NASP CPD Supports During the COVID-19 Health Crisis
Dear NASP Member:
As we begin what for many of us will be our first week of self-isolation and remote work to help “flatten the curve”, we continue to assess the ways that are within NASP’s ability to support needs created by the evolving COVID-19 health crisis. One obvious issue has been the cancellation of many planned opportunities for professional development to facilitate social distancing. We understand that this may cause difficulties for those working to renew their state certification or license and their NCSP.
As a reminder, the 75-hour NCSP renewal requirement can be met through a multitude of experiences—only 10 hours of which must come from a NASP- or APA-approved provider. The following are some ideas for completing CPD requirements during this time period and ways NASP can help:
- We are offering a 50% discount on sessions in the Online Learning Center, which provides NASP- and APA-approved documented CPD. From now until April 15, 2020, use code NASP50 for 50% off all on-demand courses in the Online Learning Center (not applicable to publications or live webinars).
- Graduate educators and internship supervisors who purchase OLC webinars individually may share the content with their students. (However, documentation of CPD can only be issued to the purchaser of the content.) We encourage instructors to arrange for virtual group viewing of sessions with your students (using Zoom or similar platforms) so that you can discuss the content with students and link it to your coursework.
- All NASP podcasts will be available soon on iTunes to make it easier for members and others to access them. Apple is in the process of approving the content. We are lifting the member-only restriction for these on the NASP website through April 15 to support members of state associations. Podcasts are a good source of self-study CPD and also can be used by graduate educators to augment distance learning content.
- NASP members can now access the keynote addresses from 2016–2020, which are excellent sources of both self-study professional development and inspiration.
- Read Communiqué and School Psychology Review on topics relevant to issues in your districts.
- Consider writing an article for Communiqué or your state association newsletter on a program or intervention you have implemented in your school(s).
- Participate in the NASP Find-A-Mentor program to support graduate students and early career school graduate students.
These are our initial actions and ideas; we will continue to evaluate needs. Review NASP’s CPD guidelines for all nine separate categories allowed to obtain CPD. We also encourage you to engage in the NASP Online Communities, where your colleagues are sharing ideas and supports for ongoing professional development, services delivery, and self-care.
As always, thank you for everything you do and for your NASP membership.
Your NASP Team