Recognizing and Coping with Administrative Pressure to Practice Unethically

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While school psychologists are charged with promoting children’s welfare, they commonly face pressure from administrators to practice in ways that are contrary to the ethical mandates of the profession. The experience of administrative pressure to engage in unethical behavior has been shown to be a great source of stress for school psychologists and is associated with burnout, job dissatisfaction, and impaired relationships with administrators. This presentation will describe methods for managing administrative pressure, including strategies reported to be most effective by practicing school psychologists. In addition, participants will be introduced to a problem-solving model that assists with resolving ethically challenging situations in a manner consistent with legal and ethical principles. Professional resources will also be presented to assist school psychologists with upholding their commitment to advocacy. Presented by Dana Boccio, Ph.D. and released in February of 2022. This individual webinar can be purchased for $25 (scroll down to purchase). The content in this webinar is intertwined with Domain 10 of the NASP Practice Model.’s recorded webinars are non-refundable. The target audience is school psychologists, and the skill level is intermediate. There is no conflict of interests or commercial support for this webinar. Attendees who complete this 1.5-hour webinar will receive 1.5 NASP-Approved CPD credit.

This Counts Towards Three Hours of Legal & Ethics:

Renewing your NCSP requires 3 hours in the category of ethics or legal regulation in school psychology. This 1.5 hour webinar counts towards the required 3 hours of ethics or legal regulation in school psychology.

Participants Will Learn:

1) Common forms of administrative pressure reported by practicing school psychologists.
2) The negative occupational health outcomes associated with experiencing administrative pressure to violate ethical mandates.
3) Effective strategies for managing administrative pressure in the schools.
4) How an ethical problem-solving model can be incorporated into decision-making to protect well-intentioned school psychologists.

Brief Bio:

Dana Boccio, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the School Psychology Psy.D. and M.A. Programs at Adelphi University. After receiving her Ph.D. in Clinical and School Psychology from Hofstra University in 2006, she worked as a school psychologist on Long Island, NY before transitioning into academia. Her research focuses on two areas with practical implications for the field: professional ethics and suicide risk assessment. Dr. Boccio has published articles linking the experience of administrative pressure to professional burnout and describing school psychologists’ preferred strategies for coping with pressure to practice unethically. Dr. Boccio routinely presents at national conferences on the topics of professional ethics and youth suicide and has recently published an instrument to assist school-based mental health professionals with the task of determining an adolescent’s level of suicide risk. She is a member of NASP’s Ethical and Professional Practices Board (EPPB) and has authored two Ethics Advisory Bulletins for the organization.

Attendee Feedback:

“The presenter really made the topic relatable to the demands of the every day job of a school psychologist. Additionally, the recommendations at the end were really practical and helpful.” -Caroline

“Very clear and concise with the information presented.” -Heidi

“Practical and useful content was provided in this course. The presenter was knowledgeable and engaging which made following along and understanding the material easy.  Thank you!” -Jessica

“I liked the presenter’s use of real-world examples to show how to use ethical models in decision-making” -Katie

“I appreciated the outline and resources from NASP to work through ethical dilemmas.” -Krystalyn

“Great presentation, thank you.” -Michele

“She was well versed, organized, and relevant with functional information provided.” -Michelle

“I liked the recommendations the presenter shared for managing administration pressure. Some I already utilize, and this gave me some additional options to consider. After watching the presentation I feel more confident in my ability to stand up for students in the case of pressure.” -Naomi

“The webinar was helpful and informative. I appreciated the presentation of data.” -Nicole

“The presenter did an excellent job of explaining the difficulties that school psychologists face under administrative pressure. She also presented research that helped trainees understand the extent to which administrative pressure has become a major problem in school psychology. The training was very informative and helps participants obtain a clear outline of the steps that should be followed when faced with ethical and legal issues.” -Shanice

“I loved all of the practical suggestions for next steps to take when facing an ethical dilemma. The available resources will be helpful to refer back to.” -Taylor

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