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I truly appreciate the privilege to serve as TSP President for 2020-2021. Over the last several years it has been an honor to work alongside our Executive Board to bring forward professional development opportunities, scholarly work via the Trainers Forum, and to discuss the needs of the field. As always, TSP’s mission fosters high quality training in school psychology programs and I’m thrilled to be able to support this important work.
This year has been met with many challenges including, a global pandemic of the novel COVID-19 virus, social injustice, and political unrest. Many academics are battling racial trauma, virtual fatigue, interrupted research, election anxiety, balancing parenthood, childcare and home schooling, and more on top of their already busy schedules. Yet, as faculty you have continued to persist in providing quality training to your students in this extraordinary fall and spring semester of online, hybrid, or face-to-face courses. This is evidenced by the well-attended trainings and web meetings TSP has hosted since March 2020. TSP’s list of resources continues to grow to support you on our website, including the COVID-19 and Anti-Racism and Diversity pages.
In June of 2020, TSP released a Call for Action for Anti-Racism in School Psychology Training Programs This statement will serve as our guidance for training, discussions, and collaborations centered on diversity and inclusivity moving forward as an organization. Within this statement, TSP expresses our personal responsibility and moral and ethical mandate to take action in training and supporting the next generation of school psychologists, including intentional steps to address institutional racism and to stand with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, and other marginalized colleagues. The statement further outlines a call for action for trainers to listen, learn, and make change with intentional efforts to grow professionally. As an organization formed for the purposes of advancing school psychology training and the professional growth of school psychology faculty members, TSP also outlined their commitment to social justice and anti-racist work.
2020 also brought change to our flagship training journal hosted by TSP—the Trainers Forum is relaunched with a new name--School Psychology Training and Pedagogy (SPTP). It is a pleasure to welcome our new co-editors, Drs. Leandra Parris and Devadrita Talapatra. I am excited with the vision Drs. Parris and Talapatra have brought forward to create the leading journal in school psychology graduate training and preparation. I want to express our deepest appreciation to the Trainer’s Forum past-editor, Dr. Paul Jantz, and his editorial team, Drs. Carrie Ball and Wendy Cochrane. Under their leadership, the Trainers Forum became a professionalized flagship journal.
We look forward to hosting our annual conference virtually on March 19 and 26, 2021. We hope all trainers will join us for this event with of Connecting for Action: Social Justice & Advocacy for the Profession. I am thrilled TSP will host two keynotes, Dr. Frank Worrell and Sarah Alsaidi. See our conference page for additional information.
Thank you for being a member of TSP and for your support in training our future school psychologists.
Warm Wishes & Stay Well,
Mississippi State University
TSP President 2020-2021
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