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Now in its Sixth Edition, Ethics and Law for School Psychologists continues to be a key source of information for understanding and delivering ethically and legally sound services within a school setting. Completely updated to reflect the revised 2010 NASP Principles for Professional Ethics, the new edition of this classic text also addresses the final regulations in implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the amended Americans with Disabilities Act. Ideal for school psychologists in training, the text features numerous case vignettes, end-of-chapter questions, and topics for discussion.

Author Biography

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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
What's in the Bookp. xi
What's Not in the Bookp. xii
Sixth Edition Revisionsp. xii
Two Disclaimersp. xiii
Cast of Charactersp. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Ethics in School Psychology: An Introductionp. 1
Quality Control in School Psychologyp. 1
What and Why of Professional Ethicsp. 1
Ethics Training and Competenciesp. 4
Codes of Ethicsp. 7
Four Broad Ethical Principlesp. 10
Summaryp. 18
Ethical and Legal Decision Makingp. 18
Unethical Conductp. 22
Concluding Commentsp. 25
Study and Discussionp. 25
Law and School Psychology: An Introductionp. 27
The U.S. Constitutionp. 27
Statutes and Regulationsp. 32
Case Lawp. 36
Summaryp. 37
Credentialing of School Psychologistsp. 38
Civil Lawsuits Against Schools and School Psychologistsp. 39
Concluding Commentsp. 43
Study and Discussionp. 43
Privacy, Informed Consent, Confidentiality, and Record Keepingp. 45
Privacyp. 45
Informed Consent to Establish a School Psychologist-Client Relationshipp. 47
Confidentialityp. 52
Privileged Communicationp. 57
Record Keeping in the Schoolsp. 62
Concluding Commentsp. 76
Study and Discussionp. 76
Ethical-Legal Issues in the Education of Students with Disabilities Under IDEAp. 79
Education of Children with Disabilities: A Historical Perspectivep. 79
Individuals with Disabilities Education Actp. 81
Infants and Toddlers with Disabilitiesp. 119
Concluding Commentsp. 123
Study and Discussionp. 123
Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Actp. 125
Section 504p. 125
Americans with Disabilities Actp. 136
Concluding Commentsp. 137
Study and Discussionp. 138
Ethical and Legal Issues in Psychoeducational Assessmentp. 139
Testing Versus Assessmentp. 139
Preassessment Responsibilitiesp. 141
Assessment Planningp. 144
Information Gatheringp. 150
Assessment Interpretationp. 151
Nonbiased Assessmentp. 153
Personality Assessmentp. 157
Professional Competence and Autonomyp. 158
Computers in Psychoeducational Assessmentp. 159
Concluding Commentsp. 160
Study and Discussionp. 160
Ethical and Legal Issues in School-Based Interventionsp. 163
Interventions for Students Who Require Academic and Behavioral Support to Succeed in General Educationp. 163
Therapeutic Interventions Within the Context of a School Psychologist-Client Relationshipp. 169
Duty to Protectp. 172
Competence and Responsibilityp. 183
Psychopharmacologic Interventions in the Schoolsp. 185
Concluding Commentsp. 187
Study and Discussionp. 187
Indirect Services I: Ethical-Legal Issues in Working with Teachers and Parentsp. 191
Consultation with Teachersp. 191
Special Issues in Working with Parentsp. 195
Concluding Commentsp. 202
Study and Discussionp. 203
Indirect Services II: Special Topics in Systems-Level Consultationp. 205
Student Proficiency Assessment Programsp. 205
School Entry and Grade Retention Decisionsp. 208
Instructional Groupingp. 208
School Disciplinep. 210
School Violence Preventionp. 217
Harassment and Discriminationp. 221
Other Pupils with Special Needsp. 224
Concluding Commentsp. 227
Study and Discussionp. 227
Research in the Schools: Ethical and Legal Issuesp. 229
Competence, Responsibility, and Welfare of Participantsp. 230
Informed Consent and Privacyp. 231
Exposure to Stress or Harm and Denial of Beneficial Treatmentp. 235
Post-Data-Collection Responsibilitiesp. 236
Concealment and Deceptionp. 237
Confidentiality of Datap. 239
Research with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populationsp. 240
Scientific Misconductp. 241
Concluding Commentsp. 242
Study and Discussionp. 242
Ethical and Legal Issues in Supervisionp. 245
Professional Standards for Supervisionp. 246
Professional Disclosure Statement and Individualized Learning Planp. 246
Ethical Principles and Supervisionp. 247
Liability Issuesp. 254
Concluding Commentsp. 254
Study and Discussionp. 255
Epilogue Ethics, Law, and Advocacyp. 257
Advocacy and an Uncertain Legal Landscapep. 258
Developing an Ethical Practicep. 259
Concluding Commentsp. 260
National Association of School Psychologists Principles for Professional Ethics 2010p. 261
American Psychological Association Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct with the 2010 Amendmentsp. 285
Table of Casesp. 309
Table of Federal Legislationp. 313
Referencesp. 315
Author Indexp. 339
Subject Indexp. 347
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