Washington State Association
of School Psychologists    

Uniting school psychologists to support all students through advocacy, leadership, and professional development. 

2019 Spring Lecture Series

The 2019 Spring Lecture Series is now open for registration! Click here to find more information and register!

Archived Spring Lecture Series

You can now access previously aired Spring Lecture Series, dating back to 2014, for a discounted price! Please go here for more information.

Secondary Summer Summit

This year's Secondary Summer Summit is August 16th at the Hotel Bellwether in Bellingham, WA. Stay tuned for speaker lineup and registration!

For School Psychologists

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School Psych Awareness Week

During the week of November 14-18, 2016, schools throughout the country will celebrate National School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW) to highlight the important work school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive. In Washington State, Governor Inslee also signed a proclamation recognizing school psychologists state-wide during the same week.

This year's theme, "Small Steps Change Lives," reminds both students and adults how their small actions can add up too larger, positive changes. School psychologists play a vital role in supporting students as they work to achieve their goals, both big and small. Students begin to recognize how the small actions they take over the course of time—studying, practicing, being respectful, exploring—make a big difference in their lives as well as the lives of others. Individual small steps help build the path to creating a positive, connected, and respectful school community.

With the high demands and ever-growing responsibilities placed on school psychologists, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. It is crucial that school psychologists recognize—and help fellow educators recognize—how even the small things we do every day can have a profound impact on the students we serve and on the culture of our school communities. This awareness not only helps keep adults resilient, but it serves as a model for students, who look to adults to see how they should interact and engage with the world. By encouraging and valuing intentional, small, positive efforts, adults and students grow academically, build understanding, create compassion, and become more resilient. Ultimately, these strengths empower all to feel connected with one another and to take steps—both individually and collectively—to change lives for the better.

NASP has a variety of resources available to help bring awareness during School Psychology Awareness Week. Official Banner/Cover and Profile images are available for your Twitter and Facebook accounts. Additionally, sample press releases, letters to district personnel, and family newsletters are available for adaptation. We hope you will all celebrate yourselves and the work you do!

NASP SPAW 2016 Sample Resources

Assessment Committee

Please use this link to access the Assessment Committee Documents and links.

4 Key Dimensions of Self-Care - Take Control of Your Well-Being

Lynda Monk, MSW, RSW

Trainer, Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Inc.

What is self-care and why does it matter? Self-care includes all the things you do to take care of your well-being in four key dimensions: your emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual health.

If you are a counsellor, social worker, therapist, health care professional, leader, educator, change agent, caregiver, parent, purpose-driven entrepreneur – a person who gives a lot of yourself in service to the well-being, learning and growth needs of others in some way – self-care and care of others becomes an important balancing act.

Self-care is essential for managing stress, preventing burnout and mitigating compassion fatigue – all common occupational hazards for caring, high-performing individuals. Self-care is also important for a sense of overall integrity, as it ensures we are “walking our talk.”

One of my social work professors often said, "We only take other people as far as we have gone ourselves."

We can only give to others what we are in some way giving and receiving for ourselves. If we are working to support others to grow, how are we growing? If we are working with others to learn, how are we learning?

Often helpers, healers and leaders are focused outward on the results they are achieving with and for others. Self-care involves focusing on yourself and taking time to rest, reflect, replenish and renew. Self-care includes taking stock of your own needs, goals, health and accomplishments; taking time to nourish and nurture all of who you are.

Imagine your self-care in four key dimensions of well-being: mind (mental/psychological), body (physical), heart (emotional) and spirit (spiritual/essence). You might picture yourself walking around a circle that has four quadrants, and stopping in each one to reflect on it.

Physical (the body)

– to live, move and breath

Physical self-care involves ensuring an overall healthy lifestyle that includes eating healthy, drinking lots of water and getting plenty of exercise. Consider decluttering your home and office so that you have a feeling of spaciousness and manageability. Take time away from computers, TV and telephones (sedentary lifestyles are a health issue). Enjoy moments to rest and replenish.

Pause & Reflect: What are you currently doing for your physical self-care?

Emotional (the heart)

– to love, care and be in relationship with self and others

Emotional self-care might include setting clear boundaries on your time and energy. Engage emotional boundaries within helping relationships, surrounding yourself with positive people and affirmative and inspiring messages. Address any issues or problems so that they don’t build up. Give and receive love, kindness and support. Spend time with people you care about and who care about you.

Pause & Reflect: What are you currently doing for your emotional self-care?

Psychological (the mind)

– to learn, think and grow

Psychological self-care activities might include personal and professional development. Give attention to things that are in your control (your sphere of influence). Take time for personal reflection. Notice your inner experiences, thoughts and feelings. Cultivate self-awareness through such things as journalling, getting feedback from others, meditation, coaching/counselling, and consultation or supervision, where you have the opportunity to grow, learn and reflect.

Pause & Reflect: What are you currently doing for your psychological self-care?

Spiritual (the spirit)

– to connect with essence, purpose and meaning

Spiritual self-care might include prayer or meditation. You may want to visualize, practice gratitude, spend time in nature and be aware of the non-material aspects of your life. Identify what is meaningful to you in your work and life. Practice mindfulness and being present in the moment.

Pause & Reflect: What are you currently doing for your spiritual self-care?

Reflective Journaling Exercise

With these four dimensions of self-care and wellness in mind, consider for a moment your own self-care activities in these areas of life. How do you nourish your mind, body, heart and spirit? How do you actively reduce and manage stress in both your personal and professional life?

How do you feel when you are honouring your self-care needs? How do you recognize when you are neglecting your self-care needs? What’s calling to you for more attention? What self-care are you feeling proud of? What is one self-care action you would like to commit to doing today? This week? This month?

Your self-care matters! Allow it to be fun, guilt-free, enjoyable and nourishing. You know what is best for you – give yourself permission to take time to fill your own cup so that you can make a difference from a place of vitality, well-being and health. Your self-care benefits you and others too – it is a win-win!

To learn more, consider attending one of our workshops or view our webinars on related topics. Find details here:www.ctrinstitute.com

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