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WSPA President’s Message by Rene Staskal

Summer, 2019

Thank you everyone who attended the Spring Conference in Appleton. It was a wonderful event and a great way to re-charge as we moved into the last quarter of the year. Thank you again to our conference committee Tammy Stowers-Tonn, Rob Dixon, and Linda Servais for all their work. Mark your calendars for the Fall Conference, Oct 23-25 in La Crosse.

WSPA board members have been working hard to advocate for the profession through continued professional development and advocacy. Over the past six months we have participated in the Department of Justice’s workgroup providing input on the Wisconsin School Threat Assessment Protocol. We are also creating tools to support practitioners in the evaluation process. School psychologists are often in the challenging position of being evaluated by professionals that may not have training in our field. We want to be sure our member have resources to make the evaluation process as useful as possible.

Long Range Planning is quickly approaching June 25-27. All WSPA members are invited to attend. At long range planning we review our 

progress over the last year, set our priorities and budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1. We also have plenty of time to relax and start the summer with a nice retreat and reset for the summer. If you would like to participate please let me know and I’ll make sure you get the information you need.

As we move into the summer months, remember the important of self-care. I recently reviewed the Department of Public Instruction’s module on compassion resilience. They mention four areas to consider: Expectation (have realistic ones for yourself and others), Boundary Setting (know what you can say “yes” to), Staff Culture (connect with colleagues in a way that heals and helps), and self-care. Over the summer I plan to reflect on how I can grow in these four areas as I move into the next school year. I encourage all of you to take some time to do what you need to do to recharge!


The Wisconsin School Psychologists Association endorses the position that child migrant separations from their parents at the southern border of the United States  must cease and that separated families must be reunited expeditiously in order to minimize the risk of trauma reactions among vulnerable children. The rationale for the position is adopted from the position paper authored by the National Association of School Psychology Association and other colleague organizations, found here:  http://www.nasponline.org/about-school-psychology/media-room/press-releases/nasp-calls-for-end-to-policy-separating-families-at-the-border

WSPA Summer 2019 Sentinel Newsletter is now available on-line for members.  Click on Resources, then choose WSPA Sentinel.

For Members, Click This Link:   WSPA Sentinel Newsletter

To Donate to the Children's Fund, Minority Scholarship, or the Elizabeth Lindley Woods Scholarship, use this link:  https://wspa18.wildapricot.org/Donate

School Psychology Job listings at this Link:  https://wspa18.wildapricot.org/School-Psychology-Jobs/


Who Are School Psychologists?

School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education. They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment. School psychologists understand school systems, effective teaching and successful learning. Today's children face more challenges than ever before. School psychologists can provide solutions for tomorrow's problems through thoughtful and positive actions today.

The training requirements to become a school psychologist are a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours including a year-long internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning, behavior and motivation. To work as a school psychologist, one must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which services are provided. School psychologists also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).  

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