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WSPA President’s Message by Linda Servais
Do you all have your running shoes on for the end of the year? I know this is the sprint for the finish line in all of your districts! The “last” referrals are being gathered and the IEP meetings are piling up. EEK!!!
Through all of this, the mental health issues of students needs to stay a top priority of school psychologists. With final exams, projects, standardized testing, all looming in the near future we need to consider the effects on all students, especially those struggling with social/emotional and mental health difficulties.
Anxiety has a way of building up at this time of the school year and I’m not just talking about students. Teachers, administrators and parents are stressed to the max! We all need to stay mentally and physically healthy to be able to provide the support our students need to successfully navigate the end of the year demands.
More than at any time of the year we need to reach out to our pupil services team members and work together because none of us can meet all needs, all the time with all that’s on our plates. Please consider reaching out to school counselors, school social workers and school nurses to be sure you are coordinating your efforts, not duplicating services to families and students. Supporting each other goes a long way toward having a positive end to the school year.
The WSPA board work will continue at Long Range Planning (LRP) June 14 and 15. I would like to invite any WSPA member interested in helping to set the direction of the association to come to LRP this year. It’s the time we set our priorities and budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. But it’s not all drudgery and work! We have a great time bonding with old and new friends at wonderful meals, volleyball?, sitting around the fire, and laughing, laughing, laughing! It’s a great time for everyone! If you would like to participate please let me know and I’ll make sure you get the information you need. (You can reach Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org or Don Juve at email@example.com)
On a sad note Kristi Thoreson, our Association Manager, is leaving us to spend more time with her wonderful family and attend to her myriad other professional demands. We are forever grateful for the splendid work and service Kristi has provided for this organization. She is so efficient, organized and knowledgeable about the profession of school psychology. Kristi has kept me on the straight and narrow throughout my first year as president and I can’t thank her enough! We will really miss you Kristi and we wish you the best!
The happy news is that Don Juve has accepted the Association Manager position in addition to his job as our website administrator. Don has been involved on the WSPA board for many years as treasurer, along with chairing a number of committees. Don was treasurer the last time I was president in the 2009 – 2010 fiscal year and added his expertise to board. He will be an asset to the board in his new position especially with his vast knowledge of the organization. Please join me in welcoming Don to his newest position with WSPA!!!!!!
Remember to take care of yourselves as we approach the end of another school year. Takes some time to take a walk, read a book, or have fun with family. You need to get away from the “noise” every now and then to maintain some balance in your lifeJ
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School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education. They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. School psychologists understand school systems, effective teaching and successful learning. Today's children face more challenges than ever before. School psychologists can provide solutions for tomorrow's problems through thoughtful and positive actions today.
The training requirements to become a school psychologist are a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours including a year-long internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning, behavior and motivation. To work as a school psychologist, one must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which services are provided. School psychologists also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).