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VASP supports school psychologists in promoting and advocating for the educational and mental health development of all Virginia's students, schools, families, and communities. 

VASP Statement regarding Social Justice

The Virginia Academy of School Psychologists (VASP) stands together with all people of our communities in heartbreak at the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many other Black men and women who have lost their lives or suffered due to systemic racism. In our role, we are poised to promote equity, education, and positive steps for all. We know that children and families are suffering and we wish to offer support and healing.

VASP acknowledges that anti-racism is uncomfortable, lifelong work that needs to begin in earnest. It is important to acknowledge the trauma caused by racial injustice. It is also equally, if not more important, to be educated on White privilege. As school psychologists, we are responsible for dismantling systemic racism and modeling anti-racism for others. This work begins with self-assessment of implicit biases, skill development, and willingness to engage in courageous conversations and take action. VASP leadership remains committed to doing this hard work and reaffirms our core values of: Integrity, Continuous Improvement, Student Centered, Advocacy, Collaborative Relationships, Diversity, and Visionary Leadership.

In sum, VASP promotes equity for all in the spirit of peace and acceptance. School psychologists apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. We partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community (NASP, 2020). This responsibility belongs to all, especially those who experience the benefits of privilege. We can and must do better through our words and actions. Our children are depending on it.

All Virginia’s students thrive in school and in life.

VASP Statement regarding Social Justice


Contact VASP President Katie Dolak with your nomination

VASP supports NASP's Advocacy Action Week - Click here for details

Resources: School Reopening and COVID-19 Information

VASP Conference Updates

The VASP board is exploring options for the Fall Conference. We will update you when plans are finalized.

Curious about the Spring 2021 VASP Conference?

Start planning your spa getaway...

The VASP Spring Conference will be at the Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. Dates TBD

Check out their website to see how great the Homestead is!

Further details coming soon!


Celebrating Virginia's School Psychologists

Congratulations to VASP's School Psychologist of the Year!

Michelle Gamble Lee County VA

Congratulations to VASP's Graduate Student of the Year!

Brennyn Polachek Radford University

Upcoming Events

Did you know you can earn CE credits by writing for the VASP newsletter? Due dates are Oct 30 for the fall issue and April 30 for spring.  Contact the editor, Amy Gabel, for more information!



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