Decreasing the Shortage of School Psychologists Through the SMART/Grow Your Own Program

  • 10/10/2022
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Zoom
  • 475



Decreasing the Shortage of School Psychologists Through the SMART/Grow Your Own Program

Live-streaming October 10th, 2022 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 a.m.

Jana Aupperlee, PhD, NCSP, HSP

Michele Millhouse, Ed.S.

Amanda Unger, PhD

$10 for members/$20 for non-members

Participants may earn 1.5 SCECHs for attending the live event and completing the appropriate SCECH's survey within two weeks.  A link to a recorded version will be provided to all registered guests.  You may register and receive a link to the recording up to one year after the live event. Please note, the recording will not be available until two weeks after the event.  As a result, participants can not earn SCECH's for viewing the recorded version.  


After the passage of the Student Mental Health Apprenticeship Retention and Training (SMART) Bill, the “Grow Your Own” program has increased in popularity in Michigan. This initiative helps decrease the shortage of school based mental health professionals in Michigan by providing graduate students with funding and work-based experiences. The MASP webinar will provide participants with information regarding how schools can set up a SMART/“Grow Your Own” program that follows the NASP Practice Model to improve students’ academic skills and mental health outcomes. The webinar will also provide information regarding how to support graduate students in their practicum experiences while participating in the program. The webinar will discuss how the SMART/“Grow Your Own” program can be used to decrease the shortage of School Psychologists and improve school psychology services within your organization. In addition to this information, participants will receive extensive information on the NASP School Psychology Practice Model. Although this webinar will focus on how to utilize the SMART program for School Psychologists, this initiative can also be used to assist in recruiting and retaining other mental health professionals, such as School Counselors and School Social Workers.


Jana Aupperlee:

Jana is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, a Licensed Psychologist in Michigan, and a Health Service Psychologist. She is Coordinator of the EdS Program in School Psychology at Michigan State University and the Training Co-Director of the Mid-Michigan Psychology Internship Consortium. She teaches a variety of school and practice-based courses and collaborates with local school psychologists in the supervision of practicum students.

Michele Millhouse:

Michele has worked as a school psychologist for seventeen years in the urban, suburban, and rural setting across all grade levels in two states (Michigan and Pennsylvania).  Michele earned an Ed.S. from Lehigh University and a B.S. in Special Education from Kent State University.  In addition to her work as a school psychologist, Michele has served as the MASP School Psychologist Shortage Committee Chair and has held the position of Region 13 Directors for the past two years.  Michele has participated in committees through the Michigan Department of Education related to supporting parents of children with special needs, diversity/equity in education, and mental health services during COVID-19.  Further, Michele participated in the creation of the Michigan Department of Education Return to School Mental Health Toolkit to support educators, students, and parents during COVID-19.  She also has served as a member of the School Based Mental Health Committee. This organization consists of board members from the Michigan School Counselor Association, the Michigan Association of School Psychologists, and the Michigan Association of School Social Workers.  As a board member of MASP Michele has assisted lawmakers in Michigan in legislation related to suicide prevention, threat assessment and the provision/expansion of mental health support in our state.

Amanda Unger:

Dr. Amanda Unger has worked in education for over 16 years, first as a special education teacher and coach, and currently as a special education supervisor for the past 9 years. She has a Bachelor's and Master's degree from Ferris State University where she majored in Elementary Education and Curriculum and Instruction along with Special Education, a Master's degree from Grand Valley State University in General and Special Education Administration, and she graduated from Michigan State University with a Doctorate in Educational Leadership with Central Business Office Certification. Dr. Unger's dissertation group won the Carnegie Award for Dissertation in Practice for 2017 for their work concerning addressing the needs of schools affected by lead poisoning using the Design Thinking Process. She lives in Montague, MI where she enjoys boating, reading at the local bookstore, and running with her dog named Bali.

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