Section III: NASP Practice Model Organization and Management of School Psychological Services

This section of the guide provides steps to help ensure organizational conditions are met to ensure effective delivery of school psychological services for children, families, and schools.

In This Section:

Key Ideas:

  • There are organizational principles articulated in the NASP Practice Model that facilitate effective service delivery. There are steps that you can take to help improve these principles in your own district.
  • Supervision and professional mentorship by qualified school psychologists are essential to effective practice and advocating for this constructive leadership and guidance is possible.
  • Developing your own and your colleagues’ self-efficacy through professional learning communities and cross-stakeholder teams can facilitate professional development.
  • Communicating and understanding the value of school psychological services among professionals (both school- and community-based professionals) is critical to the implementation of effective school and community partnerships that are responsive to the “whole child” needs of students.
  • Cooperatively identifying professional development needs and sharing expertise across stakeholder groups can help meet district professional development needs without having to bring in outside experts.

Learning Objectives

After reading this section, you will be able to identify steps and resources to:

  1. Identify the core components of the NASP Practice Model Organizational Principles.
  2. Utilize outcomes from your assessment of needs, resources, policies, and practices to plan organizational change related to these principles.
  3. Promote the alignment of building and district policies with practices consistent with the NASP Practice Model.
  4. Identify your individual role in organizational change.

Related Resources

Communicating Effectively to Obtain Supervision of Professional Practice
Communiqué article with key information and effective strategies to communicate your supervision needs and the benefits to students.

Convene a Cross-Stakeholder Team
The National Center for Systemic Improvement Leading by Convening (LbC) resources provide modules, tools, rubrics, and a blueprint for leaders to engage stakeholders and improve results for students.

2020 NASP Professional Standards
An official policy document of NASP, the 2020 Professional Standards guide graduate training, credentialing, and the professional practices and ethical behavior of school psychologists.