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CASP’s guiding vision is to foster the social, emotional and academic wellbeing of all students and to ensure that students are educated in schools that support equity, access, and respect for all. Recently, unfounded fears and stigma have increased related to the origins and spread of the pandemic illness. We know that our vision cannot be fully realized while Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) children and community members suffer from this and other continued inequity and racial trauma. Read more
President Biden recently signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in to law. This is the latest COVID-19 relief bill and includes $122.8 billion for K-12 under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. California schools will be receiving $15.3 billion. The majority of the funds (90%) will be going directly to districts based on their share of Title 1 funding. Now is the time for every school psychologist to advocate for this funding, here’s some more information and ideas for you to use.
In a historic first, CASP has teamed up with the California Association of School Counselors and California Association of School Social Workers to issue a joint position paper regarding school and community partnerships. The organizations recognize that the State and Local Education Agencies need to invest in capacity building to meet students’ mental health needs. “Having trusted adults, trained in mental health practices and familiar with all aspects of the inner workings of schools, is effective and practical in preventing and addressing mental health issues.” The organizations call for adequate financial support (including funding PPS positions to recommended ratios), well-defined partnerships with community organizations, utilization of the MTSS and COST models, appropriate professional development, and more. View it here.
We are excited to announce that we are now accepting speaker proposals for the 72nd annual CASP Convention. The convention theme this year is “Reflect, Reimagine, Revive: Power of YOU.” We are seeking sessions that help school psychologists reflect on the past year, reimagine the future, and revive their power. New this year, strands reflect the 10 NASP domains.
We are cautiously optimistic that the Convention will be held in person, at the Hyatt Orange County. If circumstances prohibit meeting in person, the event will be held virtually. You will be able to indicate your speaking preference (in-person, virtual, or both) on the proposal form.
Do you know an amazing school psychologist? Or a culturally or linguistically diverse school psychology student who could use $1,000? We bet the answer is yes! We are now accepting nominations for the Sandra Goff Memorial Award, Nadine Lambert Outstanding School Psychologist Award, and Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Scholarship. Nominations for all three are due June 30. Nomination periods for other awards and scholarships will open and be announced in the coming weeks. Visit our awards page for more information.
School psychologists, school counselors, and school social workers have been working since this summer to craft the first-ever comprehensive guide to the mental health services these professionals provide in schools. We are excited to present the result of that effort, Fostering the Whole Child: A Guide to School-Based Mental Health Professionals. In this time of crisis, with mental needs growing exponentially, we hope this guide will be a useful tool for all schools in designing, funding, and implementing mental health services. Enjoy – and share it with your school administration!
The Social Justice committee, with endorsement from the Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the release of our position statement on Social Justice and Anti-Systemic Racism Practices. Social justice is both a process and a goal that requires action. CASP reaffirms its commitment to promote values and practices that facilitate safe educational environments and equitable educational practices. As school psychologists, we have an ethical responsibility to engage in social justice and anti-racist action. This position statement will provide you with advice and resources on doing so.
As promised last week, CASP has published a resource paper for school psychology practice under COVID-19 with assessment guidance, including a summary of methods required for evaluations, both in-person and virtual assessment considerations, and a reminder of the legal and ethical guidelines mandated by both our state and national professional organizations. Please note that this document does not contain legal advice and should not be relied upon to establish the regulatory provision of services by public or privately licensed and/or certifiable practitioners in any jurisdiction.
You may also wish to refer to our COVID-19 resource page, our original position from April, as well as this member-generated example of a socially distant way to set up a conference room to give in-person assessments, and a member-created list of resources. Also keep an eye out for upcoming “Couch Chats” for you to discuss giving assessments during this pandemic with fellow school psychologists.
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.