The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has recently awarded the School Psychology Credential Program at the UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School full approval (national recognition) through 2014. UC Santa Barbara is the only training program in the state of California to have been awarded national recognition for both doctoral- and specialist-level training.
“This is a huge accomplishment,” Jill Sharkey, School Psychology Coordinator, says. “NASP has dramatically increased the rigor of its approval process over the past few years. I am very proud of our program and our exceptional faculty and student accomplishments. I am also thankful for the dedication of fieldwork supervisors and community partners who make the necessary intensive training possible.”
The National Association of School Psychologists is the premier source of knowledge, professional development, and resources, empowering school psychologists to ensure that all children and youth attain optimal learning and mental health. Since 1988, NASP has provided a national review and approval service for graduate programs in school psychology as part of its efforts to support preparation of graduate candidates for effective school psychology practice. The NASP program review and approval process contributes to the development of effective school psychology services through the identification of critical graduate education experiences and competencies needed by candidates preparing for careers in school psychology. NASP program approval/national recognition is an important indicator of quality graduate education in school psychology, comprehensive content, and extensive and properly supervised field experiences and internships, as judged by trained national reviewers. Thus, NASP approval/national recognition confers multiple advantages to programs, program graduates, the profession of school psychology, and, most importantly, to the children, families, and schools served by school psychologists.
The School Psychology Program is one part of the Gevirtz School’s Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP). CCSP offers both a combined Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, School Psychology and an M.Ed. in School Psychology/Pupil Personnel Service (PPS) Credential. The doctoral students in the school specialization also complete the California PPS credential. The primary goal of the Ph.D. program is to prepare graduates for academic and research positions. The primary goal of the M.Ed. program is to train credentialed school psychologists to provide comprehensive support services (consultation, preventive mental health services, assessment, and evaluation) for children, staff, and parents in K-12 grades.
[Jill Sharkey is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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