Date Approved

6-6-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. School Psychology-Professional School Psychology

Department

Special Educational Services/Instruction

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Allen, Terri

Subject(s)

Students--Mental health;School psychologists

Disciplines

Student Counseling and Personnel Services

Abstract

The current school reform is being driven by shifts in thinking about school improvements, including a willingness to consider prevention versus remediation. Response-to-Intervention is a buzz word in education right now as it is the framework by which this shift in thinking is to be implemented. Preventatively addressing the mental health needs of students is a pressing issue for educational professionals as the population of students who exhibit social, emotional, and behavioral problems continues to be underserved. Since school psychologists are trained in Response-to-Intervention procedures, the purpose of this study was to determine if school psychologists are involved in Response-to-Intervention procedures in their school district, and if their RtI procedures are addressing the needs of students who are socially, emotionally, and behaviorally at-risk.

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