MASP is the only Michigan organization that represents school psychologists at the state and local level and conducts important activities on your behalf. Through professional development, advocacy, governance, and publications the board at MASP works hard to represent school psychologists throughout the state of Michigan.
Important COVID-19 Information & Resources
On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-35 regarding the provision of K-12 education during the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. These prolonged closures of schools and other gathering places (that are not based on "essential" needs) are an effort to help prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please continue to visit our page for additional updates and COVID-19 library of resources for parents and educators. In addition, please visit our Training Resource Center for helpful resources related to providing supports and services while schools are engaged in online education.
In light of ever-changing information and guidance, MASP is continually working to provide the most current information and resources. In addition to keeping updated on legislative action and providing COVID-19 resources, MASP has been actively communicating with members and educators across the state to assess and address needs. Below, please find communications pertaining to MASP responsive efforts.
Special Education and Virtual Assessment Concerns:
Throughout this time, concerns and questions regarding remote assessments have been raised by constituents and school administrators. As a result of concern, MASP has sent a letter to the Michigan Department of Education regarding special education testing and virtual assessment. This letter has been further shared with other state organizations and the Governor.
Resources for School Psychologists Regarding Provisions of Teleservices:
School Psychologist COVID-19 Role and Function:
MASP continuously works to advocate for best practices in school psychology service delivery, including utilization of the NASP Practice Model. Given the nature of the remote needs of schools and communities, concerns and questions have been raised regarding how school psychologists can best serve schools and families. In response, MASP has created a guidance document for a COVID-19 Response Model of Practice. This guidance document is encouraged to be shared with administrators and school personnel to help provide information on the ways school psychologists can support students, families, and educators during this unprecedented time.
Virtual Classroom Supports for Students with Varying Needs
- NASP Webinar- When One Door Closes, Another One Opens: School Psychologists Providing Telehealth
- NASP Webinar- Legal and Ethical Considerations for Remote School Psychological Services
- FERPA and Virtual Learning Webinar- US DOE
- HIPAA Guidance Changes in the Face of COVID-19 Department of Health and Human Services
- NASP Resource Guide- Comprehensive Suicide Prevention in a Time of Distance Learning
- Telehealth Resource from ZeroSuicide-- how to handle suicidal ideation during telehealth
- Virtual Service Delivery in Response to COVID-19 Disruptions- NASP
- Library of Resources for Virtual Mental Health
- Video Mental Health Consultation- Toolkit
- Webinar- Provision of School-based Mental Health Services in a Virtual Format (Univ of Maryland School of Medicine)
- Distance Training for Mental Health Professionals- FREE PESI 2 day workshop (Promo Code: TELEFREE) *Please note that this does not offer (or replace) credentialing to provide clinical supports in the state of Michigan, but rather is a way to supplement your knowledge if you are providing telehealth services while working in the schools*
- Health and Human Services: Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
- American Psychological Association office and technology checklist for telepsychological services
- Step by Step Guide to Creating Equitable Virtual Learning Environments. Click on resource here.
- Council for Exceptional Children Webinar: Teaching Special Education Online During COVID-19 More info here.
- Accommodations in the Online Classroom – Michigan Virtual
- Differentiation in the Online Classroom – Michigan Virtual
- Distance Learning for Special Education
- MDE Handbook for Learning at a Distance Guidance (4/9/20)
The Michigan Association of School Psychologists (MASP) endorses the position that child migrant separations from their parents at the southern border of the United States must cease and that separated families must be reunited expeditiously in order to minimize the risk of trauma reactions among vulnerable children. The rationale for this position is adopted from the statement authored by the National Association of School Psychology (NASP): NASP Statement on Separating Children From Their Families
The Critical Shortage Law was set to expire on July 1st, 2018, which allowed under certain circumstances for school psychologists to continue to work after retirement. MASP is fully aware of shortages many districts face throughout the state as well as the larger caseloads most of us carry, which are above the national recommended levels. MASP lobbied for a renewal of this law. On April 26, 2018 it was voted on and passed, and then approved by the governor on 5/10/18 for immediate effect. This legislation remains in effect and will expire on July 1st, 2021. Thanks to the members of the MASP Board who continue to follow this issue and gathered this information for us!! Please read the following for more information.
Due to updates being made by the Michigan Department of Education, all registrants who have a certificate/license issued by MDE MUST provide their PIC# on the SCECH Registration Form at any conference in order for credits to be properly awarded. This document contains more detailed information, and it also includes directions for locating your PIC#.
MDE also allows you to renew your MI certification by maintaining the NCSP certification. When renewing this way, you do not need to accumulate the 150 SCECHs in the five year period. Click here for more information on renewal requirements.
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