Understanding the Role of Racial Diversity in School-Based Consultation

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 2
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. reflect on the influences of cultural variations in the school-based consultation process.
  2. recognize the disparities in educational outcomes for students of color.
  3. learn consultation strategies used with diverse students, teachers, and families to mitigate these outcomes.
  4. analyze how racial diversity impacts school psychologists’ perceptions of collaboration, expectations, and relationships.


Disparities between the educational outcomes of students of color and their White peers has persisted across decades. Attendees will learn the school-based consultation strategies used with diverse individuals to mitigate these outcomes and be provided with the results of a study that analyzed the impact of racial diversity on school psychologists’ perceptions in school-based consultation. The discussion in this session will prompt participants to reflect on the influences of cultural variations in the consultation process.



Andryce Clinkscales, Michigan State University


Courtenay A. Barrett


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