Hello amazing school psychologists and welcome to the 2022-23 school year! I hope you all had time to recharge and relax this summer before getting back into the swing of the school routine. I am so excited to serve as President this year and amplify the collective voice of school psychologists throughout Oregon. A central goal for the OSPA leadership board this year is to increase engagement of our membership, so watch your email for information on upcoming OSPA-sponsored events!
We are excited for the presentations and topics that will be addressed at our annual OSPA Fall Conference. The conference will be held virtually on October 13-14, 2022, and is a great opportunity to earn NASP CEUs, meet your OSPA leaders, and hear from the current NASP President, Celeste Malone, during her keynote presentation. OSPA members receive a discounted rate for the conference! Registration is now open on the OSPA website.
OSPA is looking forward to highlighting the significant work and expertise of school psychologists during National School Psychology Week, November 7-11, 2022. The theme this year is “Together We Shine” to remind us that after several challenging years, filled with feelings of isolation, social injustice and inequity, economic stress, and challenges to mental and physical health; we are stronger together. Reconnecting with others and reestablishing a sense of community empowers students and adults to find purpose and possibility.
As we begin another school year, please remember to take care of yourself and prioritize your mental health. The cliché “you can’t pour from an empty cup” rings true for all of us. Take your vacation days, set healthy work boundaries, and learn to say no to more things! Lastly, please reach out to OSPA if you need resources, advice, or recommendations. Thank you for all the work you do for your schools and supporting students and families!