International Development of School Psychology

Bonnie Kaul Nastasi and Kris Varjas

in The Oxford Handbook of School Psychology

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195369809
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 International Development of School Psychology

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The chapter explores converging international forces that provide the context for future development of school psychology, examines the current status of school psychology internationally, and proposes a model for guiding future development of the profession on a global level. A primary reason for universal insufficiency of mental health services for children and adolescents is shortage of mental health professionals such as school psychologists, due in part to the shortage or lack of professional development programs. Critical to the advancement of school psychology internationally is development of a theoretical and empirical basis for training and practice that addresses cultural and contextual diversity. Drawing on models for international development and prior work of the authors, a model for the cultural construction of international school psychology is proposed. Key features of the model include ongoing research and evaluation, and partnership with local stakeholders to facilitate capacity building and sustainability of local programming.

Keywords: international; school psychology; cultural construction; professional development; capacity building; mixed methods research

Article.  12616 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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