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.
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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

When Steve Hirsch initially approached me about the idea of being nominated for president-elect, my first thought was, me? Sure, I facilitate meetings and lead teams in my buildings, but to serve our state association in a leadership role amongst esteemed colleagues; me? Ahh, but the seed was planted and I began thinking, why not me? As I continued to think about this possibility, I was reminded how powerful a single comment or a belief in someone’s capabilities can be. Often, it is others that recognize our capabilities before we do.

In our jobs as school psychologists, we are afforded the opportunity to plant these seeds and to help our students recognize a possibility that perhaps they haven’t thought of before. By doing so, we are working toward meeting the mental health needs of our students. In other words, it doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, I guarantee that all of you are doing little things every day that impact our student’s social emotional functioning in positive ways. Don’t underestimate the power of a simple interaction with a student. You don’t have to be an expert in delivering cognitive behavioral therapy to make a difference.

Of course, there will be those students who will require more extensive services. This past year, we have talked a lot about expanding the role of the school psychologist and while many of us would like to break out of the box of testing and writing reports, we can’t help but ask, how? How do we move forward with practice that is in alignment with NASP while at the same time honor where we are currently? How do we ask school psychologists to add more to their plate when they barely have time to get everything done as it is? How do we move forward when there is a real and substantial shortage of school psychologists in our state? In part, I believe the answer lies in the integration of school psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses. You have all heard the acronym, TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More. It’s true and with increases in staff shortages and more students in need of mental health supports, it has never been more critical that we prioritize learning to work together consistently to help our students in a more comprehensive manner.

Our amazing Governmental and Public Relations (GPR) committee has worked tirelessly this year with Superintendent Chris Reykdal, Michaela Miller, Deputy Superintendent, Mona Johnson, Director of Student Support, and Doug Gill, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education to bring awareness of who we are and what we bring to the schools we serve, as well as to shed light on the challenges we face. As part of their work, they developed two documents in conjunction with counselors, social workers, and nurses to educate legislators and administrators about the ESA Behavioral Health Providers’ Roles Specific to Social and Emotional Health and Wellness and the Top Three Distinguishing Factors for ESA Behavioral Health Providers Specific to Social and Emotional Health and Wellness. This is leading to a shift in dialogue at the state level, which is very exciting. Our equally amazing Professional Development Committee works incredibly hard to bring us professional development, which is aimed at supporting our knowledge base on issues critical to our work.

I am honored to have been asked to serve in this very important role and I pledge to do my very best to support and to represent our profession respectfully. My overarching goal for my time as your WSASP President will be to find balance between supporting the needs of school psychologists while simultaneously continuing the momentum we have in creating an integrated model of service to better support students. This will allow us to build an infrastructure to fully support our work as school psychologists in Washington State now and in the future.

Tracy Pennington, Ph.D.
President – Washingt
on State Association of School Psychologists
Washington State Association of School Psychologists
PO Box 525
Cheney, WA 99004
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