Of Bridges and Schisms in School Psychology

An article by Dr. Robert Woody, Building Bridges, Avoiding Schisms in School Psychology , published in The School Psychologist (APA, Div. 16, Summer 2009), speaks eloquently to a number of the issues with which school psychologists, and the profession of school psychology, struggle.  The article has as much relevance for us in Canada as it does in the United States.  (Dr. Woody is an APA presidential candidate.)

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2 Responses to “Of Bridges and Schisms in School Psychology”


  1. 1 Joseph Snyder July 30, 2010 at 4:42 pm

    Let’s see if our group’s comments will focus on what we can learn from the US experience rather than reliving it here in Canada.

  2. 2 Juanita M July 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Excellent point, Joe.

    The advantage of knowing the history of others is that we can benefit from their learnings, and hopefully circumvent their problems. With CASP forging a new beginning in Canada, we should be looking for solutions, not simply identifying obstacles to the practice of school psychology.

    For example, one of the “schisms” has been of interest to me for a while:

    First, the debate about education versus psychology, witnessed by some training programs that ping-pong back and forth seeking a departmental home.

    Canadian school psychology programs tend to be largely Master’s level, and housed in Education faculties. As a result, there are problems of professional identity and professional licensing as a “psychologist” since not all these programs are nationally accredited. Finding a way to ensure that these programs become accreditable and acceptable for licensing/registration within provinces would seem to be a good first step towards “building bridges” within our psychology community in Canada.


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