School Psych working with students
  • School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to all students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. Services offered may include: 

     

    Consultation  

     

    • Help school staff understand learning and behavior problems and their effects on student achievement 
    • Participate in several problem-solving teams to support a student’s academic achievement. 
    • Provide suggestions and recommendations to promote success in the classroom and at home. 
    • Coordinate services between school staff, home and local community agencies. 
    • Provide recommendations for community resources and help to promote social and emotional wellness. 
    • Provide direct support to specialized programs within the school. 

     

    Assessment  

     

    When formal assessments are indicated through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 team decision, a wide variety of techniques are used to assess a student’s level of functioning in the following areas: 

     

    • Academic skills. 
    • Learning aptitudes. 
    • Social-emotional and behavioral functioning. 
    • Social skills. 
    • Learning environment and social climates. 

     

    Intervention 

      

    • Provide individual and group counseling to students during the school day when it is deemed necessary to directly support academic achievement. 
    • Develop behavior intervention plans to support students whose behaviors impede their learning or the learning of other students. 
    • Develop educational strategies or action plans to support students in critical skill areas. 
    • Assist students, staff and families with crises. 
    • Help students problem-solve conflicts. 

     

    Prevention  

     

    • Help to identify potential learning problems. 
    • Provide strategies to help parents and teachers address behavior. 
    • Help promote a climate of cultural proficiency. 
    • Develop school-wide initiatives to address bullying and promote the use of Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). 
    • Participate in school-based crisis teams to provide training to staff in the event of a crisis.