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Program Goals, Objectives and Student Competencies

Following are the goals, objectives and student competencies of the School Psychology Program:

Goal 1
To understand and engage competently in the professional practice of school psychology at the individual, group and organizational levels in schools and related settings.

Objective 1. To understand and engage appropriately in psychological assessment, so that relevant and accurate information is gathered, analyzed, and used in making decisions in the service of students.

Competency 1.1 Formulates and conducts psychological assessments of students that are technically adequate, accurate, relevant to student problems and issues, and useful for decision making and student planning purposes.

Objective 1.2 To understand and engage appropriately in intervention and prevention so that the psychological development and educational achievement of students may be enhanced.

Competency 1.2 Selects, develops, implements, and evaluates interventions in classrooms and schools that are relevant to the student, problem, and context, and that are empirically supported.

Objective 1.3 To understand and engage appropriately in classroom and school consultation so that teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders are provided with guidance and advice in support of the psychological development and educational achievement of students.

Competency 1.3 Provides useful guidance, advice, and technical assistance to teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders in defining educational, social and emotional problems and needs of students, and determining viable ways for those problems and needs to be addressed appropriately.

Objective 1.4 To understand and engage appropriately in program planning and evaluation so that programs, products, and services can be designed and implemented that will add value to students, staff and other stakeholders in schools and related settings.

Competency 1.4 Provides consultation and technical assistance to administrators and other stakeholders so that custom designed programs, products, and services can be linked to the needs and contexts of clearly defined target populations, monitored in terms of implementation, and evaluated with respect to worth and merit of outcomes. 

Goal 2.
To understand and apply the scientific method of empirical inquiry as this method relates to psychology and education, in order to foster research-referenced practice and data-based decision making in school psychology.

Objective 2.1 To define and clarify problems, decision situations, or gaps in knowledge pertinent to research and practice in school psychology.

Competency 2.1 Defines and clarifies problems, with consideration of problem background and context, prior to consideration of problem solution.

Objective 2.2 To consider alternative methods of addressing problems, decision situations, and/or gaps in knowledge using both quantitative and qualitative frames of reference.

Competency 2.2 Considers, in a systematic manner, a range of alternatives that may be used in problem solution or in the development of new knowledge.

Objective 2.3 To consider the efficacy and effectiveness of alternative ways to solve problems, address decision situations, or develop new knowledge.

Competency 2.3 Selects and implements methods appropriate to address problems, decision situations, or gaps in knowledge using sound quantitative and qualitative approaches.

Objective 2.4 To draw appropriate conclusions from empirical methods of investigation that are consistent with the quantitative or qualitative framework used, the contextual conditions, and the resulting data.

Competency 2.4 Accurately and cogently interprets data and research and draws appropriate conclusions. 

Goal 3.
To understand and apply thinking about systems to school psychology research and practice at the individual, group, and organizational levels.

Objective 3.1 To understand and appreciate the impact of context and systems on problems of children and adolescents in schools and on service delivery.

Competency 3.1 Assesses and evaluates problems in a manner which indicates understanding of the impact of multiple systems on the development of students and on the functioning of school personnel.

Objective 3.2 To understand and appreciate how to develop solutions to problems and challenges facing students and schools, which address multiple systemic influences.

Competency 3.2 Develops problem solutions and accompanying implementation strategies that address the impact of systems variables at multiple levels. 

Goal 4.
To understand human diversity, especially in terms of students in schools, and to develop skill in working with individuals and groups from diverse racial, cultural, ethnic, linguistic, socio-economic, and gender-related backgrounds. 

Objective 4.1 To recognize that diverse backgrounds and contexts are basic factors in the influence of behavior in school settings and are fundamental reference points for the design and delivery of school psychological services. 

Competency 4.1 Incorporates the relevance of culture, ethnicity and other dimensions of diversity in designing, implementing, and evaluating programs, products, and services that relate to school psychology practice and research. 

Objective 4.2 To recognize the implications of diversity for working with, respecting, and helping students in schools.

Competency 4.2 Interacts respectfully, appropriately, and productively with people of diverse backgrounds and contexts in school and community settings. 

Goal 5.
To apply collaborative problem solving and communicative skills within school and community contexts, in the service of the psychological development and educational achievement of children and adolescents. 

Objective 5.1 To participate comfortably and effectively as part of multidisciplinary teams with the intention of working to enhance the psychological development and educational achievement of students.

Competency 5.1 Listens attentively and respectfully, allowing others to present their views, during interactions with students, teachers, parents, and other stakeholders in school psychology services.

Objective 5.2 To communicate ideas and opinions effectively regarding the nature of student problems and conditions, and about potentially effective solutions.

Competency 5.2 Synthesizes the views of others and offers accurate, cogent, practical ideas about student problems and potential solutions in team and group problem-solving situations. 

Goal 6.
To understand ethical practice and social responsibility.

Objective 6.1 To understand ethical issues in school psychology practice.

Competency 6.1 Makes practice decisions that are based on ethical guidelines, standards, and laws related to school psychology.

Objective 6.2 To understand and appreciate the importance of schooling and healthy development of all children and adolescents.

Competency 6.2 Expresses professional respect for students, teachers, and other stakeholders of school psychology services, and makes professional decisions based on the intention of enhancing their functioning and quality of life.