Graduate School Self-Care in the Roaring 20s

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 10
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 10: Health and Well-Being

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. understand the importance of personal and professional self-care as it is related to fostering a positive graduate school experience, as well as preventing burnout and compassion fatigue.
  2. develop a plan to apply self-care strategies after the convention.
  3. learn strategies for incorporating self-care during graduate school activities including classes, student organizations, and field work (with several specific examples utilized in school psychology graduate programs).


School psychology graduate students are vulnerable to stress when balancing school, work, and life. Faculty experience similar stress in their roles. For both groups, burnout can result from the stress and self-care is a way to prevent and remediate the impact. The purpose of this presentation is to provide information about self-care and how it can be incorporated effectively into a graduate program.



Lisa Kelly-Vance, University of Nebraska Omaha
Lauren Mangus, Wayne State University

Letter to Supervisor

Looking for a concise way to pitch the convention to your employer? This letter and the corresponding talking points are here to help!

Preliminary Brochure

Share our NASP 2022 preliminary brochure with your supervisor along with the above letter.