MSPA’s mission is to provide school psychologists with leadership, support, legislative advocacy, and professional training to meet the needs of Minnesota children and youth. Within our vision, we focus on partnering with other school employed professionals to serve as effective leaders in supporting the learning, mental health, and well-being of children and youth through advocacy in action.
2018-2020 MSPA President
Dr. Julene Nolan
School Psychologists in Minnesota and our Executive Board at MSPA stand together with our BIPOC communities in outrage and heartbreak at the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing violence and destruction in our communities. We know that our children and families are suffering and we wish to offer support and healing.
In addition, we recognize the need to address racial trauma or race-based trauma affecting many members of our community. If you are facing this or supporting others who are coping with this, you may benefit from resources available. For example, Hardy (2013) recommends several discrete steps for helping youth to cope with racial trauma including:
In addition, resources for supporting children through racial trauma are available on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network as you engage in support and services to our communities now and in the coming months. Key features include:
We implore those in positions of privilege to take steps to change the status quo (and we hope you will help us do the same within our program and field). If you are looking for ways to take action, potential resources include: