Reflections on the Futures Conference from the Perspective of a School Psychology Educator. Joel Meyers Georgia State University [email protected] Comparisons to the Spring Hill Symposium.
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Many issues discussed here have been discussed previously at the Thayer Conference, the Spring Hill Symposium and the Olympia Conference, but the following important perspectives may be important differences.
Focus on Empirically Based Interventions
Focus on Intervention and Prevention More than Assessment
A Constructivist Perspective (even empirically based interventions must be implemented, evaluated and modified based on local situations; qualitative research)
Reasonable expectations? Change is the responsibility of each of us, not the conference. Individuals must decide what, if anything, to implement following the conference (i.e., practitioners, university faculty, state and local organizations) “What can we do on Monday?”
Emphasize meaningful linkages between assessment and intervention
We have tried to focus on outcomes for children, families and schools rather than the profession
Emphasis on ecological and systems theories. Child in family and school within the context of community & culture
How do we organize and deliver psychological services given projected shortages in school psychologists? Does the focus on specific goals keep us from some big ideas?
Productive futures require adaptability and flexibility; the ability to make rapid change in response to changing circumstances. How can this be accomplished by institutions like universities, schools and our profession?
Consideration of treatment integrity in intervention research and practice.
What are effective approaches to practicum and internship? Need creativity and data.
Crisis response and violence prevention
Training Dilemma: “What to leave in and what to leave out?”