ERIC Number: ED365081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Project SPECIAL TOPIC (Training of Professionals in Counseling).
Brandell, Mary Ellen; And Others
This paper describes Project SPECIAL TOPIC, which developed a preservice graduate training program at Central Michigan University for preparing related services personnel in the area of school counseling with special emphasis on special education needs. Two complete training cycles have been completed with a total of 22 full-time graduate students completing the special training. The project utilized existing competencies used by the university for preparing school counselors and added 14 competencies in special education including knowledge of the following: (1) current federal and state legislation, program guidelines, and policies; (2) the rights of individuals with disabilities and their families; (3) state program guidelines for classification and eligibility determination; (4) formal and informal assessment and observational procedures; (5) individual growth and development processes; (6) physical, mental, and emotional disabilities; (7) input, structure, and purposes of Individualized Education Programs; (8) ability, learning rates, modes of learning, and impediments to learning of people with disabilities; (9) ethnic, cultural, and language factors related to people with disabilities; (10) environmental and architectural barriers that prevent individuals with disabilities from full participation; (11) learning disorders, social and emotional behavioral problems of persons with disabilities; (12) psychological and sociological impact of disability; (13) impact of disability on the career decision-making process; and (14) roles and skills of other personnel within and outside rehabilitation and educational institutions. The curriculum's course list is attached. (DB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Central Michigan Univ., Mount Pleasant.
Identifiers: Central Michigan University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Council for Exceptional Children (71st, San Antonio, TX, April 5-9, 1993).