PDF pending restoration
ERIC Number: ED413389
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
School Psychology Training in Violence Prevention and Intervention.
Busse, R. T.; Larson, James
This study assessed the readiness and practice of specialist-level training programs in school psychology to address the preservice training needs in the area of school violence and youth gang prevention. A survey of 189 programs yielded 90 usable replies describing their training programs. Most of these programs were located in or near midsize cities with populations ranging from 100,000 to one million. Results indicate that training in violence and gang issues lags behind other areas of behavioral prevention and intervention. Required discrete or integrated course work was dominate by direct treatment and consultation for attention deficient hyperactivity disorder and treatment and consultation for conduct problems. Also prioritized were social skills training and treatment and consultation for depression. Gang prevention represented only 29% of discrete training, while gang treatment was only 17% of discrete training. Violence prevention was covered in the course work of 67% of the programs, in practica for 37% of programs, and in internships of 43% of programs. However, 49% of respondents agreed that understanding of youth gangs is an appropriate area of preparation for nondoctoral school psychologists. While training in gang prevention and intervention is recognized as a need for school psychologists, such training lags behind most other areas in which training is provided. (Contains 3 tables and 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (105th, Chicago, IL, August 1997).