April 16th, 2014 “Changing Minds” webinar for education leaders discusses how online counseling fills service gaps
SAN FRANCISCO, March 27, 2014 – Urban and rural school districts nationwide struggle to find the qualified staff and resources they need to provide the psychological, counseling and social work services they are required to provide to students who need them under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). With the rise in psychological, neurological, behavioral and emotional disorders, online counseling can help schools fill this need. PresenceLearning, the leader in online speech therapy and other special education-related services for K-12 students, is partnering with Dr. A. Jordan Wright, a leading expert on psychological assessment and psychotherapy, to present “Extending Our Reach: Online Counseling for Changing Minds” on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM Eastern time/9:30 AM Pacific time. This free 90-minute webinar is the third and final installment of the “Changing Minds” webinar series. To register, visit http://pages.presencelearning.com/spedahead-changing-minds-jordan-wright.html.
During the webinar, Dr. Wright will address the growing need for online counseling, research that supports its use, and the types of services best suited to provide online.
By attending the webinar, participants will:
• Learn the considerations for conducting appropriate assessments for students that could benefit from online counseling.
• Understand how online counseling can be used for cognitive behavior therapy, life and social skills training and behavior management.
• Discover the benefits of online delivery of counseling services for helping students deal with psychological, emotional and behavior challenges.
The “Changing Minds” webinar series connects educators with leading experts in childhood neurodevelopmental, behavioral and mental disorders. Previous speakers include Dr. Temple Grandin and Dr. Barry Prizant. Throughout the series, Drs. Grandin, Prizant and Wright share their expertise, tackle common misconceptions and provide practical strategies to better manage challenges and help students succeed. The first two webinars in the series can be watched here: http://presencelearning.com/resources/sped-ahead-special-education-resources-webinars/.
Since 2009, PresenceLearning’s online speech therapy services have provided schools with a practical, affordable new option for service delivery: web-based access to a nationwide network of live, highly qualified, fully licensed speech-language pathologists who are available whenever and wherever they are needed. This past year, PresenceLearning added online occupational therapy (OT), online assessments and online counseling to their service offerings. By partnering with PresenceLearning, school districts can fill staffing gaps related to acute and chronic SLP and OT shortages, reduce high caseloads for onsite personnel, reduce their backlog of assessments, improve student outcomes and become more efficient. PresenceLearning also offers access to technical specialists, as well as culturally and linguistically diverse speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and counselors.
PresenceLearning has delivered more than 450,000 live online therapy sessions in public, charter and virtual school districts of all sizes nationwide.
About Dr. A. Jordan Wright
A. Jordan Wright, Ph.D., ABAP is a Columbia University trained clinical psychologist who specializes in psychological testing and assessment and psychotherapy. Having worked in school, hospital, community, clinic and private settings, he has conducted psychological testing and assessment for learning disorders, ADHD, emotional disorders, behavioral disorders and other psychodiagnostic problems. He has provided evidence-based interventions with children, adolescents, adults and families, ranging from ADHD and learning disorders to autism spectrum disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, personality disorders and psychosis. Dr. Wright is the author of the popular textbook, “Conducting Psychological Assessment: A Guide for Practitioners” (Wiley, 2011). In addition to his clinical work and faculty position at SUNY, he supervises doctoral students in at several schools in New York City, including Columbia University.
PresenceLearning (www.presencelearning.com) is the leading provider of live online speech therapy services for K-12 students and now offers online occupational therapy as well. The company offers school districts web-based access to a growing, nationwide network of hundreds of highly qualified speech language pathologists (SLPs), occupational therapists (OTs) and other related services professionals via live videoconferencing combined with the latest in evidence-based practices and powerful progress reporting.
Serving thousands of students in public, charter and virtual schools throughout the U.S., PresenceLearning has shown that online speech and language therapy is practical, affordable and highly effective. PresenceLearning is an ASHA-approved continuing education provider for SLPs and a U.S. Department of Education grant-winner, dedicated to bringing the highest clinical standards to online therapy.
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