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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.
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.
It is time to acknowledge that access to guns plays an important role in many acts of serious violence in the United States.
Multiple lines of research have demonstrated a clear connection between local availability of guns and gun-related violent behaviors, with estimates of close to 2 million children and adolescents having access at home to loaded, unlocked guns.
Although guns are never the simple cause of a violent act, the availability of lethal weapons including assault type weapons to youth and adults with emotional disturbance and antisocial behavior poses a serious public health problem. Our political leaders need to find a reasonable and constitutional way to limit the widespread availability of guns to persons who are unwilling or unable to use them in a responsible, lawful manner.
CASP strongly endorses a renewed nationwide and local effort to address the problem of mass shootings that have occurred repeatedly in our schools and communities. Now is the time for our political leaders to take meaningful action to address the need to support positive mental health development for youths, which would mitigate (highly) negative reactions that lead to tragedies related gun violence. At the same time, concerned citizens in every community should engage in comprehensive planning and coordination to promote prosocial behavior and prevent violence in our schools and communities. These plans must include planned access to high quality mental health services for youth especially for those who show signs of being overwhelmed by psychological distress, including depression, anxiety, withdrawal, anger, and aggression as well as assistance for the families that support them. These plans should not include arming teachers. Doing so places an unrealistic, unreasonable burden on America’s educators, has the potential to cause more harm from unintentional or inaccurate discharge of firearms, and can undermine the sense of safe, supportive learning environments.
The bottom line is that we must all work together toward the common goal of nurturing youths for positive outcomes while keeping our schools and communities safe.
Meanwhile, California schools must update school safety plans by March 1. Information on updating school safety plans: https://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/el/le/yr18ltr0201.asp
Talking to children, no matter what age they are, about the recent mass shooting in Florida 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 email@example.com) and we can send school psychologists to your site who will volunteer their services.
What self-improvements do you make to improve your services to students? Share that by presenting a workshop, mini-skills workshop, paper or poster at CASP Convention 2018, to be held Nov. 8-10 in San Diego. Call for presentations and full instructions for Investing in You = Investing in Students can be found at casponline.org/events/#fall18. Deadline for applications is May 1.
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.