Fostering Possibilities Through a "Grow Your Own" School Psychology Program

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. explore how to shift agency delivery of mental health supports to rural schools.
  2. understand the drivers and barriers to growing your own mental health professionals.
  3. identify new ways of preparing mental health professionals for underserved areas.


A lack of trained professionals and resources often leave rural schools scrambling to meet mental health needs. We will be presenting on how a regional education agency partnered with a university to develop a long distance school psychology program to help meet these needs. Attendees will learn how the agency is training professionals to become school psychologists and how the newly trained professionals will be embedded in the existing system.



Stephanie J. Dredge, Green Hills Area Education
David L. VanHorn, Green Hills Area Education Agency
Nicole Skaar, University of Northern Iowa


Kerri L. Clopton, Stephanie L. Schmitz

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