Welcome to the official website of the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP), the organization that represents faculty members from both specialist and doctoral training programs in school psychology. Our deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by the recent natural disasters, terrorist/hate-motivated/racist actions, mass shootings, and marginalization. It is during these very difficult times that those who prepare future school psychologists must demonstrate leadership and model courage and caring as we help survivors of these traumatic events rebuild their safety and their lives and as we endeavor to find the delicate balance between embracing diversity and understanding those who fear differences.
The Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP) executive board has had a busy summer planning for the new academic year. Here are a few updates:
Bylaws and Operations Handbook
As many of you know, the TSP Bylaws and Operations Handbook are
regularly being modified to be consistent with those of state and national
professional associations. A link to the current Bylaws document is
provided for your reference: https://tsp.wildapricot.org/bylaws
Welcome New Board Members
A wonderful byproduct of the revised bylaws is that our board has expanded! We are very happy to welcome Chryse (Sissy) Hatzichristou (University of Athens, Greece) to the TSP Executive Board. Stacy Williams (Marist University), who has served as our Membership Chair, is now also a voting board representative. Devadrita (Tanya) Talapatra (University of Denver) was re-elected to a three-year term. The entire TSP Board can be found at https://tsp.wildapricot.org/page-18196.
It is important to note that the TSP board is a volunteer organization that is extremely cost-effective. TSP board members are not compensated for the time that they dedicate to the functioning of the association, and they do not receive reimbursement for their travel or attendance at the TSP conference.
Ron Palomares (Texas Women's University) will again be serving as the chair of the Research Committee. TSP welcomes research requests that are aligned with the mission of the association. Applications are due March 1 and October 1 of each calendar year. For additional information regarding research submissions, please review the timelines and procedures at the following link https://tsp.wildapricot.org/page-18177.
Andrew Shanock (College of St. Rose) will continue chairing the School Psychology Opportunities (formerly Shortage) Committee. The goal of this committee is to study and to create an action plan regarding the shortage of applicants to school psychology programs, the reduced number of practitioners in the field, and the limited number of graduates entering academia. Please reach out to Andrew to participate in this very important initiative.
Thanks to David Hulac (University of Northern Colorado) for his service as past-president of TSP during the 2016-2017 academic year. David will be a member of the Advisory Board, chair of the TSP Accreditation Committee, and the TSP representative on the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Accreditation Advisory Group of the Graduate Education Committee (GEC).
Stacy Williams (Marist University) will continue to chair the Social Justice Committee and the Membership Committee, which is responsible for recruiting and maintaining institutional and individual TSP Memberships. If you and/or your institution are not members of TSP, please contact Stacy to discuss the advantages of joining.
Lisa Persinger (Northern Arizona University) is the chair of the Early and Mid-Career Committee, which provides support to those trainers who are working to develop successful career trajectories.
Melissa Allen Heath (Brigham Young University) chairs the TSP Special Interest Groups. If you would like to join an existing interest group or to propose a new one, contact Melissa.
Dan Gadke (Mississippi State University) and Kasee Stratton-Gadke (Mississippi State University) are our webmasters. They keep our TSP website informative, up-to-date, and looking great!
The Conference Committee, chaired by TSP President-elect Pam Fenning (Loyola University of Chicago), has had a very productive summer. Many thanks to Kasee Stratton-Gadke (Mississippi State University), TSP Secretary, for all her work in negotiating the contract with our 2019 conference hotel, the Hilton Atlanta. Kudos also to Jim Deni (Appalachian State University), TSP Treasurer, for his consistent efforts to keep TSP financially sound throughout the year. Jim works tirelessly to ensure that we have access to the extremely valuable assessment resources that you receive at the TSP conference each year, the scholarships for our students, and the food and drink provided during our continuing professional development and social activities.
A memorable Monday evening (February 25th) keynote will be presented by Jack Naglieri. Tuesday morning after breakfast we will have an extremely exciting general session on school safety and preventing school violence led by a group of graduates, parents, and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting. After the business luncheon and scholarship awards, we will have the following breakout sharing sessions, all chaired by leaders in the field:
§ NASP and APA standards,
§ school safety,
§ preparing school psychologists as mental health providers, and
§ social justice
Continuing education (CE) credit and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) continuing professional development (CPD) credit will be offered through co-sponsorship with Nova Southeastern University (NSU). Additional information regarding the various sessions will be disseminated via email and will be posted on the TSP website over the next few months.
Tammi Ohmstede (University of Nebraska) organizes and manages our Tuesday evening poster session, which we (and our students) look forward to each year. Requests for proposals will be available soon.
The board will be appointing a chair of the Awards Committee soon. Due to the generous donations of our publishing company sponsors, we are fortunate to be able to provide financial support in the form of scholarships to a number of extremely accomplished students. Also, be on the lookout for information to nominate a deserving colleague for the Trainer of the Year award. Additional information regarding the nomination process for both the trainer award and student scholarships will be disseminated by the end of the 2018 calendar year.
We are very fortunate to have the knowledge and expertise of our advisory board, which consists of the three most recent past presidents, David Hulac (University of Northern Colorado), Paul Jantz (Texas State University), and Wendy Cochrane (University of Toledo).
In addition to serving as a member of the advisory board, Paul Jantz also serves as the editor of our journal, the Trainers’ Forum. The associate editors of the journal include past-president of TSP, Wendy Cochrane, and former TSP executive board member and former chair of nearly every committee on the board, Carrie Ball (Indiana State University). In addition, Tammy Hughes (Duquesne University) and Sam Song (University of Nevada, Las Vegas), both former TSP presidents, serve on the Trainers’ Forum Advisory Board. Paul and his committee bring a tremendous amount of enthusiasm to the journal and we look forward to each edition.
With the support of our incredibly talented and hard-working board I look forward to a productive and exciting year. I hope that you consider joining our organization, volunteering to serve in our various committees, and attending our annual conference. Please reach out to me or to any of our board members for additional information regarding how you may be involved or to share your suggestions regarding how we can best serve our membership.
As you may remember, last year the Trainers of School Psychologists (TSP) disseminated a statement on the 2016 election and campaign process (https://tsp.wildapricot.org/Statements). Unfortunately, that deep sense of divisiveness exposed following the election appears to grow larger with each passing day. Now more than ever, the role of faculty members as school psychology graduate educators is crucial to foster an environment of inclusiveness. I encourage all of you to reflect upon the graduate program with which you are affiliated and evaluate the curriculum to determine how you are preparing the school psychologists of tomorrow in the area of social justice.
It is a great honor to have the opportunity to serve as president of TSP. Special thanks go to my predecessor, Sarah Valley-Gray (Nova Southeastern University), TSP Past-president, for her dedication and extraordinary service to TSP as well as for serving as my colleague and my mentor in the organization. Her leadership has provided the fuel that has kept the association running and vital. Whether you are affiliated with a specialist or doctoral program in school psychology or both, TSP is the organization to which you can turn in order to experience a sense of community and support.
I wish all of you a very happy, healthy, and successful new academic year! May we all experience a renewal of togetherness.
Ralph E. (Gene) Cash, Ph.D, NCSP, ABPP
Professor, Nova Southeastern University
President, Trainers of School Psychologists
TSP is committed to innovation and excellence in graduate training programs for specialist and doctoral school psychologists. Our purpose is to foster high quality training in school psychology programs. We work toward this goal by examining current trends in graduate education programs, providing professional growth opportunities to school psychology faculty, facilitating communication with field based supervisors, and supporting legislative efforts that promote diversity and excellence in training.
(c) Trainers of School Psychologists, 2015