• Training & Professional Development

  • Columbus City Schools (CCS) School Psychologists receive an extensive amount of training to develop and maintain their ability to serve the students and staff at CCS.  School psychologists are life-long learners and continue enhancing their knowledge and skills related to the academic, mental, and emotional well-being of students across Pre-K through age 21. Throughout the community and district, school psychologists conduct various workshops, staff in-services, and presentations on a variety of topics including:

    • Evidence-based academic and behavioral interventions (e.g., Incremental Rehearsal, Check-In/Check-Out, etc.)
    • Functional behavioral assessments and creating behavioral intervention plans
    • English as a Second Language/ English Language Learners
    • Trauma-informed/ trauma-sensitive practices in schools
    • Restorative practices
    • Signs of Suicide
    • Zones of Regulation

    CCS will invite outside presenters but will also have CCS School psychologists present and share information regarding their own expertise.  If you are interested in providing a training to the CCS school psychologists then you can email John Cook at jcook1324@columbus.k12.oh.us   School psychologists have received the following trainings from the past three years.   

    • Dr. Ortiz presented to the speech pathologists and school psychologists on the XBASS, C-LIM, and PVAT.  These tools help practitioners enhance their ability to identify SLD within diverse populations including English Second Language students.  19-20
    • Dr. Ruby Payne presented to CCS school psychologists, counselors, and social workers regarding Emotional Poverty and practical strategies that can be implemented to de-escalate a crisis.  19-20
    • Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion Management - Sara Timms, CCS School Psychologist  19-20
    • Writing a Compliant Evaluation Team Report by John Cook, Erin Stoliker, and Danita Thorton. School Psychologists were trained on what is required and included in ETRs. 18-19
    • Sara Leonard, STAR Trauma Recovery Center. Ohio State University came and presented on vicarious Trauma and how to prevent burnout. 18-19
    • Neely Keys and Stephanie Schlegel, project manager, with the EPSEA. A grant-funded program located out of the ESC of Central Ohio. Their program helps support CCS students who are in the foster care program.  This program explained that staff can help with the implementation of behavior interventions within the schools.   18-19
    • Bradley Havelka and Jessica Irwin presented on best practices for evaluating ESL students. Cross Battery C-LIM assessment measures were reviewed and the software was explained in detail to better identify ESL students with SLD.  18-19 
    • Jennifer Poggio came and spoke about Achieve 3000. Achieve 3000 is a literacy program that is used in grades 6-9 at CCS.  Jennifer reviewed the program and explained how the information within the program can be used for intervention documentation.  18-19
    • Mary Kay Erin, Children’s Hospital Educational Director, and Dr. Bode come and talk about CCS clinics and the various resources that Children’s Hospital provides.  18-19
    • Kristin Dellarmo, Gabrielle Tiede, and Stoni Fortney are presenting on Intellectual Disabilities. They are doctoral students in the OSU IDD Psychology program and work under Dr. Marc Tasse, ID researcher at Ohio State.  The presenters will talk about evaluation considerations, etiology, and programming to support ID individuals. 18-19
    • Brooke Pollard from Gracehaven.  Gracehaven is an organization that supports minors who have been victims of sex trafficking.  18-19
    • Kayla Dodson, Katie Quaintance, Jill Smith, Liesel Parsons, Danita Thornton, and Jessica Irwin presented on trauma-informed practices and restorative justice.  18-19
    • Erin Stoliker and John Cook spoke about SLD identification through Patterns of Strengths and Weaknesses (PSW). Both attended the school neuropsychology conference and spoke about Concordance-Discordance Mode, Consistency - Discrepancy Mode, and Cross Battery.   18-19
    • Human Trafficking - Detective Aaron Dennis with Columbus Police Department and Human Trafficking Task Force  17-18
    • Reading and Language Research Study at Ohio State - Dr. Shayne Piasta, OSU Researcher  17-18
    • Project Connect: Educating and Serving Homeless Students -  Janice Davis, CCS Staff   17-18   
    • Behavior Assessment Scale for Children Third Edition (BASC-3) - Lynsey Psimas, Pearson Representative   17-18
    • Juvenile Justice System -Erin Davies, Executive Director for Juvenile Justice Coalition    17-18
    • Signs of Suicide (SOS) - Elizabeth Cannon, Social Worker at Children's Hospital    17-18
    • Childhood Trauma -Dr. John Tilley, Forensic Psychologist   17-18
    • Executive Functioning and the Behavior Rating Inventory Executive Function - Second Edition (BRIEF-2) - Dr. Steven Guy    17-18
    • Operation Street Smart - Franklin County Sheriff Office presenting on youth and gangs.   17-18
    • Trauma in Schools Train the Trainer - Melissa McClain, Akron Children's Hospital    17-18
    • Restorative Practices - International Institute for Restorative Practices -17-18