California Association of School Psychologists



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Is your CASP membership about to expire? Renew today!

Although CASP’s memberships are now year-round, the majority of them end on June 30. Take advantage of convention discounts, webinar discounts (need CEUs?), hotel discounts, and continue to receive referral services for those issues in which you need some guidance, representation in Sacramento on issues that affect how you do your job. And don’t miss out on CASP Today, the association’s quarterly newsletter; Contemporary School Psychology, CASP’s quarterly academic journal; major discounts at CASP’s annual convention, and more. Fill out the appropriate renewal application today by visiting the CASP membership page.


Congrats to CASP’s New Board of Directors

CASP Board of Directors 2018-2019 will take office on July 1. CASP’s current National Association of School Psychologists delegate Maureen Schroeder was chosen as CASP president–elect 2018-2019. During this three-year term, she will serve as CASP president in 2019-2020 and past president in 2020-2021. Brian Leung will begin his tenure as CASP President 2018-2019, while Dr. Pedro Olvera will become past president; a position last held by Tom Sopp. Jeannine Topalian will begin her tenure as secretary-treasurer 2018-2020.

The following were elected Region Representatives and will begin their two-year terms: Region II – Mike Giambona; Region IV – Zamecia McCorvey; Region VI – Ali Deurks; Region VIII – Danielle Edwards; and Region X – Armando Fernandez.


California Schools as Sanctuaries

The Trump Administration had announced new crackdowns on immigrants living in this country illegally and California schools are seeing a recent increase in the number of families, or parents only, disappearing from schools. This CASP Resource/Position paper was developed in response to the federal administration’s travel ban, but is relevant to the recent deportations. It includes a list of resources, as well as how to speak with your students about the situation.


Second Season of “13 Reasons…” Released

Schools have an important role in preventing youth suicide, and being aware of potential risk factors in students’ lives is vital to this responsibility. The trending Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, based on a young adult novel of the same name, is again raising such concerns as it starts its second season.

Although it has not previewed the second season, the series revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says in some way were part of why she killed herself. Each tape recounts painful events in which one or more of the 13 individuals played a role.

NASP has online resources that provide comprehensive, specific information regarding the issues portrayed and guidance for engaging and supporting youth.