WS59: Survival Skills Tool Kit for Due Process Hearings and Litigation Sessions and Workshops Qualifying for NASP and APA-Approved Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Documentation

Friday, February 24

  • 12:30–3:30 p.m.
  • CPD Credit Hour(s): 3
  • Skill Level: III
  • Members: $80
    Non-Members: $115

Attendees will become familiar with and gain skills in litigation involving testimony by school psychologists. Specific strategies that will be presented in lecture format include minimizing exposure to litigation, selecting and establishing an effective working relationship with an attorney, preparing materials and responding to subpoenas, responding to the credentials test, pretrial rehearsals, and delivery of testimony. Strategies for giving testimony before due process hearing officers, in depositions, and in open-court testimony will be highlighted. Recent cases in which school psychologists provided testimony in court and quasi-legal proceedings (for example, mediation or due process hearings) will be discussed.

Speaker(s): Daniel J. Reschly, PhD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, J. Steven Welsh, PhD, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA

Daniel J. Reschly, PhD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, Daniel J. Reschly, PhD, is professor of education and psychology in Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Reschly served for 10 years as an administrative law judge and has testified in numerous legal proceedings including due process, social security Supplemental Security Income determinations, state and federal civil courts, and state and federal criminal courts.

J. Steven Welsh, PhD, Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA, J. Steven Welsh, PhD, is dean of the College of Education and professor of school psychology at Nicholls State University. He is a licensed school psychologist. He has extensive experience working with school-age children and has participated in well over 100 child custody evaluations and has provided depositions or open-court testimony in more than 50 child custody hearings.