TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS (TASP) CONFERENCE
submitted by: LeeAnn Green, Pooja Shridhar, Nancy Severson-Olson, and Lauren Wisnoski
TASP conferences provide an excellent opportunity to make connections with practicing school psychologists, which can lead to practicum/internship sites for the SHSU School Psychology Program. These conferences are also a great source of information that can be useful topics to discuss in conference sessions for research papers. Current research and issues, and best practices are major topics discussed at these sessions, and it is important for students in training to be aware of these issues. The SHSU participants made the following comments:
“The TASP conference is an excellent bridge that connects graduate students to the world of work!”
“Overall, I really had a great time, and I met some really interesting people that were very interested in what my team is researching, and want to do what they can to help us.” She was able to make a few contacts in Australia and New Zealand who want to work in tandem with them on their project.
Another student indicated that she had the opportunity to meet and talk with LSSP's from different districts across Texas and make connections that will benefit both her and the university.
“This opportunity to network with school psychology professionals was beneficial to me in terms of learning information about how individual districts function, differences among internship programs, and hearing stories about situations that others have encountered. Overall, attending TASP was a beneficial and educational experience, and I intend to return in years to follow.”
“I was able to network in order to help facilitate professional development and aid in my training. Additionally, attending allowed me to be exposed to and keep up with contemporary practices and research. Most importantly, I was able to associate with other professionals in the field and was able to continue my comprehensive training as a student.”
“The assessment battery course was beneficial for my career as an LSSP due to the fact that our job description may be very heavily based on assessment. The course on functional behavior analysis was also very informative. I felt that it was a good review of what we had already learned in our previous semesters in school.” Back