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Please save the dates: Thursday, November 10, Friday, November 11, and Saturday, November 12 for the NYASP Annual Conference. The theme is Focus on the Positive: Climate, Culture and Community. The Annual Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Rochester, New York. The registration rates will be available soon on the NYASP website. Speakers will include keynote Melissa Reeve, NASP President and Lester Young, New York Reegent. Look forward to a great conference. Related material links are below.

Call for Proposals / Awards

Dear NY School Psychologist - NYASP ran a very successful lobby day in Albany in May 2015 largely in part because of YOU. We had over 150 school psychologists converge upon Albany and share the important work we do and the importance of school-based mental health services for children. The 2016 legislative session has opened and we want to continue our momentum and share our message. Sometimes the best way to show others what we do is to invite them to come and see. This year we are taking it to a local, personal level with two legislative initiatives.

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Joint School Board-School Psychologist Research Report Examines Test Anxiety

About three-quarters (76 percent) of school psychologists in New York say their students experience greater anxiety over state tests than for local assessments, according to a new research report issued jointly today by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP). The full report is available here. A clarification statement regarding the document’s purpose is also available here.

The importance of asking for help.
The importance of children’s mental health.
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Anxious about tests?

Download our Test Anxiety FAQ as well as our brief handouts on How Teachers Can Help Reduce Test Anxiety and How Parents Can Reduce Test Anxiety.

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Not a member? Join online now to receive benefits. Need a paper application? Download one in Word or PDF.

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Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of those lost in Paris. A handout on helping children cope with terrorism is available here.

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NYASP Past President and NASP New York State Representative Peter Faustino running to help kids at the NYC Marathon. 04:57:43

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Thanks to everyone for a great conference. Handouts from many of the presenters are available at

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In an effort to support educators, students, and families, the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) has compiled resources focusing on suicide prevention and response.

Download the toolkit.

New York State Senate Resolution J.1410 commending Dr. Pamela V. Agan-Smith on her selection as 2015 School Psychologist of the Year by the National Association of School Psychologists.
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Governor Cuomo signed NYS Bill S5445B-2015 into law on August 14, 2015.

The new law allows certified school psychologists to provide BOTH preschool and Early Intervention services through approved agencies. This is a major victory for NYASP, school psychologists, and most importantly, the children and families who utilize these services. The law re-establishes the role of the school psychologist on the Multi-Disciplinary Evaluation Team, as well as recaptures the school psychologists' provision of Early Intervention services.

Reflecting on Our Ethical Principles…

While we await the full Hoffman Report, which details the extent of The American Psychological Association's involvement in covert torture operations, the New York Association of School Psychologists (NYASP) is very concerned about the level of involvement of the APA and individual psychologists as detailed in the July 9 New York Times article.

NYASP, as an affiliate of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), ascribes to the ethical principles of respecting the rights and dignity of all persons. In their words and actions, school psychologists demonstrate respect for the autonomy of persons and their right to self- determination, respect for privacy, and a commitment to just and fair treatment of all persons.

In the upcoming days and weeks ahead, further details of APA's involvement in torture will emerge. However, NYASP encourages all school psychologists to use this as an opportunity to reflect upon our ethical principles and the rights and dignity of the children and families that we work with on a daily basis.

Our Bully Prevention Toolkit
Our Testing Anxiety Toolkit (Large file)

In addition to our Bully Prevention Toolkit, our Bully Prevention Specialist Certification Program is now available.

The NASP self-assessment survey to help school psychologists deveop a continuing education plan. The NASP Practice Model to improve outcomes for students and schools. Help a kid stay in school. Visit our NY Stay in School website. Our Children of Warriors Toolkit provides resources when working with students and families who have a family member deployed.

NYASP member Eliane Hack has compiled a number of school psychology resources on her site.

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The Dignity for All Students Act will help ensure that school administrators and educators have the tools and resources in place to afford all students an educational environment in which they can thrive.

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Improving Student and School Outcomes provides examples of how school psychologists' services link to research and policies regarding improved outcomes for students.

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NYSUT's Journal of Best Practices in Education · Volume VII, Spring 2014 Developing the ability to understand self and others, to manage our feelings, to express emotions, and to listen well, leads to the cultivation of deeper attention and empathy while strengthening the ability to reason, understand, and interpret new information.