Maryland School 
 Psychologists' Association
 

MSPA: Promoting the learning of all Maryland school children

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MSPA Statement on Civil Unrest

June 1, 2020

"As advocates for social justice, MSPA defines the position of school psychologists as agents of change in combating the systemic and pervasive racism and inequalities inherent in American society, while working to support students and families who experience these disadvantages firsthand."

Read the full statement here!



Practitioner Webinar Series

MSPA would like to highlight the work of Maryland school psychology practitioners through a series of prerecorded webinars.  The webinars are intended to provide MSPA members with practical knowledge from local experts on various topics (e.g., positive psychology, CBT in schools, DBT in schools, consultation, behavior intervention, etc.).  If interested in providing a webinar, please complete this form.


*These webinars are free to members and featured speakers do not receive any monetary compensation.  If selected, you will be contacted by a member of the Program Committee to coordinate a date to record your presentation.



COVID-19 Updates


Governor Larry Hogan announced that a public health emergency has been activated in Maryland. The State Superintendent of Maryland Schools has ordered that all schools in Maryland be closed through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

This may cause distress and anxiety for the students, families, and staff with whom school psychologists work in Maryland. As a result, the MSPA Executive Board is providing resources to support MSPA members in responding to student, staff and family concerns.

MSPA highly recommends that members make themselves familiar with the latest NASP resources, including 

MSPA also recommends members review the information on the Center for Disease Control website to ensure we as professionals are not spreading misinformation about how it is transmitted, current rates of exposure and sharing best practice tips for preventive health and safety measures.


FREE WEBINAR:

The School Psychology Experience 
   during the COVID-19 Pandemic

MSPA members! Did you miss this free panel discussion?

Active members can access the recorded discussion and supporting documents HERE!




2020 Officer Elections


The results are in!

In this year's election, membership voted to elect officer positions for the 2020 - 2021 school year.  

Click Here to see the results of the election.

Congratulations to the 2020-2021 Officers!



Summer Institute 2020

CANCELLED

MSPA has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and associated safety precautions and restrictions placed on large gatherings.  As much as we were all looking forward to learning and networking at the beach this summer, we need to cancel this in-person event.

Already Registered for the Summer Institute?

Please email Amy Jagoda, Program Chair, with your preference of the following options:

OPTION 1: Full refund of your conference registration

OPTION 2: Apply this registration to Summer Institute 2021 in lieu of refund


Already reserved a room at the Atlantic Sands Hotel & Conference Center ?

You need to call to cancel your reservation (302) 227-2511 


The Program Committee is in the process of securing the dates for Summer Institute 2021 and assessing availability of the speakers scheduled for this summer to speak in Summer 2021. These dates will be advertised once they are available.


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School Psychology Shortages

Each month, at the MSPA Executive Board meetings, time is dedicated to discussion of a 'Big Topic' that impacts our work as school psychologists in Maryland.

See a summary of the September Big Topic discussion below!

                                             


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The second issue of the 2019-2020 Protocol is now available to members online.

Access it here!

 


MSPA on Social Media!

 

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Resources from NASP

  Focus on Safety & Security in our Schools

With instances of hate speech and violent actions displayed in our society, it is important that we are all part of the effort to support students during difficult and uncertain times.

As school psychologists, we are in a position to help students navigate difficult conversations, create safe and secure learning environments for all students, and be advocates for the systems and services that lower barriers and create genuine, sustained equity and opportunity.

NASP has created resources to support and facilitate our work in these areas.  

Social Justice Resources

School Safety & Crisis Resources

A Framework for Safe & Successful Schools

 

 

Membership News!

Members can renew now

by logging in Here!

If you were a member in the past but did not yet renew, your account has been suspended. Log in to your account and REJOIN.

Contact Membership if you have questions. 


New Resource!

Were you unable to attend the Spring 2020 webinar?

MSPA Members can view or download handouts from all presentations

HERE!

Upcoming Conferences

MSPA Events for more events

Vision: All students will thrive in school, at home, and throughout their lives.
 

Mission: MSPA promotes and advocates for best practices in school psychology to improve learning, behavior, and mental health for all students, families, and schools.

Direct website related questions to webmaster@mspaonline.org. Direct other questions to the appropriate board member at Executive Board or Officers.

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