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Volume 8, Issue 2 (1979)

History of the National Association of School Psychologists: The First Decade

pp. 140—152

The National Association of School Psychologists was formed on March 15, 1969during a two day national planning convention in St. Louis. More than 400 persons from 24 states, most of whom were practicing school psychologists, met to consider the status and future of school psychology. There was an excitement and a sense of drama in the air. As the meeting hall filled to overflowing at the first gathering, there was an immediate and pervasive sense of history in the making. Expressions communicated that indeed something important was going to happen; faces reflected the exhilaration of being part of the creation of something of broad and meaningful proportions. During the next two days small and large group discussions and plenary sessions produced fervent deliberations. The result was the formation of a new and activist national organization with four purposes: a) to promote actively the interests of school psychology; b) to advance the standards of the profession; c) to help secure the conditions necessary to the greatest effectiveness of its practice; and d) to serve the mental health and educational interest of all children and youth. A tentative constitution was adopted; officers were elected (headed by Pauline Alexander, the first NASP president); standing committees were organized and chairpersons appointed; membership eligibility, procedures and dues were determined; a budget plan was passed; governing procedures were established; a part-time executive secretary was appointed; and tentative plans for a second national convention were made. These developments over such a few days were truly remarkable.

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