ERIC Number: ED040453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Public Relations and the Role of the Rural School Psychologist.
Thomas, A. Reese
Although there is no difference between the training provided for school psychologists who practice in rural communities and those who render service in urban areas, there are definite contrasts in the actual work. An elaboration of these comprises the bulk of this paper. Differences covered are: (1) the inordinate amount of travel time required in the rural setting and its possible encroachment on service rendered; (2) the demand for services usually assigned to school social workers, such as home visits and evaluations and the importance of a multi-faceted academic training program to assist the diversification; (3) barriers to a school psychologist's being readily accepted in a rural community and the quality of personal involvement which can help break them down; (4) the increased difficulty, in a rural area, in developing trust and maintaining confidentiality; and (5) the problem of making referrals to other agencies. The paper concludes with an observation about the difficulty, if not impossibility of keeping separate one's private life and professional life in a small isolated community. (TL)
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Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Regional Child Services, Price, UT.; American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 22-26, 1970