Continued Provision of School District Family Services During a Pandemic

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,7
  • Skill Level: Introduction
  • Session 11: Consultation and Collaboration With Educators and Parents

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. reflect on the ways school psychologists can support the specific needs of families during large-scale crises.
  2. consider advantages and challenges of adapting school-based family intervention services within a telehealth model.
  3. develop practical knowledge of providing psychological services to families via both telehealth and in-person settings.

Description

At a large metropolitan school district, our after-school psychology clinic traditionally provided services to families with children in special education. Services included family counseling and resource groups. COVID-19 school closures threatened to curtail important school-based mental health services, and challenged school psychologists to adapt our work within a telehealth framework. This paper describes a practical approach to adapting family outreach services via telehealth, with lessons learned from our school-based telehealth model.

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Presenter(s)

Cherisse R. Rambarose, Lewisville ISD
Jane L. Jooste, Lewisville ISD
Shelley M. Barber, Lewisville ISD
Angeanette M. Nixon, Lewisville ISD

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