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!
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.
School Psychologist of the Year Award
We're excited to announce that MASP has re-introduced our School Psychologist of the Year Award! It's been several years since the award was last given and now, with renewed interest in this recognition, we've accepted nominations the 2021 MASP School Psychologist of the Year. The MASP Awards Committee is facilitating a review of the nominations and we hope to announce the recipient of the award in early February; the award will be presented at our Virtual Spring Conference this March. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Hobbs, MASP Membership Chair, at: MichTKH@yahoo.com.
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.
Important Social Justice Information & Resources
Advocacy Letter RE: The School to Prison Pipeline and Grace
MASP is committed to social justice and advocacy efforts, including eradicating the school to prison pipeline. In Michigan, Black youth are incarcerated at four times the rate of their white peers. As part of our social justice advocacy efforts, when we learned about Grace, the MASP Executive Board wanted to advocate on her behalf, as a student with intersecting identities (i.e., black female with a disability) and all past, present, and future Graces. We sent this letter to the Judge Brennan’s clerks and also copied the Oakland County Prosecutor Jessica Cooper and State Attorney General Dana Nessel.
As an update (7/31/2020), based on multiple advocacy efforts from individuals, politicians, and other various groups, Grace has finally been released!
Message from Jim Corr, MASP President- June 4, 2020
The last few months, particularly the last 10 days, have been some of the most challenging, overwhelming, and heartbreaking that many of us have faced in our careers and lifetime. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many others have ignited impassioned calls for immediate and purposeful action to dismantle systemic racism, injustice, and violence against people of color in this country and across the globe.
MASP recognizes that systemic, institutional racial oppression and inequity are having a significant impact on the physical and psychological well-being of minority students, families, educators, and communities, and should be an immediate and overriding priority of our association and membership.
In the spirit of unity, liberty, equality, and equity, the MASP Board of Directors unanimously approved a position statement, “MASP Call to Action for Social and Racial Justice” last night. The MASP Board of Directors believes each of us has a moral and ethical imperative to identify and intervene in matters of social and racial injustice to help improve the well-being of children, families, and communities.
Now is a time for active listening, deeper learning, self-reflection, meaningful and difficult discussions, outreach, advocacy, and action. I ask for your hand in addressing these deeply embedded social and racial injustices, and in supporting the needs of our BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) students, families, and communities.
Please be kind to each other and stay safe,
Resources: To help support students, families, and educators, as well as to help with professional and personal development, please check out our Social Justice Resource Collective for additional information.
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There is a need for MASP members to consider volunteer service on the MASP board. There are key positions that are open to support your fellow School Psychologists state wide. Please contact any board member for more information and to ask any questions you might have.
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