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 Psychologists' Association
 

MSPA: Promoting the learning of all Maryland school children

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COVID-19 Updates


Governor Larry Hogan announced that a public health emergency has been activated in Maryland. The State Superintendent of Maryland Schools has ordered that all schools in Maryland be closed from Monday, March 17 through April 24, 2020.

This may cause distress and anxiety for the students, families, and staff with whom school psychologists work in Maryland. As a result, the MSPA Executive Board is providing resources to support MSPA members in responding to student, staff and family concerns.

MSPA highly recommends that members make themselves familiar with the latest NASP resources, including 

MSPA also recommends members review the information on the Center for Disease Control website to ensure we as professionals are not spreading misinformation about how it is transmitted, current rates of exposure and sharing best practice tips for preventive health and safety measures.



MSPA Spring Conference: Updates

The MSPA Program Committee is closely monitoring information from the Maryland Governor's office, Maryland Department of Health, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) related to COVID-19.  Please be assured that the health and safety of our conference attendees is at the forefront of our minds. The closure of Maryland public schools has been extended through April 24, 2020.  Assuming that does not get extended further and that social distancing for groups larger than 10 does not continue to May 15th, and the Hotel at Arundel Preserves is still holding May events, the MSPA Spring Conference will likely still be held. 

At this point, we are being cautiously optimistic while working on plan B.  If the Spring Conference is held as planned, we will change our traditional buffet to either a box or plated lunch.  All attendees will be encouraged to wash their hands frequently and avoid touching their faces.  In addition, we encourage anyone who is ill, lives with someone at greater risk for contracting the illness, or has a known exposure, to not attend this spring.  We will allow you to transfer your registration to a colleague at no additional cost (e.g., you registered as a member but your non-member colleague can attend in your place).  If you do not have a colleague who can attend in your place, we will offer a full refund to anyone who needs to cancel their registration as a precautionary measure. 

While we hope that we can still hold our conference in the traditional in-person format, the Program Committee is exploring the possibility of offering this conference content remotely.  More information on that to come.  Additional email updates will be sent as we approach the conference date.  Specific questions can be sent to Amy Jagoda, Program Committee Chair.


MSPA Spring Conference

DBT & Motivational Interviewing

Friday, May 15, 2020

Register Here



MSPA Officers Election 2020

     Voting for the 2020 MSPA Officers Election is now open!

The voting window for the election will close on April 3, 2020.

All Active, Retired, and Distinguished MSPA members in good standing have been sent an electronic ballot to vote, to the email address on file.

Candidates and their platform statements for each office are able to be viewed on the NOMINATIONS page, and are also on the ballot.

Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the candidates in order to be an informed voter in the 2020 election.


School Psychology Shortages

Each month, at the MSPA Executive Board meetings, time is dedicated to discussion of a 'Big Topic' that impacts our work as school psychologists in Maryland.

See a summary of the September Big Topic discussion below!

                                             


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Save the Dates!


MSPA Summer Institute

"The Traumas We Don't Like to Talk About"

June 22-24, 2020

Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center


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The Fall 2019 issue of the Protocol is now available to members online.

Access it here!

 


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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

 

 

Membership News!

It's time to renew your membership for the 2019-2020 school year!

Members can renew now

by logging in Here!

If you were a member in the past but did not yet renew, your account has been suspended. Log in to your account and REJOIN.

Contact Membership if you have questions. 


New Resource!

Were you unable to attend the Fall Conference this year?

MSPA Members can view or download handouts from all presentations

HERE!

Upcoming Conferences

15 May 2020 8:15 AM • The Hotel at Arundel Preserves, 7795 Arundel Mills Blvd, Hanover, MD 21076
22 Jun 2020 7:15 AM • Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center, Oceanfront at 101 N. Boardwalk, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

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.

Direct website related questions to webmaster@mspaonline.org. Direct other questions to the appropriate board member at Executive Board or Officers.

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