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Supervision in School Psychology

The Developmental, Ecological, Problem-solving Model, 1st Edition

By Dennis J. Simon, Mark E. Swerdlik


336 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Supervision is a core professional competency requiring specific training for the benefit of supervisees, clients, and the profession. Supervision in School Psychology: The Developmental, Ecological, Problem-solving Model examines specific factors that contribute to successful supervision in school psychology, including the integration of a developmental process of training, the ecological contexts that impact practice, and evidence-based problem-solving strategies. Written for graduate students, researchers, and professionals in the field of school psychology, this book provides thorough, specific, and immediately applicable methods and principles for supervisory practice. Featuring a diverse set of pedagogical tools, Supervision in School Psychology is an important resource for navigating the distinct challenges specific to the demanding and diverse core competencies associated with supervision in school-based settings.


"Clinical supervisors—mentors—are of unparalleled importance in the education and training of school psychologists. Today, practitioners face extraordinary challenges, from assessment to consultation. This text, fortunately, is an invaluable resource. Beautifully crafted by two national leaders, this volume fills a critical void. I'll have it on my desk. You might want a copy too."

--Tony D. Crespi, Past-President, Trainers of School Psychologists, EdD., ABPP, NCSP, Professor of Psychology, the University of Hartford, USA

"This comprehensive resource provides a wealth of knowledge regarding the supervision of school psychologists. Covering the full range of factors that affect school psychology practice, it will help students, trainers, and practitioners strengthen their own practice as well as that of supervisees. Case examples and behavioral markers illustrate concepts and provide quality indicators of effective application of the only model designed specifically for the supervision of school psychologists."

--Meaghan C. Guiney, Ph.D., NCSP, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Psychology, Fairleigh Dickinson University, USA

"At a time when the field is demonstrating a renewed appreciation for the important role of supervision in clinical practice, Simon and Swerdlik present a model of supervision specific to the field of school psychology that emerged out of a reciprocal relationship between research and practice. The book's case examples and discussion questions suggest an ideal text for supervision courses, while the activities included make it an essential guide for new supervisors and a valued resource for experienced ones serious about developing their supervisory practice."

--Brenda Huber, Director, Psychological Services Center, Illinois State University, USA

Simon and Swerdlik do an excellent job of paying homage to past theoretical and practical supervision models and crafting these into their own easily digestible framework that is definitively "school psychological" in aim and scope. The use of case scenarios aids in demonstrating application of techniques and the use of reflection questions and other activities allow for consolidation of concepts. This text will be invaluable to field supervisors of both practicum and internship students at either level of school psychology training. It should also serve as a primary text in classroom-based pedagogy within school psychology graduate training programs.

--Greg R. Machek, Associate Professor of School Psychology, University of Montana, USA

Table of Contents




1. The Status of School Psychology Supervision: Current Perspectives and Core Principles

Part I: Foundations of Effective Supervisory Relationships

2. Clinical Supervision: Roles and Responsibilities

3. Characteristics of Effective Supervisory Relationships

4. Processing Supervisory Relationships

5. Ethical and Legal Issues in Supervision

Part II: The Developmental, Ecological, Problem-solving (DEP) Model

6. Introduction to the Developmental, Ecological, Problem-solving (DEP) Model

7. The Developmental Component: Structuring and Supporting the Development of Professional Competencies

8. The Ecological Component: Incorporating Contextual Factors

9. The Problem-solving Component: Core Activity of Psychological Practice

Part III: Professional Development for Supervisors and Credentialed School Psychologists

10. Professional Development and Collegial Support Networks

11. DEP Applied to Supervision of Credentialed Psychologists and Psychological Services

with Daniel S. Newman

Part IV: Preparing for the Future of Supervision within School Psychology

12. Touching the Future: Teaching Supervision to Future Supervisors

13. Future Development: Research to Refine School Psychology Supervision




About the Authors

Dennis J. Simon, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical and school psychologist with over three decades of experience supervising interns, professionals, and psychological services. He was Director of NSSEO Timber Ridge Therapeutic Day School, a zero-reject public school program serving the Chicago area. He has been Lecturer in School Psychology, Clinical Psychology, and Teacher Education Programs at Loyola University of Chicago, USA.

Mark E. Swerdlik, Ph.D., ABPP, NCSP, is Professor of Psychology, Coordinator of the Specialist and Doctoral Degree Programs in School Psychology, University Supervisor of Internship Training, and Clinical Supervisor in the Psychological Services Center at Illinois State University, USA. He is Co-chair of the NASP Graduate Education Committee, past Chair of the Council of the Directors of School Psychology Programs, and has been a leader in program initiatives for training intern supervisors in Illinois.

About the Series

Consultation, Supervision, and Professional Learning in School Psychology Series

Under the advisory editorship of Daniel Newman, the Routledge Consultation, Supervision, and Professional Learning in School Psychology Series will provide a full array of handbooks, textbooks, and books for practitioners focused on the areas of school consultation, supervision, and professional learning. Contributions to the series will focus on the process and outcomes of indirect service delivery in schools. Handbooks will be edited volumes that provide in-depth, up-to-date coverage of the latest theories, research, methodologies, issues, applications, and policies in targeted areas of study. Each handbook will profile the boundaries and various sectors within its field of study and will vary in length from 400 to 600 printed pages. Textbooks may be either edited or authored volumes that include some theory but focus mainly on the skills that are central to evidence-based practice. They will generally range from 200-400 pages. Books for practitioners will be authored volumes that provide actionable strategies for working professionals. They will generally range from 150-300 pages. Following is a list of recent publications and volumes currently in development:

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Counseling / General
EDUCATION / Educational Psychology
EDUCATION / Leadership
EDUCATION / Teacher & Student Mentoring