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In India, the schools run by the state governments, both in urban and rural areas differ in many respects from the private English-medium schools that draw children by and large from economically prosperous families. Thus, the Indian setting today is characterized by the existence of schools of various standards, which may be distinguished on the basis of a number of indicators, including teaching methods, physical infrastructural facilities, and policies of administration. The children of these schools need proper psychological guidance to learn and acquire skills and abilities. We strongly believe that School Psychologists alone can provide the necessary professional guidance to the children in schools. At present Indian schools are badly in need of such professional school psychologists to create an ambiance to teach and learn so as to provide desired high quality school education in the country.
In India, academic psychology is predominantly dominated by the Western concepts and principles. The psychology graduates mostly get training on educational and clinical psychology. School Psychology is a new area to study and research based on International models. The competency requires both knowledge and skills in a particular domain. To provide a platform to get these inputs in School Psychology, a six member team of psychologists met under the guidance of the renowned psychologist Prof. B. Mukhopadhyay and evolved the Indian School Psychology Association. The national level association is expected to take an initiative at the policy making levels of the State and Central governments to introduce School Psychology as a subject in the curriculum and to appoint at least one trained school psychologist in each school by creating the post of school psychologists all over the country to develop school education more effective. There is a pertinent need for school psychologists to propagate the basic concepts of School Psychology and to impart proper training on the basis of the guidelines issued by the International School Psychology Association, USA, the National Association of School Psychologists and Asia Pacific School Psychology Association, Malaysia.
The Indian School Psychology Association is the need of the hour to help young and energetic psychologists to promote school psychology services. To initiate the process the association was established in Puducherry on 15th August, 2009.
Its base of operation shall be India.
The Indian School Psychology Association shall be a voluntary non-profit educational service society. All its income shall be applied solely for the promotion of its aim and objectives and no part of it shall be distributed to any of its members.
Assurance of easy accessibility of academic resources, development of skills for learning, mental health and well-being in all children.
The Indian School Psychology Association (InSPA) is a voluntary non-profit educational service Society that supports and advocates for school psychologists to provide professional training to have a positive impact on school systems to improve academic skills, social-emotional functioning, and mental health and well-being of all schoolchildren
Integrity: InSPA is committed to high standards, ethical principles, social justice, honesty, fairness, and treating others with dignity and respect.
Diversity: InSPA honours individual, cultural, and other contextual differences in our own interactions as they shape Child' development.
Collaboration: InSPA collaborates with other organizations, agencies, and others to develop common concern.
Excellence: InSPA promotes high standards of service delivery and resource deployment.
The primary aim of the association is to develop and promote School Psychology services, Human Values-based education and training to meet the needs of society and particularly to elevate the poor from poverty through school education. To realise the aim, the following are the objectives:
The InSPA is an affiliating association of the International School Psychology Association, USA and Asia Pacific School Psychology Association, Malaysia.