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CASP and NASP are teaming up to respond to requests for assistance from school districts, county offices of education, charter schools and SELPAs that have students affected by the recent fires.
CASP has placed a series of NASP resource papers – some available in Spanish – on helping children after a wildfire, coping with natural disasters, relocating children with disabilities to new schools and several others. To access these documents, visit http://casponline.org/about-casp/publications/.
CASP and NASP are also prepared to send crisis-trained professionals to the affected LEAs if requested to do so. The two associations would like to remind school psychologists and other mental health professionals that unless you already work for one of the affected school districts, county offices of education or SELPAs or are specifically asked to respond to the crisis, do not go to the area to offer your services.
Affected LEAs may request assistance by contacting CASP at email@example.com or 916/444-1595.
What do you have planned for California School Psychology Week? This year, the special week that brings attention to the field of school psychology and what school psychologists do lands on November 13-17. From hosting walk-a-thons to spreading the word about school psychology to raising your visibility with school board members, there are many activities you can start or join to get the word out about school psychology. Additional ideas can be found at casponline.org/events.
After School Psychology Week, please send your photos and information regarding what you did that week to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can feature the info in the winter issue of CASP Today.
Couldn’t make it to all the workshops that you wanted to at CASP Con 2017? Check out this page to see which handouts from the workshops are available. And thank you for attending CASP Convention 2017! Save the date for Spring Institute 2018, to be held March 22-24 in Monterey, and CASP Convention 2018, which will be held in San Diego November 8-10.
CASP sends its deepest condolences to all those affected by the tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas on Sunday, Oct. 1. High profile acts of violence can confuse and frighten children who may feel in danger or worry that their friends or loved-ones are at risk; they will look to adults for information and guidance on how to react. NASP has many tips that can assist parents and school personnel in helping children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears at this time. View those tips at http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers.
Despite the recent decision to roll back DACA protections, the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) stands firmly by the Dreamers in this matter. The Dreamers attend the same schools that school psychologists serve and thus relationships and connections have been made. This decision to end DACA has created fear, chaos, and undue anxieties for hardworking, law abiding, hardworking individuals that will only make America better. The Dreamers are Americans in the way they think, the music they listen to, the flag they pledge allegiance to, and the laws they abide by except on paper. By denying the Dreamers the opportunity for citizenship, America stands to lose its opportunity to remain a global leader. CASP asks Congress to make the humane decision and create a path for citizenship for our Dreamers.
For updates on the status of DACA and related documents see the Legislative Page.
CASP has produced a hybrid Resource/Position paper that looks at the status of the federal administration’s travel ban and how it is affecting our students, and lists statewide and regional agencies contact information that school psychologists may wish to share with impacted students and families. If you know of other resources please share them by contacting CASP at email@example.com. Access this paper now or from the publications page.
School districts, SELPAs, county offices of education and parents are invited to check out CASP’s LEP Directory. This directory features listings by name, city and languages spoken of licensed educational psychologists located throughout California.
Too access this directory visit the LEP Page.