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The Study of Teachers' and Parents' Needs for Psychological Consultation from School Psychologist

Savina E.A., Ph.D. in Philosophy, Department of General and Developmental Psychology, Orel State University named after I.S. Turgenev, Orel, Russia, savinaea@jmu.edu
Savenkova I.A., Ph.D. in Psychology, Department of General and Development Psychology, Orel State University named after I.S. Turgenev, Orel, Russia, savenkova57r@mail.ru
Esterle A.E., Head of Laboratory, Social Psychology Lab, Regional Centre for Social Work and School Psychology, Samara, Russia, esterle.anton@yandex.ru
Ovsyanikova E.A., Ph.D. in Psychology, Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Institute of Pedagogy, Belgorod National Research University, Belgorod, Russia, ovsyannikova@bsu.edu.ru
Khudaeva M.Y., Ph.D. in Psychology, Department of Developmental and Social Psychology, Faculty of Psychology, Institute of Pedagogy, Belgorod National Research University, Belgorod, Russia, khudaeva@bsu.edu.ru
Abstract
The present study was aimed at the investigation of teachers’ and parents’ needs in consultation with a school psychologist. Participants were 159 teachers and 292 parents from three cities in Russia. Two surveys were designed to measure teachers’ and parents’ desire to receive psychological consultation regarding behavioral, emotional, learning and interpersonal problems of students; teaching methods and relationships with colleagues (for teachers); and child-parent relationships. In addition, the participants were asked to indicate whether they received a consultation from a school psychologist in the past and their satisfaction from the consultation. The results indicated that, in general, both teachers and parents are satisfied with the consultation; however, fewer parents received such a consultation compared to teachers. Both teachers and parents are more willing to receive consultation regarding children’s behavioral and emotional problems and relationships with peers. Teachers are less motivated to receive consultation about teaching methods, students’ learning problems, and teachers’ relationships with colleagues. Parents were less interested to receive consultation about child-parent relationships. The results of this study are interpreted in terms of their alignment with standards, which regulate the school psychology profession and training.

Keywords: Psychological consultation, needs, teachers, parents

Column: Educational Psychology

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17759/psyedu.2017090401

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