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I always come away from the NASP conventions with energy and renewed excitement about being a school psychologist.
Alice Wellborn, MA, NCSP
Transylvania County Schools

I am always impressed with the level of expertise and depth of offerings at the NASP convention.
Nadine Woodle, NCSP
Naperville School District 203

Graduate Student and Early Career Activities

We invite you to be among the more than 2,000 school psychology graduate students, interns, and new professionals who attend the convention annually. Register today to build on your training or practice experiences, enhance your long-term professional capacity, expand your involvement in the field, and build career connections.

As a graduate student, you can join NASP and save up to $360 on your student convention registration fees! If you are in your early career years, you can still save on your registration by joining NASP. Plus enjoy year round member benefits including easy access to resources, information on cutting-edge findings in the field, discounted publications, and more!

You can pick from more than 1,200 peer reviewed sessions included as part of your registration fee, and you'll want to give special consideration to the following:

* Special interest for early career practitioners.

Tuesday, February 12

SE08: Student Welcome Orientation

Sheraton-Metropolitan—Metropolitan Ballroom B (Level 3)

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 5:00 p.m.–5:50 p.m.

Students will learn best practices for the convention, get networking tips from school psychology leaders, and connect with one another regarding practice and/or research interests. After the event, the Student Development Workgroup invites students to gather in the Daily Grill Bar, in the hotel lobby, for a social from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 13

SE02: The Professional in Transition: Getting and Keeping Your First Job as a School Psychologist*

Washington State Convention Center—4C-2 (Level 4)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

This popular annual session offers tips on the latest technology as well as proven practices. The presenters will review effective use of Web-based application services and the NASP Online Career Center, powerful résumés, how to correspond with prospective employers, why a professional portfolio is vital to your continued success, making the most of your interviews, and how better time management can get the job done with a minimum of stress. The fee is $15, and registration is required.

SS37: How to Write for Communique*

Washington State Convention Center—614 (Level 6)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:30 p.m.–3:20 p.m.

This session is sponsored by the NASP Publications Board.

SY005: Straight Talk About Faculty Careers: Perspectives From Early Career Trainers*

Washington State Convention Center—3A (Level 3)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:30 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

The field of school psychology is facing a shortage of professors, a shortage that is expected to continue. Therefore, it is important that graduate students in school psychology interested in academic positions learn and receive mentoring about careers in academia. This symposium provides perspectives and insights from three early-career faculty members on careers in academia and will focus on how graduate students can best prepare to be competitive candidates.

SS11: Essentials for Internship and Bringing Your Vita to Life

Washington State Convention Center—2A (Level 2)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 2:30 p.m.–3:50 p.m.

Recent graduates, practitioners, and supervisors will discuss needed program requirements, expectations for internship, and how to develop a vita that stands out during the application process. Panelists will emphasize NASP-approved standards and requirements, APPIC and non-APPIC application processes, and organizational strategies. This session is sponsored by the NASP Student Development Workgroup.

SS15: NCSP Help for Non-NASP Approved Applicants*

Washington State Convention Center—613 (Level 6)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:00 p.m.–5:20 p.m.

This session is appropriate for NCSP applicants who have completed non-NASP approved graduate preparation programs. Participants will receive an overview of the process. This session is sponsored by the NASP Certification Board. Presenters: Michael Welch, Louisiana; Nancy Scott, Illinois; and Janet Burdsall, New Jersey

SS32: Apply for the NASP Minority Scholarship—it's Easy!

Washington State Convention Center—614 (Level 6)

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 4:30 p.m.–5:20 p.m.

Past NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship recipients will provide information to potential applicants and school psychology trainers regarding preparing applications for the NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship. This session is sponsored by the NASP Minority Scholarship Program. Presenters: Erin Farmer, MA, Ball State University; Tamika P. La Salle, EdS, Doctoral Candidate, Georgia State University; Nelly Rivera, MEd, University of California, Santa Barbara; and Deborah P. Crockett, PhD.

SE14: Graduate Student Outing

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 8:30 p.m.–12:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 14

SS12: School Psychology Through Our Eyes

Washington State Convention Center—614 (Level 6)

Thursday, February 14, 2013 9:00 a.m.–10:20 a.m.

In this session, students will collaborate to share and understand barriers for students with diverse backgRounds to Max in school psychology. Working groups will be formed to address the needs of diverse students, consider pathways toward improved representation, and understand how to access leadership roles in the field of school psychology. This session is sponsored by the NASP Student Development Workgroup.

SS26: Using your Degree for Diplomacy: Putting Advocacy Into Action*

Washington State Convention Center—613 (Level 6)

Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:00 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Graduate students and early career professionals play an important role in advocating for school psychology at the local, state, and national levels. Learn about critical policy issues and concrete examples of how you, as a student or early career professional, can put advocacy efforts into action. This session is sponsored by the NASP Early Career Workgroup. Presenters: Katie Eklund, PhD, University of Arizona; and John Kelly, PhD, Commack School District.

SS13: Technology Exchange: Sharing Knowledge and Experience

Washington State Convention Center—614 (Level 6)

Thursday, February 14, 2013 10:30 a.m.–11:50 a.m.

In this session, students and experienced trainers and practitioners will share their tips, tricks, and needed skills for using technology in school psychology. After a panel presentation, working groups will be formed so students and experienced professionals can exchange information about their use of technology in our field. This session is sponsored by the NASP Student Development Workgroup.

SS14: Making the Most of Supervision

Washington State Convention Center—614 (Level 6)

Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:00 p.m.–3:20 p.m.

In this session, recent graduates, practitioners, and supervisors will discuss how to make the most of supervision. Students will learn about the different types of supervision, NASP’s guidelines for appropriate supervision, strategies for difficult situations, must-have experiences, and why supervision is an important key to student success. This session is sponsored by the NASP Student Development Workgroup.

PI015: Reducing Stress in Graduate School: Thinking Beyond the Classroom

Washington State Convention Center—303 (Level 3)

Thursday, February 14, 2013 2:00 p.m.–2:45 p.m.

The presenters will review and discuss the resources, committees, and other activities that school psychology graduate students are involved in outside of the classroom during their academic graduate career that may directly or indirectly reduce stress. Participants who attend can expect to have the opportunity to learn about other school psychology graduate programs as well as what each of these organizations do to maximize their training.

Friday, February 15

MS007: So You Want to Be a Professor: Navigating Job Searches*

Washington State Convention Center—401 (Level 4)

Friday, February 15, 2013 8:00 a.m.–9:50 a.m.

This session will provide participants with information on successfully navigating the application and interview processes when pursuing academic positions in school psychology training programs. Topics covered will include the hiring process for academic positions from the perspectives of both the applicant and the search committee, identifying potential positions, preparing application materials, making the most of interviews and campus visits, how to weigh and negotiate offers, and what to do if the applications are unsuccessful.

SS17: Preparing for the Praxis Exam in School Psychology

Washington State Convention Center—2A (Level 2)

Friday, February 15, 2013 8:00 a.m.–9:20 a.m.

This session will present strategies to assist participants in preparing for the School Psychology Praxis Exam. The Presentation will include methods, materials, and strategies for exam preparation. This session is sponsored by the NASP Certification Board.

MT14: Student Leader/Faculty Sponsor Meeting

Washington State Convention Center—619 (Level 6)

Friday, February 15, 2013 8:30 a.m.–10:20 a.m.

Enhance your student leader experience while coming together with other student leaders from across the country. Topics will include: strengthening links between your program and NASP, developing future student leader programs, and SPAW/Advocacy awards. This meeting is open to all current NASP student leaders and their faculty sponsors.

PI010: Re-Entering Practice After Child-Rearing: Managing Family and School Psychology*

Washington State Convention Center—303 (Level 3)

Friday, February 15, 2013 3:00 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

The purpose of this presentation is to discuss the implications of leaving a school psychology career and returning to that career after having children. Data describing the feminization of the field and the consequences of leaving and reentering work will be discussed. Novice, intermediate, and advanced practitioners will gain knowledge about past and current trends while reviewing the body of literature related to women and work, and receive practical suggestions for balancing career and family.


Student Information Center

Washington State Convention Center—Hall 4D Skybridge (Level 4)
Tuesday – Friday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Seeking information about student activities and initiatives? Looking for a student, mentor, or Student Leader ribbon or a graduate student convention lanyard? Convention assistants at the Student Information Center will be happy to help you navigate the convention and NASP.


Students and early career professionals who have reserved a time online before the convention can meet with a mentor to discuss questions, interests, and concerns about practicing school psychology. Students, early career professionals, and mentors who are interested but have not reserved a time can check at the Student Information Center to see whether there are any remaining opportunities.