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Supporting Our StudentsIn light of recent events
3/20/18

MSPA is shocked and saddened by the events that occurred recently at Great Mills High School in St. Mary's County. Please encourage your students to seek the support of their school psychologists and other mental health practitioners when they are in need of support 

For your reference, see the documents linked below pertaining to school-related violence, including tips for talking to children 

Helping Children - Floods       Helping Children - Floods    Helping Children - Floods


#NASPadvocates #safeschools #mentalhealthmatters #gunsafety


 Important: 
Call for Action!

  

MSPA is proud to support the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence's

Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America

 

MSPA has joined forces with many other national and state associations to endorse this call for action.

We are asking YOU as individuals to support this important document as well!

 

See the Call for Action HERE! 

Click HERE to endorse this document as an individual!

 

 

Happenings Around the State

Psychologist as Educator

 

School psychologists are extensively trained in mental health, learning, and behavioral foundations that are essential to providing for the academic, social, emotional, and behavioral success of students.

One way that school psychologists apply their expertise indirectly is through the provision of professional development opportunities for other school psychologists, counselors, teachers and staff, and families.  By educating others, school psychologists play a vital role in strengthening the team of individuals working together to support children.

 

Take a look at how some Maryland school psychologists are sharing their knowledge and expertise through professional development for others!

 

 

Charles County Public Schools school psychologists Audre' Codrington, Beila Lugo, Megan Phanthasy, and Molly Stackhouse collaborated with Department of Special Education personnel as well as Speech-Language Pathologists to conduct a two part training for CCPS school psychology and speech-language pathology staff on both the cultural and language based development of English Language Learning (ELL) students.  The training included a focus on assessment of ELL students as well as methods to measure ELL student response to intervention. 

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Carroll County Public Schools school psychologist Dr. Mike McGrew presented a paper to fellow school psychologists at the National Association of School Psychologists' Annual Convention.  The paper highlighted an intern program for EBD high school students in Carroll County, providing them an opportunity to serve as classroom assistants to younger EBD students.  Dr. McGrew shared the positive data collected from this program and the implications for skill development in EBD youth.

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Kent County Public Schools school psychologists Brittany Foreman and Bill Flook recently presented on the subject of "What Does A School Psychologist Do?" to the KCPS Special Education Citizen's Advisory Council.  Using a NASP "Infographic" as a handout, Brittany and Bill described the role of the school psychologist to a very receptive group of parents and school system administrators, including the Superintendent and three School Board members.

 

 

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Carroll County Public Schools school psychologist Dr. Deb Kachik presented a PD to her school psychology colleagues on how to deal with School Refusal cases.  Included in the PD were how to identify roles and responsibilities of the school psychologist and Pupil Personnel Worker in order to ensure FAPE, the necessary components of a school refusal assessment, the four functional behavior profiles of a school refusal student, and sample behavior intervention plans.  Three case studies were elicited from participants and an intervention plan for each was developed.

Handouts Used:

Dealing with School Refusal- Cheat Sheet For Psychs.pdf

School Refusal Assessment Scale- Parent.PDF

School Refusal Assessment Scale- Child.PDF

                                                             How To Score The School Refusal Assessment Scale.pdf

  

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Resources from NASP

  Focus on Safety & Security in our Schools

We were all saddened by the recent violence and tragic loss of life in Charlottesville, Virginia. With instances of hate speech and violent actions displayed in our society, it is important that we are all part of the effort to support students during difficult and uncertain times.

As school psychologists, we are in a position to help students navigate difficult conversations, create safe and secure learning environments for all students, and be advocates for the systems and services that lower barriers and create genuine, sustained equity and opportunity.

NASP has created resources to support and facilitate our work in these areas.  

Social Justice Resources

School Safety & Crisis Resources

A Framework for Safe & Successful Schools

 

 

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The Winter 2018 issue of the Protocol is now available online.

Access it here!

 


New Resource!

Were you unable to attend the Spring Conference this year?

MSPA Members can view or download handouts from all presentations

HERE!

Upcoming Conferences

19 Jun 2018 7:15 AM • Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
07 Aug 2018 8:30 AM • Howard University, Miner Hall (2450 6th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20059)

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Vision: All students will thrive in school, at home, and throughout their lives.
 

Mission: MSPA promotes and advocates for best practices in school psychology to improve learning, behavior, and mental health for all students, families, and schools.

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