Reference Work Entry

Handbook of Clinical Psychology Competencies

pp 1685-1706

Academic Problems

  • James K. LuiselliAffiliated withMay Institute
  • , Derek D. ReedAffiliated withMelmark New England
  • , Brian K. MartensAffiliated withSyracuse University


Many school children have academic problems. We describe contemporary methods for assessing learning difficulties and properly identifying remediation strategies. Evidence-based treatment approaches include procedures for motivating student performance and eliminating conditions that are associated with academic failure. The chapter reviews basic clinician competencies such as conducting consultation with educational personnel, performing curriculum-based measurement, and implementing functional behavioral assessment. Our discussion about expert competencies centers on an understanding of the social influences on consultation, developing expertise in brief experimental analysis, and acquiring advanced skills through post-graduate education, professional activities (speaking, writing), and peer supervision.