Volume 33, Issue 1 (2004)
Awakening to a New Dawn: Perspectives of the Future of School Psychology
Gena N. Ehrhardt-Padgett, Chryse Hatzichristou, Jennifer Kitson, Joel Meyers
Abstract. The Invitational Conference on the Future of School Psychology held at Indiana University in Fall 2002 included a number of paper presentations and group discussions. Toward the end of the conference, four participants were asked to present their reactions, reflecting input from a practitioner, a graduate student in school psychology, a faculty member at a university program educating school psychologists in the United States, and a school psychologist/faculty member at a university from a different country (Greece). The purpose of this article is to share their combined perspectives of the future of school psychology. This article also includes their suggestions for the future direction of school psychology, and encourages all school psychologists to awaken to a change in the field. The article considers the educational and mental health needs of students, and offers a prospectus for the field including (a) data-supported services; (b) group-focused practices;(c) collaboration and partnerships with professionals, families, and schools;and (d) multicultural considerations.
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