School Psychology Specialization Standards

II. Professional Skills and Training

Candidates are involved in a broad array of activities related to the delivery of mental health and educational services to the schools. These services include consultation with teachers, parents, and school personnel about: (a) pupils' learning and development; (b) social, emotional and behavior problems; (c) development and implementation of educational programs on classroom management strategies; (d) parenting skills; (e) substance abuse; (f) teaching and development; (g) assessment of child development and evaluation of pupil progress; (h) direct interventions with pupils and families; and (i) development of solutions to conflicts related to learning and adjustment.

Candidates possess professional skills and training, and effectively integrate personal attributes and experiences with a core knowledge base of the profession (for example, biological and social bases of behavior). These skills and training are a necessary but not a sufficient part of what it means to be a school. psychologist. Candidates must also be flexible and capable of personal development in areas such as leadership, ethical conduct, self-awareness, wellness and professional resiliency.

Standard 20: Collaboration and Consultation

Candidates have positive interpersonal skills with which to facilitate communication for the purposes of consultation and collaboration with teachers, teams of school personnel, community professionals, agencies, and families. Candidates are prepared to listen, adapt, deal with ambiguity, and be patient in difficult situations. Candidates are able to clearly present and exchange information in a variety of contexts with diverse audiences such as families, teachers, school boards, policy makers, business leaders, and fellow school pupil service providers.

1. Behavioral, mental health, organizational or collaborative consultation

Candidates demonstrate knowledge of behavioral, mental health, organizational or collaborative consultation approaches through coursework in:

*Psychology 279 - Consultation and Supervision
  o Learning Objective 1 - 4
Psychology 286 - Instructional Consultation and Intervention
  o Learning Objectives - 1 - 7
  o Review of consultation, teacher and student interviews - Session 2
  o Interventions - Session 4
  o Progress Monitoring, Setting Goals - Session 6

2. Multidisciplinary Teams

Candidates are provided the opportunity to participate on child study, student study teams, and other school-based and multi-agency teams designed to develop and coordinate programs and services for pupils and their families through coursework in:

Psychology 279 - Consultation and Supervision
  o Examinations and Major Assignments - Part 3, Pg, 7
*Psychology 287 - Practicum in School Psychology
  o Practicum Hours, Mini Papers, Observations - 2nd Year/Spring Semester
  o NASP Preview and Planning- Session 5 - 2nd Year/Spring Semester
  o Report Writing - Session 6 - 2nd Year/Fall Semester
  o Site Sharing - Session 10 - 2nd Year/Fall Semester
  o IEP Meetings - Session 11 - 2nd Year/Fall Semester
  o Facilitating Meetings with Families: Read Best Practices V - Chapter 59 - Session 15 - 2nd Year/Fall Semester
  o Case Presentation - 2nd Year/Fall Semester
Psychology 267 - Internship in School Psychology
Intervention Project - Pg, 18 - Spring Semester

3. Communication

Candidates demonstrate skills in presenting and exchanging information with diverse audiences such as parents, teachers, school boards, policy makers, business leaders, and
colleagues in a variety of contexts through coursework in:

*Psychology 279 - Consultation and Supervision
  o Multicultural Consultation - Session 15
  o Class Discussion of the Observations/Multicultural Consultation Continued/Case Study – Session 16
Psychology 286 - Instructional Consultation and Intervention
  o Consultation and Intervention Project - Pg, 3
  o Teacher and Student Interviews – Session 2
  o Research into Practice - Session 28
Psychology 278 - Intervention and Prevention
  o Consultation/Prevention Project - Pg, 4

4. Individual and systems consultation

Candidates demonstrate skills in individual and systems consultation through coursework in:

*Psychology 279 - Consultation and Supervision
  o Learning Objective 1 - 4
*Psychology 286 - Instructional Consultation and Intervention
  o Consultation and Intervention Project - Pg, 3
  o Teacher and Student Interviews – Session 2
  o Instructional environment and Direct Assessment of Academic Skills - Session 3
Psychology 267 - Internship in School Psychology
Intervention Project - Pg, 18 - Spring Semester
 
5. Consultation skills with teachers, parents and other professional staff

Candidates demonstrate effective consultation skills with teachers, parents and other professional staff through coursework in:

*Psychology 279 - Consultation and Supervision
  o Case Presentation - Session 28, 29
*Psychology 286 - Instructional Consultation and Intervention
  o Consultation and Intervention Project - Pg, 3
  o Teacher and Student Interviews – Session 2
  o Instructional environment and Direct Assessment of Academic Skills - Session 3
Psychology 267 - Internship in School Psychology
  o Intervention Project- Pg, 18 - Spring Semester

6. Collaboration

Candidates display the ability to collaborate with parents and school staff to develop interventions for pupils experiencing difficulty in school through coursework in:

Psychology 278 - Intervention and Prevention
  o Learning Objective - 1,2,3
  o Consultation/ Prevention Project - Pg, 4
  o Home Collaboration/Homework Interventions - Session 9
*Psychology 279 - Consultation and Supervision
  o Case Discussion - Session 14
  o Treatment Evaluation/Case Update - Session 18
  o In Class Case Update and Discussion - Session 21
*Psychology 286 - Instructional Consultation and Intervention
  o Consultation and Intervention Project - Pg, 3
  o Teacher and Student Interviews – Session 2
  o Instructional environment and Direct Assessment of Academic Skills -  Session 3
  o Interventions - Session 4
  o Progress Monitoring Setting Goals - Session 6
  o Direct Instruction - Session 15
  o Computer-Based Reading Intervention Program - Session 13
  o Reading intervention programs - Session 17
  o Writing Intervention - Session 20
  o Classwide Peer Tutoring - Session 21
  o Math Intervention - Session 22
  o Intervention in Secondary Schools - Session 25
  o Reading interventions with ESL students - Session 26
  o Research into Practice - Session 28
Psychology 267 - Internship in School Psychology
Intervention Project - Pg, 18 - Spring Semester
 
7. Communication and collaboration: school and community

Candidates facilitate communication and collaboration with p upils and among teams of school personnel, community professionals, agencies, schools and families through coursework in:

*Psychology 279 - Consultation and Supervision
  o Consultation in School Setting/Communication Skills/Problem Solving Model - Session 3
Psychology 286 - Instructional Consultation and Intervention
  o Teacher and Student Interviews – Session 2
  o Research into Practice - Session 28
Psychology 267 - Internship in School Psychology
  o Intervention Project - Pg, 18 - Spring Semester

8. Multicultural consultation

Candidates use knowledge of multicultural factors in individual and system levels consultation through coursework in:

*Psychology 279 - Consultation and Supervision
  o Multicultural Consultation - Session 15
  o Class Discussion of the Observations/Multicultural Consultation Continued/Case Study – Session 16
Psychology 267 - Internship in School Psychology
  o Assessment Report- Pg. 16 - Spring Semester

9. Home school collaboration and culture

Candidates demonstrate knowledge about cultural issues that impact home-school collaboration through coursework in:

Psychology 270T - Working with Diverse Students and Families
  o Resources for Home-School collaboration- Section 1 - Session 3
  o Supporting Families for Student Success- Section 1 - Session 4
*Psychology 279 - Consultation and Supervision
  o Class Discussion of the Interview/Home - School/Collaboration/Working with Parents - Session 25
  o Home-School Collaboration Continued; Conjoint Behavior Consultation -  Session 26
  o Multicultural Consultation - Session 15
  o Class Discussion of the Observations/Multicultural Consultation Continued/Case Study – Session 16

10. Problem solving skills

Candidates display skills related to problem solving through coursework in:

*Psychology 279 - Consultation and Supervision
  o Examinations and Major Assignments - Part 3, Pg, 7
*Psychology 286 - Instructional Consultation and Intervention
Instructional environment and Direct Assessment of Academic Skills - Session 3
  o Direct Assessment of Academic Skills - Session 5
  o Consultation and Intervention Project - Pg, 3
Psychology 288 - Applied Behavior Analysis
  o Learning Objective - 5
  o Observing and Measuring Behavior - Session 5,7
  o Behavior Change Strategies - Session 16
  o Reading List Observing and Measuring Behavior #5,7 - Pg, 6
  o Reading List Analyzing Behavior Change #8 - Pg, 6
  o Reading List Non-contingent Reinforcement #24 - Pg, 6
Psychology 267 - Internship in School Psychology
Intervention Project - Pg, 18 - Spring Semester

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