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Ethics and Law for School Psychologists, 4th Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-28059-0
408 pages
January 2003
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"By integrating the fields of psychology and special education . . . [t]his book provides a valuable reference for graduate faculty members and students as well as practitioners."
-Linda K. Knauss, PhD, Assistant Professor and Director of Internship Training
Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology, Widener University

"A must-read for any comprehensive school psychology law and ethics course. I could not imagine teaching the course without the support of this book."
-Kara E. McGoey, PhD, Assistant Professor
School Psychology Program, Kent State University

This completely updated edition of the leading ethics and law guide for students, as well as practicing school psychologists, provides authoritative, timely information on professional standards and legal requirements pertinent to the delivery of school psychological services. Ethics and Law for School

Psychologists, Fourth Edition covers a host of ethical and legal issues that are unique to the field, including:
* Students' and parents' rights to privacy and informed consent
* Confidentiality and the duty to protect
* Psychoeducational assessment and intervention
* Schooling for students with special needs
* School discipline and violence prevention
* Provision of culturally sensitive services to diverse clientele
* Protection of the rights of sexual minority students
* Supervision of school psychologists in training


Offering a wealth of new information, this book includes recent changes in professional standards such as the 2002 revision of the American Psychological Association's "Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct" and the 2000 revision of the National Association of School Psychologists' "Principles for Professional Ethics." The discussion of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) incorporates the 1999 regulations as well as recent developments in case law. The ethical and legal mandate to respect cultural, linguistic, and role differences is given greater emphasis throughout this edition.
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Chapter 1. Ethics in School Psychology: An Introduction.

Quality Control in School Psychology.

What and Why of Professional Ethics.

Ethics Training and Competencies.

Ethical Codes and Professional Standards.

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 for Psychological Services.

Confidentiality.

Privileged Communication.

Record Keeping in the Schools.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 4. 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 5. 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 6. Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Section 504 and Pupils with Handicapping Conditions.

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Chapter 7. Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling and Therapeutic Interventions in the Schools.

Pre-Intervention Responsibilities.

Counseling: Ethical and Legal Issues.

Behavioral Intervention.

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 School Consultation.

School Testing and 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 Ethnic and Linguistic Minority 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, Professional Standards, and Advocacy.

Concluding Comments.

Study and Discussion.

Appendix A. NASP’s Principles for Professional Ethics.

Appendix B. Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct.

Appendix C. Guidelines for the Provision of School Psychological Services.

Appendix D. Suggested Competencies for Providing School Psychological Services to Culturally Diverse Clientele.

References.

Table of Cases.

Table of Federal Legislation.

AuthorIndex.

Subject Index.

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SUSAN JACOB, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Central Michigan University and a member of the School Psychology Program faculty. She has written more than two dozen articles that have appeared in such professional publications as School Psychology Review, Journal of School Psychology, and Psychology in the Schools.

TIMOTHY S. HARTSHORNE, PhD, is Professor of Psychology and Assistant Vice Provost at Central Michigan University. He has contributed chapters to several professional volumes and his articles have appeared in Journal of Individual Psychology, Journal of Personality Assessment, and other professional publications.

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  • Greater emphasis on diversity issues, both in content and case examples
  • Updated information on current education law and revised ethics codes for NASP and APA
  • New section on harassment and discrimination in chapter 9
  • New chapter on ethical and legal issues regarding supervision
  • Instructor's Manual

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  • Best-selling book on topic
  • Includes updated information on new regulations stemming from 1997 IDEA Amendments (published 3/99)
  • Includes new ethics codes for NASP and APA (published 2000, 2002, respectively)
  • Features numerous instructive case vignettes, end-of-chapter questions and topics for discussion

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This is a very unique book. There is nothing else like it that I have come across. It includes all of the necessary information for school psychologists in one place, by integrating the fields of psychology and special education. This book provides a valuable reference for graduate faculty members and students as well as practitioners. --Linda K. Knauss, Widener University

A must-read for any comprehensive School Psychology Law and Ethics course. I could not imagine teaching the course without the support of this book. —Kara E. McGoey, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School Psychology Program, Kent State University

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