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WSPA President’s Message by Linda Servais
As I write my last presidents message, I couldn't be prouder of our profession! We are stepping up and using our voices to help with problem solving some very important issues. School safety is, of course, on everyone's mind these days. WSPA was invited by Glenn Rehberg, the Interim Director of the DOJ's new Office of School Safety, to meet by phone conference. He wanted to know our ideas for improving school safety. Four of our WSPA leaders were on that phone call including me, Rene Staskal (President-Elect), Kathryn Bush (Treasurer), and Scott Woitaszewski (Nominations and Elections). Since Scott and Kathryn are PREPaRE trainers, it was a good opportunity to share the importance of getting more people trained in crisis preparation and the inclusion of school psychologists on crisis teams in the schools.. We also talked about trauma-sensitive schools, threat assessments, and the mental health needs of students. It was a fruitful conversation, especially since Glenn would like to involve WSPA in future work in school safety, including work groups that may come up in the future. I am very pleased that he contacted us for our expertise and appreciated our input.
It's been such an honor to be President of this organization. We've had stimulating, respectful, and important conversations at our WSPA Board meetings, a lot of fun and meaningful work completed at LRP, and become good friends. I've been lucky enough to meet some wonderful state leaders and NASP leaders by participating in Central Region meetings, as well as NASP leadership meetings. I can't begin to tell you how much these experiences have helped me grow as a professional and personally. I'm especially happy to see the newest board members begin to take leadership roles, especially Rene Staskal. She will be our President for the next two years and I'm quite confident she will be a marvelous, competent leader! Rene has been great to work with during this past year as she prepared for her role as president.
All members are important to this organization. I hope even more of you will consider becoming more involved in the board's work, even as a member of a committee. Think about It! It will be good for you and WSPA!
I wish you all the best as you continue to pursue your careers in this meaningful profession!
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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).