NASP Find-a-Mentor Program
The Find-a-Mentor program demonstrates NASP’s continued commitment to providing members with support at all levels of professional growth and development. This program connects members seeking mentorship and professional support with those wishing to provide such support.
Participating in the Find-a-Mentor program is a NASP member benefit. Participants match themselves using the online system. Mentees select mentors based on criteria, which include areas of interest, years of practice, geographic location, and more. The mentor-mentee relationship is active for the full academic year, and can extend beyond depending upon the availability of both parties.
Mentors and mentees are asked to review the Guidance for Postgraduate Mentorship and Professional Support (PDF) for recommendations on making the mentor–mentee relationship as positive and productive as possible. Please note recommendations within this document serve as suggestions only. Participants acknowledge that NASP has not vetted or screened mentors, and the establishment of the mentor-mentee relationship is the responsibility of those directly involved.
As a mentor, you are asked to have a minimum of three years of experience practicing in your role and setting in the field of school psychology. Student and Early Career members are ineligible to serve as mentors due to the work experience required. Each mentor agrees to provide professional support to each mentee for at least one academic year.
Upon registering as a mentor, you will be listed in the program as a potential mentor. Mentees may then contact you directly. When a mentee requests you as a mentor, you will be notified and removed from the potential mentor list. You then confirm your selection of the mentee. If you are unavailable, or feel you are not the right fit for the mentee, you will respond directly to the mentee.
Once a professional support relationship has been established, you will have the option to provide professional support to additional mentees by adding your name back on the list of potential mentors.
As a mentee, you are responsible for reviewing the list of potential mentors, and then selecting a mentor. When a mentor accepts the request, mentee and mentor work together to establish and negotiate the logistics of the professional support relationship (i.e., agreed upon goals, frequency and method of contact, etc.).
NASP members seeking mentorship or professional support can search among potential mentors.
Volunteer to provide mentorship or professional support to your colleagues.