Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    

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

Third Annual Summer Institute for Secondary Psychologists

Hosted at Sun Mountain Resort in Winthrop, WA on Friday, August 18!

Registration is open!

Fall Conference 2017

This year's Annual Fall Conference is Oct. 26-28, 2017 at Suncadia Resort, Cle Elum, WA.

Registration is OPEN!

Even if you are unsure if you'll attend, reserve a room now! Contact Suncadia and let them know you were with WSASP for a discount on room price! If they ask, give them the code: 45M3SJ.

Questions? contact conference@wsasp.org

Are you an exhibitor or vendor? Please contact finances@wsasp.org!

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

The true realities of being a “boots on the ground” school psychologist is generally at odds with our true passion to effectively support children in school. It is clear to me that we are in the situation that teachers were at one time, when they were expected to take care of every aspect of school. But with strong advocacy from an educational union, many of those duties were handed off to support personnel. Teachers today, may have multiple preps, but the expectation is that they are paid to teach. There have been many days, I wished I was being paid to be a school psychologist, and then had the opportunity to do so.

I am truly excited that I have had the opportunity as your president to advocate for you and our profession this year. I have hope on multiple fronts. First, through our ESA Behavioral Health Coalition, we have had the opportunity to present to the state associations for administrators and school board members. In addition, on February 28th, I, and several members from WSASP, Tracy Pennington, President-Elect, and our Governmental and Public Relations (GPR) Co-Chairs, Carrie Suchy and Sherri Bentley met with Superintendent Chris Reykdal, Michaela Miller, Deputy Superintendent , Mona Johnson, Director of Student Support and Doug Gill, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education. We had requested the meeting to discuss school psychologists, our roles in the school, the need for social-emotional curriculum/training, and possible funding sources which include Title IV, and Medicaid. Superintendent Reykdal was supportive and action-oriented. Mona Johnson became our liaison, and put us into contact with Shanna Muirhead, Program Manager, School-Based Health Care Services (SBHS) at the Health Care Authority (HCA) and Andrea Cobb, Executive Director for OSPI’s Center for Improvement of Student Learning (CISL). We met on April 3rd, and truly had an excellent discussion regarding school psychologists, some of our challenges, and the process to accessing more funding. Ms. Cobb has been tasked to develop a protocol for Integrated Student Support Services. Our work on the ESA Behavioral Coalition had already made it into the private meetings at OSPI, and has helped structure the dialogue about who we are and what we bring to the schools. I know, I hear frequently from school psychologists that they would like the expanded role, but, there is truly no time to implement and/or sustain this role. Which brings me to another front in which I feel hope.

I had the opportunity to address contract language for school psychologists at the 2017 Washington Education Association (WEA) Representative Assembly, April 16th. Referenced below is the exact verbiage. My intent had multiple prongs. First, to provide the opportunity for every school psychologists (not just WSASP members) to have voice regarding good contract language. Second, that these results could provide an overall “rule of thumb” to guide district associations. Third, the survey could individually address contract language that school psychologists would like to have in their own respective districts. Fourth, raise awareness and initiate (for most districts) an actual conversation between educational association presidents with their own school psychologists. Fifth, to utilize the resources of WEA to support members who have been paying dues for years. Finally, for WSASP to build a stronger working relationship with WEA.

Here is the following language that passed:
“The WEA will work directly with the Washington State Association of School Psychologists (WSASP) to jointly develop a survey regarding contract language for school psychologists across the state of Washington. This would include, but not be limited to, reviewing the WSASP draft survey, providing advice on survey language, and them implementing the survey. The goal is to survey every Washington school psychologist, with the support of education association presidents, by October 30th, 2017. Aggregated survey returns will be used to provide statewide recommendations regarding contract language for school psychologists, no later than January 15th, 2018. Using existing media WEA will share these results with respective education association presidents, and other interested members, so the data can be used during contract negotiations.”
Our state association is very clear about the trials and tribulations of being a school psychologist. We know about work load issues, the need for ongoing professional development opportunities, advocating for solid legislation and continuing to build collaborative relationships with pertinent stake holders. Remember, although we small in size, with focused intent we can change world.

Laurie Anne Harrison, Ph.D.
President – Washington State Association of School Psychologists
SCOPE Editor
Washington State Association of School Psychologists
PO Box 525
Cheney, WA 99004
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