Graduate Students' Perceptions of Program Accreditation and Advocacy

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 9,10
  • Skill Level: Advanced
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn how graduate students report advocating for change in their own curriculum training program.
  2. learn the results of a national study sampling graduate students' knowledge and beliefs of accreditation.
  3. understand how the current research can be integrated into the new 2020 NASP Practice Model.


This session will report graduate students' knowledge and perception of the NASP 2020 Professional Standards and the accreditation process. Information on how graduate students have advocated for changes in their own program, and if they believe they should have a larger voice in NASP standards will also be presented. Attendees will hear graduate students’ thoughts on training standards, as well as how practitioners and NASP can help graduate students advocate for themselves and their training.



Alana Smith, Appalachian State University
James R. Deni, Appalachian State University


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