Montgomery County School Psychologists' Association
Return to School & COVID-19
As MCPS students and staff return to in-person learning, many for the first time since March 2020, supporting the social, emotional, mental, and behavioral health needs of students, families, and staff is of utmost importance. Please click below for resources:
Each year, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) hosts a mental health awareness fair to promote services, connect families with resources, and destigmatize topics. The event started in 2016 and was hosted by MCSPA. Due to the success of the event, MCPS requested to hold this event annually in conjunction with MCSPA. Since then, a variety of mental health professionals within MCPS and the community have come together to continue the important work of the fair.
Join us for Children's Mental Health Matters! Week 2021
The Children's Mental Health Matters! campaign brings together non-profits, schools, and other agencies with the following goals: raising public awareness of the importance of children’s mental health and substance use, helping reduce the stigma of mental health, and connecting families, educators and providers throughout Maryland with resources to help children. For additional resources for families and educators, visit the Children's Mental Health Matters website and check out MCSPA on Twitter.
2020-21 MCSPA SPOTY Award Recipient: Mrs. Cheree Price
MCSPA congratulates Ms. Cheree Price on winning the 2020-21 Montgomery County School Psychologist of the Year (SPOTY) Award! It is an honor to recognize one of our outstanding colleagues for MCSPA School Psychologist of the Year. Cheree is described as a bright light in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS), a kind and energetic individual who is a model school psychologist.
Please click the video above to view the 2020-21 MCPSA SPOTY video.
To view the SPOTY Winner Statement in its entirety, click here.
For access to the recognition in MCPS's The Bulletin, click here.
MCSPA would also like to recognize our three SPOTY Honorable Mentions for their dedication to students and families, outstanding contributions to the field of school psychology, and unwavering commitment to the betterment of their colleagues and their work. MCSPA congratulates Mr. Kevin Riley, Mrs. Allison Jacobus, and Mr. Matt Kamins. MCSPA is proud of you!
National School Psychology Week (NSPW) 2020
November 9-13 is National School Psychology Week (NSPW) 2020! Check out www.NASPonline.org starting on November 9 for resources and information. NASP flyers can be found here (English/Spanish) - Help spread awareness!
MCPS Mental Health Awareness Week
MCSPA is proud to co-sponsor this year's MCPS Mental Health Awareness Week. This free event will take place virtually from Monday, October 26 to Saturday, October 31. Please visit www.MCPSmentalhealth.org for access to 26 different presentations, covering topics from COVID-19 to Suicide Awareness and more!
Protests Across America
National protests following the death of George Floyd have sparked discussions surrounding race, privilege, discrimination, racism, and social justice. Students are feeling overwhelmed by these issues and look to us to teach them, make them feel safe and help them make sense of the world. MCPS school psychologists have a responsibility to support all students and support parents and educators in talking about these important topics.
To help start these conversations, resources from NASP and the American Academy of Pediatrics can be found here. Additional resources for parents and educators gathered from various MCPS school psychologists can be found here.
Talking about coronavirus with your children can be overwhelming. Check out these NASP and MCPS resources to help. MCPS School System and Community Resources can be found here.
MCSPA is now on Twitter! Follow us @ MCSPA_MCPS! We tweet information regarding public relation events, upcoming advocacy events, informative resources, and mental health self-care tips, among other topics. Feel free to share with colleagues, MCPS staff, friends, and family.
To promote and maintain the highest standards of professional practice for the provision of psychological services as set forth by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
To encourage and facilitate discussion by psychologists on matters of professional interest and help secure conditions which promote the greatest effectiveness in the practice of school psychology.
To advocate for the interests of children through school psychology as a science and profession.
To provide input to Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education, Leadership and Administration to assist children in meeting or exceeding performance and achievement standards.
To establish a liaison and encourage effective collaboration with other professions and professional agencies concerned with education and well-being of children.