Vermont Association
of School Psychologists

School Psychology Awareness Week is Here!!!

As part of SPAW  we will be highlighting some local School Psychologists who have shared what they love most about working in this field!

*Information based upon VASP SPAW survey results

Cynthia is a school psychologist in Chittenden County. What Cynthia loves most about being a school psychologist is collaborating with educators to help students overcome challenges and thrive!

Given the SPAW theme of “Find Your Focus” one area Cynthia will be focusing on this year is writing shorter, collaborative reports 

Jessica is a school psychologist in Franklin County. What she loves most about being a school psychologist is getting to support students in identifying and working towards meeting their academic and career goals. 

Given the SPAW theme of “Find Your Focus” one area Jessica will be focusing on this year is how to best support leadership in her school district. 

Dylan is a school psychologist in Addison County. What Dylan loves most about being a school psychologist is having the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on the lives of kids who need it the most. 

Given the SPAW theme of “Find Your Focus” one area Dylan will be focusing on this year is the topic of social-emotional health. 

Jesse is a school psychologist in Washington County. There are a number of things that Jesse loves about being a school psychologist including having a chance to help children who are struggling at school, witnessing what children can create and accomplish when given the chance to blossom and being part of a school community. 

Given the SPAW theme of “Find Your Focus” one area Jesse will be focusing on this year is dyslexia and helping to increase staff awareness and understanding of the topic. 

John is a school psychologist who works across all 14 counties in Vermont. What he loves most about being a school psychologist is the variety of evaluations and going to many schools which he described as both fun and rewarding. 

Given the SPAW theme of “Find Your Focus” John shared that his focus this year will be on continuing to deliver professional services with the upmost ethical care and responsibility. 

Brianne is a school psychologist in Addison County. What Brianne loves most about being a school psychologist is playing and working with the students who teach her so much every day. 

Given the SPAW theme of “Find Your Focus” Brianne shared that her focus this year will be on communication within the school and community. She is striving to find new ways to communicate support and resources available for students.  

Shannon works as a trainer at Castleton University in Rutland County. What Shannon loves most about the field is being able to advocate for children and families who may not feel like they have a voice. She also enjoys having the opportunity to help all children and youth succeed. 

Given the SPAW theme of “Find Your Focus” one area Shannon will be focusing on this year is self-care so that she can continue to best help others. 

Christine is a school psychologist in Franklin County. What Christine loves most about being a school psychologist is having the opportunity to support students in achieving their learning and behavior goals. 

Given the SPAW theme of “Find Your Focus” one area Christine will be focusing on this year is finding effective interventions to support students diagnosed with selective mutism. 

Kim is a school psychologist in Franklin County. What Kim loves most about being a school psychologist is having the opportunity to build connections with students and aid in their success.

Given the SPAW theme of “Find Your Focus” one area Kim will be focusing on this year is pushing into special education classes to collaborate on lessons related to social-emotional learning and skill development. 

Karen is a school psychologist in Rutland County. What Karen loves most about being a school psychologist is helping children to experience success. 

Given the SPAW theme of “Find Your Focus” one area Karen is hoping to focus on this year is social-emotional learning. 

Dunia is a school psychologist who currently works as an independent contractor. One thing that Dunia loves about being a school psychologist is being able to provide answers that will help kids to succeed. 

Given the SPAW theme of “Find Your Focus” one area that Dunia will be focusing on this year is helping to provide answers to teachers on how to best help bilingual students. 

Thank you for all that you do to help students learn and grow!

Spring 2019 Conference

ADVANCING SCHOOL SAFETY


Presented by: AMANDA NICKERSON, PH.D.

When: TUESDAY MARCH 19TH, 8:00-4:00

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton, South Burlington, VT


School safety is a key priority for educators, parents, and the general public. This presentation will overview creating a safe school climate and balancing physical and psychological safety. NASP’s PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Model will be highlighted to guide the work of multidisciplinary safety teams and crisis teams in preventing, preparing for, and responding to crises. Participants will learn the principles and processes of threat assessment. Managing and intervening with various levels of threats will be reviewed.

Participants will:

* Identify key components of Safe and Successful Schools

* Understand the role of the multidisciplinary teams in preventing, preparing      for, and responding to school crises

* Describe the threat assessment process

* Differentiate transient and substantive threats and their corresponding interventions


Register online here





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