NASP 2014 (Washington, D.C.)

NASP 2014Happy New Year one and all! A new year means it is almost time for the National Association of School Psychologists’ Annual Convention.

This will be my first time attending and presenting at NASP’s annual convention. I am told there is a lot to see, do, and learn.

There is a basic schedule of events to keep everything going; however, trying to filter through over 1,000 different presentations, workshops, etc. is little overwhelming. (Don’t forget the events and activities page.)

How do you choose what presentations you attend?

I cannot wait to see everyone that attends and learn more about what the NASP experience is like.  I hope a lot of our NYASP members will be able to attend!

Feel free to share in the comments section, any tips for attending the convention! 

See you there!


Why are you a School Psychologist?


As I progress throughout my internship year and meet so many different school psychologists, this question has been running through my mind: “Why are you a school psychologist?”  I will begin interviewing for positions soon and believe that a question similar to this may be asked, “Why do you want to become a school psychologist?”

I would love to know why school psychologists started in the field and continue to stay in the field.  I would also love to know why psychologists may have started in the field and moved on to a different field, such as becoming a professor.  These are great questions for anyone, at any level in the field to consider.

There are many different reasons that a person begins and continues through a specific profession.  So, as we embark on a new year ask yourself why you are, are becoming, continue to be, –  a school psychologist.

NASP Twitter Chat — This Thursday!

I just saw the announcement via Twitter that NASP will be having its first ever NASP Twitter chat!  Here are more details:

Coming this Thursday, June 27, at 2pm ET, we will feature our first ever NASP Twitter chat. The topic: “The Feds and School Psychs: It’s Complicated. How federal policy will impact your job.” Hashtag to follow: #naspchat. Tune in on Thursday!

Please feel free to join in on the chat and learn more through the discussion.

Thank you for listening,

The Student Voice

NASP on Pinterest — Great Information!

I wanted to let you all know that NASP has created a Pinterest board.  For all of those not familiar with Pinterest, I will explain a bit.


You can think of Pinterest like an pushpin board.  On a pushpin board you would pin your favorite recipes, ideas, and items you need to find without doing a lot of searching.  Pinterest is a virtual pushpin board where you can “pin” or “like” all types of items from many different users.

The NASP Pinterest boards are full of valuable information that I think you will find quite easy to find and informative.  This is just another resource out there for you!

Thanks for listening,

The Student Voice

NASP 2013

EnjoyBeginning this coming week NASP 2013 annual convention will commence.  I wish I could be there!  I do hope to go when the convention is back on the east coast.  I am writing this post to wish the presenters luck and if you are able to attend the convention feel free to post a comment or two on here to tell me about your experience.

Have fun. Enjoy. Learn something!

Thanks for listening,

The Student Voice

What is NEAT?

NEATDid you know there was such a thing as NEAT or the National Emergency Assistance Team?  I was not aware but now I am and I want you to be also!

NEAT is comprised of specialists and School Psychologists in helping schools, families and communities in crisis situations.  NEAT is also apart of NASP!

The team members that makeup NEAT are all trained in PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training. It is good to know if we would ever need a team of trained professionals in a crisis situation, that they are out there for us and ready to help.

Thanks for listening,

The Student Voice

P.S. –  There is a recent article where Cathy Paine (the chair of NEAT) talks about How Mental Health Services make Schools Safer on CNN.

Happy School Psychology Awareness Week!

From November 12th – 16th is School Psychology awareness week!  This year’s focus is Know Your Own Strengths which helps students discover, share, and celebrate their strengths.  Help your students and school focus on finding and knowing the strengths within themselves and sharing and celebrating those strengths within the school community, their academics, and their lives.

The program involves a series of resources and activities school psychologists can use to reach out to school staff, students, and parents to help students realize their strengths and how those strengths can help them develop relationships, deal with stress, and promote optimal development.

I obtained most of this information from the NASP website.  You must be a member of NASP to obtain the resources you could use to promote this week.  If you are a member, you can obtain resources on the Know Your Own Strengths, Gratitude Works, Possibilities in Action Partner programs and the Student Power award.

The Student Voice

What you doing at your school this week for School Psychology Awareness week?

(Share with us in the comments section below)