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Arizona Association of
School Psychologists

The Mission of the Arizona Association of School Psychologists is to engage school psychologists with high-quality professional development, promote visionary leadership, and advocate for ethically, culturally competent and socially just practices to empower school psychologists in the vital role of supporting the well-being of Arizona’s children and youth.

AASP Virtual 5K Walk/Run


School psychologists  are comprehensively and highly trained in broad and diverse areas that integrate their skills not only in the academic and intellectual realms, but also in the physical, and social/emotional well-being of everyone.

Aside from AASP focusing on giving back to the community with the raised contributions, AASP is concentrating on hope, encouraging, motivating, and providing possibilities for a better well-being as we navigate and move forward from this period of so much change.

This year AASP has developed a fun 5K virtual race (run or walk), which you can complete at the place of your choice between October 1st and November 11th, 2020Register here: https://www.irun4wellnessaasp.org/

Join us, engage yourself and others and have some fun, while at the same time you practice self-care, following CDC guidelines, and support a greater cause!

Sign up as a group with your colleagues, school district, school, family, business and/or by yourself and represent!

We are on this together!

Remember to use these hashtags:  #SPAW2020, #NASPadvocates, #IRun4Wellness, #IRun4WellnessAASP, #NSPW, #SPAW, #Wellbeing, and upload your pictures on social media (FB or IG)!

Key information:

  1. Register
  2. Make a contribution*
  3. Purchase a shirt and/or a sweatshirt* on the store icon on the event website, and wear it the day of (a small amount of your purchase will go towards the overall goal).
  4. Download and app to track your distance (e.g., Strave, Map My Run, Nike, Run Keeper, etc.)
  5. Run or Walk a 5K (3.2mi) between October 1st and November 11th at the place of your choice and have fun!
  6. Submit your time under the results icon on the event website by November 11th.
  7. Tune to Facebook on November 13th at 5PM for a live event where raffles and recognitions will be taking place. Details are below:

    Ivonne Olivas Ed.S., and Lisa G Favela Ed.S., NCSP, AASP Southern Region Directors, uphold AASP ideals and strive to serve as agents of progress in our profession.  They will be hosting a distinguished panel (from AZ, CA, MD, and Canada) to reach out to local and social media communities; presenting a very comprehensive and timely conversation about Finding Balance:  Mental Health & Wellness

    The presenters and topics to be covered are:

    Dr. Amy K. Diebolt will be presenting about the field of school psychology and how we integrate mental health.

    Dr. Torben Bergland will be presenting on incidences of mental health diagnoses, the impact of COVID-19 on mental health prognosis, and how to use wellness and physical activity as a prevention and part of a treatment plan.

    Katina Barreda Downs-Naivalu, APCC, NCC (Clinical Mental Health Counselor) will be addressing the importance of counseling and seeking out mental health services.  She will also touch on the differences in the way minorities address mental health and will provide us with some strategies that can be applied daily for self-care, and how to recognize the need for professional help.

    Christine Wallace MS, CPT will be presenting about how to be a strong advocate in the community to develop programs that support wellness, and physical activity for children and families.  She will also provide us practical ideas for parents, students of all ages, and community organizations.

    Andrea Curles associate director and health coach of the wellness council of Arizona will be sharing about the importance of applying and maintaining consistency on daily behaviors, approaches to life, and overall well-being.  She will also provide us with wellness insights during our new way of working and living.

    The event will be livestreamed on FB on November 13, at 3:30PM (MST).  It will also, eventually, be aired on YouTube. Join us!  This will be an event you won’t want to miss! 

    Here is a short video about this event:  Finding Balance MOV.mov      Here is a pdf of the event.

AASP Social Justice Resources

As events unfold around the country, we are again reminded that members of our communities face the realities of social injustice every day. As school psychologists, we have a responsibility to help students and their families cope with the challenges they are presented. To that end, the Arizona Association of School Psychologists has created a Social Justice Resources page with links to books, videos and lesson plans that we hope you find beneficial. Click here to access the AASP Social Justice Resources page.

AASP has released a Position Statement on Social Justice, Prejudice and Discrimination. Click here for the paper.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources for School Psychologists

NEW from NASP: The Pandemic's Impact on Special Education Evaluations and SLD Identification

Click here for the Best Practices in Completing Educational Evaluations During School Closure document

AASP helped the Arizona Department of Education develop a reopening guidance document for school psychologists. Click here for the document.

Fellow Arizona school psychologists: Need to vent? Want to discuss something happening at work that only another school psychologist would understand? Please complete this request for support and someone will follow up with you. Click here to complete the form.

Arizona School Psychology Shortage Infographic

As many of you are aware, shortages in school psychologists affects our overall service delivery.  The attached infographic offers an opportunity for each of us to voice key issues to stakeholders and advocate for the work of school psychologists.  As school psychologists, we play a critical role in providing comprehensive support in various areas (school safety, mental health, etc.).  AASP encourages you to share this infographic with key decision makers in your district.

Click here to access the infographic:  School Psychology Shortage Infographic

Additional information is available under Resources


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