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Ethics and Law for School Psychologists, 6th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-57906-0
384 pages
November 2010
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The definitive text—completely revised—on the professional and legal standards of school psychology

Fully revised and now in its sixth edition, the single best source of authoritative information on the ethical and legal issues associated with school psychological practice includes the most up-to-date standards and requirements of the profession. Citing recent legal rulings and publications as well as historical references, Ethics and Law for School Psychologists provides the most comprehensive foundation for scholarship in this area.

A key reference for understanding and delivering ethically and legally sound services, the text combines the expertise of three leading professionals at the forefront of the field. Completely updated to reflect the National Association of School Psychologists' (NASP) revised 2010 Principles for Professional Ethics, the new edition of this classic text also addresses the final regulations in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the amended Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, the Sixth Edition features:

  • New material on the management of sensitive, private student information and a revised section on privileged communication
  • Broader coverage of ethical-legal issues in school-based intervention, including a new section on interventions in the general education classroom
  • The latest research and professional literature related to ethics and law in school psychology

Covering the ethical and legal issues that impact every school psychologist, and with numerous pedagogical features including case vignettes, end-of-chapter questions, and topics for discussion, Ethics and Law for School Psychologists, Sixth Edition is well suited for graduate students in school psychology and is a must-have resource for all practicing school psychologists, educators, and school administrators.

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Preface.

What's in the Book.

What's Not in the Book.

Sixth Edition Revisions.

Two Disclaimers.

The Cast of Characters

Acknowledgments.

Chapter 1 Ethics in School Psychology: An Introduction.

Quality Control in School Psychology.

What and Why of Professional Ethics.

Ethics Training and Competencies.

Codes of Ethics.

Four Broad Ethical Principles.

Ethical and Legal Decision Making.

Unethical Conduct.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 2 Law and School Psychology: An Introduction.

The U.S. Constitution.

Statutes and Regulations.

Case Law.

Summary.

Credentialing of School Psychologists.

Civil Lawsuits against Schools and School Psychologists.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 3 Privacy, Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Record Keeping.

Privacy.

Informed Consent to Establish a School Psychologist-Client Relationship.

Confidentiality.

Privileged Communication.

Record Keeping in the Schools.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 4 Ethical-Legal Issues in the Education of Pupils with Disabilities under IDEA.

Education of Children with Disabilities: A Historical Perspective.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 5 Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Section 504.

Americans with Disabilities Act.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 6 Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychoeducational Assessment.

Testing versus Assessment.

Pre-assessment Responsibilities.

Assessment Planning.

Information Gathering.

Assessment Interpretation.

Nonbiased Assessment.

Personality Assessment.

Professional Competence and Autonomy.

Computers in Psychoeducational Assessment.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 7 Ethical and Legal Issues in School-based Interventions.

Interventions for Students Who Require Academic and Behavioral Support to Succeed in General Education.

Therapeutic Interventions within the Context of a School Psychologist-Client Relationship.

Duty to Protect.

Competence and Responsibility.

Psychopharmacologic Interventions in the Schools.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 8 Indirect Services I: Ethical-Legal Issues in Working with Teachers and Parents.

Consultation with Teachers.

Special Issues in Working with Parents.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 9 Indirect Services II: Special Topics in Systems-Level Consultation.

Student Proficiency Assessment Programs.

School Entry and Grade Retention Decisions.

Instructional Grouping.

School Discipline.

School Violence Prevention.

Harassment and Discrimination.

Other Pupils with Special Needs.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 10 Research in the Schools: Ethical and Legal Issues.

Competence, Responsibility, and Welfare of Participants.

Exposure to Stress or Harm and Denial of Beneficial Treatment.

Post-Data-Collection Responsibilities.

Concealment and Deception.

Confidentiality of Data.

Research with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations.

Scientific Misconduct.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 11 Ethical and Legal Issues in Supervision.

Professional Standards for Supervision.

Professional Disclosure Statement and Individualized Learning Plan.

Ethical Principles and Supervision.

Liability Issues.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Epilogue: Ethics, Law, and Advocacy.

Advocacy and an Uncertain Legal Landscape.

Developing an Ethical Practice.

Concluding Comments.

Appendix A NASP's Principles for Professional Ethics.

Appendix B APA's Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

References.

Table of Cases.

Table of Federal Legislation.

Author Index.

Subject Index.

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SUSAN JACOB, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Central Michigan University. She has served on national and state ethics committees and was on the team responsible for drafting the 2010 version of NASP's Principles for Professional Ethics.

DAWN M. DECKER, PhD, NCSP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling and Special Education at Central Michigan University. Her scholarship addresses the impact of legal initiatives on educational assessment and instructional practices.

TIMOTHY S. HARTSHORNE, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology and former department chair and assistant vice provost at Central Michigan University. He is founding chair of the ethics committee for the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology.

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•      Classic text on ethics and law for school psychologists.

•      Fully updated to reflect the 2010 version of the NASP Principles for Professional Ethics, the 6th Edition also addresses the final regulations in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (as amended in 2008.)

•    Features numerous pedagogical features including case vignettes, end-of-chapter questions, and topics for discussion. 

•      Accompanying web-based Instructor's Manual includes sample syllabi, recommended readings, discussion questions, handouts, and test questions.

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