Empowering Children, Educators, and Families

Kansas Association of School Psychologists

Betsy Crawford, Ed.D. NCSP

KASP President



KASP shall sustain quality, affordable professional development emphasizing NASP approved professional development.


Fall 2018 KASP Convention

October 4th and 5th

Wichita, KS

2019 KASP Board Position Openings


Associate Editor

Western Region Director

Northeast Region Director


Communications Director

President's Message

Hello all,

Since our last newsletter, the KASP Board has been busy.  The Shortages Subcommittee has been meeting regularly with the Kansas Department of Education to develop an apprenticeship license for those with other professional license masters who want to become school psychologists.  A few of us were asked to present this information at the KSDE Leadership conference last week.  Once all the details are worked out, additional information will be available on our website soon. We will also provide information to our members during the regional meetings at the fall conference. 

We have been working to plan the 2018 fall conference.  Daniel Jacobs will be here to address the need to take care of ourselves so we can take care of others.  Additional, information will soon be available on the kasp.org website. Please make plans to attend.  

See you in Wichita in October.

Betsy Crawford

Stress Related Risk Factors for School Psychologists

  • Professional isolation
  • High caseloads
  • Large coverage area
  • Working in multiple buildings and/or districts
  • Poor self-care
  • Overwork 
  • A paucity of leisure and non-work activities
  • Exposure to secondary traumatic stress
  • Unrealistic self-expectations, rigidity
  • A tendency to focus on the needs of others while neglecting our own needs and personal problems

Stress Related Consequences for School Psychologists

  • Headaches
  • Higher risk for high blood pressure and hear problems
  • Increased risk for depression and anxiety
  • Social/professional isolation
  • Job dissatisfaction
  • Higher likelihood of burnout
  • Suicide Chemical abuse or dependence
  • Relationship conflicts
  • Increased risk for ethical violations
  • increased risk for unprofessional behaviors

SELF CARE: What can we do?

Our breath.  We have it with us at all times.  We take it everywhere.  Its free.  We can't live without it, but do we use it to its fullest potential?  Breathing -- intentional breath is one of our most powerful tools for self-management, stress-management, our health, our self-care.  The following videos highlight the benefits and walk you through how to take just 5-10 minutes each day to be mindful -- to breathe.  

All it takes is 10 mindful minutes | Andy Puddicombe

Breath -- five minutes can change your life | Stacey Schuerman | TEDxChapmanU

Preventative and stress reducing measures that include meeting your basic needs: 
  • Get proper amount of sleep (6-8 hours each night)

  • Increase water intake
  • Eating a balanced diet, ensuring your body is getting adequate levels of protein
Preventative and stress reducing measures that include physical activity:
  • Regular exercise

  • Yoga, meditation
  • Regular stretching
Preventative and stress reducing measures that include your mind/thought/perspective:
  • Focus on being present in the moment
  • Avoid self-critical comments
  • Have the right attitude
  • Keep your problems in perspective
Preventative and stress reducing measures that can be done both at and away from from work:
  • Maintain social network
  • Find time to smile and laugh
  • Within the work setting, find a support group or team (Professional Learning Communities)
  • Delegate tasks
  • Remember: It's okay to say "No." 
From the mouths of school psychologists:
  • Find a small group, probably office staff and cook for each other once a week.  Ensure that you only need to bring food once a month, but the other weeks, lunch is provided for you!
  • School Psych Professional Learning Communities (PLC's) that meet once a week.  This provides an opportunity to review cases, ensure consistency of decision making/data interpretation, provides a layer of support to each other, and provides a natural time for outreach for research and PD. 
  • If you tend to spend a lot of time in your car, make your car a relaxing place.  Keep it clean and clutter free.  Spend a minute or two before you leave in the morning to find whatever it is you want to listen to, put your favorite drink in the cup holder and keep your favorite snack handy.  

The 3 Secrets School Psychologists can use to Practice Self-Care – with Nataly Kogan

The point: Keep it simple and remember you don't have to do everything all at once.   Let's face it, stressing about the "need" to do self-care defeats the purpose.  Finding one or two things that work for you can make a positive impact on the quality of your day.  Find something that works within your schedule, that is already apart of your day and be intentional about accessing it.  For example, if you're a school psychologist that spends ample amount of time in the car, that may be a good time to practice deep breathing techniques OR a time to smile/laugh by listening to humorous/enjoyable podcasts or audio books.  


A. (2018, June 3). The 3 Secrets School Psychologists can use to Practice Self-Care – with Nataly Kogan. Retrieved July 8, 2018, from https://www.thrivingschoolpsych.com/the-3-secrets-school-psychologists-can-use-to-practice-self-care-with-nataly-kogan/

B. (2018). Professional Health and Well-being for Psychologists. Retrieved July 8, 2018, from http://www.apapracticecentral.org/ce/self-care/well-being.aspx?_ga=2.137828016.1814872294.1531071808-716866792.1531071808

Griffin, R. M. (2014, April 1). 10 Health Problems Related to Stress That You Can Fix. Retrieved July 9, 2018, from https://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/10-fixable-stress-related-health-problems#1

Scott, E. (2018, February 12). Take a Look at the Top 10 Self-Care Strategies for Stress Reduction. Retrieved July 8, 2018, from https://www.verywellmind.com/self-care-strategies-overall-stress-reduction-3144729

Board News and Announcements

Board Minute Summary by Susan Severin, Secretary

Timely Events

convention news





Kansas Association of School Psychologists (KASP) is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists to offer continuing education for school psychologists.  KASP maintains responsibility for the program.                                         

 KASP is a NASP approved provider of CPDs.   KASP is approved provider #1030

No person will be denied access to or full participation in any KASP program, event or activity on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, disability, or age. 


Newsletter Archives

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software