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Ethics and Law for School Psychologists

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Provides current information on ethical principles and standards as well as the laws pertinent to the delivery of school psychological services. Designed as a single sourcebook on ethics and law for school psychologists and related practitioners; the sixth edition also introduces an ethical-legal decision-making model to support informed, well-reasoned choices in the resolution of such problems as they occur.

This course is based on the book, Ethics and Law for School Psychologists created by Susan Jacob, Ph.D., Dawn M. Decker, Ph.D., and Timothy S. Hartshorne, Ph.D.

Publication Date:

2011/Sixth Edition

Course Material Authors

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Susan Jacob, Ph.D.
Susan Jacob, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and faculty member of the Central Michigan University School Psychology program. She earned an M.S.Ed. from City College of New York in 1973, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (emphasis School Psychology) from Michigan State University in 1981. Dr. Jacob is co-chair of the National Association of School Psychologist's Ethical and Professional Practices Committee.
Dawn M. Decker, Ph.D.
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, Ph.D.
Timothy S. Hartshorne, Ph.D., NCSP, 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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Recommended For:

This course is recommended for school based professionals, especially school psychologists, counselors, and social workers seeking a single sourcebook that addresses and supports decision-making for ethical and legal issues encountered in school practice. It is appropriate for an intermediate to advanced level of participants' knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Identify the broad principles underlying the ethical-legal decision making model and describe ethical committee processes and sanctions for unethical conduct.
  2. Recognize the legal underpinnings of school based practice as well as the mechanisms that ensure the qualification of psychologists and allied professionals working in the schools.
  3. Describe and examine ethical-legal concerns of school-based practitioners such as those related to privacy, informed consent, confidentially, and record keeping.
  4. Apply ethical-legal decision making to the delivery of services to students with disabilities.
  5. Examine psychoeducational assessment within the context of the psychologist-student relationship.
  6. Explain ethical-legal concerns associated with school-based interventions, including therapeutic methods such as counseling.
  7. Discuss ethical-legal issues associated with a wide range of multi-level consultative service topics delivered by psychologists to school staff, parents, as well as school and system level administrators.
  8. Identify and explain ethical-legal issues associated with school-based research, staff supervision, and student advocacy.


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Course Creator: Tyler Gibson
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