School Psychology Program Philosophy|
The HSU School Psychology Program provides future school psychologists with a solid professional and academic
foundation reflecting depth and diversity in both psychology and education. The program fosters special
sensitivity to cultural diversity and respect for the uniqueness and human dignity of each person. Self-
awareness, regard for others, and respect for cultural and individual differences are actively cultivated and
expected of all students.
Professional preparation also concentrates on specific skill development in a number of areas, but the major
emphasis is on the preparation of school psychologists as highly competent problem solvers. Rather than being
trained to respond to specific problems in specific ways, students are prepared to draw upon a personal
foundation in psychology and education to effectively develop and implement strategies for preventing or
resolving problems as they occur. They learn to collaborate with other helping professionals and with parents
in serving the mental health and educational needs of all children. Finally, they know how to access
information to find answers to questions or problems that they have not encountered in their training.
Given the scope and the speed of change in the social sciences and related professions, students must have the
capability to access both print and electronic sources of information in order to stay current and
Program Philosophy and Guiding Principles
There is a tremendous concern throughout the nation concerning our failure to educate effectively large
numbers of children. The American Psychological Association,
the National Association of School Psychologists,
and others have been strong and effective advocates for the importance of delivering psychological services
to children and families within schools as one way of addressing this problem. Many students who are at
significant risk for educational failure come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, or from
families who have difficulty supporting their children's scholastic success. Students with learning
difficulties, social or emotional problems, or who have other handicaps are also at significant risk for
school failure. We believe that the mission of the school psychology program at Humboldt State University is
to train highly skilled scientist-practitioners, capable of functioning in diverse and demanding public school
We believe that a primary goal for school psychology is the prevention of school failure for all
children. We also believe that school psychologists can be of enormous assistance in the design of
developmentally appropriate school programs for children with and without handicaps, and those whose
behavior impedes their own learning or the learning of others.
HSU trained school psychologists, through the skilled application of their
knowledge, work with teachers and other school professionals to identify, clarify and resolve problems
regarding the educational and mental health needs of children.
Using academic knowledge and professional skills, school psychologists approach problems of children in both
direct service work, and indirectly by assisting others to gain knowledge or
skills that can result in a more successful public school experience for all children.
The general objectives of the program for all students therefore progress along two lines:
-The development of a sound theoretical and empirical knowledge base about the normal and abnormal development
-The skilled application of this knowledge within the context of public schools in an effort to maximize
success and prevent school failure.
Faculty and students from the HSU school psychology program conduct
research, develop intervention models, and collaborate with local practitioners regarding the educational
and psychological needs of demanding and heterogeneous pupil population.
The program philosophy, highly skilled faculty and staff, refined sequence of graduate courses, and the interaction between
the program and community resources and professionals has contributed to a program of excellence as
demonstrated by our students and the professional school psychologists that they become.