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National Association of School Psychologists

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Organization of school psychologists and related professionals, with members in the United States and 25 other countries.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has over 21,000 members from the United States and abroad. Founded in 1969, NASP is dedicated to serving the mental health and educational needs of school age children and adolescents. Members are school psychologists or professionals in related fields. The association encourages professional development and provides publications, meetings, workshops, and seminars for its members, and maintains a resource library and a placement service for school psychologists. In addition, NASP plays an activist role on behalf of school-age children, issuing position statements and resolutions to its membership, the general public, and government officials at all levels on such issues as violence in media and toys; legislative priorities; advocacy for appropriate educational services for all children; corporal punishment; and racism, prejudice, and discrimination.

NASP operates a national certification program for school psychologists. In addition, NASP is approved by the American Psychological Association and the National Board of Certified Counselors to provide continuing education for psychologists and National Certified Counselors. This allows participants in NASP's convention workshops and regional workshops to apply these sessions to their state's requirements for renewal of professional licenses.

Further Reading

National Association of School Psychologists. 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 402, Bethesda, MD 20814-4411, (301) 657–0270. www.naspweb.org.

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