10, 2024.

July 11th, 2024 7:30 AM to July 12th, 2024 12:00 PM
431 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
United States
Event Fee(s)
Event Fee(s)
Single Occupancy Thursday $695.00
Double Occupancy Thursday $495.00
Conference only Commuter Special Rate for both days $395.00
Conference only Commuter Special Rate Thursday only $320.00
Conference only Commuter Special Rate Thursday only $225.00
Friday Commuter only $75.00
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