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CASP LEP Directory Open for Enrollment

CASP’s Online LEP Directory offers a convenient way for school administrators, parents, special education directors and others to find private-practice educational psychologists. The directory is promoted at school administrators’ conferences, in CASP’s social media and newsletter, and via email.

The public can search by county, language, specialty or name to find the Licensed Educational Psychologist who can best serve their needs. For only $25 for CASP members and $50 for non-members, LEPs can reach future clients through this yearlong listing. Join or renew your listing today!

No new LEP directory listings or renews will be accepted after March 13, 2020.

Spring Institute Registration Open

Ready to be your best self? Sign up for our Spring Institute today!

Join your fellow school psychs in Sacramento from March 19-21. With a focus on advocacy, empowerment, and leadership, spring institute will help you become a better you. You’ll hear from keynote speakers Kristin Wright, California State Director of Special Education and Leslie Paige, President, National Association of School Psychologists. You’ll have your choice of workshops by Dr. Joe Torgesen (dyslexia assessment), Dr. Martha Merchant (racial trauma in schools), Dr. Milton Dehn (executive functions), Dr. Tony Beliz (targeted violence) and more. The ever-popular job fair will return. And students – you’ll have the opportunity to learn about internship, ethics, and more – plus customized keynotes from Leslie Paige and Cara Lane.

Register before February 7 to get your early bird discount rate!


Got a topic with potential? Join us again!

You’ve presented at the California Association of School Psychologists (CASP) convention in the past, and we hope you’ll join us again next fall. Our 2020 convention will be held in sunny Palm Springs, from October 29-31, 2020. Our theme is “Unmasking the Potential of All Students.” We have extended the convention presentation application deadline until January 31st, 2020.

We are encouraging presentations made by individuals and teams that have successful programs to share on topics for strands related to mental health, psychosocial factors, risk factors, school and community involvement and child welfare. There will also be a strand for Licensed Educational Psychologists.

For more info view the full call for presentations (including detailed topics and strands). New this year, we are accepting proposals online. For further information, please contact Kathy Little at (916) 444-1595 or

Submit online at:


Resources for Dealing with School Violence

As school psychologists, CASP was saddened and horrified by the school shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita on Nov. 14. Too many of California’s students, teachers and school psychologists have lived through these acts of violence in what is still one of the safest places for children – schools.

High profile acts of violence, particularly in schools, 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. Parents and school personnel can help children feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security and talking with them about their fears.

CASP has National Association of School Psychologists publications on its website that may assist school psychologists whose schools have suffered shootings and other violent acts. They can be found here. More information on school climate, safety and the role of the school psychologist can be found here.


Thanks for Attending CASP’s Annual Convention

We at CASP thank you for attending our annual convention in Long Beach. We hope you found it fun, informative, and invigorating!

Here’s a few things you should know …

  • CEUs will be processed in approximately two weeks, so give us a bit of time before you call or email us.
  • Handouts, if provided by a presenter, are available online at no cost to you. Find your handouts by navigating to the day of the session and then scrolling to the session. Not all presenters have provided handouts – if there are no handouts associated with the session, they have not been provided to CASP by the presenter.
  • Did you have an awesome lunch? Was the ballroom too hot? Please take five minutes to let us know! Complete and submit the post-event survey sent to your email and your feedback will help make the next convention you attend even better. Plus you can enter to win a $50 Amazon gift card!
  • While we’re full of warm fuzzies and bathing in the convention’s afterglow, please save the dates and plan to attend Spring Institute 2020 on March 19-21 in Sacramento and CASP Convention 2020 on October 29-31 in Palm Springs.


New CASP Executive Director Now Onboard

Melanee Cottrill, CASP’s new executive director, started at her new position on Oct. 1. She has replaced Heidi Holmblad, who is retiring.

Cottrill has a diverse background that includes forming nonprofits and teaching in public high schools. Since June 2017 she served as associate director of California Farmland Trust (CFT), an agricultural land trust on a mission to help farmers protect what she called “the best farmland in the world.” Prior to that she worked as operations manager and senior paralegal at Civitas Advisors. That company specializes in forming improvement districts and nonprofit corporations. Her duties also included strategic planning and human resources.

“Melanee has a great deal of experience working with nonprofit membership organizations,” said Reynaldo Vargas, CASP’s Legislative Committee chair and member of the Executive Director Search Committee. “She demonstrated her effectiveness in her previous roles and also demonstrated an ability to problem solve and generate novel ideas and solutions to help further the mission and vision of CASP.”

Holmblad will continue to work for CASP through the convention and then as a “when needed” advisor.

“Melanee is already taking the job by storm,” Holmblad said. “She is a wonderful addition to CASP and is prepared to take the association to the next level.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the CASP team as the new executive director. I firmly believe everyone involved in education must work together for the benefit of our students, and am honored to play a role in that coalition,” Cottrill said. “I look forward to working with our members, the board, and staff to further foster the wellbeing of our students.”



Governor Newsom Signs CASP-Sponsored Bill

CASP-sponsored Assembly Bill 1651, which will allow LEPs to supervise Board of Behavioral Sciences associates in school settings, received Gov. Gavin Newsom’s signature Sept. 20.
The “Licensed educational psychologists: supervision of associates and trainees” bill allows BBS associates (interns) to gain up to 1,200 hours of training while they offer educationally related mental health services under the supervision of LEPs. This not only brings more mental health workers to the schools but could increase the number of LEPs while giving the social workers, marriage and family therapists and clinical counselors experience in school settings.

The Board of Behavioral Sciences formally endorsed the bill in May, while the National Association of Social Workers, California Chapter, and the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California also offered support, as did several LEPs. The bill, by Assembly member Jose Medina, D-San Jose, got through the state Assembly and Senate with no opposition.

CASP would like to thank LEP Committee Chair Chris Jones for testifying on behalf of the bill before Assembly and Senate business and professions committees and before the BBS. CASP would also like to thank the many LEPs who wrote letters to Gov. Newsom and to their own state Assembly members and Senators asking for yes votes on the bill.
AB 1651 did not receive a no vote or negative public comment. The bill goes into effect on January 1. However, regulations and a training program for LEPs interested in supervising will need to be developed prior before the associated can earn hours under a LEP’s supervision.

Interested? Please refer to this fact sheet from the BBS.


Your Dyslexia Questions Answered

Even with guidelines from the state Department of Education and those adopted by school districts, school psychologists, teachers, administrators and parents still have questions regarding assessment for dyslexia. CASP has developed a fact sheet in a Q & A format designed to answer those questions. Still have questions? If you are a CASP member, email us at and we will strive to get it answered. Not a member? Click on Join CASP above and see the benefits you’ve been missing. Become a CASP member today!


Is your CASP membership about to expire? Renew today!

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.