Serving Children, Families and Community in the District of Columbia

District of Columbia Association
of School Psychologists


From The Delegate's Desk

Robert Soriano


     As your State Delegate, I will be emailing you monthly updates on happenings within the Association and our profession. I encourage you to get involved and take advantage of the many NASP member-only resources available on the website: http://www.nasponline.org/membership-and-community/member-benefits.


The school year is almost here! I want to take time to share some valuable resources you can use to lighten your daily work supporting students. Easily access these go-to resources--download, print and share with students, families and administrators. 

Save the Date: NASP 2020 Annual Convention in Baltimore, MD, February 18-21, and put your ”Leadership in Focus.” Plan ahead to get the bulk of your professional development for the year at the annual convention. Get outside the hotel to discover the world-famous Inner Harbor, award-winning restaurants, and locally loved music scene. https://www.nasponline.org/professional-development/nasp-2020-annual-convention

New Position Statement on HIV. NASP is committed to HIV prevention efforts and ensuring schools are equipped to meet the needs of students living with HIV. Physical and mental health, social–emotional functioning, and academic functioning are closely linked, and schools are critical in promoting the well-being of students living with HIV, and of students who have a family member living with HIV. Read the statement here: https://www.nasponline.org/x26821.xml

Identifying, Reducing Anxiety in Children. Anxiety is a common problem affecting children and adolescents at home and school, and can cause significant problems in personal, social, and academic performance. It is not easy to identify and may be mistaken for another problem, such as attention deficits, low ability, or lack of motivation. Left unidentified and untreated, it can worsen over time, causing more problems into adolescence and adulthood. Help parents and teachers support anxious children, reduce the negative effects of anxiety, and encourage progress: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/mental-health/mental-health-disorders/anxiety-and-anxiety-disorders-in-children-information-for-parents

Refresh Your Self-Care Strategies. As life gets busier this fall, you’ll be glad to have your self-care strategies ready. Below is the link to the resources listed here for you to explore:
• Solutions to Prevent Burnout (Podcast) 
• Promoting a Work/Life Balance (Podcast) 
• Self-Care: The Missing Link in Best Practice (Part I) (Article) 
• Self-Care: The Missing Link in Best Practice (Part II) (Article)
• The Resilient School Psychologist (Article)
• Developing Support Systems and Managing Stress (Early Career) (Article)
• Thriving in Graduate School (Article)
• NASP Find-A-Mentor Program (Resource)

Self-Care link: https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources-and-podcasts/mental-health/self-care-for-school-psychologists

2019 NASP Nationally Certified School Psychologists (NCSP) by State Report. Each year, NASP reports the active NCSPs in each state, and the number of new NCSP credentials issued by state and by institution/program that year. How many NCSPs are in your state? See the 2019 report, and archived reports, here: http://www.nasponline.org/standards-and-certification/national-certification/why-become-an-ncsp

Upcoming Webinar: Addressing Microaggressions in PK-12 Settings. Ample evidence suggests that K–12 students are adversely impacted by microaggressions from peers and adults in schools. How equipped do you feel to respond? Register for a live webinar scheduled for Wednesday, September 25, to learn about supporting students who have experienced covert discrimination. Learn more and register at: https://nasp.inreachce.com/Details/Information/fad1e61e-04ce-448d-a832-35162e4bb926

Building Capacity for Safe and Successful Schools: 2019 GW/NASP Public Policy Institute Recap. This year’s PPI was a huge success! Attendees spent the week building their advocacy skills and learning about education and school safety policy from national experts in the field, culminating in a Capitol Hill lobby day experience. We are excited to report that school psychologists met with over 100 congressional representatives in 32 states. Additionally, advocates from 43 states sent nearly 800 letters to the Hill using NASP’s Advocacy Action Center, urging representatives to support a comprehensive approach to school safety and climate. Read a full summary here: https://www.nasponline.org/research-and-policy/policy-matters-blog/building-capacity-for-safe-and-successful-schools-2019-public-policy-institute-recap

Plan Ahead for School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW), November 11–15, 2019: "Find Your Focus." Get creative with adaptable resources and suggested activities available online by mid-August. Look for the poster in your October issue of Communiqué. http://www.nasponline.org/research-and-policy/advocacy-tools-and-resources/school-psychology-awareness-week-(spaw)

NASP 2020 Elections: Self-Nominations are open. Nominate yourself for President-Elect, Secretary, or state delegate for one of 17 states. Candidates must confirm candidacy with an email to Steve Brock, Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee. In your subject line, include the role you seek, e.g. NASP Election 2020 – (state abbreviation) Delegate. Learn more at https://www.nasponline.org/membership-and-community/nasp-elections

Sale Ends Soon! Best Practices in School Psychology is on sale July 16 to August 13 for NASP members. The print set will be $299, and the electronic set will be $375: http://www.nasponline.org/books-and-products/products/books/titles/best-practices-in-school-psychology-4-volume-print-set

Recently released publications—Prepare for the school year ahead:
• Helping Handouts: Supporting Students at School and Home is an online portal containing 87 handouts you can easily print, email, or download for meetings and conversations with parents, educators, administrators, and other school personnel. Details at www.nasponline.org/HHportal.

• School Psychology in a Global Society: Roles and Functions is right for graduate students, trainers, and early career professionals. Learn about the evolving role of the school psychologist from a social justice lens and prepare to best support an increasingly diverse student and parent population. Details at www.nasponline.org/globalsociety.

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Robert Soriano
NASP Delegate - DC