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October 22 - October 24

Please join us at Turning Stone Resort for the NYASP 2015 annual conference 10/22 to 10/24. This year's theme is "Back to the Future" and an exciting agenda has been planned to provide presentations on current and relevant research and practices. This is a great opportunity for professional development and connecting with colleagues. Online registration is available now. A paper registration form is also available. See the tentative and subject to change schedule at a glance.

Call Turning Stone Resort at 315-361-7711or 800-771-7711 to reserve your room. To get the discounted group rate of $140 (Wednesday and Thursday nights) or $179 (Friday night) use the group code “1NYASP”. Early Bird Registration ends on October 8th.

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September Is National Suicide Prevention Month. In an effort to support educators, students, and families, the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) has compiled resources focusing on suicide prevention and response.

Download the toolkit.

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Anxious about tests?

Download our Test Anxiety FAQ as well as our brief handouts on How Teachers Can Help Reduce Test Anxiety and How Parents Can Reduce Test Anxiety.

The importance of children’s mental health.
New York State Senate Resolution J.1410 commending Dr. Pamela V. Agan-Smith on her selection as 2015 School Psychologist of the Year by the National Association of School Psychologists.
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Governor Cuomo signed NYS Bill S5445B-2015 into law on August 14, 2015.

The new law allows certified school psychologists to provide BOTH preschool and Early Intervention services through approved agencies. This is a major victory for NYASP, school psychologists, and most importantly, the children and families who utilize these services. The law re-establishes the role of the school psychologist on the Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation Team, as well as recaptures the school psychologists' provision of Early Intervention services.

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Not a member? Join online now to receive benefits. Need a paper application? Download one in Word or PDF.

Reflecting on Our Ethical Principles…

While we await the full Hoffman Report, which details the extent of The American Psychological Association's involvement in covert torture operations, the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) is very concerned about the level of involvement of the APA and individual psychologists as detailed in the July 9 New York Times article.

NYASP, as an affiliate of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), ascribes to the ethical principles of respecting the rights and dignity of all persons. In their words and actions, school psychologists demonstrate respect for the autonomy of persons and their right to self- determination, respect for privacy, and a commitment to just and fair treatment of all persons.

In the upcoming days and weeks ahead, further details of APA's involvement in torture will emerge. However, NYASP encourages all school psychologists to use this as an opportunity to reflect upon our ethical principles and the rights and dignity of the children and families that we work with on a daily basis.

Our Bully Prevention Toolkit
Our Testing Anxiety Toolkit (Large file)

In addition to our Bully Prevention Toolkit, our Bully Prevention Specialist Certification Program is now available.

The NASP self-assessment survey to help school psychologists deveop a continuing education plan. The NASP Practice Model to improve outcomes for students and schools. Help a kid stay in school. Visit our NY Stay in School website. Our Children of Warriors Toolkit provides resources when working with students and families who have a family member deployed.

NYASP member Eliane Hack has compiled a number of school psychology resources on her site.

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The Dignity for All Students Act will help ensure that school administrators and educators have the tools and resources in place to afford all students an educational environment in which they can thrive.

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Improving Student and School Outcomes provides examples of how school psychologists' services link to research and policies regarding improved outcomes for students.

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NYSUT's Journal of Best Practices in Education · Volume VII, Spring 2014 Developing the ability to understand self and others, to manage our feelings, to express emotions, and to listen well, leads to the cultivation of deeper attention and empathy while strengthening the ability to reason, understand, and interpret new information.