California Association of School Psychologists



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Second Season of “13 Reasons…” Released on Netflix May 18

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.

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.


Student Members: Calling All Creative Minds

Interested in producing a video for the CASP website and social media platforms? How about creating a new logo for CASP? CASP is looking to enhance its social media presence and is in need of a slightly different logo. So, get your creative juices flowing and submit your masterpieces to the CASP Logo and CASP Video contests. In each category, grand prize winners will receive free admission to the CASP Convention, Nov. 8-10 in San Diego, and tickets to its Award Luncheon and Thursday Reception. Two runner ups will receive luncheon and reception tickets.


Santa Fe High School Tragedy Affects All of Us

Talking to children, no matter what age they are, about the recent shootings in Texas cannot be an easy task. However, school psychologists are uniquely trained to offer services to students and school staff after such tragedies.

The National Association of School Psychologists has a series of resource papers and other information
produced to assist school psychologists, teachers, administrators, parents and the media after mass shootings and other school crises occur. Also, if your school is in need of crisis services that require more help than your staff can provide, please call or email CASP (916/444-1595 or and we can send school psychologists to your site who will volunteer their services.


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.