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ERIC Number: ED146244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
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Expanding the Role of the School Psychologist.
Raftery, John P.
This report attempts to show that the role of administering and interpreting psycho-educational instruments should not be the major function of the modern school psychologist. This is not to say that the need does not exist, at times, for psycho-educational evaluation; however excessive emphasis on this particular role results in limited effectiveness for the school psychologist as measured in terms of client growth. Additional responsibilities for the school psychologist could include: offering evening courses for parents in effective child rearing practices; leading sensitivity training seminars for teachers and school administrators; training paraprofessionals to work with teachers and students; providing group counseling for potential dropouts; designing a curriculum in the area of life adjustment skills or offering courses in the development of self-understanding for students. Requests for effective professional psychological services from teachers, parents, school administrators and students seem to become more urgent every year. It is the opinion of the writer that functioning school psychologists must expand and intensify their roles, as well as critically evaluate the services they are providing, if they are to effectively alleviate suffering and help to develop caring and competent citizens. (Author/GC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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