ERIC Number: EJ872633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 10
Communicating Effectively to Resolve Ethical Concerns: The Role of School Psychology Supervisors
Olley, Rivka I.
Communique, v38 n5 p16-17 Jan-Feb 2010
It is incumbent upon each school psychologist to engage in ethical behavior based on current ethical codes guiding school psychology. The school psychologist is often the team member most knowledgeable regarding federal and state laws mandating educational services. Sometimes ethical dilemmas that school psychologists face are the result of a school-based team member (or members) violating procedures or failing to follow regulations. One of the most difficult challenges that school psychologists with ethical dilemmas encounter is communicating effectively to administrators and other stakeholders to help them see that acting ethically is always in the best interests of the child. School psychology supervisors are frequently contacted by school psychologists regarding diverse ethical issues as they navigate the waters of the educational system. The author emphasizes the role of school psychology supervisors in helping school psychologists select actions and solutions that enhance communication about their profession and ethical standards. Ethical standards should be communicated to administrators and other school personnel so they understand that school psychologists must follow both the legal mandates of the state and the ethical requirements of their profession with regard to all children, and particularly for students identified with special educational needs. To achieve this communication, it is helpful to think about the three levels of communications: (1) calling card tactics; (2) action requests; and (3) crisis communication.
Descriptors: Educational Needs, School Psychologists, Laws, School Psychology, School Personnel, Ethics, Supervisors, Administrators, Intervention, Federal Legislation, Special Education, Partnerships in Education, Individualized Education Programs
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act