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Volume 10, Issue 4 (1981)

Practitioner Competencies Needed for Implementation of Behavioral Psychology in the Schools: Issues in Supervision

pp. 434—444

ABSTRACT: Knowledge in the areas of training and supervision of behavioral psychologists has expanded considerably. A major contribution of work in this area has been the specification of professional competencies and the application of empirically derived principles and procedures for training and supervision. Yet, much work remains to be accomplished in the area of training and supervision in both the conceptual and methodological domains. The present paper examines the contemporary nature of supervision of behavioral psychologists within the context of the contributions now apparent for school psychology. Specifically, the paper discusses aspects of the behavioral approach in theory, research, and supervisory practice.Some conceptual and methodological issues are presented as an expanding baseline for future work in the area. Finally, the paper discusses some possible outcomes anticipated from the behavioral approach to supervision. Presentation of these issues provides a conceptual framework for the evolution of supervisory functions within the behavioral approach and the future contributions it can make to research, theory, and practice in school psychology.

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