Past Programs

SOS coordinates and sponsors four to five professional development programs a year in area schools. These programs cover a variety of topics of interest and benefit to professionals who work with children and families both in and outside of school settings. All presentations are free of charge to SOS members. APA-approved continuing education credits and Act 48 education credits are available for a fee.

Below is a listing of some of our programs.

Adolescent Sexuality: Teens & Sex & What's Happening in Our Schools

According to the popular press, adolescents today live in a hookup culture filled with gender pressure and risky behavior.  This workshop will present a brief overview of recent research on adolescence sexual deveopment including the hookup culture, the impact of social media, transgender identities, and the overall fluidity of sexual identity in adolescents.  This program includes a lead speaker, and three panelists who will discuss constructive responses to these inssues.

  • Craig Stevens, Ph.D. is a PA Licensed Psychologist and certified in both School Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. He is the Department Head of Student Services at Germantown Friends School. He has written on current issues of childhood development and maintains a private practice.
  • Panel Members: Jennifer Fiorini, M.Ed., Dean of The Agnes Irwin School and Michael Reichert, Ph.D., Psychologist, representing The Haverford School.
Friday, April 28, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
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Personality Testing

This workshop will present an overview of personality testing - advantages and disadvantages, self-report and projective. There will be discussions about the BASC-3, the BRIEF-2, and the Rorschach. Student's cognitive functioning and learning styles will be presented along with case examples.

  • Ann J. Gluck, Psy.D. is a clinical and school psychologist in private practice, who for the last twenty-four years has specialized in psychoeducational assessment of children, adolescents, and adults, as well as school consultation. She received her M.S.Ed. in early childhood special education in 1979 and her Psy.D. from Hahnemann University in 1988. She received her school psychology training through a joint program with Bryn Mawr College, and after graduating, she worked for many years at Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College.
Friday, February 3, 2017 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
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The Grieving School Aged Child

This workshop will focus on the grieving school aged child. The presenter will discuss reactions to significant loss at different ages and stages of development and appropriate interventions for teachers and staff to make with grieving children. Plenty of time will be allowed for discussion of experiences of participants in their classrooms with children who have experienced loss and the issues which arose in these cases.

  • Corinne Masur, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalyst who has worked with children for over 35 years. She is in private practice in Center City, Philadelphia and Exton. She co-directs a small parent-child center, teaches at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and writes and speaks on the topic of bereavement and mortality. Corinne also has a website for parents: www.thoughtfulparenting.org.
Friday, December 9, 2016 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
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Ethical Myths and Mysteries

Have you ever wondered where conventional wisdom comes from - like giving clients three names for a referral, making "suicide contracts," etc.?  This workshop looks at some common risk management and ethical beliefs and examines the rational behind them.  Clinical vignettes will be presented with input encouraged.

  • Linda K. Knauss, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor and Director of Internship Training at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. She is chair of the APA's Ethics Committee and has taught ethics courses at several area colleges. Dr. Knauss has also authored several book chapters and journal articles on the topic of ethics. She is the recipient of the 2002 Ethics Educators Award presented by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee and the recipient of the 2004 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award.
Friday, October 21, 2016 -
11:30am to 2:30pm
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Social Media from the Perspective of Child and Early Adolescent Development

Students begin to learn about social media as early as second grade.  This workshop will present an overview of the latest research on how children and adolescents use, abuse, and are affected by social media.  We will discuss how social media is introduced to school children, whether it has a legitimate role in the school curriculum, and how it can both help and hinder students' intellectual and emotional development.  We will also address how social media affects school culture, along with some do's and don'ts of social media for school children at various levels.  Finally, we will discuss constructive responses and policies by schools and families.

  • Craig Steven, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist, Certified School Psychology and Certified Group Psychotherapy. He is the Head Psychologist at Germantown Friends School, where he implements supportive, proactive programs that foster students’ emotional development. He is the creator of an in-class program designed to teach students how to develop emotional intelligence, used in many lower, middle, and upper schools across the region. Dr. Stevens has written on issues of childhood development in the reality of today’s society, from parental enabling to cyber bullying. In addition to his role at Germantown Friends School, Dr. Stevens also maintains a private practice directed to children, adolescent, and adults. He received his B.A., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Friday, April 29, 2016 -
12:30am to 2:30pm
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A Close-Up Look at Transgender Issues

This workshop is intended to acquaint the participants with the transgender experience - inclucing gender dysphoria, and the changing guidelines in our society.  Gender dysphoria is itself usually traumatic for both the individual as well as the people connected to that individual.  A gender dysphoric child raised by toxic parents faces a double challenge: coming to terms with a growing unhappiness with his or her assigned gener while at the same time struglling to survive in a family situation characterized by oppressive conditions.  Such a child often experiences shame, physical and emotional abandonment, and as a student, difficulty concentrating on school work.  This workshop will help to explin the complicated situation experienced by a transgendered individual.

  • Dr. Lee Ann Etscovitz is a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) issues. She has written two books primarily on the transsexual experience: "Let the Dandelions Grow: A Poetic Portrait of a Transexual Journey and the Human Condition" and "An Inner Roadmap of Gender Transformation." She gives talks at various colleges and universities and for organizations. She also has a private practice. She received her doctor’s degree in Educational Philosophy and Human Relations and completed a post-graduate internship in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Friday, December 11, 2015 -
11:30am to 2:30pm
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Ethical Dilemmas of School Professionals Regarding Child Abuse

There have been significant changes to the Child Protective Services Law that became effective in December 2014.  Although there are home study and in-person courses to educate licensed professionals regarding the new regulations, many questions remain.  This workshop will not meet the continuing education requirement in Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting for licensure renewal.  However, it will meet the requirement for ethics credits.

  • Linda K. Knauss, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of Internship Training at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. She is chair of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, a member of the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, and has served as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists’ Ethics Committee. Dr. Knauss has taught courses in ethics at Widener University, Immaculata College, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has authored several book chapters and journal articles on ethics and has taught many continuing education workshops on a variety of ethical issues. Dr. Knauss was the recipient of the 2002 Ethics Educators Award presented by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee and the recipient of the 2004 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award.
Friday, October 16, 2015 -
11:30am to 2:30pm
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Substance use in high school: Tip of the iceberg, rite of passage, or something else?

Substance use among adolescents in schools is sometimes the tip of an iceberg. In this workshop we will explore what drugs we are seeing kids use today, the trends in substance use and its prevalence and incidence. Then we will look under water at why they are doing it, who they are, and what are the complicated demands of adolescence today. The workshop will explore some theories of drug use and addiction. It will examine diagnosis and assessment, treatment options, and levels of care. We will briefly consider prevention and how to talk to adolescents about drug and alcohol use.

  • Jeremy Frank, Ph.D. is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Psychologist with a 15-year private practice in Bala Cynwyd focusing primarily on all aspects of addiction and the substance use disorders. Previously, he was a Senior Psychologist at Temple University’s Tuttleman Counseling Services, the Assistant Director of the University of Sciences Student Health and Counseling, and a Primary Therapist for Rehab after Work. He is very connected in the Philadelphia region having graduated from Germantown Friends School and Drexel and Hahnemann Universities.
Friday, April 24, 2015 -
12:30am to 2:30pm
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WHAT’S NEW IN TESTING – The WISC-V, Woodcock-Johnson IV, and K-TEA-III

The goal of this presentation is to provide an overview of the new tests, with particular relevance to information professionals in other disciplines will need in order to read and interpret test reports that include these tests. There will also be a brief introduction to the new Q-Interactive digital platform for administering the WISC-V and K-TEA.

  • Ann J. Gluck, Psy.D., is a clinical and school psychologist in private practice, who for the last 22 years has specialized in psychoeducational assessment of children, adolescents, and adults, as well as school consultation. She received her M.S.Ed. in early childhood special education in 1979 and her Psy.D. from Hahnemann University in 1988. She received her school psychology training through a joint program with Bryn Mawr College, and after graduating, she worked for many years at Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College.
Friday, February 20, 2015 -
12:30am to 2:30pm
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Ethical Issues in the Schools

This workshop will address issues that are unique to the practice of school psychology including students' and parents right to privacy, confidentiality, and informed consent; record keeping; culturally sensitive services to diverse clientele; individual and group assessment; as well as counseling and therapeutic interventions.  Participants are invited to discuss ethical dilemmas from their own experience.

  • Linda K. Knauss, Ph.D., is a Professor and Director of Internship Training at Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. She is chair of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, a member of the American Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee, and has served as Co-Chair of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists’ Ethics Committee. Dr. Knauss has taught courses in ethics at Widener University, Immaculata College, and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She has authored several book chapters and journal articles on ethics and has taught many continuing education workshops on a variety of ethical issues. Dr. Knauss was the recipient of the 2002 Ethics Educators Award presented by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s Ethics Committee and the recipient of the 2004 Pennsylvania Psychological Association Distinguished Service Award.
Friday, December 12, 2014 -
11:30am to 2:30pm
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How Can Imagination-Based Minfulness Activities Help Children and Teens Reduce Anxiety, Manage Emotions, Stay Calm and Connect with Others? – A Strength-Based Approach to Autism

This workshop will provide an overview of autism spectrum disorder and research on the benefits of mindfulness practice. Mindfulness refers to moment-to-moment full sensory awareness without judgment or reactivity. The presenters will engage participants in imagination-based mindfulness activities used to work with the unusual perspectives, sensory processing, neurological strengths and challenges which teens on the autism spectrum bring to their encounters with the social world.

  • Irene McHenry, Ph.D., a licensed Psychologist, is Director of the Institute for Engaging Leadership for Friends Council on Education, an international association of Friends schools. She is a founding board member of the Mindfulness in Education Network, and serves on the boards of Haverford College and Vector Group Consulting North America. A pioneer in integrating the fields of leadership development, mindfulness and positive psychology, Dr. McHenry has taught leadership development and mindfulness-based skills as a clinician, a teacher, and workshop leader for over 40 years. She designs and leads professional development programs for clinicians, administrators, faculty, aspiring leaders, trustees, and various professional groups, across the country.
  • Carol Moog, Ph.D., founder of ImagineAct, recently served as clinical director of the Social Learning Disorders Program at University of Pennsylvania. She is the psychologist for The Miquon School, actively collaborates with Autism Inclusion Resources (AIR), and works extensively with children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum in her clinical practice as a licensed psychologist. Carol was artist-in-residence at Green Tree School and a consultant to the Social Competency Program at the Center for Autism, creating theater-based social skills programs for teens drawing from her experience as a theater improviser, actor, musician, communications consultant, and writer.
Friday, October 24, 2014 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
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Legal Issues Related to Appropriate Instruction of Students with Specific Learning Disabilities

This workshop will review each asprect of the IEP process and the subastantive components of an IEP as they relate to students with a Specific Learning Disability.  The session will emphasize the legal requirement of a truly comprehensive evaluation and the designation of appropriate Specially Design Instruction for students with SLD.

  • Dennis McAndrews, Esquire has worked for over thirty years in the public and private sectors in several roles in the fields of estate planning and disability law. He is the founder and managing partner of McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. which regularly represents individuals and their families in a variety of areas, including special education matters, special needs trusts, and guardianships. He frequently acts as a consultant to other public and private attorneys with regard to disability and special education issues. Mr. McAndrews has served as Executive Director and Staff Counsel to two select committees of the Pennsylvania State Senate, which evaluated Pennsylvania’s system of care for the intellectually disabled. He also served for fifteen years as a Special Education Hearing Officer for the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Friday, April 4, 2014 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
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OUR CHILDREN FIRST – Helping parents focus on their children as their families are being restructured

This workshop is designed to highlight key areas important for parents to focus on with their children during the time their families are being restructured due to separation and divorce.  The latest research on the impact of divorce on children will be discussed as well as the steps which can be taken to ameliorate the negative consequences and increase the likelihood chikldren will navigate their new familys successfully.

  • Talia Eisenstein, Psy.D. has been a practicing psychologist for the past thirty years. She received her doctorate from Hahnemann University in 1981. Dr. Eisentstein is the Director of the "Our Children First" program, a Montgomery County Court mandated parent education program designed to teach parents how to co-parent after divorce. This program has been used as a model for programs established in a number of counties in Pennsylvania. Dr. Eisenstein's practice includes individual therapy (adults, adolescents, and children); couples and sex therapy; pre- and post-divorce co-parent counseling.
Friday, March 7, 2014 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
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The Power of Play through the Lifespan: Strengthening Relationships and Building Resilience

Healthy attachments are the foundation of the work we do and the lives we live.  This workshop will provide creative play-based interventions to strengthen relationships, build resilience and foster trust.  Play is essential to healthy social and emotional development.  Children speak the language of play and laughter is the best medicine.  The hands-on activities are attachment focused through play therapy modalities called Theraplay and Parent-child relationship play therapy.  These activities are appropriate for all ages.

  • Tammi Van Hollander, LCSW, RPT, is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist in private practice in Ardmore, PA. She is an international speaker and play advocate. Her work and creative interventions in the field of play therapy have been published and internationally recognized. She specializes in sandtray play therapy working with children, families, and adults of all ages.
Friday, December 6, 2013 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
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Working with Parents of Children with Chronic Illnesses or Conditions

A child's chronic medical or emotional illness often poses unique challenges to parents and school personnel.  The focus of this workshop is to foster a greater understanding of the emotional impact of chronic illness on family and school life.  We will demonstrate how parents’ and teachers' awareness and understanding of their own emotional reactions to their child can be used as to generate helpful responses which can then have a positive impact on developing self-esteem, resilience, and a healthy identity.  We will also address many issues regarding how schools can support families, and how can families work together with schools to foster and optimize their child’s experience in school.

  • Laurie Levi, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Merion who treats children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families struggling with medical and emotional difficulties. She often works with people with serious situations (i.e. suicide attempt, cutting, etc.) in addition to more typical problems. She is also committed to helping parents grow from the experience of having their child in treatment, through individual or family work, or parent consultation, as is appropriate.
  • Frances G. Martin, Ph.D., is a psychologist and psychoanalyst with over 25 years experience working with children and families in Philadelphia and the northern suburbs. In recent years she has devoted significant effort to working with parents of children with chronic illness, new parents, and grieving parents. She is Co-Director of Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training and of the Parent Child Center at PCOP (Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia). In addition she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Carson Valley School and the Green Tree School.
Friday, October 25, 2013 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
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Creating an Inner Coach Stronger than the Inner Critic

We all have an Inner Critic.  It’s that voice that can tell us that we are not smart enough, attractive enough, competent enough, etc.  The voice keeps us in self-doubt, has us feel inadequate and vulnerable, and increases anxiety.  Many of us adults struggle with a harsh Inner Critic, and too many children do as well.  While the inner critical voice may be strong, it can be changed.

This workshop will look at the development of the Inner Critic from multiple angles.  It will explore why the Critic is hard to alter and how perception and brain patterns keep it in place.  It will then focus on how we can shift from negative self- talk to positive self-talk.  Participants will leave with concrete strategies for helping both adults and children create the voice of an Inner Coach that is stronger than their Inner Critic.

  • Beth Weinstock, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and executive coach with 35 years of practice specializing in helping individuals, couples, groups and organizations create resilience, courage, and sustained growth. She was one of the original consultants at the Renfrew Center, started the non-profit Women’s LeadershipWorks, consults to leaders both inside and outside of their organizations, maintains a private practice in Narberth and along with Dr. Jane Shure is a principal in The Resilience Group. She is trained in the clinical practices of EMDR and Somatic Experiencing, has authored book chapters and journal articles and writes for the Huffington Post. For more on Beth see www.theresiliencegroup.com & www.BethweinstockPhD.com.
Friday, April 12, 2013 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
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What's the right thing to do? An approach to ethical decision-making integrating Mussar and Mindfulness with a systems perspective

Mussar is an approach to ethical character development emerging from Jewish tradition.  Mindfulness refers to a moment-to-moment, nonjudgmental, full sensory awareness emerging from Eastern meditation traditions.  This experiential workshop will use a systems perspective to integrate these traditions to develop approaches to ethical decision-making in organizational, educational and clinical practice.

  • Irene McHenry, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Friends Council on Education, president of the board of the Council for American Private Education and on the Board of Managers for Haverford College. She does consulting and organizational development work with schools nationwide and is a regular contributor to publications on education. Dr. McHenry was a founding faculty member of Fielding Graduate University's doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Change, founding Head of Delaware Valley Friends School, and a co-founder of Greenwood Friends School. She holds a doctorate in human and organizational development from Fielding Graduate University and a BA from Susquehanna University.
  • Beulah Trey, Ph.D., is co-founder of Vector Group Consulting, an international leadership and organizational development firm focused on strengthening clients’ resilience through strategic planning, employee engagement, team development and executive coaching. Dr. Trey co-founded the Mussar Leadership Programs to promote ethical and moral character development. Her doctorate in professional psychology is from the University of Pennsylvania and her BA from Swarthmore College.
Friday, March 8, 2013 -
11:30am to 2:30pm
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Unlocking Learning through Technology: Cutting Edge Applications of Assistive Technology for the LD Student

Join us for this hands-on workshop appropriate for learning specialists, psychologists, faculty, school counselors, and staff.  Adaptive and assistive technology for learning is developing rapidly as new digital applications emerge.  This interactive workshop presents one school’s use of these tools to help the students bridge the gap between their skills and the tasks that educational and vocational environments require.  The emphasis is on matching the right technology to the right student for the right task; training the students to adopt the technology and make it their own.  A wide variety of the latest technologies will be demonstrated.

  • William Keeney, Ph.D., is an educator with over a decade’s worth of experience integrating AT for students who learn differently. At Delaware Valley Friends School, he has helped develop curriculum and professional training. He has presented on Assistive Technology at conferences for the International Dyslexia Association, the Pennsylvania Branch of the IDA, the L.D. Association of Pennsylvania and in his school's own programs.
Friday, February 22, 2013 -
12:00pm to 2:30pm
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Bipolar Disorder or Severe Mood Dysregulation in Children- A Controversy

In the last fifteen years, the diagnosis of bipolar disorder, long neglected, surfaced in American psychiatry, particularly in child psychiatry and psychology. Confronted with irritable, difficult children, many therapists and psychopharmacologists decided that these children deserved the label of bipolar disorder and a trial of mood stabilizers. At NIMH, the exponential increase in the diagnosis aroused consternation and alarm as DSM-IV criteria were not followed in making this determination. Ellen Liebenluft, et al questioned the validity of this trend and developed a different model for viewing this group of children. Severe mood dysregulation, or SMD, will very likely offer an alternative to the diagnosis of bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. We will discuss severe mood regulation and make the argument for its entry into DSM-V along with the diagnostic category of bipolar disorder.

  • Eileen Bazelon M.D. is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist. She serves on the faculty of Drexel University College of Medicine where she teaches medical students and residents and provides psychotherapy supervision to residents during their rotation at The Counseling Service at Bryn Mawr College. She also consults with students at Philadelphia University around medication issues. As part of her private practice, Dr. Bazelon sees patients for therapy, collaborates with other professionals and provides expert testimony in court cases involving child custody and sexual abuse.
Friday, December 7, 2012 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
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Enhancing the Dialogue Between Evaluators and School Staff

Psycho-educational evaluators and school staff are supposed to be on the same side. We all want to know what is happening with a student so that we can help him or her to succeed in school. However, depending on our respective disciplines, and our experience of the student, we might have different views of the information intended to support the student's optimal performance. In this workshop we will present the issues and difficulties that can arise from the dialogue between evaluators and school folks. We will also suggest methods to make the communication even better. 

  • Eve Prensky, Ed.D. is a licensed psychologist, certified school psychologist, and reading specialist. She has worked in public schools as a teacher and psychologist and in private practice as a tutor and psychologist. Currently, she evaluates children and adults in respect to learning disabilities, attention disorders, adjustment issues, and independent-school admission, at the Center for Psychological Services. As Director of the Center for Educational Services she coordinates tutoring services and supervises staff.
  • Cecily Selling, M.S.Ed. is currently the learning facilitator at the Baldwin School. In her 30+ years in the independent schools of the Delaware Valley, she has suggested evaluation to many parents, read many reports, spoken to many evaluators, and shared the findings with many students and parents. She is a graduate of the Schools Attuned to Learning Variations two year training sponsored by All Kinds of Minds. Cecily has presented workshops at public and private schools and at several universities on the topic of learning differences.
Friday, October 19, 2012 -
12:30pm to 2:30pm
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