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U.S. Department of Education: Promoting Educational Excellence for all Americans

Psychological services (Sec. 300.34(c)(10))

Comment: One commenter recommended that the definition of psychological services include strategies to facilitate social-emotional learning.

Discussion: We do not believe the definition should be revised to add a specific reference to the strategies recommended by the commenter. The definition of psychological services is sufficiently broad to enable psychologists to be involved in strategies to facilitate social-emotional learning.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter stated that unless the definition of psychological services includes research-based counseling, schools will argue that they are required to provide counseling services delivered by social workers because counseling is included in the definition of social work services in schools.

Discussion: We do not believe including research-based counseling in the definition of psychological services is necessary. Including counseling in the definition of social work services in schools in Sec. 300.34(c)(14) is intended to indicate the types of personnel who assist in this activity and is not intended either to imply that school social workers are automatically qualified to perform counseling or to prohibit other qualified personnel from providing counseling, consistent with State requirements.

Changes: None.

Comment: One commenter stated that other related services personnel, in addition to school psychologists, should be permitted to develop and deliver positive behavioral intervention strategies.

Discussion: There are many professionals who might also play a role in developing and delivering positive behavioral intervention strategies. The standards for personnel who assist in developing and delivering positive behavioral intervention strategies will vary depending on the requirements of the State. Including the development and delivery of positive behavioral intervention strategies in the definition of psychological services is not intended to imply that school psychologists are automatically qualified to perform these duties or to prohibit other qualified personnel from providing these services, consistent with State requirements.

Changes: None.