American International Journal of Social Science

ISSN 2325-4149(Print), ISSN 2325-4165(Online)

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Sally G. Mathiesen, Ph.D; Tonika D. Green, Ph.D; Hannah Swanson, M.Ph.

Abstract
A multiyear federal grant to train scholars in social work, school counseling, and school psychology who work with foster youth in school settings includes evaluation of their competencies. This project allows the comparison of not only the individuals within one discipline, but across three disciplines as they negotiate their standard course of study, as well as the specialized educational program and practice settings for three allied fields. A standardized tool adapted to social work that measures knowledge, attitudes and behaviors regarding the use of evidence-based practices was used. The results from the first cohort indicate that the three professions all showed overall improvement over time. The program is committed to training culturally affirming and culturally competent school psychologists to address the critical shortages of diverse professionals in the field and to effectively address the needs of the growing numbers of culturally and linguistically diverse youth in schools.

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