ERIC Number: ED293043
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Preparation of School Psychologists To Serve as Consultants for Teachers of Emotionally Disturbed Children.
Kratochwill, Thomas R.; Sheridan, Susan M.
Training behavioral consultants in the school psychology field has emerged as a high priority, with most efforts centering on training consultants to assist teachers in solving children's academic and behavioral problems in the regular classroom. With the growing success of consultation procedures in applied settings, a corresponding need has developed for effective training of behavioral consultants to work with special education teachers whose students experience more severe academic and social problems. This project involved a preservice training program in which five school psychology graduate students were required to master such behavioral consultation skills as problem identification, problem analysis, intervention strategies, and treatment evaluation. These students then served as consultants to five special education teachers of severely emotionally distured children. Four dimensions of the preservice training program were evaluated: (1) student acquisition of specific consultation skills; (2) teachers' implementation of intervention programs developed through the consultation process; (3) individual programs implemented with children identified as severely emotionally disturbed; and (4) the training program itself, by comparing it to a matched control sample in the public school. Implications for future training of school psychologists and resolving barriers in working with teachers in applied settings are presented. A five-page reference list is provided. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Center for Education Research, Madison.