Patrick Mulick, M.Ed, BCBA
Thursday, November 18
Creating the Home Field Advantage
Patrick is a board certified behavior analyst, a certified speaker, trainer, and coach with the John Maxwell Team, and a cancer survivor. He is an educational consultant and works as the autism specialist for the Auburn School District in Washington state. Patrick has committed his work to “lighting it up” for all those who support special needs learners through a hybrid of instruction and inspiration. His resources and strategies have helped make the complex simple, equipping teachers, administrators, therapists, para-educators and school bus drivers, alike.
Betsey A. Helfrich, Esq.
Friday, November 19
The Short- and Long-Term Effect of COVID-19 on Special Needs Transportation
Betsey practices law in Kansas and Missouri and leads the special education department for Mickes O’Toole, LLC in St. Louis. She has successfully represented school districts against a variety of claims in state and federal courts, including the Eight Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as in administrative and special education due process hearings. She provides general counsel to schools on special education matters and conducts local and national training on Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and all areas of the Individuals with Disabilities Education. Betsey presented at LRP’s 38th and 39th Annual National Institute on Legal Issues of Educating Individuals with Disabilities.
Adam Sáenz, Ph.D.
Saturday, November 20
Mental Health First Aid on the Special Education School Bus
Dr. Adam Sáenz earned his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Texas A&M University as a United States Department of Education doctoral fellow. He completed his predoctoral clinical training under a fellowship appointment to Harvard Medical School, and he has a post-doctorate in clinical psychology from the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Sáenz also earned a Doctorate of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Graduate Theological Foundation with residency at Christ Church college of Oxford University. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Oakwood Collaborative, the counseling and assessment clinic he founded in 2003. He consults with school systems, nonprofits, and corporations internationally in the areas of emotional intelligence, self-care, and the dynamics of relationship-based learning.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Saenz serves as a high school track and field coach, and he is a lifetime member of the Texas Track and Field Coaches Association. He is a member of the Association for Applied Sports Psychology, and he serves as a consulting psychologist to the Texas A&M Department of Athletics and to the Texas A&M College of Medicine. Dr. Sáenz has authored multiple titles, including the best-selling, The Power of a Teacher and Relationships That Work. His most recent release, The EQ Intervention, won the Independent Publisher Association gold medal in psychology.