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NASP Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services: NASP Practice Model Overview
This is the NASP Practice Model brochure that summarizes the domains of practice and key messages related to the model.

School Psychologists: Improving Student and School Outcomes
This is a NASP policy statement on school psychologists' role in improving student outcomes. This document cross references NASP policy, standards for practice, and research outcomes.

The ABC's of Children's Mental Health
This policy handout describes how educators need to understand the role mental health plays in the school context because it is so central to our students' social, emotional, and academic success.

School-Based Mental Health Services and School Psychologists
This NASP handout on school-based mental health services shows how school psychologists fit into a comprehensive continuum of school mental health.

An Overview of School Based Mental Health Services
This policy handout was created by NASP, the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, and the School Social Work Association of America in order to describe the roles of school-employed and community-employed school mental health providers.

Possibilities in Action Partners Partnering to Ensure Student Success
The Possibilities in Action Partners Program is part of NASP's ongoing effort to help school psychologists promote children's success in school and life, to improve collaboration within the school community, and to help highlight the education community's exceptional efforts to educate and support the development of all children.

Appropriate Behavioral, Social and Emotional Supports to Meet the Needs of All Students
This position statement reinforces NASP's support for multi-tiered problem solving strategies in meeting the behavioral, social, emotional and academic needs of all students.

Ensuring High Quality, Comprehensive Pupil Services
This position statement supports policies and practices that enhance the education and development of all students through the organized delivery of comprehensive school-based pupil services including psychological services.

Students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
This position statement articulates NASP's support for appropriate evaluation, identification and services for students with ADD/ADHD.

Importance of School Mental Health Services
This position statement clarifies the critical importance of providing comprehensive and coordinated mental health services in schools.

Prevention and Intervention Research in Schools
This position statement recognizes the need for research and evidence-based prevention and intervention practices to address student learning, social–emotional development, behavioral performance, instructional methodology, school practices, classroom management, and other areas salient to school-based services and improving student outcomes.


Social Skills: Promoting Positive Behavior, Academic Success, and School Safety
This fact sheet describes the extent to which children and adolescents possess good social skills can influence their academic performance, behavior, social and family relationships, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Social skills are also linked to the quality of the school environment and school safety.

Mental Health in Schools: Serving the Whole Child
This article describes the provision of mental health services in schools.

Communication Matters - Focus on Mental Health: Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS)
This article describes how to formulate a message regarding school psychologists' role in PBS.

Communication Planning and Message Development: Promoting School-Based Mental Health Services
This fact sheet discusses effective communication as being vital to achieving the goals and objectives of school psychology, whether trying to improve services at the building level, secure funding at the state level, or shape policy at the national level.

Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Students
This Principal Leadership magazine article outlines the school's role in responding to the mental health needs of students.

Culturally Competent Mental Health Services in the Schools: Tips for Teachers
This handout discusses how culturally competent mental health services include policies and practices that enable school personnel to effectively address the social, behavioral, and mental health needs of students from diverse cultures.

Supporting Children's Mental Health: Tips for Parents and Educators
This tip sheet for parents and educators describes how to support the mental health needs of students.

Remembering Columbine: School Safety Lessons for the Future
This article provides “lessons” on creating safe school environments.

Helping Children After a Natural Disaster: Information for Parents and Teachers
This article describes how schools can help play an important role in helping children respond to natural disasters.

Collaborative Consultation: Developing Culturally Sensitive Suicide Prevention Programs in Native Communities
The primary purpose of this article is to provide a justification for and description of a suicide prevention program that uses a culturally sensitive consultation model for Native communities.

Communication Matters - Helping Children and Staff Understand and Minimize Stress
This article describes how school psychologists are in an ideal position to help raise awareness among staff, parents, and students regarding the causes and effects of stress, identify environmental school and population-based stress factors, recognize children and adults who encounter higher than average stress, and help access supports to enhance coping capacity.

Self-Concept and Self-Esteem in Adolescents
This Principal Leadership article directs principals to focus on helping students develop their strengths in a supportive environment.

Fishful Thinking: Cultivating Gratitude in Youth
This article is the first in a series by Karen Reivich, PhD, creator of Fishful Thinking, a parent outreach program designed to promote optimism and resilience in children.

Adolescent Dating and Intimate Relationship Violence: Issues and Implications for School Psychologists
This literature review examines the definition and prevalence of teen dating violence. Risk factors for becoming a perpetrator or victim are described. The article includes prevention and intervention strategies for school psychologists and suggested steps for future research.

Webinars, Workshops & Trainings

Students with Mental Retardation and Depression: Providing Understanding and Assistance. Presented by Paula McCall.
This 2011 NASP Convention presentation addresses how school psychologists can best serve the needs of students with mental retardation and depression.

Early Intervention for Young Children with ADHD: 24-Month Outcomes. Presented by George DuPaul.
This is a NASP podcast from a 2009 NASP Convention presentation reviewing a research study addressing early intervention services for young children with ADHD.

Best Practices in Brief Counseling with Students. Presented by John Murphy
This Best Practices V online learning module provides an overview of brief counseling, a practical approach to counseling students with behavioral and social/emotional problems.

Best Practices in Multicultural Counseling. Presented by Janine Jones
This Best Practices V online learning module offers guidelines for school psychologists to provide multicultural counseling for children in schools.

Adapting Cognitive-Behavioral, Family, and Psycho-educational Interventions for Bipolar Disorder
This NASP Online Learning Center workshop teaches how to assess the impairment from bipolar disorder in elementary-, middle school–, and high school–age youths, and then map this information onto treatment strategies.

What You Always Needed to Know about Psychiatric Medications in Children
This NASP Online Learning Center workshop reviews the psychiatric medicines most commonly used in children and adolescents, including the stimulants and the non-stimulant Strattera for ADHD, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression and anxiety disorders, the mood stabilizers for bipolar disorder, the sleep medicines, and the atypical antipsychotics used for psychosis and frequently for disruptive behavioral disorders.

Teaching a Teacher an Intervention (Podcast)
This podcast is about how to effectively incorporate teachers into intervention implementation and monitoring.

NASP Books and Publications

Best Practices in School Psychology V
By Alex Thomas and Jeff Grimes

Helping Children at Home and School III: Handouts for Families and Educators
By Andrea S. Canter, Leslie Z. Paige, and Steven Shaw

Homework, Organization and Planning Skills (HOPS) Interventions
by Joshua Langberg

Interventions for Achievement and Behavior Problems in a Three-Tier Model Including RTI.
Edited by Mark Shinn and Hill Walker

Pediatric Disorders: Current Topics and Interventions for Educators

School Crisis Prevention and Intervention: The PREPaRE Model

Best Practices in School Crisis Prevention and Intervention.
Edited by Stephen Brock, Philip Lazarus, and Shane Jimmerson.

NASP Toolkit: School-Based Mental Health

Transforming School Mental Health Services: Population-Based Approaches to Promoting the Competency and Wellness of Children
by Beth Doll and Jack Cummings