ERIC Number: ED263495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Maintaining Professional Psychological Identity and Integrity in School Practice.
Balinky, Jean L.
The most difficult part of being a school psychologist is working in a school. Demands for accountability and staff productivity from federal, state, and local funding sources can lead to a lack of flexibility in educational strategy, increased pressure to place students in special education programs, and restrictions on the role of the school psychologist to functions that can be readily measured. Court litigation may result in school psychologists functioning not on the basis of scientifically sound procedures, but in conformity to legal decisions. The availability of federal funds for the handicapped can force psychologists to label students as handicapped in order to receive help for them. Schools on tight budgets can pressure psychologists to recommend special programs for the handicapped which are economically rather than educationally optimal. Other schools save money by getting "psychological" services from people in specialities with lower training levels and lower salaries than school psychologists. Supervision by non-psychologist administrators and teacher relations can also cause problems. School psychologists must behave professionally in order to cope with these problems. They must be educators themselves, communicate with teachers on an educational level, follow proper channels of communication, and get to know their communities. Joining professional psychological associations, maintaining contact with other psychologists, paticipating in continuing education, keeping up on current research and literature, and being familiar with American Psychological Association standards and guidelines can all help school psychologists to function as professionals. (NRB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).