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AzPA CE Presentation: Intersections Between School Psychology and Private Practice Panel

  • September 15, 2021
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Webinar

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Presented By: Sarah Burger, PhD, ABPP-CN, Alexandra 'Sandy' Furlong, PhD, NCSP, Paula McCall, PhD, NCSP, Nicole Nafisi, BCBA, and Samara Way, PhD, NCSP

Event Schedule
10:45 - 11:00 am Check-in
11:00 am - 1:00 pm CE Presentation

Program Description
This presentation combines the professional guilds of clinical psychology, school psychology, applied behavioral analysis, and neuropsychology defining their scopes of practice, reasons for referrals, and interventions with school aged children. Participants will learn about the practice of psychology with school aged children and how to work with multiple interprofessionals for best practice team-based care. In addition, 504 and individual education plans (IEPs) will be defined along with how to best support school aged children and their families/supports toward highest success.

Program Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives

  1. Define at least 2 roles and responsibilities of clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, and school psychologists related to interventions with school aged populations.
  2. Identify two differences between a clinical and educational diagnosis.
  3. Discuss the differentiation between 504 plans and Individual Education Plans (IEP)s.
  4. Describe the nature of integrated approaches when working in collaboration with special education teams and across disciplines. 

CE Credits
2 CEs are pending.

Meet our Speakers: 

Sandy Furlong, PhD, NCSP
Dr. Alexandra D. ‘Sandy’ Furlong is an Arizona licensed psychologist, as well as an ADE Certified and Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She is employed by the Yavapai County Education Service Agency to provide services to small rural school districts. In 1968, she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Michigan and went to work at the City News Bureau of Chicago. In 1970, while working for the Rock Island Argus in Rock Island, Illinois, she interviewed a dynamic young black man who had been hired by the school district to start a “drop in center” in an empty store front. This prompted her to earn a master’s degree from the University of Iowa in special education for children with behavior disorders. She then went to work as a clinical teacher on the inpatient unit at the University’s Child Psychiatry Service. In 1974, Dr. Mark A. Stewart asked her to chair a committee of three tasked with developing an inpatient program for children with autism. During this time she earned a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Iowa. She with her family moved to Prescott in 1979 where she worked for West Yavapai Guidance Clinic and Prescott Unified School District before going into private practice. Her private practice included therapy for adults and children as well as Conciliation Court work in mediating parenting plans for divorcing couples. In 1997, she developed the Superior Court’s Parent Information Program when the Arizona State Legislature required that of all of the state’s family courts. In 1999, she went to work for the Yavapai County Education Service Agency.

Paula McCall, PhD, NCSP
Dr. Paula McCall
is an Arizona licensed psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist who specializes in working with children and adolescents in her private practice, Next Step Psychology. Dr. McCall has previously worked as a special education teacher and a school psychologist. She received her PhD in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University and serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Arizona. Dr. McCall is passionate about providing parent education and school consultation in multiple areas including suicide prevention, and she has assisted multiple school districts in developing evidence-based suicide risk assessment procedures. Dr. McCall is especially passionate about providing free parent education on various topics of mental health in our youth, and she developed the Prepared Parenting series of in-person and virtual events to help serve this purpose.

Samara Way, PhD, NCSP
Dr. Samara Way is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and Arizona licensed psychologist with over twenty-five years of experience in special education. Samara obtained a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.  During her career, Samara has worked as a school psychologist in Washington and Arizona, served as a training director of a nationally accredited school psychology program and was the coordinator of psychological services for a school district with 60+ school psychologists.
Currently, Samara is the Child Find Coordinator for Mesa Public Schools, supervising preschool evaluation teams and conducting developmental screenings and comprehensive assessments for early learners. She is a past president of the Arizona Association of School Psychologists (AASP) and the current Arizona delegate to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). 


The Arizona Psychological Association (AzPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. AzPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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