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School Psychologists Appreciation Day

Taking care of themselves
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School Psychologists Appreciation
Jonathan Fickies

Monica Vilacha (left), a school psychologist at PS 146 in Manhattan, enjoys a workshop titled Bilingual Assessment of Dual Language Learners.

“It feels good to be appreciated,” said Elise Daniel, a school psychologist at PS 197 in Queens. Daniel was among more than 250 psychologists receiving a hearty “thank you” from the UFT on Nov. 12 at the fourth annual School Psychologists Appreciation Day celebration. Participants attended their choice of three professional development sessions at UFT headquarters in Manhattan and heard about UFT Welfare Fund supplemental health benefits and services. Most important, they took time to publicly praise their colleagues and themselves. “Psychologists don’t always have the chance to stop and breathe,” said Raul Garcia, the chapter leader of the Social Workers and Psychologists Chapter. “We take care of others, and this was a day to take care of ourselves.”

School Psychologists Appreciation Day 2019

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School Psychologists Appreciation

Monica Vilacha (left), a school psychologist at PS 146 in Manhattan, enjoys a workshop titled Bilingual Assessment of Dual Language Learners, one of three options that was offered for the morning workshop session.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Taking a quick break to smile for the camera are (from left) Daynia Vazquez, a psychologist in District 9; Jantzel Garcia, a psychologist in District 6; and Alexandria Khalil, a psychologist in District 27.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Giancarlo Marino (left) and Latoya McCrea, school psychologists from District 11, talk shop between workshops.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Participants listen to a presentation titled The School Psychologist’s Toolkit for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

UFT Social Workers and Psychologists Chapter Leader Raul Garcia talks to members before the start of the event.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Enjoying the day are (from left) Carmen Riera, Kimberly Lopez and Leticia Caba, psychologists for Committee on Special Education (CSE) 9.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Presenter Tina Lee whispers into the ear of Leslie Sanmartin, a psychologist at PS 84 in Manhattan, to simulate auditory hallucinations as part of a presentation titled Youth  Mental Health Matters: Increasing Mental Health Literacy in Our School-Based Communities.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

MaryJo Ginese, the UFT vice president for special education, addresses the school psychologists.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Sharing a moment at the event are Ashley Bermeo (left), a psychologist for CSE 10, and Maholy Vasquez, a psychologist at PS 152 in Manhattan.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Monica Vilacha (left), a school psychologist at PS 146 in Manhattan, enjoys a workshop titled Bilingual Assessment of Dual Language Learners, one of three options that was offered for the morning workshop session.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Taking a quick break to smile for the camera are (from left) Daynia Vazquez, a psychologist in District 9; Jantzel Garcia, a psychologist in District 6; and Alexandria Khalil, a psychologist in District 27.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Giancarlo Marino (left) and Latoya McCrea, school psychologists from District 11, talk shop between workshops.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Participants listen to a presentation titled The School Psychologist’s Toolkit for Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

UFT Social Workers and Psychologists Chapter Leader Raul Garcia talks to members before the start of the event.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Enjoying the day are (from left) Carmen Riera, Kimberly Lopez and Leticia Caba, psychologists for Committee on Special Education (CSE) 9.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Presenter Tina Lee whispers into the ear of Leslie Sanmartin, a psychologist at PS 84 in Manhattan, to simulate auditory hallucinations as part of a presentation titled Youth  Mental Health Matters: Increasing Mental Health Literacy in Our School-Based Communities.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

MaryJo Ginese, the UFT vice president for special education, addresses the school psychologists.

Jonathan Fickies
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School Psychologists Appreciation

Sharing a moment at the event are Ashley Bermeo (left), a psychologist for CSE 10, and Maholy Vasquez, a psychologist at PS 152 in Manhattan.

Jonathan Fickies
Related Topics: Professional development