Welcome to MASP
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.
What is a School Psychologist?
School psychologists apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They provide assessment, support, and intervention services to students; partner with families, teachers, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments; work with school administrators to improve school-wide policies; and collaborate with community providers to coordinate services for students. Click here to learn more about school psychology.
Important Social Justice Information & Resources
Message from Jim Corr, MASP President- June 4, 2020
The last few months, particularly the last 10 days, have been some of the most challenging, overwhelming, and heartbreaking that many of us have faced in our careers and lifetime. The killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and too many others have ignited impassioned calls for immediate and purposeful action to dismantle systemic racism, injustice, and violence against people of color in this country and across the globe.
MASP recognizes that systemic, institutional racial oppression and inequity are having a significant impact on the physical and psychological well-being of minority students, families, educators, and communities, and should be an immediate and overriding priority of our association and membership.
In the spirit of unity, liberty, equality, and equity, the MASP Board of Directors unanimously approved a position statement, “MASP Call to Action for Social and Racial Justice” last night. The MASP Board of Directors believes each of us has a moral and ethical imperative to identify and intervene in matters of social and racial injustice to help improve the well-being of children, families, and communities.
Now is a time for active listening, deeper learning, self-reflection, meaningful and difficult discussions, outreach, advocacy, and action. I ask for your hand in addressing these deeply embedded social and racial injustices, and in supporting the needs of our BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) students, families, and communities.
Please be kind to each other and stay safe,
Resources: To help support students, families, and educators, as well as to help with professional and personal development, please check out our new Social Justice Resource Collective for additional information.
MASP Position on Child Migrant Separations
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
Critical Shortage of School Psychologists
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.
Important message regarding continuing education credits
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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