Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association

MSPA Public Affairs

The goal of the MSPA Public Affairs Committee is to promote the field of school psychology and MSPA through outreach, education, and collaboration within and outside of the field of school psychology.

SPAW 2017

School Psychology Awareness Week

November 13 - 17, 2017

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Looking for fun and interactive ways to build relationships within your schools while also advocating for your role as a school psychologist?  Check out some of the ideas from NASP.

1 Build social skills 

Use the SPAW poster to help students brainstorm ideas and activities to help them build friendships then role-play these specific behaviors.

2.  Make it interactive 

Create blank footprints for students to write down a strategy they can take to contribute to the classroom or school community.  Then pin/tape the footprints on walls to create a path of steps that contribute to a positive school community.

SPAW Light Bulb-Outline.pdf

3. Express gratitude

School administrators, teachers, and other school professionals can promote gratitude in students by modeling it.  The Small Steps Change Lives notecards are a great way for staff members to focus their thoughts and feelings of gratitude to specific people or students in the school and to directly express their gratitude in person. 


4.  Connect with school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports

Create a bulletin board that changes weekly or monthly to highlight different behaviors and other aspects of positive school psychology.

5.  Create personal progress steps 

Work with the art teacher or individually with students to have them create personal posters depicting the small steps that they have taken to reach a goal.

For more SPAW ideas, please check out the NASP website!

Click on Link for NASP SPAW Ideas


MSPA Awards Program 2018

Do you know an outstanding psychologist, educator, or children’s mental health advocate? 

Show them your appreciation for their efforts by nominating them for one of MSPA's prestigious awards!

It is almost time to begin the search for the 2018 MSPA School Psychologist of the Year, Outstanding Advocate, and Outstanding Educator.  The awards program recognizes excellence in the provision of school psychological services by a field-based practitioner, an educator who supports the practice of school psychology, and an advocate for the education and mental health of students.  

Nomination materials will be available on the Members Only page of the MSPA website on December 1, 2018.  Completed packets will be due March 1, 2018. 

Please direct any questions to Public Affairs Committee Chair, Bri Connaghan!


    Upcoming Events for Public Affairs

    Interested in joining us? Contact Public Affairs today!

    NAMI Fall Education Conference

    October 14 & 15

    Towson, MD

    MPA Conference

    November 3, 2017

    Annapolis, MD

    Honestly Autism Day

    April 14, 2018

    NAMI Walk

    May 2018

    Public Affairs Meeting Dates



    October 17th

    November 28th

    December 19th

    January 9th 

                      January 23rd                  

    February 20th

    March 20th

    April 17th

    May 15th

    June 12th

    The Public Affairs committee meets jointly with the Legislative committee. 2017-2018 committee meetings will take place the dates listed above from 5:30-7:30pm.

    Contact us for locations!



    If you are an MSPA member interested in joining the Public Affairs Committee, please contact Bri Connaghan, Public Affairs Committee Chair, at

    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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