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The training program in School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts
is based on an ecologically oriented, scientist-practitioner training
model. The Program's educational philosophy holds as a basic premise that
high quality professional training requires graduate student immersion
in faculty supervised, pre-professional activities including course work,
service delivery, and research. The mission of our training program is
to prepare professionals who:
- Practice school psychology with sensitivity to the individual case,
paying careful attention to relevant features of individual history,
culture, and context, and the person's educational, social, behavioral,
and emotional needs.
- Practice school psychology within an ecological, problem-solving approach
using evidence-based practices to address the educational, social, behavioral,
and emotional needs of individuals or groups, and to promote healthy
development of all children, students, and families.
- Practice school psychology using evidence-based prevention and intervention
practices to address the educational and social needs of school systems,
families, and communities, emphasizing system level applications.
- Practice school psychology consistent with the ethical quidelines
of the American Psychological Association and the National
Association of School Psychologists, and consistent with State
and Federal Law.
- Contribute to the professional knowledge base of school psychology
with an emphasis on assessment, prevention, and intervention practices,
by conducting valid and meaningful research, and engaging in professional
- Provide leadership in the field of school psychology at local, state,
regional, and national levels.