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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 Citing recent legal rulings and publications as well as historical references, Ethics and Law for School Psychologists provides the most comprehensive foundation for scholarship in this area.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.

Incl. informed consent for psychological services, children w/disabilities, educational malpractice, discipline

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Editorial Reviews

This book is most useful, and I would strongly recommend its purchase to other school psychologists. It serves as a readable sourcebook concerning the relationship of the Constitution and subsequent laws to the practice of school psychology; a helpful compendium of applicable standards; a useful presentation of implications of legal and ethical issues for diverse aspects of school psychology practice; and an excellent resource for decisionmaking in keeping with ethical and legal criteria.
New Challenges and Practice Guidelines Report
Jacob and Hartshorne have translated ethical-legal standards in both school psychology and special education into problem-resolution guidelines relevant to providing psychological services in school settings. This textbook is considered to be exceptionally valuable for both school psychology students . . . and school psychologist practitioners.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470579060
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 151,039
  • Product dimensions: 7.32 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Preface xi

What's in the Book xi

What's Not in the Book xii

Sixth Edition Revisions xii

Two Disclaimers xiii

Cast of Characters xiii

Acknowledgments xv

Chapter 1 Ethics in School Psychology: An Introduction 1

Quality Control in School Psychology 1

What and Why of Professional Ethics 1

Ethics Training and Competencies 4

Codes of Ethics 7

Four Broad Ethical Principles 10

Summary 18

Ethical and Legal Decision Making 18

Unethical Conduct 22

Concluding Comments 25

Study and Discussion 25

Chapter 2 Law and School Psychology: An Introduction 27

The U.S. Constitution 27

Statutes and Regulations 32

Case Law 36

Summary 37

Credentialing of School Psychologists 38

Civil Lawsuits Against Schools and School Psychologists 39

Concluding Comments 43

Study and Discussion 43

Chapter 3 Privacy, Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Record Keeping 45

Privacy 45

Informed Consent to Establish a School Psychologist-Client Relationship 47

Confidentiality 52

Privileged Communication 57

Record Keeping in the Schools 62

Concluding Comments 76

Study and Discussion 76

Chapter 4 Ethical-Legal Issues in the Education of Students with Disabilities Under IDEA 79

Education of Children with Disabilities: A Historical Perspective 79

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 81

Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities 119

Concluding Comments 123

Study and Discussion 123

Chapter 5 Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act 125

Section 504 125

Americans with Disabilities Act 136

Concluding Comments 137

Study and Discussion 138

Chapter 6 Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychoeducational Assessment 139

Testing Versus Assessment 139

Preassessment Responsibilities 141

Assessment Planning 144

Information Gathering 150

Assessment Interpretation 151

Nonbiased Assessment 153

Personality Assessment 157

Professional Competence and Autonomy 158

Computers in Psychoeducational Assessment 159

Concluding Comments 160

Study and Discussion 160

Chapter 7 Ethical and Legal Issues in School-Based Interventions 163

Interventions for Students Who Require Academic and Behavioral Support to Succeed in General Education 163

Therapeutic Interventions Within the Context of a School Psychologist-Client Relationship 169

Duty to Protect 172

Competence and Responsibility 183

Psychopharmacologic Interventions in the Schools 185

Concluding Comments 187

Study and Discussion 187

Chapter 8 Indirect Services I: Ethical-Legal Issues in Working with Teachers and Parents 191

Consultation with Teachers 191

Special Issues in Working with Parents 195

Concluding Comments 202

Study and Discussion 203

Chapter 9 Indirect Services II: Special Topics in Systems-Level Consultation 205

Student Proficiency Assessment Programs 205

School Entry and Grade Retention Decisions 208

Instructional Grouping 208

School Discipline 210

School Violence Prevention 217

Harassment and Discrimination 221

Other Pupils with Special Needs 224

Concluding Comments 227

Study and Discussion 227

Chapter 10 Research in the Schools: Ethical and Legal Issues 229

Competence, Responsibility, and Welfare of Participants 230

Informed Consent and Privacy 231

Exposure to Stress or Harm and Denial of Beneficial Treatment 235

Post-Data-Collection Responsibilities 236

Concealment and Deception 237

Confidentiality of Data 239

Research with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations 240

Scientific Misconduct 241

Concluding Comments 242

Study and Discussion 242

Chapter 11 Ethical and Legal Issues in Supervision 245

Professional Standards for Supervision 246

Professional Disclosure Statement and Individualized Learning Plan 246

Ethical Principles and Supervision 247

Liability Issues 254

Concluding Comments 254

Study and Discussion 255

Epilogue Ethics, Law, and Advocacy 257

Advocacy and an Uncertain Legal Landscape 258

Developing an Ethical Practice 259

Concluding Comments 260

Appendix A National Association of School Psychologists Principles for Professional Ethics 2010 261

Appendix B American Psychological Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct with the 2010 Amendments 285

Appendix C Table of Cases 309

Appendix D Table of Federal Legislation 313

References 315

Author Index 339

Subject Index 347

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