ERIC Number: ED419197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Using Professional Ethics to Strengthen Family/School Partnerships: Practical Suggestions.
Wright, Doris J.
Professional ethics are designed to set minimum standards of practice and service for school psychologists. Ways in which professional ethics standards of school psychology can be used to build and strengthen work relationships with parents, legal guardians, and other family members are described here. Suggestions for how school psychologists can expand their roles with parents and families are highlighted. Some of the guidelines for school psychologists include: (1) view the entire family as your client; (2) expand your definitions of informed consent and confidentiality; (3) teach advocacy skills to parents, legal guardians, and to other family members; and (4) develop a tripartite teacher-family-psychologist consultation relationship. Some guidelines for parents are: (1) learn the importance of confidentiality and informed consent; (2) seek the support of other parents who utilize similar psychological services; (3) come prepared with a list of questions to ask school psychologists and other personnel; (4) ask for an advocate for yourself and for your children; (5) ask for a consultation with the school psychologist; and (6) understand the ethical practices of school psychologists. Parents should ask to see a copy of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) "Principles of Professional Ethics" and should talk with the school psychologists about what constitutes good ethical conduct and professional practice. (MKA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (30th, Orlando, FL, April 14-18, 1998).