UHCL School Psychology Student Association

UHCL School Psychology Student Association UHCL SPSA is a formal student group that promotes involvement in the program and field of school psychology.

Operating as usual

11/09/2019
For all the students...
09/25/2019

For all the students...

Texas Association of School Psychologists
09/21/2019

Texas Association of School Psychologists

REMINDER: Scholarship applications are due next Friday, September 27th!

Love What Matters
09/19/2019

Love What Matters

“This week is homecoming week for our school. Each day the kids have a theme to dress up to. Zachary is my little boy. He is in first grade and has Asperger’s and ADHD. He is one of the most compassionate people you will ever have the chance of meeting, but he tends to wear his heart on his sleeve.

Monday was superhero day. Zach woke up ready but a little apprehensive to wear his Flash costume. I assured him that everyone was dressing up and that he would have so much fun joining in. I also let him know that if at any point he felt uncomfortable, he could take it off and place it in his backpack.

Unfortunately, that happened within five minutes of being in class. A couple of his classmates pointed and laughed which caused Zach to breakdown. The very thing he feared most happened despite others being dressed up as well. Some of his friends attempted to reassure him but they were fighting a losing battle.

That evening I had several parents reach out to me to check on him. Their children came home concerned if he was okay because they knew how upset it made him. That night I asked Zach if he would still like to participate in homecoming week and he said, ‘Yes ma’am, let’s try again.’

So, we got to work on his costume for Tacky day. He woke up so excited and happy! He eagerly put it on and was ready to go. As soon as we pull up to the school, anxiety got the best of him. He became upset and took everything we worked so hard on off in fear of being laughed at again.

That evening I received a message from one of his classmates’ parents asking if her little boy could go as Zach’s twin for twin day the next day. I knew how much that would mean to Zach so without question I said, ‘Absolutely.’

A few more parents asked if Zach could be their child’s twin too. We decided all 5 kids would go as M&Ms and that we would meet for pictures before school. Wednesday came and it was time to meet. We pull in to find 20+ M&Ms of all ages and grades standing there waiting to see Zach. He was amazed!

‘Mama!! Do you see all of my friends!’

Some great friends/parents put the word out that Zach was going as an M&M and they all wanted to show up dressed the same in support of him. I was in shock!

THIS is what it’s all about. THIS is the world I want my children growing up in. It’s okay to be different. What’s ‘normal’ anyways? If everyone were the same, what a dull place it would be.

Teach your children to love one another. To help one another. To be there in support. The change we want in this world can only come from us and the legacies we leave. Make them good ones.” ♥️

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#LoveWhatMatters

Credit: Kayla Johnston

UH-Clear Lake Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities - CADD
09/04/2019

UH-Clear Lake Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities - CADD

You are invited to our September Speaker Series!

Eric Storch, Ph.D., will be presenting "Assessing and Treating Anxiety in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder" on Saturday, September 7th, 2019.

The presentation will take place in the Garden Room of UHCL's Bayou Building from 10:30am - 12:30pm. Lunch will be provided!

To register: https://apps.uhcl.edu/ECommerce/Schedule/CADD

Please share this with all families and professionals who might be interested!

07/16/2019

Any students or graduates who are good at websites and willing to maybe volunteer some time for a non-profit focused on supporting Social-Emotional Learning in Texas? If so, contact Dr. Schanding at [email protected].

Calling for nominations to the Texas Association of School Psychologists!
07/11/2019

Calling for nominations to the Texas Association of School Psychologists!

Nominate yourself or someone in TASP's elections! Nominations are due by September 8, 2019. Email your nominations to Thomas Schanding ([email protected]), Past President and Chair of the Nominations and Election Committee.

Seeking nominations for President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect, Secretary, Area Representatives II (Midland/El Paso), IV (Hunstville/Waco/Austin), VI (Wichita Falls/Abilene/Amarillo/Lubbock), and Graduate Student Representative.

Tag someone you want to run!

National Association of School Psychologists
06/25/2019

National Association of School Psychologists

STATEMENT:

"Reports of children in U.S. detention centers being held in unsafe, potentially traumatizing conditions are appalling. Regardless of the circumstances under which children enter this country, there is NO excuse for failing to provide the proper physical and psychological care that they need to feel and be safe.

There is no justification for intentional cruelty against children under any circumstance or for any reason. Doing so not only undermines the well-being of the children involved, it also diminishes the core values of equity and human rights for the nation as a whole."

Read our full statement here: https://bit.ly/2FxJ53j

Congrats to some of the newest UHCL School Psychology graduates!  They’re going to do great things for kids and families...
06/02/2019

Congrats to some of the newest UHCL School Psychology graduates! They’re going to do great things for kids and families!!

05/25/2019
Texas Association of School Psychologists

Texas Association of School Psychologists

Today Gov. Abbott officially designated the 2nd week in November as School Psychologist Appreciation Week! #advocacymatters #taspadvocates

Do you know about the UHCL Psychological Services Clinic?UHCL provides psychological assessment and intervention service...
05/24/2019
5.13.19 Psychological Brochure client-1.pdf

Do you know about the UHCL Psychological Services Clinic?

UHCL provides psychological assessment and intervention services to the community, offering a sliding fee scale. Check it out!

Wishing continued healing to Santa Fe.
05/18/2019

Wishing continued healing to Santa Fe.

TASP Summer Institute 2019
05/11/2019
TASP Summer Institute 2019

TASP Summer Institute 2019

PREPaRE provides school-based mental health professionals and other educational professionals training on how to best fill the roles and responsibilities generated by their participation on school safety and crisis teams. PREPaRE is one of the first comprehensive nationally available training curric...

Texas Association of School Psychologists
05/06/2019

Texas Association of School Psychologists

You responded to our last call for help--we need you ONE MORE TIME! A committee substitute to SB 11 is being considered that removes loan forgiveness for LSSPs. We are told that the bill author will put this back in, but we have to advocate for it with the House Public Education committee! Please contact the committee members and tell them that offering loan forgiveness to LSSPs will help our critical shortage by drawing more professionals into the field. More LSSPs means more mental health services for students! The committee hearing is this Tuesday, so WE MUST ACT FAST! Follow the link below for committee members contact information and a sample letter/message. Thank you!!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1wBCZjqZY-GEavPZCk7wMcKXpr-5--auNk2eb-V35mZY/edit?usp=sharing

Texas Association of School Psychologists
05/05/2019

Texas Association of School Psychologists

Correction: Teacher Appreciation is May 6-12, 2019!!

Think about sending a note of appreciation to your PreK, Elementary, Middle, High School, Undergraduate, or Graduate teacher! Perhaps choose seven of your favorite teachers to send a note of thanks each day all week!!

Teachers love to hear how you are and what you’re doing!!

#ThankATeacher #AttitudeOfGratitude

UH-Clear Lake Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities - CADD
05/02/2019

UH-Clear Lake Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities - CADD

Two LEND fellows will be hosting a Facebook live event this Saturday, May 4th, 2019 from 10:30am - 12:00pm and 2pm - 3:30pm on transition planning for youth/young adults with developmental disabilities. Spanish translation will be provided!

Please go to https://www.facebook.com/LoneStarLEND/ and share this with any families who may be interested!

Calling all LSSPs!! Do you know someone engaging in unique and meaningful service for kids? Or a colleague whose tireles...
04/18/2019
Member of the Month

Calling all LSSPs!! Do you know someone engaging in unique and meaningful service for kids? Or a colleague whose tireless advocacy efforts deserve recognition? In an effort to recognize the amazing things our school psychs are doing across the state, TASP would like to recognize one member each month for their service to students. If you know someone you would like to nominate for their contribution to student success please complete the following form. Members will be chosen at random each month and announced here on our page.

Please email questions/concerns to [email protected]

In an effort to acknowledge the breadth and depth of work being done across the state to help school-aged children find success, TASP would like to recognize one member per month engaging in exemplary service. As an affiliate of NASP, TASP endorses the NASP practice model which includes a variety of...

National Association of School Psychologists
04/17/2019

National Association of School Psychologists

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of the tragedy at Columbine High School. Anniversaries can result in considerable media attention and can trigger intense feeling and reactions in children and adults affected by this or similar tragedies.

This guidance can help school staff best meet the needs of their students and school community. http://bit.ly/2XjUD0Q

Want to learn a new skill? Take some short breaks: NIH study suggests our brains may use short rest periods to strengthe...
04/13/2019
Want to learn a new skill? Take some short breaks: NIH study suggests our brains may use short rest periods to strengthen memories

Want to learn a new skill? Take some short breaks: NIH study suggests our brains may use short rest periods to strengthen memories

In a study of healthy volunteers, researchers found that our brains may solidify the memories of new skills we just practiced a few seconds earlier by taking a short rest. The results highlight the critically important role rest may play in learning.

03/18/2019
Don’t miss this event!
03/09/2019

Don’t miss this event!

**** Also coming to UHCL!!!****
You do not want to miss Dr. Valerie Jackson!
Coming March 21 at 6p.m
◾️Mark your calendars now, bring a friend, and SHARE!

03/01/2019
National Association of School Psychologists

National Association of School Psychologists

NASP has a recommended ratio of school psychologists to students of 1:500-700, but the national average is lagging behind at 1:1,382, with some districts only having one school psychologist serving upwards of *3,000* students.

This is unacceptable. It’s time for our elected representatives to expand access to comprehensive mental health in schools.

Make a difference TODAY by taking just a moment to address this issue by writing to your congressional representatives: https://bit.ly/2tyFcEY

#NASPadvocates #NASP2019

02/28/2019

LLAS Events: March 19 and March 21, 2019

Latinx and Latin American Studies faculty is hosting the following event.

Tuesday, March 19
11:00 a.m.
SSCB Lecture Hall
“Intergenerational Trauma and Memory: History Carried Through Generations”
Presenter: Dr. Christopher Carmona, Assistant Professor, Creative Writing & Mexican American Studies, University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley

Thursday, March 21
6:00 p.m.
Forest Room
“Intergenerational Trauma through Family Separation Policies: The Case of Latinx Children in the Foster Care System”
Presented by Dr. Valerie Jackson, Monarch Family Services

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I did not know this was a thing. Maybe you guys can start it up again.
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