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Volume 23, Issue 4 (1994)

Will the Real School Psychologist Please Stand Up: Is the Past a Prologue for the Future of School Psychology? - The Consolidation of the Profession

pp. 589—600

In a series of articles in the School Psychology Digest in 1979, Jack Bardon, Irwin Hyman, and I debated a variety of issues regarding the future of school psychology (Bardon, 1979; Brown, 1979; Hyman, 1979). These articles were based on a debate held at the annual convention of the National Association of School Psychologists in 1978. At the core of the debate was the identity of school psychology vis-a-vis American psychology and American education. At the time, the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and the American Psychological Association (APA) had been in a series of jurisdictional disputes regarding the entry level for the training of school psychologists as well as certification and licensure governing school psychology. In 1979, the professional specialty of school psychology was in the process of rapid growth. The number of training programs for school psychologists had increased dramatically throughout the country (Brown & Lindstrom, 1978).

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