Students Who Are Displaced Persons, Refugees, or Asylum-Seekers
This position statement and related policy and practice recommendations affirm that schools are essential to the provision of supportive services to children who are displaced persons, refugees, or asylum-seekers. Further, NASP affirms that school psychologists are professionals who possess knowledge and skills to provide leadership in meeting the academic, social-emotional, and mental health needs of students who have been displaced. These three documents should be reviewed in conjunction to best support the needs of displaced persons, refugees, and asylum seekers.
Position Statement (PDF)
This position statement affirms that schools are essential to the provision of supportive services to children who are displaced persons, refugees, or asylum-seekers. … more
Policy Brief (PDF)
School psychologists must advocate for local, state, and national policies that keep families together and enable children to remain in a culturally responsive, supportive, and safe environment. … more
Practice Recommendations (PDF)
This resource aims to help school psychologists navigate working with youth with varying immigration statuses in schools by providing practice recommendations consistent with the NASP Practice Model, ethical standards, existing position statements, as well as federal policies and legislation. … more
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Supporting Marginalized Students in Stressful Times
Families and schools must work together to foster supportive relationships, to help children understand their emotional reactions, and to teach effective coping and conflict resolution strategies.
Learn the role of school psychologists in supporting trauma-sensitive schools, consider relevant policy recommendations, and recognize the opportunities ESSA presents to advance access to comprehensive school mental and behavioral health services.