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School Psychology In The News

Check out these news stories from around the country featuring school psychologists and the issues affecting the field of school psychology.

2015

Baltimore School Psychologists Support Students Through Crisis (pdf)
6/4/15 - BCASP Newsletter - 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.

Schools Struggling With Psychologist Shortage
5/5/15 - Fox 25 News Boston - Boston, MA Andria Amador, MSPA President, explains why more school psychologists are critical to meeting children's mental health needs in Massachusetts.

Family Angered After Police Handcuff And Shackle 5-Year-Old With Special Needs
5/4/15 - Huffington Post - Philadelphia, NY Mary Beth Klotz, NASP's Director of Educational Practice, is featured in this story clarifying that calling police on a child with behavior issues is appropriate only under certain rare circumstances.

School Psychologists: Breaking Barriers & Building Bridges
3/25/15 - Anne Arundel County Public Schools - Anne Arundel County, MD School Psychologists play a crucial role for all of our students. This video is intended to raise awareness and help families, school staff, and the community see how School Psychologists help hold the system together behind the scenes.

Lincoln Elementary Named Healthy Champion
3/12/15 - Loveland Reporter-Herald - Loveland, CO NASP leader Michelle Malvey is featured in this on the success of her school's social-emotional learning curriculum.

Restorative Practices Quickly Cut Suspensions in Middle School
3/10/15 - Edsource - Bakersfield, CA By adding a school psychologist at every school and using restorative practices this district cut suspensions by 55%.

State, Local Efforts Combine to Prevent School Violence
2/23/15 - Lake County News-Sun - Waukegan, IL NASP member and crisis expert Christina Conolly is featured in this article discussing efforts in Illinois to keep schools safe and welcoming.

When Schools Simulate Mass Shootings
2/19/15 - The Atlantic Melissa Reeves, chair of NASP's School Safety and Crisis Response Committee, is featured in this article discussing the effects of active assailant simulations on students.

Four Ways to Improve Student Mental-Health Supports
1/20/15 - Education Week - Newtown, CT NASP President Steve Brock and CASP President H. Thomas Brant discuss ways to address the continued challenges in a mental-health system in which schools and communities both play critical roles.

“School Psychologist of the Year” on the Changing Role of Mental Health Services
1/5/15 - Chalkbeat Colorado, Louisville, CO Andrea Clyne, CSSP's 2014 School Psychologist of the Year, shares her experiences in the field of school psychology, how it has changed, and the importance of making sure students feel connected to school.

2014

Up Close: 2-Year Anniversary of Sandy Hook School Shootings
12/15/14 - WABC-TV New York, New York, NY NYASP President Andrew Livanis discusses the new report on the Sandy Hook shootings and what schools can do to help prevent future tragedies.

Unaccompanied Minors Bring Hope, Past Trauma to American Schools
11/24/14 - The Hechinger Report, Oakland, CA Mary Beth Klotz, NASP's Director of Educational Practices, discusses the trauma unaccompanied minors who come to the United States have faced and how to assist in their difficult transition.

'Lockdown' vs. 'Silent Safety Drill': The School Security Language Debate
11/30/14 - The Boston Globe, Boston, MA NASP President Stephen Brock is featured in this story exploring the impact of how schools talk about school safety drills, and the best ways to avoid traumatizing students when conducting them.

Many Schools Don’t Make the Grade in Mental Health Support
11/18/14 - WPRI 12 Eyewitness News, Cumberland, RI RISPA President Stephen DeBlois is featured in this story examining how well Rhode Island schools are meeting the mental health needs of students, and the need for more school psychologists in many districts.

In Wash. School Tragedy, Shooter Defies ‘Typical’ Stereotype
10/30/14 - Education Week, Marysville PA NASP President Stephen Brock and NASP member Dewey Cornell are featured in this article discussing school safety and the danger of relying on stereotypes as predictive factors in risk assessment.

In Newtown, Healing Comes Slowly
9/25/14 - POLITICO Melissa Reeves, Chair of the School Safety and Crisis Response Committee, discusses grief and long-term recovery in the face of the tragedy which occurred in 2012.

How to Talk to Kids About Ray Rice
9/9/14 - Journal News, Lower Hudson Valley NY NASP's Director of Communications, Kathy Cowan, discusses how to approach conversations about the Ray Rice controversy in an age appropriate and constructive manner.

1,100 New Central American Students Join D.C. Area Schools
8/25/14 - WAMU 88.5, Washington School psychologist Robert Hull discusses how to help the new influx of Central American students adjust and cope with the trauma of their journey and transition.

Number of School Psychologists in SW Virginia Below National Recommendations
7/9/14 - CBS WDBJ7 Even during summer vacation, school psychologists can provide vital services. WDBJ7 surveyed divisions across southwest Virginia asking how many psychologists were in schools.

Report: Area school districts do not have enough psychologists
6/26/14 - Channel 9 WSOC-TV Channel 9 asked nine local school districts for their number of total students and full-time psychologists and discovered none came close to the ratio recommended by NASP.

I-Team: Mental Health Support Lacking In Many Local Schools
6/13/14 - CBS Boston The I-Team found some Massachusetts school districts falling well below standards when it comes to one measure of mental health services for students.

Most D.C. Area School Districts Fall Short of Recommended Number of Psychologists
5/8/2014 - NBC News 4 Washington Watch NBC4 Washington's story highlighting the role of school psychologists in supporting children’s mental health, and the need for a lower ratio of school psychologists to students.

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