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Proactive Efforts to Reduce the Stress of Ethical Decision-Making In Practice (Western MA Workshop Series - #2)

  • 25 Oct 2016
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • KERN BUILDING, Room 202, at Hampshire College, 893 West St, Amherst, MA 01002 Directions at:


  • This is the member price for the workshop.
  • This is the price for a non-member single workshop.
  • This is the price for 2 staff members attending as a group.
  • This is the price for 3 staff members who attend as a group.
  • This is the price for 4 staff members who attend as a group.
  • This is the student rate.

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Proactive Efforts to Reduce the Stress of Ethical Decision-Making In Practice

Western MA Workshop Series - #2

IMPORTANT CHANGE: The location of the workshop has been changed to room 202 in the Kern Building at Hampshire College. Parking is on the grass just past the building. This is a map of the location and parking: Kern Building Map for 10-25-16.pdf

Description of Presentation:

School psychologists frequently encounter ethical issues in their work that can cause them considerable stress. Ethics experts recommend proactive efforts to reduce this stress.

Case analysis provides an opportunity to both practice and improve skills in ethical problem solving. Cases will deal with current ethical concerns of practicing school psychologists. More specifically, cases to address issues involving confidentiality when working on teams, technology, conflicts with administrators, and diversity issues will be presented. The advantages of using a decision-making model and keeping careful records of the decision-making process will be emphasized.  Participants will have the opportunity to update their skills in ethical problem solving around providing services in schools.

Goals of Presentation:

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

1. Identify the situations which cause the most common ethical dilemmas in practice

2. Use a model for improved ethical decision making, for recording and for defending decision making

3. Improve skills in ethical decision making in complex and messy situations and appreciating possible consequences

4. Become more proactive in preventing ethical conflicts with other professionals

5. Develop more ethical practice in collaborative teaming 

Presenter’s Name: Gayle Macklem, MA, LEP

Gayle Macklem is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and a Massachusetts Licensed Educational Psychologist. She has practiced for more than 30 years as a school psychologist/team chairperson and as an adjunct instructor in school psychology. A former president of the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA), she continues to serve on the Board of Directors. Gayle is the author of Bullying and teasing: Social power in children’s groups (2003), A practitioner’s guide to emotion regulation in school-aged children (2008), Evidence-based school mental health services: Affect education, emotion regulation training and cognitive behavioral therapy (2011), and Boredom in the classroom: Addressing student motivation, self-regulation, and engagement in learning (2015). Gayle currently teaches Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in School Psychology at William James College.  

Accommodations & Other Information:

The Red Barn is handicap accessible and arrangements can be made to provide necessary accommodations.

Each workshop is 3 hours long and a light dinner is served.

Please email any needed accommodations or dietary restrictions to PRIOR to the workshop.

Please arrive a bit early so you can complete registration and a pre-test prior to 4 PM so we can start on time.

Payment Information:

For those wishing to pay by purchase order, please complete registration, print the invoice, and mail invoice and district purchase order at least one week PRIOR to the workshop to:

MSPA-West, P.O. Box 259, Hadley, MA 01035

OR PO materials can be emailed to, again at least one week PRIOR to the workshop.

For those wishing to pay by check, please complete the registration form, print the invoice, and mail check made out to MSPA at least one week PRIOR to the workshop to:

MSPA-West, P.O. Box 259, Hadley, MA 01035

If you attend the first three workshops, the final workshop will be $10 for members and $15 for non-members (a discount code will be provided prior to registration time for the final workshop).

Continuing Education Policy

The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to offer contact hours. The DESE requires the completion of a pre-test, which is to be completed prior to the workshop start time. A post-test is also required and will be given at the end of the workshop. Participants must attend the ENTIRE WORKSHOP and satisfy state regulations in order to receive contact hours. Each participant is responsible for knowing and meeting the DESE licensure requirements.

CE HOURS: The Massachusetts School Psychologists Association is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to sponsor continuing education (CE) for psychologists. In keeping with NASP requirements, these are awarded in contact hours only. CE hours will be awarded at the close of the workshop.  MSPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.



For general inquiries, please contact


Massachusetts School Psychologists Association (MSPA)
1 Wells Avenue,  Suite 007.
Newton, MA 02459

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