ERIC Number: ED285083
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar
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Change the System! School Psychologist as Organizational Consultant.
Johnston, Janis Clark; Bernstein, Rhoda
Organizational development (OD) within school systems is productive work for the school psychologist. Basic to all OD is the principle of maximizing a system's resources. Following organizational change in the business world, schools can profit greatly from system changes which address today's "people problems." Outside consultants often provide the impetus for such renewal, however, an expansion of the school psychologist's role to offer organizational consultation in meeting systemic needs is both challenging and self-renewing. School psychologists may not venture into organizational change issues because schools frequently do not focus on innovation. Also school psychologists may not have been trained in consultation skills or organizational interventions. Pathfinder prowess is not rewarded in education. Organizational development can increase sharing among school staff, leading to increased energy and morale boosts. Hopefully it is only a matter of time until organizational consultation becomes an accepted part of the school psychologist's role. (Three case illustrations within a public high school are described: employee assistance program providing counseling for troubled school staff and their families, an on-site day care center, and a sexual abuse prevention program.) (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (19th, New Orleans, LA, March 4-8, 1987).