Supporting Alternative School Students: How Does School-Based Mentoring Fit

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 3,4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. review the current state of alternative education, including challenges for staff and students in alternative settings.
  2. evaluate the effects of a school-based mentoring program on student academic and behavioral outcomes based on the results of a study.
  3. take steps toward supporting youth in alternative schools, including the careful use of school-based mentoring.


Alternative schools provide an alternative educational setting for students with diverse academic, behavioral, or emotional needs. Minority students are consistently overrepresented within these buildings, and prevention and intervention programs tend to be sparse or nonexistent. This presentation will review the results of a study examining the implementation of an empirically based school-based mentoring program in an alternative school setting. Issues in alternative education and school-based mentoring programs, as well as practical implications, will be addressed.



Candace M. Bone, Western Kentucky University
Sarah E. Ochs, Western Kentucky University


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