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5 Conferences for School Psychologists in 2018

School Psychology Conferences

  • International School Psychology Association
  • International Conference on Educational Psychology
  • Computer-Using Educators
  • National Association of School Psychologists: Annual Convention
  • National Association of School Psychologists: Summer Conferences


School psychology is a dynamic and highly relevant field. With students and the education field facing new challenges every day, school psychologists are pressed with greater responsibilities than ever. Attending conferences is a great way to learn a lot of information, in a short amount of time, from a wide variety of knowledgeable colleagues. These five school psychology conferences are great inspiration-builders for professional event planning in 2018.

1. International School Psychology Association

It is wise to maintain an international perspective on one's professional field. The International School Psychology Association (ISPA) has provided such an opportunity for school psychologists of the world since the 1970s. This year's 40th Annual Conference will take place from July 25th to 28th in Tokyo, Japan. The theme centers around promoting resilience for children to maintain academic success while recovering from anything from large natural crises to personal challenges. ISPA is currently still accepting abstract submissions from those wishing to present work at the event.

2. International Conference on Educational Psychology

The 20th Annual International Conference on Educational Psychology is another global opportunity for school psychologists. It will take place June 25th and 26th in Paris, France. This is the best event for those interested in presenting, learning about, and applying the latest in educational psychological research. Research presented will represent a wide variety of topics and specializations within the field. They are also still currently accepting submissions from those interested in sharing their work and information.

3. Computer-Using Educators

Technology is a rapidly expanding presence in every field, especially education. Much of school psychology is technologically-driven, and it is important for school psychologists to be well-versed in the latest education technology. The Computer-Using Educators Spring Conference is the perfect opportunity to learn more and catch up with the times. This year's event will be held from March 14th to 17th in Palm Springs, California.

4. National Association of School Psychologists: Annual Convention

Although this year's convention just passed, this is one event for next year to start planning now. The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is one of the largest and most comprehensive professional organizations in the nation for this field. The annual conventions provide important professional development opportunities, from learning about the latest developments in the field from the leaders of the industry, to networking with fellow school psychologists from across the country. The next convention will be from February 26th to March 1, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia.

5. National Association of School Psychologists: Summer Conferences

While waiting for the 2019 Annual Convention, it is advantageous to get acquainted with the NASP through the Summer Conferences. They span the US, from Atlantic City, NJ July 9th through the 11th to Anaheim, CA July 23rd through the 25th. These smaller gatherings offer opportunities for great conversations about special current topics.

These five school psychology conferences form a great foundation for professional development planning in 2018. They provide a wide range of location options. From broad current research findings to small group discussions of special topics, this list offers opportunities for every school psychologist.