|Mission Statement:||School Psychologists of Central Ohio (SPCO) is committed to promoting the professional growth of school psychologists by sharing ideas, methods, and current research and practices in the areas of school psychology and related fields. To achieve this mission, SPCO partners with school psychology training programs and local school districts and is strongly committed to supporting changes in local, state, and federal legislation which are in the best interest of children's individual educational and mental health needs. This organization will acknowledge its affiliation with and support of the Ohio School Psychologists Association (OSPA) and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) by promoting membership and participation in said organizations.|
|Ohio Counties or Region Served:||Delaware, Fairfield, Franklin,
Licking, Madison, Pickaway, Union
|Current President:||Jay Bahnsen
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|Current Membership:||Approximately 75|
|Number of OSPA Executive Board Members:||2|
|Usual Meeting Location:||Various locations around the Columbus area|
|2012-13 Meeting Schedule:||
January 24, 2013 - Executive Board Meeting and profession seminar (open discussion).
April 25, 2013 - 3rd annual networking event.
|Special Affiliations or Roles:||Many school districts in our region serve as practica and intern school psychologist sites for the Ohio State University.|
|Additional Information:||We would like to work with OSPA to increase active
membership and to expand our role as an expert resource beyond the school forum and into the broader community.
This website provides an excellent opportunity for the Regionals to unite into a statewide presence through OSPA and become a reliable and respected resource for information related to the education of children, broadly defined.
|"Celebrities" or Special Stories:||We have several award-winners among
our membership, including an OSPA School Psychologist of the Year, Jim Kline. Jack Naglieri, one of the authors of the Cognitive Assessment System and other norm-referenced standardized assessment instruments, is an alumnus of our region.
Our membership represents professionals from large urban, suburban, mixed suburban/rural, and rural districts. We have an active relationship with the School Psychology program at OSU, and members of the faculty are actively involved in OSPA and SPCO.