Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Kyongboon Kwon, Stoiber Karen, Rajeswari Swaminathan, Razia Azen
Counselling, Practicum, Schools, Therapists, Trainees
CASE STUDY EXAMINING THE TREATMENT EFFECT OF TRAINEE PSYCHOLOGISTS IN SCHOOLS
The effects of school- based therapy carried out by trainee psychologists were examined in four urban schools (k4-8th grade) in socio economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Additionally, the treatment effects were compared between students serviced by trainees compared to those receiving treatment from licensed professionals. Trainee psychologists obtained moderate effect sizes (equivalent to that procured by licensed professionals) on measures of social emotional functioning. Discipline problems did not increase or decrease at a different rate for those receiving counselling from trainees and licensed professionals compared to their same age counterparts. Although students receiving therapy from trainees and licensed professionals made academic progress in reading and math commensurate with their peers, those receiving therapy from licensed professionals evidenced a larger improvement on measures of reading than those receiving services from trainees. In addition, students with less severe initial symptoms made more progress compared to those with severe symptoms. Progress in reading and math was also higher for younger students compared to older students.
Broch, Elliot, "Case Study Examining the Treatment Effect of Trainee Psychologists in Schools" (2017). Theses and Dissertations. 1449.