SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY AND COVID-19 IN CANADA: TURNING CRISIS INTO OPPORTUNITIES #74

Title: SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY AND COVID-19 IN CANADA: TURNING CRISIS INTO OPPORTUNITIES

Description: The Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has caused a significant crisis for the educational system and its students throughout the world. Canada remained closed for a total of 51 weeks, causing significant changes in the practice of professionals working in education. School psychologists were among the many professionals who adapted their work to meet the school and students' needs during the pandemic. An examination of school psychologists' practices during Covid-19 is necessary to gain a better insight into their role in the crisis and to learn lessons that can improve the field of school psychology in the future. This study aims to understand school psychologists' experiences regarding the changes and adaptations in their practices during Covid-19. It will also evaluate school psychologists' perceptions of the challenges and benefits associated with providing services during school closures and reopenings. One final objective is to investigate what they think should be preserved, modified, or improved in the field. This study will use a qualitative approach to understand the phenomenon, generate data, and provide additional insight into the topic. Participants will include 10 to 12 school psychologists working in Canadian schools. A modified version of the semi-instructed interview developed by Reupert et al. (2022) will be conducted online via Zoom. Interviews

Specifics: Study Population
Registered or provisional psychologists with, at minimum, one Canadian provincial or territorial regulatory body, working full-time or part-time in schools in Canada, who experienced some sort of COVID-19-related restriction, and English speakers.

Participant Obligation
Complete a short online questionnaire (3-5 minutes) and take part in a one-on-one interview (40-60 minutes).
contact NATASHA.CABRERAPINEI@UCALGARY.CA

Location: Online - Calgary, Alberta

Project lead: Natasha Cabrera Pineiro Portela, Supervisor: Dr. Michele Drefs

Study Dates: October 7, 2022 to February 28, 2023