Promoting Self-Care for Early Career School Psychologists

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 10
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. design self-care routines and plans.
  2. identify NASP resources for early career school psychologists.
  3. identify short- and long-term implications of engaging in self-care as an early career school psychologist.
  4. describe how self-care is an ethical imperative for school psychologists and how it fits within a comprehensive role per the NASP Practice Model.


Self-care is not currently a primary topic in graduate training programs, and early career school psychologists may not be adequately prepared for the reality of day-to-day demands and the emotional labor of their professional role. The purpose of this session is to identify stress factors related to the early career period, describe tips for developing and maintaining self-care, and share NASP resources currently available to early career school psychologists.



Iris E. Mackey, Clarksville-Montgomery County School System
Brittany Zakszeski, Devereux Center for Effective Schools


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