Presentation on theme: "Degree and Curriculum Options: Doctoral Level Focus David Gotthelf, Ph.D., NCSP Newton Public Schools Newton, Massachusetts."— Presentation transcript:
Degree and Curriculum Options: Doctoral Level Focus David Gotthelf, Ph.D., NCSP Newton Public Schools Newton, Massachusetts
How to balance student needs with multiple credentialing requirements? What is the focus of the curriculum? What to include in the curriculum? Health Service Providers? Legislative efforts? What will help students to be competitive on the job market? Internship & credentialing requirements
Newton Public Schools is a large suburb just west of Boston ◦ 85,000 residents Majority are high SES Many are in health care and/or mental health care ◦ Over 13,000 students 15 elementary schools 4 middle schools 2 high schools About 25% of our students are on 504 plans or IEPs.
The demand for mental health services has increased significantly along with the mental health needs: ◦ ASD ◦ Anxiety and Stress in and out of school ◦ Trauma related to family dysfunction At-Risk behaviors, including suicide and homicide Newton: 3 completed suicides this year, including one last week.
Neuropsychological approach to assessment RTI approach to social/emotional learning ◦ Awareness and use of evidence-based curriculum ◦ Training school psychologists to be able to train teachers and administrators Ability to assess at-risk behaviors
NPS has 22 school psychologists 11 are licensed HSPs; 13 are doctoral level All are building-based, providing assessment, direct service, and consultation. We have a department head and meet as a department on a regular basis. Given the increasing mental health demands, we are finding it less helpful to train practicum students, and more helpful to have doctoral level interns.
NPS working collaboratively with local training programs and the MSPA in an effort to have the Massachusetts Licensing Board recognize schools as bona fide doctoral level intern settings. NPS applied for and has been recognized by MA Licensing Board as a Health Service Setting NPS is moving forward regarding stipends and recognition by APPIC and the APA NPS has testified in support of legislation regarding schools as internship sites.
Working knowledge of basic neuropsychological assessment instruments Risk assessment training Experience working with special populations, particularly students with ASD. RTI approach to SEL and the ability to train teachers and staff. Consultation training and experience
Establishment of a working relationship between the state Dept. of Education and the state licensing board. ◦ NASP and state school psychology associations taking leadership roles in this area Ensuring that internship credentials are based on realistic needs, not policies that are actually unnecessary. ◦ Example: Schools do not need to have a psychology department, a requirement of the MA Licensing Brd. Making sure schools and other internship sites actually practice what they preach.
What outcome does this group desire? How do we set an action plan?