INDIAN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY ASSOCIATION
India is a multi cultural and multilingual developing country in the Asian subcontinent. It has multifaceted schooling systems which cater to the needs of the children. 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 and the National Association of School Psychologists, USA.
The Indian School Psychology Association is the need of the hour to help young and energetic psychologists to promote school psychology. To initiate the process the association has been started in Puducherry on 15th August, 2009.
Registered Office: No.17, 14th Street, Krishna Nagar, Puducherry - 605 008, India.
Base of Operation: 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.
Aim and Objectives:
The primary aim of the association is to develop and promote School Psychology, 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:
To promote the use of sound psychological principles within the context of education, internationally.
To promote communication among professionals who are committed to the improvement of the mental health of children in schools.
To encourage the training and employment of school psychologists in India.
To promote the psychological rights of all children throughout the country.
To initiate and promote cooperation with other organizations working for causes similar to those of ISPA in order to help children.
To condemn any discrimination of a racial, religious or sexual nature and recommend its members conduct their professional life consistent with this principle.
To mobilise human resources and other resources to utilise them effectively to realise the aim.
To establish education, training and counselling centres/units to promote social and economic development of the community through education.
To establish and promote high quality School Psychology Programmes and Centres to meet the needs of specific groups, particularly the children and teachers.
To establish education, training and counselling centres at schools, colleges and universities to promote School Psychology.
To organise local, regional, national, and international seminars, conferences, exhibitions, lecture meetings, workshops and training programmes.
To propagate the aim and objectives, the association shall publish a quarterly Newsletter.
To function as an academic- cum- research organisation to undertake relevant research related activities to promote education and human development.
The Inspa is an affiliating association of the International School Psychology Association, USA and Indian Academy of Applied Psychology, India.
Second InSPA National Conference on 'School Psychology: Mental Health Challenges.' will be held on 23 – 25 November, 2012 at Calicut University, Calicut, Kerala.
School Psychology Training for Teachers, SSA, Puducherry, September to December 2012