Conference

2015 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Please join us for the 2015 PAPSA annual conference, which will be held April 15-17 at the beautiful Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA. This year, the main sessions will be held on Thursday, April 16th and Friday, April 17th. There will be a special pre-conference seminar for those who wish to arrive early on Wednesday, April 15th, beginning at 2:00 PM. The tentative agenda includes a three-part Wednesday pre-session from 2:00-6:00 PM addressing (1) in-school mental health services, (2) school counseling update, and (3) use of technology in psychological assessment.  On Thursday there will be a three-hour morning session on serving the needs of transgender students, followed in the afternoon by a health services update and a best practices presentation by the school entity chosen to receive the Award of Excellence in Student Services.

On Friday, the conference will feature the acclaimed Paul Stevens Memorial Legal Seminar with attorneys Sharon Montanye and Jane Williams, along with their Associates from the law firm of Sweet, Stevens, Katz and Williams, who will address legal issues impacting special education during the morning session. Following lunch, their afternoon session will concentrate on pupil services-related legal issues. This is your opportunity to update your knowledge of recent court decisions that may influence the conduct of your programs and services. The seminar is in its 14th year and is considered to be the highlight of the Conference program.

Both the Thursday and Friday programs will begin at 8:30 AM and registration will open one hour prior to that time.

Please join us this April for three days of networking, up-to-date information, and good company with your Pupil Services colleagues from across the state. And while you’re at it, why not plan to add a day or two and explore what Lancaster County has to offer? There are many attractions for adults and children alike. The Amish farms, music theaters, outlet malls, fresh produce markets, amusement parks, antique railroads, craft shops and other fascinating activities are available as you travel the highways and back roads throughout the Lancaster region, all within a few minutes of the Conference site. Lancaster County is a national and world-wide destination for entertainment and culture, which attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. This is an opportunity to combine a vacation with the exceptional professional development that the PAPSA Conference offers.

A maximum of approximately 15 hours of training will be available. Please note that PAPSA will no longer serve as an approved Act 48 provider. Instead, attendees will receive a certificate verifying the number of hours training received and the topics. They may then submit the certificate to their employing entity for Act 48 approval. For those who are unable to enter their hours, PAPSA has made arrangements through another agency to enter the hours, however, PAPSA takes no responsibility for the entry or acceptance of these hours.

In Mid-April, the weather in Lancaster is beautiful and the outlet malls are in their full glory so mark your calendars for April 15 – 17, 2015, and join your PAPSA colleagues at the conference. There is plenty to interest spouses and children in the immediate area as well, including Hershey Park and Gardens, Zoo America, Strasburg Railroad, Dutch Wonderland, an Amish Farm, and many other attractions.

Registration forms are being sent to all school entities over the Christmas holidays. A copy of the registration form will be made available for downloaded on this site at the same time. If you have difficulty opening the form, which will appear beneath this paragraph, e-mail the Executive Director and he will fax or e-mail you a copy. You will also be able to bundle your 2015-16 membership dues with your conference registration. You can begin to schedule your room for the conference through the Eden Resort. Be sure to mention that you are attending the PAPSA Conference to obtain the best rate. The cutoff date for the special room rate is March 16, 2015. Single/double room rates will be $132.95. Persons requiring handicapped accommodations should notify the hotel staff at the time of registration.

Conference Registration Form

Eden Resort

Hotel Reservations: 866-890-2339 Toll-free
Hotel Direct: 717-569-6444
Fax: 717-569-4208
Mailing Address: The Eden Resort Inn and Suites
222 Eden Road (Routes 30 & 272)
Lancaster, PA 17601
E-mail:  eden@edenresort.com

[Alert! 2015 NAPSA Conference: The annual conference of the National Association of Pupil Services Administrators will be held in Columbus, Ohio, during October. Final dates are still being established. Further information will be posted on NAPSA's web site]

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