ERIC Number: ED452476
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
International Consultation, Professional Development and the Internet: School Psychology Practice and the Future.
Macklem, Gayle L.; Kalinsky, Rachel; Corcoran, Kristin
Changing the roles of health workers in schools is critical if children's mental health needs are to be met. School psychologists must move beyond their traditional gatekeeping roles and engage in consultation, research, program development, and in-service training to help schools in the future. It may be possible to meet both peer consultation and professional development needs of school psychologists through technology, while at the same time providing practitioners with the impetus to change. School psychologists need to help plan how technology will be used in working with students, particularly if computer assessment is to be part of the future. Leaders in school psychology feel it is extremely important to have supportive colleagues, and the growing role of the Internet in electronic consultation and collaboration is meeting that need. Peer consultation allows counselors to improve their skills, breaks the isolation some feel at their job, and provides feedback for problem solving. Professional development needs are universal and the Internet is one means to unify the outreach to school psychologists everywhere. (Contains 85 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association of School Psychologists (Washington, DC, April 17-21, 2001). Contains small print.