Organization of Guide Resources

The NASP Practice Model Implementation Guide is organized into five areas relevant to enhancing practice using the NASP Practice Model as both the framework for change and the end goal. Sections include:

Section I: NASP Practice Model Overview
Provides an overview of the model's intent, the 10 domains of practice, and the organizational principles.

Section II: Implementation and Service Delivery
Provides guidance on how you can advocate for a more comprehensive role by assessing the needs of your school or district and identifying specific strategies to support the needs identified. The section also explains how linking these strategies to the NASP Practice Model helps demonstrate the value of school psychological services. This section is relevant for all school psychologists and describes steps that can be taken whether you are just starting to align your role with the NASP Practice Model or have already made progress in doing so. This is probably the best place for individual practitioners to start.

Section III: Organization and Management of School Psychological Services
Provides a brief introduction to the Practice Model Organizational Principles; offers guidance on how to organize service delivery; provides considerations regarding school climate, key personnel issues, supervision, mentoring and professional development; and outlines a self-reflection process for individual and systems professional needs assessment. This section is most appropriate for school psychologists who want to advocate for improved organizational infrastructure and individuals working at the systems level who can implement such change.

Section IV: Evaluating School Psychological Services
Provides guidance on two types of evaluation: (a) establishing a personnel evaluation system aligned with the model that focuses on growth and improvement of individual professionals, and (b) district-wide service delivery evaluations for the purposes of both improving services and demonstrating value of a comprehensive role. This section is most appropriate for people working in districts redesigning and/or improving personnel appraisal systems and school psychological services program evaluation systems.

Section V: The Advocacy Steps for Promoting the NASP Practice Model
Outlines the basic steps and strategies to developing an advocacy plan, building stakeholder support, and developing key messages related to the NASP Practice Model; links directly to practical resources for advancing your advocacy plan at the local and state levels. This section is a relevant tool to move forward across all areas of change outlined in the earlier three sections and could be a constant reference.

Each section Includes:

  • Learning objectives
  • Brief background on the issues
  • Practical tips and strategies
  • Common barriers
  • Examples of effective and ineffective practices
  • Ideas for promoting effective changes
  • Reflection questions and worksheets
  • Action steps