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Developing Practitioners

The Program's Philosophy

The Emporia State University School Psychology program seeks to develop scientist-practitioners, capable of delivering comprehensive and effective school psychological services in varied school contexts.

The faculty are committed to interaction with candidates in a way which encourages their professional identity with the profession of school psychology. The intent is to create candidates who will promote the cognitive, behavioral, and social development of young children and adolescents, working with youth and families of diverse characteristics.

To do so effectively, we believe that candidates should be prepared to:

  • Make empirically-based decisions and use research-based practices.
  • Demonstrate assessment practices which contribute to an understanding of student needs, by being valid, reliable, comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and appropriate for culturally and linguistically diverse populations.
  • Link assessment to all other roles of the school psychologist, including intervention, and treatment efficacy.
  • Recognize the uniqueness of all students, and create goals developmentally appropriate to their individual characteristics across all relevant domains.
  • Implement and evaluate theoretically and empirically sound, population-based educational and mental health programming for school personnel, families and children.
  • Work collaboratively with others in problem-solving situation, utilizing eclectic consultation models with school personnel, parents, community and state agencies to systemically address needs.
  • Recognize schools as systems, and help structure comprehensive services which acknowledge factors such as school climate, family involvement, special and general education resources, and community influences which contribute to effective learning.
  • Advocate for the needs of individual students, and for environments which promote the health and well-being of all children.
  • Support their profession, pursuing ongoing professional development to promote collegiality as well as to assure they grow into a reflective practitioner who always understands and follows contemporary professional, ethical and legal standards.

The Emporia State School Psychology program supports the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy developed by the National Association of School Psychologists. NASP’s long standing commitment to the just and fair treatment of all persons is underscored by the inclusion of diversity as a core value in the strategic plan. Diversity in development and learning is one of the 10 domains of school psychology practice and is considered one of the foundational knowledge sets for the profession: “School psychologists ensure that their knowledge, skills, and professional practices reflect the understanding and respect for human diversity and promote effective services, advocacy, and social justice for all children, families, and schools (NASP, 2010).” It is with these principles in mind that the NASP Delegate Assembly adopted the Nondiscrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy in 2011.