School Psychology – Division 16 of APA. What Is School Psychology?.
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“School psychology is a general practice and health service provider specialty of professional psychology that is concerned with the science and practice of psychology with children, youth, families; learners of all ages; and the schooling process.” (Fagan & Wise, 2007)
One can see the roots of School Psychology as early as 1920 when the need for services in schools began to emerge. Psychologists such as Cattell and Binet pioneered some of the earliest tools and methods that would be later used by school psychologists. School Psychology basically evolved from a community or clinic based treatment model to a school-based and school-linked service delivery model. Whereas the dominant ideology of earlier years was focused more on testing for disabilities, the field has changed over the decades to early intervention for preventing the progression of academic and behavioral problems.
(Fagan & Wise, 2007)
Fagan, T.K. & Wise, P.S., 2007. School Psychology: Past, Present and Future.
Bethesda, MD: National Association of School Psychologists Publications.
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