ERIC Number: ED454473
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Aug
School Psychology's Place in the History of Specialty Recognition.
Phillips, Beeman N.
This paper offers an historical perspective on the practices of school psychology. It briefly describes the mechanism currently in place to assess the competency of professional psychologists. Then, the beginnings of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) are reviewed along with information on related school psychology developments. It recounts how the American Psychological Association (APA) accepted doctoral school psychology programs for accreditation in 1968, the same year school psychology was recognized as a new examination area by the ABPP. School psychology has prospered as a specialty in APA and ABPP. However, currently the status of school psychology as a specialty in good standing within ABPP is in jeopardy since it is not processing a sufficient number of diplomate candidates annually to need ABPP requirements. Making the diploma a dominant feature of doctoral school psychology in the years ahead will be a challenge for all school psychologists who work for the future of the profession. (JDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (109th, San Francisco, CA, August 24-28, 2001). Portions of this paper are based on "A Self Study by the American Board of School Psychology" (American Board of School Psychology, 2000).