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).
WSPA legislative co-chair Todd Hrenak and past-president Betty DeBoer visited four legislative offices to advocate for children as part of the National Association of School Psychologists Public Policy Institute in Washington, DC. Also in attendance was NASP President Dr. Todd Savage. We educated legislators about school psychology, thanked them for supporting specific bills that benefit children, and urged them to support future bills that provide mental health services for children.
Betty DeBoer, Todd Savage, and Todd Hrenak in Washington, DC
Betty DeBoer and Todd Hrenak with Captital Hill Staff
Betty and Todd with Capital Hill Staff
Betty DeBoer at Ron Kind's Office on Captital Hill
Todd Hrenak with Capital Hill Staff
Todd Hrenak on Captital Hill in Washington, DC
Betty with a lawyer from a current trauma related case
The PPI team that worked on a class project during the five days of training
Kelly Vaillencourt and Stacy Skalski, NASP Trainers after 5 days of PPI training
Summer 2015 Sentinel Newsletter is now available on-line for members. Click on Resources, then choose WSPA Sentinel. A paper copy was also mailed to all current WSPA members.