NASP Practice Model Advocacy Roadmap

Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services

The Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services (also known as the NASP Practice Model) is a set of tools to help individuals and state associations plan their grassroots advocacy efforts related to the promotion and adoption of the NASP Practice Model. This Advocacy Roadmap will provide individuals and state associations with some key materials and resources to plan an advocacy response within the context of the NASP Practice Model.

How to use your Advocacy Roadmap

The NASP Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services is designed to be used in conjunction with the NASP Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists, Standards for the Credentialing of School Psychologists, and Principles for Professional Ethics to provide a unified set of national principles that guide graduate education, credentialing, professional practice and services, and ethical behavior of school psychologists.

These NASP policy documents are intended to:

  • define contemporary school psychology
  • promote school psychologists' services for children, families, and schools
  • provide a foundation for the future of school psychology

These NASP policy documents are used to communicate NASP's positions and advocate for qualifications and practices of school psychologists with stakeholders, policy makers, and other professional groups at the national, state, and local levels.

This Advocacy Roadmap is meant to provide a basic set of resources and materials to support state association advocacy efforts promoting the adoption of the NASP Practice Model in policy and practice. It is a place to start and we hope that individuals and state leaders that engage in advocacy activities that prove to be successful will consider sharing their ideas and experiences with NASP leaders for possible inclusion in this Advocacy Roadmap. Individuals and state leaders are encouraged to review all of the materials posted in this toolkit and think creatively and broadly about how the materials may be adapted for use in your local communities and states. Ultimately, individuals and state association leaders will need to craft their own unique response based upon the issues and polices in their local school districts and states.

Table of Contents

Exhibit A: Examining the Landscape of School Reform and the Impact of the NASP Practice Model
This document provides a quick overview of the current issues that are impacting school psychologists, how the NASP Practice Model can help address these issues, and what advocates need to do to become familiar with the NASP Practice Model before they begin their advocacy.

Exhibit B: Advocacy “To Do” List
This is a “to do” list that provides a sequence for action and quick electronic links to the resources contained in this Advocacy Roadmap.

Exhibit C: Assessing the Climate for NASP Practice Model Advocacy
This document is designed to help you determine the current climate and needs regarding school psychology advocacy. It asks the user to consider questions related to the role of school psychologists, how they are perceived and valued by stakeholders, and questions related to system leadership and functioning. Through careful review of these questions, individuals and state leaders can begin to understand where to focus their advocacy efforts.

Exhibit D: Profile of School Psychology Practice and Services
This document is designed to help you evaluate the roles of school psychologists and the services that they are providing.

Exhibit E: Key Messages about the NASP Practice Model
This document summarizes the key advocacy messages related to the NASP Practice Model. These messages are targeting external stakeholders and are easily adapted for other audiences.

Exhibit F: Summary of School Psychology Advocacy Resources for Promoting the NASP Practice Model
This section provides resources that focus on promoting the NASP Practice Model, school psychology, and school psychological services.

Exhibit G: Public Policy Advocacy Examples Incorporating the NASP Practice Model
This section contains examples of how the NASP Practice Model has been incorporated into current policy at the local, state and national levels. Examples include a federal resolution, a state statute, local school district policies, and a university internship plan.

Exhibit H: Tips for Being an Effective Advocate
This section contains tips on how to engage in effective public policy advocacy through the use of grassroots initiatives. Contents include:

  1. Becoming an Effective Advocate: How to Educate School Boards About Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services
  2. Becoming an Effective Advocate: How to educate lawmakers about Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services
  3. Frequently Asked Questions About Working with a Lobbyist
  4. NASP Handout - Effective (and Easy) Communications Tips for School Psychologists
  5. NASP Handout - Media Outreach through Newspapers

Exhibit I: Action Planning Template
This exhibit is a template to help state associations or small groups of school psychologists create an effective advocacy plan for promoting the NASP Practice Model. This tool will assist school psychologists in identifying specific goals, associated activities, timelines, personnel responsible, needed resources, and anticipated outcomes.

Exhibit J: NASP Assistance Available to States
This document summarizes resources, materials, and leader and staff contacts for school psychologists engaging in school psychology advocacy campaigns.

Exhibit K: Advocating for School Psychology: Lessons Learned
As you engage in active advocacy on behalf of school psychology, you are bound to learn something along the way. This document is provided as a template for you to tell your story so that others may learn from your experiences. We hope that you will take the time to provide this feedback so that the road will be a more predictable and rewarding journey for the next school psychologist committed enough to travel it.