Psychology (PSYC) 470

Consultation and Collaboration for Students with Special Needs (Revision 7)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online. (with eTextbook)

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: EDPY 351, or PSYC 389/EDPY 389, or equivalent.

Precluded Course: PSYC 470 is a cross-listed course—a course available in two different disciplines—with EDPY 470. PSYC 470 cannot be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for EDPY 470.

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 470 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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This three-credit course is designed to increase awareness of the framework and rationale for collaboration, the facilitating factors involved, and the strategies for implementation.  The main emphasis of the course is on understanding collaborative consultation as a process that enables people with diverse expertise to work together to generate solutions for educating students with special needs in regular public school classrooms.

Topics covered in PSYC 470 include:

  • key elements in school-based consultation
  • consultation models and professional practices
  • problem-solving consultation
  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • legal and ethical issues
  • consulting about students with social, emotional, and/or behavioral problems
  • consulting about students with academic skills problems
  • transition planning
  • systems level consultation

Learning Outcomes

When you have completed PSYC 470, you should be able to do the following:

  • Explain consultation, collaboration, and collaborative consultation.
  • Discuss the various consultation models and professional practices.
  • Describe the components of effective consultation and collaboration.
  • Illustrate effective problem-solving in consultation and collaboration.
  • Outline effective communication and interpersonal skills for consultation and collaboration.
  • Describe the legal and ethical issues in consultation and collaboration.
  • Discuss effective strategies for consulting about students with academic skills problems and/or social, emotional, and/or behavioural problems.
  • Discuss systems-level consultation and summarize the steps in the RIOT process.
  • Outline strategies for transition planning in consultation and collaboration.


PSYC 470 is divided into nine units.

  • Unit 1 Overview of School-Based Consultation
  • Unit 2 Consultation Models and Professional Practices
  • Unit 3 Problem-Solving Consultation
  • Unit 4 Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Unit 5 Legal and Ethical Issues in School Consultation
  • Unit 6 Consulting About Students with Social, Emotional, and/or Behavioural Problems
  • Unit 7 Consulting About Students with Academic Skill Problems
  • Unit 8 Transition Planning
  • Unit 9 Systems-Level Consultation


The final grade in PSYC 470 will be based on the completion of a Planning Activity, three quizzes, and a Course Project, and participation in the Discussion Forum.  To receive credit for this course, you must achieve a grade of 50 percent or better on the Course Project, as well as an overall course grade of at least D (50 percent).  In addition, you must complete all assignments to pass the course. The following table summarizes the evaluation activities and the credit weight associated with each activity.

Activity Weighting
Planning Activity 10%
Quizzes 30%
Course Project 30%
Discussion Forum 30%
Total 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Kampwirth, T., & Powers, K. (2015). Collaborative consultation in the schools: Effective practices for students with learning and behavioral problems (5th ed.) Pearson.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

All other course materials are online on the course website.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the PSYC 470 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least D (50 percent) or higher on both the research paper and the examination.

Activity Weighting
Research Project 50%
Exam 50%
Total 100%

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 7, August 20, 2020.

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