ERIC Number: ED424554
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Aug
Continuing Validation of Comprehensive Psychological Services in Schools.
Nelson, R. Brett; Young, Mary; Obrzut, Ann
The purpose of this paper is to describe a comprehensive psychological services model and outcome data supporting it. Due to their training in behavioral and affective interventions, counseling and consultation, learning theory, systems organization and intervention, program evaluation, and assessment, psychologists who practice in the schools have the skills to provide a large number of services to children, families, and teachers; however, activities relating to the assessment and placement of children with disabilities continues to dominate the practices of school psychologists. An alternative delivery system of psychological services in schools that capitalizes on all of the skills of professional school psychologists was initiated placing a psychologist in each building full time. Outcome data supporting comprehensive psychological services in schools were analyzed. Achievement from a standards-based assessment model showed increases in reading, writing, and mathematics over a period paralleling the implementation of the model. Placements of children identified as having emotional disabilities decreased by 17% over a 4-year period. A problem-solving model of discipline indicated a 77% decrease in referrals. Implementation of the models and explication of the methods are discussed. (Author/EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention (106th, San Francisco, CA, August 14-18, 1998).