Growing Your Own School Psychologists: Addressing Shortages in Rural Areas

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,5
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. discuss school psychologist shortages in rural areas.
  2. discuss elements of quality recertification programs.
  3. consider "grow your own" graduate programs as a way to address the school psychologist shortage in rural areas.


There is a nationwide shortage of school psychologists, and the research on recruiting and retaining school psychologists is limited. A team of school psychology faculty and local education agency administrators developed a “grow your own” school psychologist training program to support recruiting and retaining school psychologists in rural areas. A focus of this program is to address the deficiency of mental health services in these rural areas. The partnership and the program will be described.



Nicole Skaar, University of Northern Iowa
Kerri L. Clopton, University of Northern Iowa
Stephanie L. Schmitz, University of Northern Iowa


Stephanie J. Dredge, David L. VanHorn

Letter to Supervisor

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Preliminary Brochure

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