Introduction: You are being asked to participate in a doctoral research project investigating the current methods used by active school psychologists working in school settings to monitor the progress of students in school-based counseling. You were selected for participation because you are a practicing school psychologist. We ask that you read this form and state your consent before proceeding with this survey. If you are not a practicing school psychologist who provides counseling services to your students, please discontinue this survey at this time.
Purpose of this Study: The purpose of this study is to investigate the current methods used by school psychologists to measure students' progress in school-based counseling. As this question has gone largely unanswered by recent literature, and school districts are placing greater emphasis on data-based decision making, this study will seek to gain further perspective of school psychologists' current practices. Specifically, this study is particularly interested in determining potential facilitative as well as prohibitive factors contributing to school psychologists' use of progress monitoring tools. Understanding these factors is critical to the successful implementation of evidence-based practices. Finally, as it is a method gaining traction as a viable and valuable method for use in clinical settings, school psychologists' familiarity with student-based feedback scales as a method of measuring student progress in counseling will be explored.
Description of the Study Procedures: This study is primarily exploratory and correlational in design. If you agree to participate, you will be asked numerous questions about your monitoring of students' progress in school-based counseling. The survey should take no more than 15 minutes to complete. Additionally, a brief follow-up semi-structured interview designed to provide qualitative information regarding school psychologists' experiences with monitoring student progress in counseling will be conducted with a random selection of participants indicating willingness to do so.
Potential Risks of Participating in the Study: The risks for participating in this study are no greater than those posed by everyday life.
Potential Benefits of Participating in the Study: While there are no direct benefits for participating in this study, participation may prompt participants to reflect on their current practices as a school psychologist and consider additional perspectives.
Confidentiality: No personally identifiable information will be collected in this study and your anonymity is assured. All survey responses will be automatically disassociated from your email address as well as IP address. However, should you wish to participate in the follow-up interview, the end of this survey contains a link to a separate form for recording your contact information. This link will at no times be associated with your survey responses. William James College Data Storage Policy requires that all researchers maintain raw data for a period of 5 years, therefore, data will be stored on a password protected flashdrive accessible only to the principle investigator. If a report or article is written about this research project, your identity will be protected to the maximum extent possible.
Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may refuse to take part in this survey at any time before the end of the survey. This study has been reviewed and found to be acceptable by the William James College Institutional Review Board. If you have questions about this study, please contact:
Christopher Stoddard, MA/CAGS, NCSP
Daniel Jacobs, Psy.D
If you have questions or concerns regarding your rights as a participant in this study, or if you wish to report a concern or complaint, you may contact:
Dr. Edward De Vos
Institutional Review Board Chair
William James College
1 Wells Ave.
Newton, MA 02459
By clicking "I agree," below, you are stating that you are at least 18 years of age, that you have read this consent form or have had it read to you, and that you voluntarily agree to participate in this study. If you do not agree, then please click on "I do not agree." Thank you!