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News From Your Delegate


Originally posted: December 2008

I am pleased to share more NASP highlights. I hope you don't mind the lengthy message but NASP has so much to offer members and I don't want to leave any of the highlights out.

These are difficult times and as the challenges facing families increase, so will the demands on all of us. You can visit www.nasponline.org/families/optimism.aspx for a series of NASP handouts on promoting optimism and resilience in children experiencing anxiety due to current events and family financial difficulties. These resources will save you time, and help children and families cope.

NASP has several online learning opportunities available to members at no cost. You can join Best Practices V chapter author Amanda VanDerHeyden for a 5-day Online Learning Event, November 10-14. The learning event will explore can't do/won't do assessments. Participate in the discussion at www.nasponline.org/communities/default.aspx.

A new self-study CPD module was recently released, 'Making Ethical Decisions in Challenging Situations.' The module offers principles for ethical problem solving and can be found at www.nasponline.org/profdevel/cpdmodules/index.aspx. For NCSPs who will renew their credential on or after January 1, 2009, this module qualifies towards the 3 hours of professional development in ethics or professional practices requirement.

To further expand your knowledge of ethical considerations, you can listen to a recent podcast with Leigh Armistead, coauthor of 'Professional Ethics for School Psychologists: A Problem-Solving Casebook.' You may also download the newest NASP podcast especially for parents, a discussion with Peg Dawson about homework, including helpful tips and strategies. The podcasts and transcripts of the presentations can be accessed at www.nasponline.org/resources/podcasts/index.aspx.

As a personal note regarding the value of NASP membership; school psychologists in one district recently received a request to document ICD-9 codes for children on IEP's. Through the state delegate, we were able to contact the NASP Standards and Ethics Committee and this person received responses within one day. This is only one example of the value of NASP membership.

If you haven't been following the new NASP blogs, I encourage you to visit today and add your comments at www.nasponline.org/blogaccess/index.aspx. The Early Career and School Psychologists-On the Job blogs offer insights into the challenges and rewards of day-to-day practice, while the Response to Intervention blog offers a personal view on implementation.

Be sure to read the latest in a series of Communique articles on communicating with families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The November insert can be found at www.nasponline.org/resources/culturalcompetence/culturefocused.aspx and includes a discussion of African American family culture, racial identities, communication styles, help-seeking behaviors, attribution of handicapping conditions, and suggestions for effective intergroup collaborations.

If you haven't already registered for the NASP 2009 Annual Convention in Boston, February 24-28 visit www.nasponline.org/conventions/index.aspx for complete details. If you need help convincing your supervisor you should attend, review the ten tips available at www.nasponline.org/conventions/2009supervisors.aspx.

If you are able to attend the convention, I also encourage you to consider participating in the Mentor Program offered at convention. The program brings together students and early career members with more experienced practitioners. An hour of your time can make a difference to your career and that of your mentoring partner. Visit www.nasponline.org/students/mentorintro.aspx to learn more.

Now through December 3, enjoy a savings of 30% on three of NASP's bestselling professional resources; 'Helping Children at Home and School II' Binder, 'NASP Toolkit: School-Based Mental Health,' and 'Children's Needs III.' View this special offer and other popular NASP publications available for purchase at www.nasponline.org/publications/index.aspx.

I encourage all school psychologists to become NASP members and I invite you to provide feedback on your NASP member experience to me or directly to NASP at membership@naspweb.org.

Sincerely,

Ray James, NASP Delegate for Idaho

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