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Volume 26, Issue 1 (1997)

Characteristics of School Psychology Graduate Education: Implications for Entry Level Discussion and Doctoral-Level Specialty Definition

pp. 74—92

Abstract: Recent school psychology surveys confirm that graduates and practitioners with specialist-level preparation dominate current practice and graduate program enrollment. Although opportunities for doctoral graduate education have expanded, the specialist level is likely to dominate future practice because most programs are in institutions that cannot offer doctoral degrees. Few differences exist in master’s-, specialist-, and doctoral-level practice; however, the differences that do exist are consistent with the development of a doctoral specialty that emphasizes intervention design, consultation, and evaluation of treatments. Increasing similarities in the specialties of professional psychology are discussed (school and clinical child as well as counseling and adult clinical) as well as the institutional barriers to realignment of the specialties.

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