During the week of November 11–15, 2019 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, "Find Your Focus" is action oriented, flexible, and relevant to all age groups. Finding your focus can mean a variety of meanings from paying attention, to being able to see an idea more clearly, to identifying an area of interest, or to being persistent or determined in one’s effort. Focusing can help us set goals, identify action steps, communicate need, and engage in discussions to help create the connections necessary for students to develop critical academic and social emotional skills.
Additionally, school psychologists and other school staff may “find their focus” by honing in on their leadership in the counseling room, the classroom, the community, and beyond. School psychologists can find a focus to help improve school climate, advocate for systems-level change, or enhance specific areas of their practice.
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.