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Volume 15, Issue 2 (1986)

The School Psychologist-Client Relationship: A Heuristic Model Based on Service Delivery Roles and Organizational Factors

pp. 296—307

ABSTRACT: The primary focus of this paper is on the complex nature of the professional-client relationship in school psychology. Two dimensions examined are the determination of client as it relates to (a) the service delivery roles in which a psychologist engages and (b) organizational factors within the system in which a psychologist works. The discussion is based on Monroe’s (1979) categorization of service delivery roles and May’s (1976) model of organizational variables affecting professionals and their clients. The intent is not to definitively answer the client question but rather to provide a heuristic framework within which client issues can be conceptualized, to formulate empirical questions to be addressed, and to propose approaches forgathering data to answer these questions.

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