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Arizona Association of
School Psychologists

The mission of school psychologists is to promote educationally and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth by implementing research-based, effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning.

Central Region Workshop

The Arizona Association of School Psychologists Central Region will be holding a regional conference on: February 28, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM entitled Pathways to OHI Verification: Developing Best Practices for OHI Verification. Presenters for this workshop will be Suzanne O’Dea, MA, NCSP and Stacy Anderson PsyD, MC, NCC. The presentation will be held at the Balsz Commmunity Center which is located at 4309 E. Belleview St. Bld 14; Phoenix, AZ 85008.

There will be a happy hour with appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks provided by AASP immediately after the workshop at a location yet to be determined.

Click on the following link for more information about the workshop: Central Region OHI Workshop Flyer.

AASP Board Nominations

Calling all future AASP Leaders!! The nomination and election process for the AASP Executive Board of 2019-2020 is officially underway. Nominations are open for the following positions:

  • President-Elect (three-year term as President-Elect, President, and Past-President)
  • Treasurer (two-year term)
  • One Regional Director from each of the four regions including southern, central, western, and northern (two-year terms).

All nominees must be current Full or Retired members of AASP. Self-nominations are encouraged. Nominations must be submitted on or before midnight March 1, 2018 to past-president, Lisa L. Persinger, at Lisa.Persinger@aasp-az.org.

Neurosequential Model Training

ADE/ESS is pleased to announce a partnership with AHCCCS and the Neurosequential Model Network to present an amazing professional learning opportunity for Arizona’s schools. Training begins on January 28th and is free. Registration is first-come, first served and based on state representation.

Follow this link for details: NME and NMT Announcement.pdf

Safe Arizona Schools and Crisis Training Materials

AASP is thrilled with Governor Ducey’s new Safe Arizona Schools action plan. In his plan, the Governor recognizes that children have the right to feel and be safe in their classrooms. AASP is particularly supportive of the focus on increasing mental health care in schools as well as increased training and support of school resource officers. His proposal calls for common sense changes to our state laws regulating access to firearms as well. We urge you to review Governor Ducey’s plan here and to contact Governor Ducey’s office to share your support.

Please click on the following document to read a message from AASP regarding the plan and some additional resources for crisis training: 

Message about crisis training.pdf

NASP Resources for School Psychologists on the Important Issues of Safe and Successful Schools and Supporting Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence

AASP is very aware that the topic of keeping students safe will be an important topic throughout Arizona schools (especially high schools) this week.  Attached are documents from NASP that are resources for school psychologists to share with others.  These documents use real data and a research base to discuss these important issues.

A Framework for Safe and Successful Schools

“This join statement provides a framework supported by educators for improving school safety and increasing access to mental health supports for children and youth.”


NASP Resolution for Efforts to Reduce Gun Violence

This resolution was passed by the NASP Leadership Assembly on January 23, 2018 speaks to the issues that students are organizing to address.

Resolution Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence_January_2018_With_References_FINAL.pdf

NASP Position Statement on School Violence

This statement adopted by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) in 2015 “vigorously supports and promotes efforts that create safe, secure, and peaceful schools free of the destructive influence of violence in all of its forms.”


NASP Advocacy Action Center

1. Visit The NASP Advocacy Page to find all of NASP's current Legislative alerts.

2. Click on the blue title of one of these alerts, and this will bring you to a new page.

3. Input your personal information in the pre-existing boxes to send the letter to Congress. The Advocacy Action Center will find your members of Congress automatically by your zip code.

4. If you check the box "Remember me" at the bottom of the page , it will remember this information.

5. Press "submit" on this page and a new page will appear with a draft subject line and message to e-mail to congress. You may keep this subject line and message or choose to edit it.

6. When you are finished editing the letter, press "Submit" and you will receive a confirmation that your letter was sent.

7. From the confirmation page, press "Back to main page" to return to the home page and submit the rest of the letters.

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