During the week of November 12–16, 2018 schools throughout DoDEA will celebrate National School Psychology Awareness Week to highlight the important work our school psychologists and other educators do to help all students thrive.
This year's theme, developed by the National Association of School Psychologists, is "Unlock Potential. Find Your Password!" A password is a personal key for unlocking any number of areas of potential in our lives. Our goal is to connect with how modern youth and adults unlock things (e.g., gaming levels, phones, devices, codes) and to highlight how thinking about specific skills, assets, or characteristics as "passwords" can lead to positive growth. School psychologists are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in unlocking the resources, proactive and preventive skills, and positive connections necessary to unlock one's full potential to thrive in school and life. A password can help us set goals, identify action steps, communicated need, and engage in discussions to help create the connections necessary for students to develop critical academic and social emotional skills.
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) sponsors this national event. NASP represents and supports the profession of school psychology by advancing effective practices to improve students' learning, behavior and mental health, and by maintaining essential standards for ethics and practice.
Visit the NASP website for an excellent selection of adaptable resources to help you reach out to families, educators, administrators, and other members of your school community to make them aware of your activities during School Psychology Awareness Week and your work around the year to help schools and students thrive.
School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students; consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies; work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies; and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. Visit DoDEA’s School Psychological Services to learn more.