The National School Psychology Certification Board met last month. As part of that meeting, the Board considered the many thoughtful responses from holders of the NCSP designation regarding the new NASP- or APA-Approved CPD requirement for renewal.
After carefully weighing the current economic conditions, the availability of NASP-approved CPD across the country, and the constraints on many LEAs, as well as the Board's commitment to ensure quality CPD for NCSPs, the Board decided to scale back the planned increase in the number of approved CPD hours in future years. It was decided to maintain the requirement at 10 NASP- or APA-Approved CPD credits per renewal cycle for the time being. It is the Board's practice to announce any future NCSP changes at least three years prior to implementation.
With that change, the requirements for renewal will be:NASP- or APA-Approved Provider Requirement
Effective in 2010, NCSPs must obtain 10 of the 75 CPDs required for renewal from NASP- or APA-approved providers during each three year renewal period.
NASP's annual convention and summer conferences offer valuable opportunities to earn approved provider CPD credits. The upcoming summer conferences in Denver , CO on July 12-14, 2010 and Nashville , TN on July 26-28, 2010 offer up to 18 approved credits and a session on ethics, too.
You can also utilize NASP's member-only online CPD modules. The modules that offer NASP-approved credit include: "Child Psychopharmacology," "Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in Schools," "Addressing the Needs of Sexual Minority Youth in Schools," "Professional Transitions: Practitioner to Trainer," and "Making Ethical Decisions in Challenging Situations."
A list of other approved providers is available on the NASP website, including a number of state school psychology associations.Ethics CPD Requirement
Since 2009, NCSPs must accrue three hours of CPD regarding ethical practice and/or the legal regulation of school psychology. Legal regulation of school psychology refers to IDEA, NCLB, Section 504, and similar issues.
To help you meet this requirement, NASP offers a 2-hour, member-only online CPD module on ethics titled "Making Ethical Decisions in Challenging Situations." In addition, the book Professional Ethics for School Psychologists: A Problem-Solving Model Casebook and the chapters on ethics in Volume 6 of Best Practices V may be used for self-study.
If you have any questions, please contact the NASP Certification Department at firstname.lastname@example.org, (301) 657-0270, or toll free at (866) 331-6277.
Thank you for your commitment to our profession.
Sawyer Hunley, PhD, NCSP
Chair, National School Psychology Certification Board