Staff and stakeholders conducted an analysis of assignment, production, and shortage of support staff. Click on the link above for the full report. Several key findings:
- Wide variability exists in hiring and assignment of school social workers and school counselors;
- Assignment of school psychologists, counselors, and social workers is often limited to a narrow band of the skills upon which they are prepared;
- The points of leverage as well as the limiting factors appear to rest in funding and administrator familiarity with models of practice and what ESAs are prepared to do;
- OTs and PTs are frequently over-assigned to clinical service rather than collaborative comprehensive services, thereby exacerbating the shortage of available personnel;
- The cost of contracted support services in Washington has increased significantly in the last decade;
- Nursing and other medical support personnel shortages are likely to increase in the coming years;
- There is variability in use of trained therapy assistants in Washington;
- Use of teletherapy is a limited but promising practice in Washington: OSPI Teletherapy Pilot.
PESB staff are working with OSPI and ESA associations to create a communication strategy to increase familiarity with national practice models.
Link to a video on the role of collaboration between counselors, social workers, and psychologists in the outcomes of the partnership between Gonzaga U. and Sunnyside H.S.
Additional Links for Administrators
(Vanderbilt University): Modules, Resources, Case Studies for Instructors
Dropout Prevention Model
Washington School Counselor-Principal Relationship
Recruitment/Retention of Related Service Personnel
Standards and Practice Models