NASP Mentorship Program
The NASP Mentorship Program is available exclusively to NASP members. To best serve prospective mentors and mentees and facilitate a more engaging mentorship experience, we are moving to a manual match process.
Participants will be manually matched for the academic year based on their interests, identities, and goals. Mentors and mentees will be able to request group mentorship for a richer dialogue.
- More tailored matching based on the mentee’s unique goals, priorities, and identities.
- Opportunity for group mentorship, depending on interest.
- A kickoff event for all mentees and mentors at the start of the school year.
- A dedicated online community for mentors and mentees to learn from each other.
How It Works
- Mentors and mentees complete the sign-up form between May and August, providing various details about their goals for mentorship, personal characteristics, and work experiences.
- Mentees and mentors will then be matched and notified of their assigned mentor/mentee by September.
- All participants will be invited to a kick-off event in September or October.
- Mentors and mentees will be provided with tools and resources to assist in getting started, and automatically signed up for the exclusive mentorship community.
- All participants will be asked to complete an evaluation of the program (not each other) at the end of the academic year.
Earn CPD Credit
Both mentors and mentees are eligible to claim CPD credit for participating in the program, as long as you can attest that your involvement helped you grow professionally by upgrading your skills or knowledge in a particular area. See categories E and F of our CPD guidelines. Mentors can submit the co-signed Professional Support Verification Form as evidence, which is required for those renewing their NCSP for the first time.
Review this guidance for suggestions on how to structure the mentorship to make it as beneficial as possible for both mentor and mentee.
This sample mentorship agreement can be adapted and modified to help establish expectations for a professional support relationship. Thanks to Dr. Meaghan Guiney for developing this agreement.
Deciding on Next Steps After Graduation
"I really lucked out when I searched the NASP Find-a-Mentor directory and discovered Sara." - Jon Goodwin
Early career school psychologist Jon Goodwin shares how having a mentor helped him reach beyond his current support network to get perspective from someone with similar interests. In this interview, he and Sara Platt, his mentor, talk about what made the mentorship work so well and share some of the highlights of the mentorship.