Increasing the number of new practitioners entering the field involves recruiting a diverse range of individuals for graduate preparation in school psychology. In order to optimize their impact, recruitment efforts should promote early awareness of the field across several groups, including high school students, undergraduate students, and professionals in related fields (e.g., education, clinical psychology) who are interested in re-specializing.
One especially important consideration in addressing shortages concerns the underrepresentation of racially and ethnically minoritized practitioners. The results of NASP's most recent membership survey indicated that only 13% of respondents identified as racially and ethnically minoritized. Moreover, only 14% of members reported fluency in a language other than English, and only half of these individuals reported involvement in bilingual or multilingual service delivery (Walcott, Charvat, McNamara, & Hyson, 2015). Efforts to increase the representation of CLD school psychologists should be a critical component of national efforts to remedy shortages.
Ensuring adequate number and capacity of graduate programs also remains important to ensure a sufficient pipeline into the profession. The NASP Graduate Education Committee has generated a series of Technical Assistance Briefs on topics ranging from how to start a new program, advocating for keeping programs amidst threats of closure, and supporting new faculty. Additionally, the NASP Policies and Procedures for the Review and Accreditation of Graduate Programs in School Psychology provide information for programs considering opening up another location, either online or in person.