Position statements and resolutions represent the official policy of NASP and are approved by the NASP Leadership Assembly.
According to findings from the U.S. Global Change Research Program, rising global temperatures due to climate change continue to result in a variety of environmental impacts, including, but not limited to, an increase in air pollution, extreme heat conditions, and extreme weather events, all of which have negative physical and mental health implications for children and youth. … more
Given the data regarding the harmful effects of police in schools, especially the disproportionate negative impact on students of color and students from historically minoritized populations, NASP opposes federal funding to increase the number of police in schools. … more
We are at a historical moment where some in the United States are more openly discussing how racism is endemic to our culture and organizations. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others, in addition to the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black communities, have highlighted the systemic inequities that Black people have faced historically and continue to face today. As a professional association for school-based mental health professionals, NASP—and school psychologists as individuals—must examine our own history and take steps to commit to antiracist practices. … more
As part of the National Association of School Psychologists' (NASP) commitment to ensure all children's safety, well-being, and ability to thrive in school, at home, and throughout life, NASP has adopted the "Resolution to Support Efforts to Prevent Gun Violence". The work of NASP is grounded in its mission, professional standards, position statements, resolutions, policies, and advocacy platforms, all of which are guided by research. … more
As federal, local, and state governments work to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, NASP reaffirms its commitment to ensuring that all students have access to a high-quality, public education that provides them with the comprehensive skills necessary to be successful in school, at home, and throughout life. … more
This resolution reaffirms that NASP is a nonpartisan organization with a commitment to advocating for the rights, well-being, and educational and mental health needs of all students. … more
This resolution affirms NASP's committment to supporting school psychologists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of school mental and behavioral health services. … more
This resolution from the American Psychological Association (APA) and NASP calls for actions to increase safe and supportive school policies and programs for sexual orientation and gender identity minority children and youth. … more
Resources for the APA/NASP Resolution on Gender and Sexual Orientation Diversity in Children and Adolescents in Schools
There have been significant changes in societal attitudes in recent years, but also a lack of improvement in fundamental ways that institutions support these youth. Resources include definitions, web resources, and background information for the resolution. … more
Mental and Behavioral Health Services for Children and Adolescents
NASP advocates for the provision of coordinated, comprehensive, culturally competent, and effective mental health services in the school setting.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, & Questioning Youth
NASP supports that all youth have equal opportunities to benefit from educational and mental health services within schools regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
School Violence Prevention
NASP maintains that schools must implement purposeful, coordinated strategies that increase levels of safety and security that simultaneously promote student wellness and resilience.