There are so many reasons to get involved in your state’s school psychology association. By signing up, you’re joining a connection of support from school psychologists across the state. A strong association will take the initiative to provide professional development opportunities and resources as well as relaying information from NASP. State associations may also advocate for school psychologists through state legislation. Getting involved in a state association is a great way to socialize and network with other school psychologists.
For graduate students especially, it can be helpful in getting you the job you’re looking for. This can be done in various ways. For one, joining your local state association looks great on your resume. You’ll also make connections with other school psychologists who may be able to put in a good word for you at the school you’re applying to work at. Additionally, other school psychologists will likely be able to answer your questions about what it’s like to work in a particular school district. If you’re looking for a job in a different state, it will look good on your resume to show that you’re a member of that state’s association. Furthermore, that state association may be able to help line you up with a job in their state. If applicable, check for job information listed on the state association’s website (example: Nvasp.org/jobs).
Everyone knows that school psychologists are agents of positive change, and joining your state association is a great way to go about implementing positive changes. Associations are also easy to get involved in. I’m certain that every association is looking for new volunteers. Overall, when passionate school psychologists get together, amazing things happen and the state as a whole benefits.