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 Purpose

  • To develop school psychology as a science and profession.
  • To advance the education and training of school psychologists.
  • To promote ethical principles and practices in the field of school psychology.
  • To enhance and protect the rights and welfare of children and youth.

The purposes of the Association will be met through research and educational activities.

Elected Officers

President – Rhonda Remsen
President-Elect – Vacant
Past-President – Jordan Scotti
Secretary – Kristine Faherty
Treasurer – Andy Mogan
Treasurer-Elect – Vacant

MASP Committee Chairs

Information Services – Andy Mogan
Professional Development
Summer Institute – Nicole Bottsford-Miller & Isha Contway
Fall Conference – Jessica Carranza
Crisis Response – Shawna Rader Kelly & Andy Mogan
Membership Involvement – Juliana Robinson
Ethics Committee – Susan Renning
Advocacy Think Tank & Government Public Relations – Jackie Johnson-Wirth & Belinda Turley
Advocacy/Public Policy – Joelene Goodover
Professional Support – Anisa Goforth

Liaisons

NASP Delegate – Julie Parker
CSPD Council –
Mental Health – Jackie Johnson-Wirth
MCASE –
U of M School Psychology Training Program – Greg Machek

MASP Credentialing Review Board

Chair – Shawna Rader Kelly
University of Montana Representative – Greg Machek
Applicant Liaison – Joelene Goodover
NASP Delegate – Julie Parker

The task of the Credentialing Review Board is to support verification of qualifications and experience of psychologists applying for Licensure in the State of Montana. We are implementing a procedure which includes peer review and the requirement of a professionally supervised experience plan at the Class 5 level. Successful applicants will then be eligible to apply formally to the Office of Public Instruction for either a Class 5 or Class 6 License.

A training course for School Psychologist Supervisors involved in local supervision of Class 5 applicants was developed in the Fall of 2009.


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Membership Information

Regular Membership

Regular members are those licensed as school psychologists in the state of Montana

Retired Membership

Retired members are those persons retired from the field of school psychology who are no longer actively employed in schools or in another capacity that would qualify them for membership in another category

Associate Membership

Associate membership will be offered to anyone interested in the purposes of this organization. This would include individuals practicing in related fields.

Student Membership

MASP believes in the importance of nurturing those who are new to the field of school psychology. To encourage and support those who are new to the field, MASP offers a free Student Membership to all who are actively enrolled in an accredited School Psychology graduate program.

If you are interested in becoming a MASP member please fill out our Membership Application or you can register online.  

If you are currently a member, log-in or request a password here and update your membership information.

** MASP yearly memberships run from July 1st to June 30th. Renew your membership July 1st to keep your membership current.


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School Psychologist of the Year

Do you know a worthy candidate for MASP School Psychologist of the Year? To nominate someone for this award please fill out this form.

Montana School Psychologists work tirelessly, and often anonymously, to better the lives of children and youth. Every day, in settings as diverse as a preschool setting, a tiny K-12 rural school, or a large urban high school, school psychologists can be found discovering what turns a student on to learning, building a better behavior plan, contributing helpful ideas to an RtI team, guiding colleagues through data-based decision making, and more.
Every year, MASP acknowledges one individual, nominated by peers or colleagues, who stands out as a shining example of the best of the profession. This person is publicly acclaimed as the School Psychologist of the Year.

  • Jessica Carranza – 2017-2018 School Psychologist of the Year
School Psychologist of the Year, Jessica Carranza presented by Membership Involvement Chair Juliana Robinson and her family.

This year’s recipient of the Montana Association of School Psychologist (MASP) School Psychologist of the Year was Jessica Carranza.  As always it is clear Montana has some amazing School Psychologists. The nomination packet for Jessica showed she is one of those amazing school psychologists. She is a full time school psychologist employed by Great Falls Public Schools. Jessica is involved in her schools in every part of the way; working with teachers, assessing students, running groups, working with outside agencies, RTI/MTSS, and brainstorming with her school teams. She builds relationships with those that she works with, adults and students. She has a can-do attitude. She is supportive to those around her. Jessica has outstanding qualities which is why she was chosen to be the 2017 MASP School Psychologist of the Year.

  • Marit Waldum – 2016-2017 School Psychologist of the Year
MASP President Jordan Scotti, Treasurer (and Marit’s former practicum student) Carly Nason, and Montana School Psychologist of the Year, Marit Waldum

Marit Waldum of Missoula County Public School District was named 2017’s School Psychologist of the Year at the MASP 2016 Fall Conference in Helena, MT.  Marit has supervised numerous School Psychology students.  In providing guidance and structured learning, Marit allows her students to teach and collaborate with her.  She is an expert in preschool and autism evaluations.  She is a multifacted school psychologist who serves students preschool through elementary ages.  Marit is always friendly, optimistic, and open.  Her peaceful, level-headed, kind, warm, and engaging spirit allows her to continually contribute to conversations in a productive, meaningful manner.  Marit is well respected by her peers and continues to make a positive, lifetime impact on many, many people.

  • Shawna Rader Kelly  — 2015-2016 School Psychologist of the Year

Shawna Rader Kelly of Bozeman School District was named 2015’s School Psychologist of the Year at the MASP 2015 Fall Conference in Bozeman, MT.  Shawna has been an active force not only in her district, but at the state and national levels as well.  Shawna is a PREPaRE Trainer and the leader of MASP’s Crisis Response Committee.  She actively works with Montana’s Office of Public Instruction to advocate for school psychology and serves as the chair of the MASP Credentialing Review Board.  Shawna is also an incredibly active member in NASP serving as Montana’s NASP delegate as well as a regional leader.  Shawna’s expansive breadth of expertise, her impressive skill set, and her tireless dedication make her a standout school psychologist.

NASP President, Dr. Todd Savage & MASP's 2015 School Psychologist of the Year, Shawna Rader Kelly
NASP President, Dr. Todd Savage & MASP’s 2015 School Psychologist of the Year, Shawna Rader Kelly
Susan Renning & Shawna Rader Kelly (2nd Generation School Psychologist and MASP's 2015 School Psychologist of the Year)
Susan Renning & daughter Shawna Rader Kelly, (2nd generation school psychologist and MASP’s 2015 School Psychologist of the Year)
  • Julie Parker — 2014-2015 School Psychologist of the Year

Julie Parker of Big Sky High School in Missoula was named 2014’s School Psychologist of the Year at the MASP 2014 Fall Conference in Helena, MT.  Among many professional roles and duties, Parker received this award due to over 15 years of outstanding service.  Over those years, she has served on the MASP executive council, supervised University of Montana School Psychology graduate students, and participated in union work for her rural cooperative.  She was further honored for her years of service on the Flathead Indian Reservation and in other rural Montana schools.  Julie is a wonderful asset to our state and profession!

President Elect Melissa Hanson presenting Julie Parker with the 2014 School Psychologist of the Year Award at the 2014 Fall Conference
President Elect Melissa Hanson presenting Julie Parker with the 2014 School Psychologist of the Year Award at the 2014 Fall Conference
  • Ron Weaver — 2013-2014 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Jackie Johnson-Wirth — 2012-2013 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Robin Bissell — 2011-2012 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Marshall Prindle — 2010-2011 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Ann Verploegen — 2009-2010 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Thom Felton — 2008-2009 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Joanne Bartsch — 2007-2008 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Ginny Jamruska-Milner — 2006-2007 School Psychologist of the Year
  • J. Ray Haffey — 2005-2006 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Victoria Withrow — 2004-2005 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Greg Thurlow — 2003-2004 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Doug Fry — 2002-2003 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Carla Heintz — 2001-2002 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Dwight Von Schriltz — 2000-2001 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Richard Wright — 1999-2000 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Pat Grassl — 1998-1999 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Mark Taylor — 1997-1998 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Nancy Padon — 1996-1997 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Kathleen Nerison — 1995-1996 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Alan Hilden — 1994-1995 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Doug Cochran-Roberts — 1993-1994 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Charlie Brown — 1992-1993 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Evie Lamont — 1991-1992 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Bob Runkel — 1990-1991 School Psychologist of the Year
  • Lois Nicol — 1989-1990 School Psychologist of the Year

You can nominate a deserving colleague for MASP School Psychologist of the Year for 2016-17. Candidates must be practicing school psychologists who spend the majority of their time providing direct services to students, teachers, and parents.


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Advocacy Resources

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Montana State Legislature

Many people wonder how they might get engaged in contacting legislators… and what is the best way to do that.

Legislative services — the legislature’s administrative cadre — provides two excellent avenues to contact legislators: email and the legislative switchboard.

To email a legislator, go here — . This online message form permits anyone to email any legislator or an entire legislative committee and the legislator or committee members receive a hard copy of the message.

Some folks want to contact all 150 legislators in one fell swoop. While this is possible, experience shows that it is better to concentrate on one or two legislators and invite your colleagues, friends, and neighbors to concentrate on one or two other legislators.  Then make your message short, personal and friendly.

A long-time ago proven way to contact legislators is to call the legislative switchboard and leave a message that will be delivered to the legislator. You can leave messages for up to five legislators and one committee at a time right here — (406) 444–4800

NASP’s Advocacy Action Center

Direct link to the NASP Advocacy Action Center

At the NASP Advocacy Action Center the following resources can also be accessed.

  • Support Safe School Environments for all Students
  • Promote Evidence Based Assessment and Accountability Systems
  • Promote Balanced Approaches to School Safety
  • Support Availability of Comprehensive School Psychological Services in ESEA
  • Preserve Education Funding
  • Find your elected officials
  • Subscribe to the NASP Mailing List

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School Psychology Ethics

Susan Renning is the chair of the MASP Ethics Committee.
Susan has practiced as a school psychologist for many years.
When an ethical concern is brought to her attention she will bring it to the attention of the Executive Counsel so as to best help with the situation.
Please contact Susan at: srenning@bresnan.net
MASP recommends:

Professional Ethics for School Psychologists, 2nd Edition

Leigh Armistead
Barbara Bole Williams
Susan Jacob


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Crisis Prevention

MASP Crisis Response Liaisons are Shawna Rader Kelly and Andy Mogan.

The MASP Crisis Response Liaisons may be contacted to assist school districts with school crisis or to provide PREPaRE training to assist school and district crisis teams.

Shawna is a certified PREPaRE trainer for both Workshops 1 and 2.  Andy is a certified PREPaRE trainer for Workshop 1.  Further information about the PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training Curriculum can be found on the NASP website (http://www.nasponline.org/prepare/index.aspx)

Other school safety and crisis resources are available at http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/index.aspx

Tips for helping parents talk to a child after a family member’s suicide attempt

Talking at Student Down from Violence

Responsible Media Surrounding Crisis

Missoula County Public Schools Livebinder Resource Regarding Death of a Student or Staff

NASP Podcast on Social Media and Crisis Events


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The Review of Licensing for Class 5 and Class 6

School Psychologists

The members of the Montana Association of School Psychologists welcome you to our website and will be willing to support applicants seeking licensure by answering any inquiries or providing guidance.

Applicants seeking employment in Montana will need to advise any potential employer of their stage in the Licensure process. The MASP Applicant Liaison (see below) will advise applicants of the date of the next Review Board meeting.

If you believe you are eligible for either a Class 5 or Class 6 License, please apply appropriately. Application materials can be found on the OPI website.

Class 5 Information

Class 6 Information

The National Association of School Psychologists has updated it’s requirements for National Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) renewal.  If you will be a first time NCSP holder after January 1, 2016 one year of academic support from a supervisor or a mentor.  For more information regarding the application process for your NCSP check out nasponline.org or find the verification form here.

MASP Applicant Liaisons

Assistance is available!

The following people are more than happy to assist you with your application or answer your questions.

Joelene Goodover, Applicant Liaison (406) 761-1970 or jsongpaja@gmail.com

Shawna Rader Kelly, Board Chair shawna.rader@gmail.com

A training course for School Psychologist Supervisors involved in local supervision of Class 5 applicants was developed in the Fall of 2009.


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