Louisiana School 

Psychological 

Association 


 
 
 
 
  • 01 Nov 2018 12:13 PM | Brandon Wilks (Administrator)

    LSPA stands with colleagues and communities in Kentucky and Pennsylvania and with those across the nation as we all respond to acts of hate and terror. School psychologists are committed to fostering safe and accepting climates where everyone respects differences and honors the dignity of all people. Our hearts are heavy for the families and communities who lost loved ones and for all of the people who feel the ripple effects of hate and terror, but our resolve to prevent hatred, discrimination, and violence is strong. NASP offers resources linked below to help us: talk with children about traumatic or scary events, prevent and respond to bullying, build safe and accepting climates for the diverse students and families we serve, and advocate for policies that promote safety. 

    http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis

    http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/bullying-prevention

    http://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/diversity/social-justice  

    https://www.nasponline.org/about-school-psychology/media-room/press-releases/preventing-mass-violence-requires-access-to-mental-health-services-and-reduced-inappropriate-access-to-firearms 


  • 12 Oct 2018 11:25 AM | Brandon Wilks (Administrator)

    I frequently hear people ask about their state associations, “What do I get out of my membership?” or, “Why should I be a member?”  I’m always curious to hear the answers and you can always tell who LOVES their organization to those who only renew for the conference discount or feel that it’s simply a professional obligation because their grad school professors told them it was important.  A few years ago, I was one of those latter people.  Had I been asked that question, I would have responded with, “I don’t know,” or, “nothing,” or, “a discount at conference,” because that’s all I was in it for.  However, my experiences over these last few years, have led me to a different perspective… 

    The short answer to the above questions: “You get what you want out of it.”  If you want a discount at conference, then you will definitely get exactly what you want!  LSPA is HAPPY to provide that for you!  We LOVE to see you at conference; that’s honestly the BEST part of the year and we want it to be something you can’t miss!  In this case, we can most definitely give you what you want and we all win. 

    But, my friends will tell you, I’m not good with short answers.  I never feel like that’s enough.   

    Another answer is: “You get what you put in.”  If you don’t utilize your membership to further your profession then you probably won’t get much out of it.  I never utilized my membership.  I never looked at the website (until it was time to register for conference).  I never reached out to my Region Rep, an Executive Council member, or other practitioners around the state to consult or collaborate with them.  I never went outside of the group of my co-workers at conference.  I didn’t participate in advocacy day or read the emails.  I really didn’t get much out of my membership, but it was because I wasn’t trying to, not because there wasn’t more available to me.  I truly had no idea and didn’t care about what was available to me as a member.  

    LSPA wants you to know that there IS more for you.  There is SO much more that you CAN get from your membership, if you’re interested.  For starters, LSPA will be sponsoring more PD opportunities throughout the year, in addition to our annual conference.  As a member, you will be the first to learn about these new offerings and have the opportunity to sign up early with discounted rates.  But that’s just one, small benefit.  We are more than professional development.  

    LSPA is the VOICE of school psychologists in Louisiana – we are YOUR voice.  By being a member, you help to make LSPA louder, stronger, more influential in making change and in finding ways to help support our profession and combat the critical shortage.  LSPA is working for you; we are fighting for you – in Baton Rouge, in DC, within your parish/district, in our communities, and at NASP.  We are you.   

    LSPA wants EVERY school psychologist in Louisiana to be an active member so that we are able to be truly representative of this profession. We want to know what’s important to you, what your problems are in your daily work, what supports you need, success stories that may help others, etc.  One of LSPA’s duties is to make the everyday better for our members and ensure that you are getting the most out of your membership.  If you have a school psych friend who isn’t a member, invite them to join.  Have them talk to us at conference or email one of the EC members.  If they have concerns about the organization, that’s ok!  We’re happy to answer questions or listen to constructive criticism…kind of…that’s how we grow. 

    Thank you to all of our members who trust us to represent you; the EC hopes that we are making you proud.  As Annie’s conference theme so accurately states, we are #StrongerTogether    

    Laura Maciaszek, NCSP

    LSPA President-Elect

  • 07 Mar 2018 1:53 PM | Meagan Medley (Administrator)

    Happy Spring everyone!! Can you believe it? We are in the home stretch! The 2017-2018 school year is coming to a close. I, like most of you, am trying to get evaluations completed, reports written, and meetings held in these last few weeks of school prior to state testing, right!!??! Remember we are all in this together! It will get finished! Since summer is quickly approaching I want to remind each of you to utilize some self care. Make time for yourself, your friends, and your family. The demands on school psychologists seem to increase every year, so take advantage of the summer downtime to take care of yourself. If you haven’t heard this lately, YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Our children need your best self, so breathe, slow down, and enjoy the little things as much as you can.

    I would also like to touch on the recent tragedies in the news regarding school shootings. As I sit here watching and reading the news I am confronted with thoughts I have never really considered. I have never considered being harmed at my schools, let alone, being confronted by a gunman. I have never had to consider whether I would give my life to protect others, I mean, I live in a small rural town and that would never happen here. Sound familiar? Something good can come out of these terrible tragedies and that is increased collaboration and communication within school districts, communities, and states to see that mental health services should be a priority. If we can open their eyes and minds to recommendations for additional resources and qualified personnel to enhance mental health services, then we can move forward in preventing another tragic loss. We as school psychologists can help facilitate these discussions and advocate for our children as well as our profession. WE ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION. If you are unsure of what to say in this situation please reach out to your Executive Council members or refer to NASP’s resources for additional information and guidance.

    On that note, I would like to challenge you to increase your involvement in not only our organization, but advocating for our profession. Please consider joining a committee or running for office at our annual conference. Make a difference for all our kids and continue to help our profession flourish. We are all capable of great things, so let’s nurture that and change the world!

    Annie Holmes, S.S.P., NCSP

    LSPA President


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