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?

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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.

NYASP Conference 2013!

The NYASP Conference for 2013 is right around the corner!   This year’s theme is “Expanding the Role of the School Psychologist: Balancing Theory & Practice.”

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When: October 24th – 26th, 2013 (Thursday – Saturday morning)

Where it will be held: Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains, NY

Registration information: Register online or you can register by filling out a paper registration

This is a great event for graduate students, professionals in the field, professors, etc.  The presentations for this conference this year are so relevant to our field and I can’t wait to attend!  By participating you will meet a lot of professionals from all of New York State.   Making those type of connections is priceless and so is the knowledge you will gain by attending this year’s conference.

We hope you can join us this year — Register today!

Back to School (soon)

534438_448395911846767_44903550_nAs most of you are aware the summer is ending which also means it is time to begin preparing to be back into schools.  What I wonder is how school psychologists are preparing for another school year.

I will be entering into my internship this year so I will see a lot of that preparation in action but how do you prepare in the weeks before?

Here are a few other questions I am curious about:

  • How do you keep all of your meetings organized?
  • What references do you find yourself using the most during the school year?
  • What new tool kits have you ordered for this school year?
  • What trainings do you plan on attending this year?

I love hearing your feedback!  Feel free to answer all or any of the questions in the comment section of this post.

Thanks for listening,

The Student Voice

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.

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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

Call for Proposals for the 2013 NYASP Conference!

Even though it is April plans are coming together for the big NYASP 2013 conference! Proposals for Conference 2013 will be accepted Feb. 1, 2013 – May 31, 2013

The NYASP Conference 2013 will be held in White Plains, N.Y. October 24-26. The theme of the 2013 NYASP Conference is Expanding the Role of the School Psychologist, and focuses on the many hats that we wear as school psychologists. We understand that school psychologists are both scholars and practitioners. To that end, the conference committee has endeavored to pair theory and practice, offering workshops on applied, solution-oriented activities which are based upon sound theory and best practice.

Current workshop topics include identification and treatment of learning disabilities, prevention through PBIS, RTI and other Tier II activities, bullying, spectrum disorders, ADHD/executive function, early childhood, emotional disorders and behavioral health.

The conference will also feature two panels focusing on school-based programs on PBIS and Autism Spectrum Disorders. If your school has a particularly effective and innovative program that you are particularly proud of, please consider submitting a proposal to be included on the panel. We are soliciting papers from our membership that would reflect the theme and the goals of the conference.

Papers should be submitted via the NYASP website no later than May 31, 2013. Instructions for submitting your proposal is detailed on the NYASP Call for Proposal site.

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.

26 Acts of Kindness to Honor those lost in Newtown

We all have heard about and shared out thoughts on the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy that took place on Friday.  We posted a few resources on our homepage about:  Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.

On another note, I found an interesting article titled: Inspired to help: #26Acts of kindness to honor those lost in Newtown, Conn.  

People are going out and performing 26 random acts of kindness in memory of those lost in Newtown.  I think this is such an important idea, I had to share it with all of you (hoping to motivate you to perform 26 acts of kindness).  Some are taking to twitter to share their  #26ActsOfKindness.

Please share with us if are participating.

Thank you,

The Student Voice