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Recorded Ethics Session: The Ethics of School Psychologist as Therapist

Part of the role and function within comprehensive school psychological practice includes the provision of therapeutic and counseling services.
Yet, many times our training background has limited or incomplete coursework and supervised experiences to fulfill legal and ethical expectations.
This latest OSPA Ethics Session will explore the required competencies, professional ethical principles, and guidance how to provide such services with your practice. it is available until 6/12/2023.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will examine relevant APA and NASP ethical principals providing counseling services within school psychology towards incorporation of those items into daily practice.
  • Attendees will familiarize themselves with associated Ohio psychology practice and educational related service statutes that connect to counseling services.
  • Learners will identify commonly employed counseling approaches with children and adolescents within the psychoeducational milieu.
  • Attendees will recognize essential training requirements across coursework and supervision needed to provide various therapeutic services.

Presenter:  Erich R. Merkle, PhD, EdS, NCSP

Erich Merkle, PhD, is is the central office school psychologist for the Akron Board of Education where he oversees the Pupil Adjustment Program. Dr. Merkle has concentrated his work on consultation, evaluation, and intervention for students with severe social-emotional and behavioral needs that have resulted in substantial educational disciplinary sanctioning, expulsion, placement into residential facilities, or the judicial system. He is a frequent professional development trainer on
topics that represent the intersection of psychology and education as well as the legal aspects of those practices. Dr. Merkle holds a doctorate in school
psychology and psychology, an educational specialist in educational administration, a master’s degree in mental health counseling, and a master’s degree in
human development, all from Kent State University. Dr. Merkle commits himself to service within the professions of psychology and education, serving on the
governance boards of numerous professional and community agencies.

3 Hours Earned

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