The National Association of School Psychologists
) is the major national professional organization for school psychologists
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in the United States
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. Its stated mission
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is to "represent and support school psychology through leadership to enhance the mental health
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and educational competence of all children."
NASP provides standards for ethics and practice, and approves graduate training programs that sufficiently adhere to its training guidelines. NASP is a constituent member of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
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(NCATE) and although NCATE accredits units (such as colleges of education
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), not programs, it does provide "national recognition" status to NASP-approved programs located in units accredited by NCATE. http://nasponline.org/certification/NASPapproved.html
The organization also offers an opportunity for those who have successfully completed their graduate coursework, participated in a 1200-hour internship with at least 600 hours in a school setting, and received a score of at least 660 on the School Psychologist Praxis II Examination to apply for National Certification in School Psychology.
While the American Psychological Association
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(APA) serves similar purposes through Division 16
, one way that NASP differs fundamentally from the APA is in that it officially recognizes the specialist degree
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as the entry-level degree for the field, as opposed to the doctoral degree. The two organizations, however, are more complementary than competing. Many view NASP as the governing body for sub-doctoral school psychologists and the APA as the governing body for doctoral-level school psychologists, although there are many doctoral-level school psychologists who belong to NASP. Further, NASP approval of graduate programs does not compete with APA accreditation; the APA does not accredit non-doctoral programs http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/schoolpsy.html
, and NASP will more quickly approve programs that have already been APA-accredited http://www.nasponline.org/certification/APA_programs.html
The National Association of School Psychologists distributes two publications: School Psychology Review
, which is the second-largest psychology academic journal and includes research and theory related to school psychology, and Communiqué
, which is the official newspaper of NASP, covering news, events, innovative practices, legislative developments, and other topics relevant to the field.
The 2011/2012 NASP Executive Council:
- NASP President — Philip Lazarus
- President-Elect — Amy Smith
- Past President — Kathleen Minke
- Secretary — Sarah Valley-Gray
- Treasurer — Ron Benner