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Program Big Ideas

The School Psychology Program courses are all guided by Big Ideas. These Big Ideas are interwoven throughout the Program sequence and inform both what is taught (i.e., content), and how it is taught (i.e., a developmental approach to instruction and supervision). We will update this page with all of our Program's Big Ideas shortly, but for now, here are a few examples:

Practices and Principals of School Psychology (SPY 508): Big Ideas

  1. As schools are changing, so too is the role of the school psychologist.
  2. Too many educators think that school psychology and school psychologists “just” test students for special education eligibility, serving as gate keepers.
  3. School psychologists have major roles in prevention and promotion, especially around positive behavior support and school climate, including a variety of mental health issues.
  4. Schools lag behind in implementing evidence-based practices. School psychologists are integral to reducing that gap.

Theory and Practice of School-Based Consultation (SPY 544): Big Ideas

  1. Consultation is central to the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices.
  2. Consultation is a type of indirect service delivery aimed at improving academic, behavioral, and mental health outcomes for students, their families and systems at the universal, targeted, and intensive levels.
  3. Utilizing a problem-solving process within a behavioral consultation model is of paramount value in the development of effective preventative and responsive interventions.
  4. Effective interpersonal skills are essential for consultation; however, they are not sufficient to improve student outcomes in the absence of evidence-based practices.



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