National Conference for New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) - On Second Thought: from Iffy to Witty Thoughts
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National Conference for New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP)

National Conference for New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP)

Dr. Teresa Busto has been invited to speak and present research at an upcoming October conference held by the NYASP. Dr Busto is the creator of a new Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) program entitled, On Second Thought: From Iffy to Witty Thoughts (OST).

The OST program is offered as both a physical and/or virtual platform and meets the NYS July 1, 2018 NYS mandate that health education programs must include mental health for all children.

“‘Healthier Thoughts, Happier Children’ is a mantra I’ve believed since the very beginning of my career and I’ve developed a program that puts these words into action.  I originally developed virtual delivery of the program to meet the increasing integration of technology into children’s educational and psychological services-so it’s already well suited to meet the social distancing needs of the ongoing pandemic; a pandemic which unfortunately is exacerbating the complexity of children’s social and emotional needs right now.”  The program is well suited to meet technologies platforms like Smart Notebook, desktop/laptops (Mac and Windows), tablets and phones (IOS and Android).

The scheduled NYASP conference presentation, “Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic Intervention via Technology,” will be delivered in two parts:

  1. A detailed demonstration by Dr Busto of the OST program, as it is typically utilized in a school setting.
  2. A discussion led by Alexa Pata, a doctoral student from St. John’s University, on the steps taken since 2016 to implement and evaluate the OST program in the treatment of clinical levels of anxiety and anger in upper elementary school-age children.

OST is currently being developed as a guiding paradigm-program to meet the current need for future social and emotional learning implemented in schools statewide. To learn more about OST, its ongoing research, and/or to contact Dr Busto about implementing an OST program for a specific school.

Presentation: Cognitive Behavioral Therapeutic Intervention via Technology
Date:  October 22-24, 2020 (Virtual conference)
Length of Presentation: 60 minutes