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Volume 7, Issue 1 (1978)

The Emerging Vocational School Psychologist: Implications for Special Needs Students

pp. 5—17

The profession of school psychology, as other socially oriented professions, must be responsive to the changing needs and trends of society if it is to remain a viable service to contemporary individuals and schools. From a historical perspective,school psychology has evolved through a number of stages of development in an effort to meet the ever-changing needs of a wide variety of clientele. The school psychologist, traditionally perceived as a “tester and classifier” of children for special education classes, has more recently functioned as an educational and psychological consultant, developmental specialist, curriculum specialist, behavior modification expert, facilitator of educational change, and organizational development specialist, as well as the traditional diagnostician and therapeutic agent(Barclay, 1973 ; Bardon & Bennett, 1974 ; Bennett, 1970 ; Bergan & Tombari, 1976; Boehm & Weinberg, 1970; Catterall, 1970; Gilmore & Chandy, 1973; Hyman & Myers, 1973; Kabler, 1977; Kelman & Wolff, 1976; Thomas, 1972 ; and White & Fine, 1976).

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