Social Justice in School Psychology: A Transtheoretical Model for Change

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 8,10
  • Skill Level: Introduction

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. learn and develop specific strategies for moving themselves, and others, towards the next stage of change regarding their use of social justice within school psychology (e.g., precontemplation, contemplation, action).
  2. understand the benefit of a transtheoretical model of behavior change when it comes to taking the necessary steps for integrating social justice in the field of school psychology.
  3. identify the barriers and facilitators of creating a sustainable social justice orientation to school psychology practice.


Socially just school psychology practice requires individuals and organizations to critically examine and make change within educational structures, which is often met with resistance. This mini-skills presentation will present a transtheoretical model of behavior change as a framework for facilitating the integration of social justice in school psychology practice. Attendees will identify barriers and facilitators to change with regard to social justice. Specific strategies for moving through each stage of change will be provided.



Leandra Parris, William & Mary
Celeste Malone, PhD, Howard University


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