ERIC Number: ED193860
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Psychologist as Consultant in Establishing a Community-Based Service Delivery System.
Roth, Martin R.
The paper provides a review of trends in the provision of psychological services to the mentally retarded and discusses social and professional influences which have resulted in the role expansion of psychologists. The psychologist was largely a tester until the 1960s when the role concept expanded to include involvement in issues such as labeling, classification, and nondiscriminatory assessments and duties such as consultation and program evaluation. Legislation, e.g., Public Law 94-142 (the Education for All Handicapped Children Act), has mandated some of the changes. The social movement toward deinstitutionalization has required the psychologist to develop and implement community skills training programs, to provide services to parents, to provide recommendations to case managers regarding vocational and residential placement, and to evaluate ongoing programs. Among skills needed to fulfill the new roles are ability in staff selection and interviewing, inservice training, grant writing, and carrying out advocacy and protection procedures. (PHR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast American Association on Mental Deficiency (Waterville Valley, NH, October, 1979).