School Psychologists as Change Makers for Culturally Responsive Behavioral Parent Training

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 7
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. consider methods for integrating empirically supported and culturally responsive family education practices into their school-based service delivery.
  2. understand longstanding barriers families face in accessing mental and behavioral health supports
  3. learn about how school can function as a system to promote a positive developmental trajectory through proactive family-focused mental and behavioral health supports.


The need for accessible culturally responsive behavioral parent training (BPT) has been widely recognized across multiple fields of psychology. Despite years of research supporting BPT—and showing that access for minoritized families needing behavioral health services face systemic barriers—little progress has been made to integrate culturally responsive BPT into school-based service delivery. This presentation will discuss the efforts made through a school–university–community collaboration to provide effective, sustainable, and acceptable multitiered behavioral parent training within two public school districts.



Sarah A. Fefer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Zachary A. Santana, UMass Amherst
Marina Donnelly, UMass Amherst


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