Recruiting Secondary/High School Students

Incorporate school psychology in AP Psychology classes. This involves presenting school psychology as an appealing career option. School psychology may be integrated in course units pertaining to mental health. Additionally, AP Psychology teachers may invite site-based practitioners and graduate students/faculty from local universities to deliver informational presentations on the profession.

Increase the visibility of the school psychologist’s role within the district. This may involve practitioners visiting classrooms in their respective schools to introduce themselves and to describe the supports they provide to students (Davis et al., 2004). Students should have clear and accessible means for reaching out to their school psychologist(s).

Provide scholarships and other forms of recognition for high school students through state associations. For example, the New Jersey Association of School Psychologists presents an annual scholarship award to a high school student who demonstrates a commitment to pursuing graduate preparation in school psychology.

Offer career mentorship programs that can introduce students to the profession. Site-based practitioners and graduate students can mentor high school students who are interested in a career in school psychology (Bocanegra, Newell, & Gubi, 2016). These programs may allow students to shadow professionals while taking college-level coursework.

Encourage early involvement in professional organizations. Offering high school students membership in state and national school psychology organizations may encourage them to utilize resources through these organizations. 

Deliver school psychology presentations to high school psychology students. Give brief informational presentations on school psychology in high school psychology. NASP provides a downloadable, adaptable PowerPoint presentation to use for such presentations.

Start a Future School Psychologists Organizations (FSPO) in your high school or college. The Ohio School Psychologists Association (OSPA) has launched an effort to promote careers in school psychology through outreach to high school and undergraduate students. The goals of the FSPO are to provide students information about school psychology careers and services through educational opportunities and volunteer experiences, opportunities to build relationships with school psychologists and school psychology trainees, and didactic sessions on various topics including working with students with disabilities and social justice issues. OSPA even provides information and materials for starting your own club.