Schools, Children and Families

The Practice Directorate addresses issues and educational needs related to delivering psychological services to children, adolescents and families. These efforts include: 

  • Advocating for psychologists to be included appropriately in reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as well as in state legislation related to delivering psychological services to children and families

  • Informing practitioners about credentialing and licensure requirements for school psychologists

  • Assisting practitioners with questions about APA guidelines related to children and families, such as Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women and Guidelines for Child Custody Evaluations in Divorce Proceedings

  • Helping to facilitate communication and interaction among APA divisions that focus on schools, children and families and collaborating with the APA Public Policy Office.

For more information on these activities and related issues, contact the Practice Directorate by email or at (202) 336-5858.