School psychologists can provide expertise on issues facing schools and students such as learning disabilities, mental health issues, school safety and crisis prevention, and more. Members of the media should contact Katherine Cowan at 301-347-1665.
November 17, 2016
As part of celebrating School Psychology Awareness Week, NASP leadership unanimously adopted a Resolution Affirming the Rights to Safe and Supportive Schools and Communities for All Students. Grounded in our professional standards and official policy, this resolution reaffirms that we are a nonpartisan organization with a commitment to advocating for the rights, well-being, and educational and mental health needs of ALL students, and to ensuring that all students attend schools and live in communities that are safe, supportive, and free of bullying, harassment, discrimination, and violence.
The 2016 election has been long and fraught with strong emotions. As a nation, we have much to do to heal the divisiveness that has resulted. As parents, caregivers, and educators, we have a critical responsibility to help children and youth feel safe and secure and learn how to engage with others of differing viewpoints in a peaceful, tolerant, and respectful manner.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) was pleased to see Hillary Clinton, Democratic candidate for President, release a comprehensive plan, “Better Than Bullying,” to help states and schools combat bullying. NASP has long advocated for the kinds of policies and practices called for in Clinton’s proposal.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) applauds the Center for American Progress (CAP) for its recent report, “Counsel or Criminalize? Why Students of Color Need Supports, Not Suspensions.” The paper highlights a growing crisis in our nation’s schools caused by the lack of access to school-employed mental health professionals, particularly for students of color and those suffering from trauma, who too often receive harsh discipline instead of the mental health supports they need.
School Psychology in the News
NASP member Jessica Skalaand is featured in this story on the acute shortage of school psychologists to provide mental health services and the effects on students in crisis. … more
Munhill, PA - Benjamin Fernandez, cochair of NASP's School Safety and Crisis Response Committee, discusses the need to balance security measures with school climate. … more
Baltimore, MD - In this special newsletter issue, the Baltimore City Association of School Psychologists highlights the many positive ways its members helped Baltimore students to channel their emotions and feelings during the recent period of instability, trepidation, and unease. … more
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