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:
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.