Paralleling and supporting the development of school psychology has been the establishment of professional structures that provide the resources, training, means of communication, encouragement, and direction necessary to the maturation of the field. In the area of education and training, these functions have been provided by the Trainers of School Psychologists and the Council of Directors of School Psychology Programs. In this article, the history of these organizations is reviewed, and a critical assessment of their impact on the field is presented. It is concluded that, as the diversity and specialization within school psychology continues to increase, these organizations may be even more important, as the main vantage point from which to maintain a sense of coherence in the education and training enterprise. © 1993.
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