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Volume 11, Issue 4 (1982)

The Prodigal School Psychologist: One Psychologist's Journey Into the World of Private Practice and Back

pp. 442—446

ABSTRACT:Given the constraints that the school psychologist experiences as an employee of“the system, ” the strong influence of government rules and regulations upon the psychologist’s role, salary increases well below cost of living increases, and trepidation about the future impact of cuts in government funding, an increasing number of school psychologists are looking at private practice as either a source of supplemental income or an alternative mode of practice. This article presents one school psychologist’s assumptions regarding private practice along with his findings when these assumptions were tested in the private sector. The experiential findings result in suggestions regarding training and recommended questions to be asked by school psychologists who are contemplating involvement in private practice.

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