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1 Welcome

2 Perception of Competencies of Culminating School Psychologists Presented at the International Enhancement Themes Conference Glasgow, Scotland June Dr. Linda Smedley Dr. Diana Wheeler National University

3 Surveyed culminating candidates in school psychology training program Part of a more complex study Importance of perceived competencies in relation to university curriculum

4 Methods Study spanned 4 years ( ) 96 culminating school psychologists surveyed 6 campuses across the state of California Survey questions based on NASP domains 50% focused on traditional activities 50% focused on nontraditional activities Likert Scale of 1-4 (“1” very high, “4” very low)

5 QuestionCompetency PED 685 only 1. Participate in assessment of individual students Provide consultation with teachers and staff regarding mental health issues Develop and implement academic interventions, including IEPs Develop and implement behavioral interventions Assist administrators in developing school policies and practices Provide and/or contribute to prevention or intervention programs Promote and provide collaboration with families and others in the community Participate in evaluation of site/district programs Participate in professional development activities Access, analyze, and utilize information sources from cutting-edge technology School Psychology Student Survey NU Campus__________________Course____________Gender______ Age_____ Undergraduate degree: ________________________________________________ Graduate degree earned: _________________________________________________ Credential/License: __________________________________________________ Current occupation __________________________________________________ Please rate your perception of your competence for each activity listed below. Competency Ratings: 1 = very high 2 = somewhat high 3 = somewhat low 4 = very low

6 Domain Mean Score Roles*Descriptor of NASP Domain 13.30TParticipate in assessment of individual students 33.11TDevelop and implement academic interventions, including IEPs 22.92TProvide consultation with teachers and staff regarding mental health issues 72.91TPromote and provide collaboration with families and others in the community 42.87TDevelop and implement behavioral interventions 92.87NParticipate in professional development activities 62.81NProvide and/or contribute to prevention or intervention programs NAccess, analyze, and utilize information sources from cutting-edge technology 82.32NParticipate in evaluation of site/district programs 52.29NAssist administrators in developing school policies and practices Self Perception of School Psychology Culminating Candidate Competencies *”T” represents traditional roles “N” represents nontraditional roles

7 Conclusions Culminating students continue to find confidence in traditional tasks Traditional tasks: assessments, consultation, IEP’s Nontraditional tasks: professional development, intervention programs, school policies Nontraditional (leadership) activities will expand skills and marketability

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