Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

The Future of School Psychology

Magazine article National Association of School Psychologists. Communique

The Future of School Psychology

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I attended the Conference on the Future of School Psychology in 2002. School psychology leaders from all over the country were invited to come to Indianapolis for several days where we listened to presentations and worked in small groups to hammer out the immediate future of our profession. At the same time, the use of technology allowed a collection of remote sites to participate in the discussions along with the onsite participants. The conference was incredibly well organized and everyone was determined to make it a success. The energy there was great and I remember some really intense discussions as we tried to come to consensus over issues in our field. As a practitioner from a small town in Connecticut, I felt privileged to be in the same room with so many well-known school psychology leaders.

The conference resulted in the formulation of a set of goals for the profession; task forces created to advance each of them; a significant collection of articles, books, and online resources; and organized efforts to help state associations implement the goals. The presentations and many of the resources from the conference can still be accessed at the Futures Conference website (http://www.indiana.edu/~futures), as can a free set of online learning modules published in 2006. It was a very exciting time.

Well, here we are 10 years later and the 2012 Conference on the Future of School Psychology starts this month. But this time, it's all online, free of charge, and the invitation is open to everyone to participate. …

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