Welcome to MASP

MASP is the only Michigan organization that represents school psychologists at both the state and local levels and conducts important activities on your behalf.  Through professional development, advocacy, governance, and publications, the board at MASP works hard to represent school psychologists throughout the state of Michigan.  Are you a school psychologist who would like to know more on how to get involved?  Please click here

MASP Vision: Empower school psychologists through leadership, professional training, and legislative advocacy; to promote best practices in academic achievement, positive behavior and emotional development, and mental health; to support quality educational programs and services for Michigan students and their families.

What is a School Psychologist?

School psychologists apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They provide assessment, support, and intervention services to students, while partnering with families, teachers, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments.  They also work with school administrators to improve school-wide policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate services for students.  Click here to learn more about school psychology.

2021 Michigan School Psychologist of the Year: Joe Sbar

The MASP School Psychologist of the Year (SPOTY) is awarded for excellence in the provision of school psychological services by a field-based practitioner and is selected from nominations from across the state.  MASP has selected Joe Sbar as this years award winner.  Joe Sbar is currently a school psychologist with the Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District in Sault Ste. Marie and throughout his 10-year career has served as a clear example of service to children, families, schools, and the profession as both a practitioner and an advocate.  Read the press release to learn more about Joe and his accomplishments. 

Critical Shortage of School Psychologists in Michigan

On December 30th, Governor Whitmer signed into law the new Critical Shortage legislation: 

ACTION BY THE GOVERNOR: HB 4694 MPSERS and Substitute Teaching

The bill would modify MPSERS to allow retirants to be employed at a reporting unit under certain circumstances without forfeiting their retirement allowance or health care coverage. For critical shortage areas, the bill would push back a sunset to July 1, 2025; strike a three-year limitation; and remove the 12-month waiting period for retirants who do not work in the month of their retirement and who are working under an extended COVID-19 learning plan. Comparable changes would be made to the MPSERS section on substitute teachers and independent contractors. The bill signed by the governor and assigned Public Act 267 of 2020.

COVID-19 Return to School Information & Resources

In late August we held two Town Hall meetings to collect your thoughts, concerns, and ideas. We had excellent turnout and the forums yielded much information, which we utilized to create the attached guidance document focusing on practice norms, advocacy, and responding to potential ethical and legal issues throughout this pandemic. Please see the attached guidance document: MASP Professional Standards Guidance During COVID.

On June 22, 2020, the MASP Executive Board adopted its Return to School Guidance Document.  This guidance document utilizes the COVID-19 Response Model of Practice and its applicability in planning for re-entry to school this upcoming fall.  Further, this document should be considered a tool for both guidance and advocacy in the role and function of school psychologists.  For additional COVID-19 guidance and information, please check out our COVID-19 Resource Page.

On June 30, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the MI Safe Schools: 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap, outlining various routes toward re-entering school.  This document was created by the COVID-19 Task Force on Education Return to Advisory School Council.

In a memo (8/12/20) from Dr. Rice titled "Health Resources for Returning to School," guidance is provided with respect to returning safely to school, screening of students, access to inexpensive PPE for schools, and working with the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), as well as the of Michigan Association of Local Public Health (MALPH).

Pandemic Return to School Toolkit: A Focus on Physical and Mental Well-Being for Educators and Families

In the wake of COVID-19, this is an incredibly critical and challenging time for us to come together as a community, especially while we are physically distanced. As our school community steps onto the road to recovery and into the 2020-2021 school year, we seek tools and resources to support our journey.

The Michigan Department of Education, in collaboration with the School Based Mental Health Professionals Coalition (consisting of Michigan Association of School Social Workers, Michigan Association of School Psychologists, and Michigan School Counselor Association), has created a Return to School Toolkit. The toolkit offers school community members and stakeholders effective tools and resources needed to help plan for the road back to the classroom. As we still do not know what school may look like, or how the school year may proceed, this toolkit provides both in-person and remote learning tools and resources. The social and economic effects of COVID-19 on our school communities remain to be seen, but there is no doubt there will be an impact which schools must consider for years to come.  The Return to School Toolkit is a living resource; any changes in public health and guidance recommendations will be updated to the resource as they occur.

Inside the Return to School Toolkit, you will find resources to help you follow the Governor’s Return to School Roadmap so you can safely bring students back to the classroom for in-person instruction. While much of the toolkit focuses on disease prevention, it also considers the underlying long-term effects of the pandemic, including the impact of collective trauma. Specifically, the trauma that some children and families historically have, or are particularly primed for, due to being part of a racial minority group hit harder by COVID-19 and inadequate access to health care. Providing resources that support school communities with being trauma-informed aides districts in understanding student behavior, family engagement, and how to best address concerns. The Return to School Toolkit includes several practical tools to foster resilience in students, families, and staff.

Below, please find the following resources:

This toolkit focuses on disease prevention and long-term mental health effects of a pandemic, including collective trauma.  The toolkit includes multiple practical tools to help promote resilience in students, family, and staff, while providing information to help support student behavior, family engagement, and how to best address concerns. 
This presentation can be utilized as an advocacy and educational tool to (1) help inform individuals regarding the role of school-based mental health professionals (i.e., school psychologists, school social workers, and school counselors), (2) to promote the need of school-based mental health services, and (3) provide information regarding resources to support students during COVID-19.  Click here for a downloadable PDF version.

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