NASP Strategic Goals

The vision of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) is that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and throughout life. To help direct our efforts and position highly qualified school psychologists to fulfill this mission, NASP has embraced five strategic goals of the association. We consider these to be critical to the profession.

Each goal, while distinct, is interconnected and dependent on the progress of the others. The strategic goals provide a framework for identifying and addressing critical, cross-cutting issues such as ESSA implementation, professional standards revision, research needs, professional development, etc.  Most importantly, the strategic goals in concert with the strategic plan help guide our work to ensure the health of the association and the profession.

  1. Ensure availability of a high quality school psychology workforce by addressing shortages to ensure:
    • A sufficient supply of school psychologists to support the recommended ratios and the broad based role as articulated in the NASP Practice Model
    • Availability of positions in different regions to meet student needs
    • A diverse and representative workforce
    • A sufficient supply of graduate educators
    • Access to quality graduate preparation in all regions of the country
    • Access to high quality internships
  1. Advance the role of school psychologists as qualified mental and behavioral health providers to ensure:
    • School psychologists view themselves as school mental and behavioral health providers
    • School psychologists are providing comprehensive mental and behavioral health services consistent with the NASP Practice Model
    • External stakeholders view and utilize school psychologists as mental and behavioral health providers
    • Availability of varied mental and behavioral health professional development options
    • School psychologists are serving in leadership roles related to the provision of school-based mental health services
    • School psychologists are recognized as school mental and behavioral health providers in federal, state, and local statute and regulation, including Medicaid plans
  1. Advance recognition and implementation of the NASP Practice Model nationwide to ensure:
    • School psychologists identify the NASP Practice Model as reflective of their knowledge, skills, and guide for practice
    • School psychology graduate preparation programs infuse the NASP Practice Model throughout their program materials, instruction, supervision, and field experiences
    • Public policy and external stakeholders acknowledge and utilize school psychologists working within a broad based role as articulated in the NASP Practice Model
  1. Develop leadership skills and qualities of school psychologists to ensure:
    • School psychologists view themselves and act as leaders in their work and within the profession
    • School psychologists have access to leadership development opportunities and mentoring
    • Leadership within the field and within NASP is reflective of the diversity of students that we serve
    • NASP leadership maintains a balance of new and experienced leaders
    • State associations have the leadership capacity to support their members and advance the profession at the state and local levels
  2. Uphold that all children and youth are valued and that their rights and opportunities are protected in schools and communities to ensure: 
    • School psychologists gain and apply knowledge that enables them to promote equity and nondiscriminatory practices in schools
    • Members of the profession advocate at the local, state, and national levels to address inequities related to factors such as poverty, racism, violence, isolation, and economic segregation
    • Safe and supportive school environments are provided to ALL students
    • Positive change and unity occurs within a problem-solving context and with mutual understanding and respect

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