• 4 Sep 2018 12:47 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Minnesota School Psychologist Association is excited to announce the Mid-Winter Conference Keynote Speaker: Marc Brackett, PhD. Mark your calendars for Friday, January 25th!

    Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University. His grant-funded research focuses on: (1) the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, relationship quality, and mental health; (2) the measurement of emotional intelligence; (3) best practices for teaching emotional intelligence; and (3) the influences of emotional intelligence training on children’s and adults’ effectiveness, health, creativity, and both school and workplace climate. Marc has published 125 scholarly articles and has received numerous awards, including the Joseph E. Zins Award for his research on social and emotional learning and an honorary doctorate from Manhattanville College. He also is a distinguished scientist on the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development.

    Marc is the lead developer of RULER (an acronym for the five key emotion skills of recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions) is an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by over 1,500 public, charter, and private pre-school to high schools across the United States and in other countries, including Australia, China, England, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Sri Lanka. RULER infuses social and emotion learning into the immune system of schools by enhancing how school administrators lead, educators teach, students learn, and families parent. Research has shown that RULER boosts academic performance, decreases school problems like bullying, enriches classroom climates, reduces teacher stress and burnout, and enhances teacher instructional practices.

    Marc regularly consults with large companies, including Facebook and Google on best practices for integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into training and product design. With Facebook, he has developed a number of products, including: social resolution tools to help adults and youth resolve online conflict, the bullying prevention hub to support educators, families, and teens, and InspirED, an open-source resource center to support high school students in leading positive change in their schools. Marc also holds a 5th degree black belt in Hapkido, a Korean martial art. 

  • 16 Aug 2018 9:44 AM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Dear Colleague:

    You are invited to participate in a survey about school psychologists’ perceptions of and experiences with engaging in coordinated care to serve students with ASD. We believe that the results of this study will provide valuable information to school psychologists, graduate educators, and policy makers in better understanding the benefits as well as barriers and facilitators to coordinated care between schools and outside providers. Participants must be currently employed as a school psychologist in a public or private school district in the United States.

    This study has been approved by the Institutional Review Board (Protocol #9425) at Utah State University. Participation is voluntary and is anticipated to take 20-30 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept strictly confidential. There is no foreseeable risk to participants and you may opt out at any time. Participants who complete the survey will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $100 gift card to

    If you are interested in participating in the current study, please select the following link:

     If you have any general questions about the survey, please contact the principal investigator, Maryellen McClain Verdoes, PhD at 435-797-6373 or

     Please feel free to forward the survey to your friends and colleagues. 

  • 15 Jul 2018 4:42 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)
  • 23 May 2018 6:01 PM | Quinn Meyer (Administrator)

    Kim Adams (right), Minnesota NASP Representative presents $500 check to Sue Abderholden (left) from NAMI-MN.  This money was raised from the Annual Silent Auction featured at the 2018 MSPA Midwinter Conference.

  • 20 Mar 2018 12:55 PM | Dana Robb (Administrator)

    PREPaRE School Crisis Workshops

    Greetings from UWRF!

    School crisis prevention and intervention workshops will be held this coming June in Hudson, WI. Learn school safety and crisis prevention skills (Workshop 1) and/or develop your tiered crisis intervention skills (Workshop 2). NASP approved continuing professional development hours are provided.

    Additional details and registration information:

    Seats are limited so consider registering soon!

    Feel free to forward this email to anyone you think might be interested.

    Questions? Call me at the number below.

    Scott A. Woitaszewski, Ph.D., NCSP
    Professor & Director, School Psychology Program
    Department of Counseling & School Psychology
    University of Wisconsin - River Falls
    (715) 425-3883
    (Pronouns: He/Him/His)

  • 12 Mar 2018 12:00 PM | Dana Robb (Administrator)

    2018 MSSWA Spring Conference

    Suicide Prevention/Mastering Skills to Support Others

    Wednesday, April 11th at the TIES Event Center in St. Paul

    Click here for more information.

  • 25 Feb 2018 12:00 PM | Dana Robb (Administrator)

    LGBTQ and other gender nonconforming identified School Psychology program graduates, whether they are currently practicing in the field of school psychology or not, are invited to participate in a Queens College research study on School Psychologists’ Experiences with Gender and Sexual Diversity in the work field. This study is led by Dr. Cliff Yung-Chi Chen, Assistant Professor of School Psychology, Educational and Community Programs, Queens College of the City University of New York.

    The link to the study is:

    Please email us at if you have any questions about this study.

    Cliff Yung-Chi Chen, Ph.D.

  • 21 Feb 2018 12:00 PM | Dana Robb (Administrator)

    15th Annual Day at the Hill

    Changed to May 5th @ EdMN

    Monday March 5, 2018
    8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Capitol Ridge Event Center
    161 St. Anthony Ave,#100
    St. Paul, MN 55103

    MN School Social Workers' Association and MN School Psychologists Association is once again excited to join together for this year's Day at the Hill.  School social workers and school psychologists will work together to inform legislators about our roles.

    Day at the Hill provides an opportunity for school social workers and school psychologists to come together to educate state lawmakers about how we address student barriers to academic success in cost effective ways.  6 CEUs awarded.  This is a staff development/Board of Social Work approved opportunity, not a political lobby day.

    Click the title above for more information and how to register for this amazing opportunity!  MSPA members can register for free!!

  • 11 Feb 2018 12:00 PM | Dana Robb (Administrator)

    PREPaRE 1 and 2

    Edinburgh, Scotland

    June 29th -July 6th 2018

    In conjunction with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls Office of International Education, school psychology graduate educators Todd A. Savage (UWRF; NASP President, 2015-2016) and Christine Peterson (UW-Stout) will be offering a week-long study abroad opportunity at Dalkeith Palace outside of Edinburgh, Scotland during the summer of 2018. Throughout this week abroad, participants will receive certified PREPaRE workshops 1 and 2. Other activities include an educational field trip as well as time for personal exploration. Participants may also elect to extend their stay (June 29-July 27) for a full course on school safety and culture. To learn more, please contact Todd A. Savage (, Christine R. Peterson ( or UW Office of International Education  (715) 425- 3228.

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