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School Psychology Program Model and Philosophy
School Psychologists as Scientist-Practitioners and OSU's Science-based Child/Learner Success Model
The school psychology training program at Oklahoma State University is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and approved by the National Association of School Psychologists. This is the highest level of accreditation possible for psychology training programs. OSU's programs are based on the scientist-practitioner model in which theory, research and practice are considered integrated components. Within this model is embedded our Science-Based Child Learner Success (SBCLS) orientation that emphasizes use of the scientific knowledge base and methodological rigor in the delivery of school psychology services to effect positive outcomes for our clients. Our philosophy is that all children and youth have the right to be successful. Success refers not only to accomplishment of immediate goals but also to long range goals of adulthood such as maximizing personal potentials, social integration, meaningful work and contributing to society. School psychologists are important agents who assist children, families, teachers and others to be successful. The SBCLS orientation focuses on prevention and intervention services related to the psychoeducational and mental health needs of children and youth.
We also believe that you must understand, critically evaluate and integrate research and theory to deliver sound and appropriate school psychology services. School psychologists should also use research designs to critically evaluate their methods and to determine which methods have sufficient validity to be included in their service delivery repertoire. Those who practice from a SBLS perspective are not only skeptical consumers of research but contribute to the existing knowledge base through their ongoing scholarship and research activities. They also understand that the scientific and professional literature is constantly being upgraded and that continuing professional development and life-long learning are integral to success as a school psychologist.