McLaughlin and Kovaleski Discuss Program Models in Preservice Training of School Psychologists

Posted on 1/29/2014 10:05:58 AM

Courtney McLaughlin and Joseph Kovaleski, faculty members in the Educational and School Psychology Department, will present on innovative program models or practices to the preservice training of school psychologists at the eighth annual Trainers of School Psychology (TSP) meeting, taking place in Washington, D.C. on February 17–18, 2014.

School psychology graduate training programs need to continue to focus on the development and improvement of outcomes-based data to address expectations of policy makers and requirements of accrediting and approval associations.

Attendees at the TSP meeting will learn how one school psychology program has implemented outcomes-based measures in a school psychology graduate internship course by aligning outcomes with the National Association of School Psychologists Standards for Graduate Preparation of School Psychologists (NASP, 2010). Implementation of the outcomes-based measures includes ratings from the intern, the site supervisor, and the university facilitator for the internship experience. Examples of these measures and data from the initial year of implementation will be presented. Future directions for improving the outcomes-based measure will also be discussed.

Attendees will identify information about accountability policies that emphasize the collection of outcome-based data, examine the measures the presenters have developed to collected outcome-based data, extrapolate ideas for outcomes-based data collection in their trainee programs, and discuss future directions with the presenters for outcomes-based data collection.

TSP is committed to innovation and excellence in graduate training programs for specialist and doctoral school psychologists. Their purpose is to foster high-quality training in school psychology programs. TSP works toward this goal by examining current trends in graduate education programs, providing professional growth opportunities to school psychology faculty, facilitating communication with field based supervisors, and supporting legislative efforts that promote excellence in training.

Educational and School Psychology