Building competency in cross-cultural school psychology

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In order to work effectively with families of different cultural/racial backgrounds as a school psychologist, one must first understand their own value and belief system. Additionally, the school psychologist must recognize that their own language, culture, and ethnicity influence all interactions. We, as school psychologists, must always remember our responsibility as a student advocate. Vacating this premise is not an option and must be employed at all times, especially with children who are immigrating to our country or indigenous children who have been marginalized and ostracized based upon color and other cultural factors. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved). (chapter)

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A practical guide to building professional competencies in school psychology.

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This chapter was published in A practical guide to building professional competencies in school psychology, Pages 35-49.

More information is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6257-7_3.

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