Applying Law and Ethics in Professional Practice

  • Barbara Bole Williams
  • Leigh Armistead


This chapter will provide an explanation of how educational law, professional ethics, and professional standards are the principles that regulate and guide the practice of school psychology. As either a novice or experienced school psychologist, it is important to be aware of how contemporary legal and ethical guidelines form the basis for the practice of school psychology. This applies to the multiple roles school psychologists assume each day as they assess and counsel students, consult with teachers and parents, plan and develop educational programs, and respond to a myriad of questions regarding best practice decisions impacting the students. Moreover, this chapter will focus on the use of educational law and professional ethics as the scaffolding that school psychologists should rely upon to guide their professional practice.


Special Education Professional Practice Professional Ethic Individualize Education Program Specific Learning Disability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.College of EducationRowan UniversityGlassboroUSA

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