Event Registration

Missouri Association of School Psychologists Fall 2013 Conference



October 17th and 18th, 2013


Columbia, Missouri

Hampton Inn & Suites

at the University of Missouri


Dr. Howie Knoff

"Teasing, Taunting, Bullying Harassment, Hazing & Fighting: Prevention, Strategic Intervention, & Crisis Management"

NASP Past-President

Director, Project ACHIEVE

Director, Arkansas Department of Education

State Improvement Grant

Little Rock, AR


Teasing, taunting, bullying, harassment, hazing, and physical threats/aggression are pervasive problems with children and adolescents across the country and in our communities today. Currently, at least 45 states have laws or statutes requiring schools to address one or more of these incidents. The U.S. Department of Education has elevated schools’ responses to these issues to a “civil rights” level. And, in a number of cases, the Supreme Court has awarded student victims monetary compensation when schools have not adequately responded and protected their educational and social rights.

More critically, students need to learn the interpersonal, social problem solving, conflict prevention and resolution, and emotional coping skills that prevent teasing, taunting, bullying, harassment, hazing, and physical aggression. And, schools and staff need to learn how to analyze these situations when they occur so that they can prevent them from reoccurring.

To address all of these issues, this seminar will present a comprehensive, ecologically-sound, and integrated assessment to intervention approach that is implemented at the prevention, strategic intervention, and crisis management levels of student, staff, and school need and response. Using evidence-based practices implemented in schools across the country, the seminar will provide participants with the tools and strategies, at each of these levels, to assess the spectrum of incidents involving teasing through physical aggression (including cyberbullying and hazing). Throughout the presentation, functional assessment results explaining why these events occur will be linked to comprehensive interventions that have been successfully implemented nationwide.

Participants should leave being able to apply the current research and practice in the focus areas relative to students (aggressors, victims, and peer “bystanders”), staff, settings, and situations—so that they can evaluate their current district, school, or setting needs, and develop and evaluate an action plan to address identified gaps.

Learning Objectives

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and evaluate how their district, school, or setting adheres and responds to the federal and state statutes that directly relate to teasing, taunting, bullying, harassment, hazing, and physical aggression
  • Apply the current research and practice in these areas relative to students (aggressors, victims, and peer “bystanders”), staff, settings, and situations—so that they can evaluate their current district, school, or setting needs, and develop and evaluate an action plan to address identified gaps
  • Identify the components needed to teach students the interpersonal, social problem solving, conflict prevention and resolution, and emotional coping skills that minimize teasing, taunting, bullying, harassment, hazing, and physical aggression
  • How to conduct “Special Situation Analyses” that determine why persistent incidents of teasing, taunting, bullying, harassment, hazing, and physical aggression occur
  • How to link Special Situation results to strategic and successful interventions that decrease or eliminate future incidents, and that respond to and resolve past incidents
  • How to address the more specialized issues of cyberbullying and hazing

About the Presenter

Howie KnoffDr. Howie Knoff, Ph.D. is a national presenter, author, and consultant; the Director of Project ACHIEVE, a comprehensive, evidence-based national school improvement program; and the Director of the Arkansas Department of Education's State Improvement Development Grant (SIG/SPDG) that is funding the statewide implementation of Project ACHIEVE.  Previously, he was a Full Professor at the University of South Florida for 20 years, and the Director of its School Psychology Program for 12 years.  Dr. Knoff has authored or co-authored 17 books, published over 75 articles and book chapters, delivered over 500 papers and workshops nationally, and helped to implement Project ACHIEVE in over 1,500 schools or districts nationwide.

Howie is the author of the Stop and Think Social Skills Programs for school and home/parents, as well as the author of an upcoming new book from Corwin Press, Classroom Discipline, Behavior Management, and Student Self-Management:  Implementing School-wide Positive Behavioral Support Systems that Work.

Dr. Knoff has a long history of working with schools in the areas of social skills instruction, discipline and behavior management, and behavioral interventions with challenging students and school safety.  As the Director of the Arkansas SIG/SPDG, he has overseen the state’s Positive Behavioral Support (PBIS) program since 2003.  In addition, he was on the writing team that produced Early Warning, Timely Response:  A Guide to Safe Schools, the document commissioned by President Clinton after the first wave of school shootings in the Fall of 1998.  He also participated in the National Education Association’s Safe Schools Summit, discussed Project ACHIEVE at the U.S. Department of Education’s "Creating Safe Schools and Healthy Students Institute," and was highlighted at the national teleconference on Safe and Effective Schools for ALL Children:  What Works!  Finally, Dr. Knoff is interviewed frequently in all areas of the media.  For example, he has been on the NBC Nightly News, many other television and radio talk shows, and he was highlighted on an ABC News' 20/20 program on "Being Teased, Taunted, and Bullied."

A recipient of the Lightner Witmer Award from the American Psychological Association's School Psychology Division for early career contributions, and over $15 million in external grants during his career, Dr. Knoff was the 21st President of the National Association of School Psychologists. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (School Psychology Division), a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a Licensed Psychologist in Arkansas, and he has been trained in both crisis intervention and mediation processes.  He is widely respected for his research and writing on school reform and organizational change, consultation and intervention processes, social skills and behavior management training, Response-to-Intervention, and professional issues.

Thursday Afternoon  Sessions

Welcome Address: 12:30 – 1:45

“School Psychology in Missouri: Today’s Problems and Tomorrow’s Solutions...10 Years after..."


Donald A. Gouwens, Psy.D.
Michael W. Bahr, Ph.D.
University of Missouri, St. Louis

Breakout Sessions – 2:00 – 5:00 Please Choose One

  1. “From No I Won’t to Yes I Will: Practical Interventions for Non-Compliance in Young Children” Dr. Jason Hicks, Early Childhood School Psychologist, Lebanon R-III Schools.Participants will be exposed to current theories relating to the development of compliant and non-compliant behaviors in young children along with practical approaches to the effective management of these concerns in educational and related settings. Data from actual cases (including video) will be presented for instructional purposes.
  2. “Self Regulation of Sensory and Behavior in Schools” Karen V. O’Connor, Ph.D. BCBA: Disotrict Support in Behavior and Autism, Columbia Public Schools and Sally Becker, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Columbia Public SchoolsThis presentation will focus on Students who exhibit difficulty with self-regulation throughout the school day and the impact of sensory differences and behavioral manifestations on educational performance. We will review the importance of clearly defining the behavior in question, discuss evaluation of possible sensory differences and functional behavioral analysis. Utilizing gathered information, the questionable behavior is targeted to determine the appropriate sensory or behavioral strategy to be implemented. Specific strategies, environmental accommodations and classroom modifications will be addressed. Case studies will be utilized.
  3. “Assessing Behavior in 2013 – Using IPADs and Q-Interactive to document behavior” Pearson presenter.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.