Volume 20, Issue 4 (1991)
Expanding Professional Opportunities and Improving the Quality of Training: A Look Toward the Next Generation of School Psychologists
Jack J. Kramer, Susan Epps
Abstract: The impelling need to reexamine current approaches to training is evidenced by federal legislation; conceptual appeals to broaden partnerships,populations served, and service delivery settings; and, empirical research. This article advocates an alternative model of psychological service delivery that envisions school psychology in settings outside education agencies. We hold that university programs must accelerate efforts to train psychologists with a broader range of skills by altering both the content and process of didactic and supervised activities. In service and continuing education for practicing psychologists is emphasized to enhance their conceptual knowledge and applied skills for service delivery within an ecological context beyond school buildings. Specific suggestions for changing the manner in which students are taught testing and assessment skills are provided. Recommendations are made for building greater diversity in practicum and internship sites, focusing attention on family and ethnic minority issues, and adopting a cross-discipline and inter-agency model of preservice and in service education.
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