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WSPA President’s Message by Linda Servais
Nov. 2017
We missed you if you didn’t make it to the Fall WSPA Convention to celebrate 100 years of School Psychology in Wisconsin! Some of the past president’s came to celebrate with us and shared memories from their time as leaders of WSPA.  It was inspiring plus we had a few laughs! There were many fine speakers, plus we honored State Superintendent of Public Schools, Tony Evers, with the Friend of Children Award.  He joined us for lunch and spoke about the need for more mental health assistance for the students in Wisconsin.  I was able to address the issue of lifetime licensing.  I know many are ecstatic because we no longer have to pay $100 to renew our licenses and earn six credits or do a PDP every five years if you’re beyond the initial license.  That all sounds great, however, we are all professional who know that education changes.  School psychology changes as discoveries are made about psychopathology, and changes are made to the law, whether through the state legislature or IDEA, which is coming up for reauthorization in 2018.  So, even though we are no longer required to obtain credits for licensure 

we still need to stay current professionally.  I am urging all   school psychologists to maintain your educational and school psychological knowledge by making sure you attend professional workshops and WSPA conventions in order to be intellectually honest professionals.  People rely on us to know the most current information about education, mental health, special education and much more.  We can’t let the students, parents, administrators and mostly ourselves down by not having the most current knowledge about our profession.  Please continue to be as educated as possible!

I also encourage you to attend the NASP Convention in Chicago from Feb. 13 to Feb. 16.  Since we don’t have a spring convention, the WSPA Board, especially the Convention Planning committee, would like to see you take advantage of the fact that you can attend the national convention since it’s so close this year.  Take the train to Chicago with some friends and attend the national convention since it’s so close.  Members of the WSPA Board will be attending the Regional Leadership meetings just prior to the convention.  Those attending include me, Katie Johnson (NASP Delegate from Wisconsin), Rene Staskal ( WSPA President-elect), Tom Hellmers (WSPA Membership Chair), plus Elizabeth Cook DPI School Psychologist Consultant).  I hope to see you there! 

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family!  Recharge your batteries and get ready for the charge into the new year!

Warm Regards,   
 Linda

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WSPA Fall 2017 Sentinel Newsletter is now available on-line for members.  Click on Resources, then choose WSPA Sentinel.

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Who Are School Psychologists?

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).  

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