This paper critically examines literature related to pathways for determining need for restrictive educational environments, including residential centers and non-public schools. Training objectives aimed at filling this training gap in school psychology, include, (a) decoding residential terminology and linkage with school psychology service delivery, (b) reviewing recent legislative updates, (c) pathways into residential educational placements, (d) optimizing data-based decision making to inform transitions to LRE, and, (e) best practice services to fortify resilience and empower youth voices. Tips and tricks will be reviewed to support school psychologists in advocating and navigating restrictive educational placements from a trauma-informed, positive psychology lens.

Strand: G, Topic: 1, Level: II

Dr. Jennica L. Paz, assistant professor; and Shameeka Lewis, MS, school psychology trainee, San Diego State University.