Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    


Uniting school psychologists to support all students through advocacy, leadership, and professional development. 

Secondary Summer Summit

This year’s Summit is being held at the Tacoma Convention Center on Aug. 17, 2018. Registration is now open!

2018 Fall Conference

This year's Fall Conference is being held at the Seattle Airport Marriott, 10/18-10/20/18. Registration is now open!

Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America

WSASP is proud to endorse the the “Call for Action to Prevent Gun Violence in the United States of America” authored by the Interdisciplinary Group on Preventing School and Community Violence. For more information and to endorse this individually, please go to the following link.

2018 Spring Lecture Series

Thank you for participating in the 2018 Spring Lecture Series!

Archived Spring Lecture Series

You can now access previously aired Spring Lecture Series, dating back to 2014, for a discounted price! Please go here for more information.

President's Message

These are interesting times for school psychologists in Washington.

OSPI has gone through a series of changes that are likely to impact our work. These changes include a large number of new staff members in the special education department, significant work toward SEL, work toward MTSS, and work on dyslexia.

In Washington, we have had a shortage of school psychologists during the majority of my career. In recent times, Eastern has increased its enrollment in the re-specialization program, Central has started a re-specialization program, and Gonzaga is starting a program.

It is very difficult to know whether or not the increase in students will make a noticeable difference in the shortage we face. In contrast, it is likely that the valuable work that is occurring at OSPI could bring a demand for even more school psychologists.

Hearing from school psychologists across the country, there are many places in which people are not happy with their role in their state. Also, with some states losing their ability to have unions, these colleagues have faced many challenges.

There is a chance that Washington is on the edge of making changes that not only have the potential of providing us, the working school psychologists, a more varied role, but also many interesting opportunities. This could also lead to Washington becoming more appealing to our colleagues who are in places where they are not currently working in an expanded role and who are also struggling with the impacts of working without educator unions.

All of this work could take years to develop. Therefore, as I wrote about in the Fall SCOPE, we each need to find our passion within our current role and follow that passion. Also, it would be very helpful and likely beneficial to all, if we were able to find more colleagues who are passionate about helping to move the school psychologist role here in Washington forward. With that in mind, please know that our association has several committees that welcome assistance. You could become involved in any of the following committees within WSASP: Professional Development, Assessment, Mental Health, Communication, Government and Public Relations, Retention and Recruitment, and Ethics.

Thanks,
Dr. Steve Gill
WSASP President

Washington State Association of School Psychologists
PO Box 525
Cheney, WA 99004
contact@wsasp.org
509-724-1587
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