Perspectives of practicing school psychologists during COVID-19: A multi-country, mixed methods investigation

Fiona May, Gary E Schaffer, Kelly-Ann Allen, Emily Berger, Alexa Von Hagen, Vivian Hill, Zoe A Morris, Stefanie Prior, Dianne Summers, Gerald Wurf, Andrea Reupert

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COVID-19 presented a range of challenges to the delivery of school psychology services in countries around the world. The current study aimed to investigate the practices of school psychologists from the United States of America, Australia, Germany, Canada, and the United Kingdom, including changes to practice and exploration of the factors that supported the delivery of school psychology services during the pandemic. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected from 1,030 school psychologists and analyzed using a mixed methods, multiple case study design. Differing impacts of the pandemic on the working hours of school psychologists were reported across countries. Participants in all countries reported a shift to online working, with an increased focus on consultation and intervention and a reduction in psychoeducational assessments. School psychologists from all nations emphazised the importance of self-care strategies, social connections and physical activity and the role of support via supervision or professional networks. Access to appropriate technology and responsive workplace policies and procedures were also identified as important. Results have implications for the internationalization of the school psychology profession and can inform international school psychology planning in response to future crises.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)447-467
Number of pages21
JournalSchool Psychology International
Issue number4
Early online date10 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2023


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