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This special edition of CASP Today covers a wide variety of hot topics in coping with Covid-19. From how to handle assessments, to options for students to meet their hours, to virtual professional development opportunities – we hope you will find our newsletter informative and helpful! Normally an exclusive member benefit, this special edition of CASP Today is being made available for free in the interests of best serving our students.
In this unprecedented moment of uncertainty and difficulty, we hope that you are managing as well as you can to adapt to this new reality. Your skills as school and educational psychologists, mental health providers, and leaders in your schools, districts, and regional associations are now more crucial than ever before. CASP is working to provide as much information, resources, and guidance as we can to help you make this transition as smoothly as possible.
The CASP Executive Committee would like to offer the following updates and suggestions to support you and your continued work on behalf of students and families across the State.
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.
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.
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