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Ethics,Prof Roles, & Standards


3.0 Credit, 3 Lecture, 0 Lab


Introduction to the profession of school psychology; ethics, professional roles, and standards of practice, focusing particularly on school-based settings.

History of school psychology

Discuss the history of school psychology and identify its emergence as a major discipline.

Roles and functions of school psychologist

Identify the roles and functions of a school psychologist within the school and community.

Scientist-practitioner model

Describe the scientist-practitioner model of service delivery and how it fits in a school setting.

Codes, standards, and laws

Discuss ethical codes, standards for practice, and law pertinent to the delivery of school psychological services (i.e. NASP, APA codes, IDEA, FERPA, Section 504, and major court cases that shaped school policy).

Student and family privacy

Protect student and family privacy and respect confidentiality.

Warning and appropriate protection

Identify situations that merit warning and appropriately protecting others (duty to warn).

Analyze ethical issues

Analyze ethical issues according to the principles of professional ethics.

Problem solving analysis

Complete a 9-step problem solving analysis of an ethical dilemma (see Appendix A).

Consult with colleagues

Consult with colleagues when confronted with ethical dilemmas.

Membership and relationships in professional organizations

Maintain membership and relationships in professional organizations (e.g., NASP, UASP).

Current state and federal law and ethical standards

Keep informed regarding changes in state and federal law and ethical standards related to professional practice.

Ethical practices

Engage in ethical practice that promotes the best interest of students, families, and schools.

Collaborative relationships

Identify building blocks of collaborative relationships with staff, parents and students, valuing each as an equal partner in the delivery of school psychology services.

Building positive support systems

Identify practical ways to build positive supportive school communities, facilitating a sense of belonging within school organizations, identifying and breaking down barriers, and reaching out to include parents and caregivers.