Who are School Psychologists?
School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.
What Training Do School Psychologists Receive?
School psychologists receive specialized advanced graduate preparation that includes coursework and practical experiences relevant to both psychology and education. School psychologists typically complete either a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) or a doctoral degree (at least 90 graduate semester hours), both of which include a year-long 1200 hour supervised internship. Graduate preparation develops knowledge and skills in such areas as Assessment, Mental Health Interventions, Data Collection and Analysis, Academic/Learning/Behavioral Interventions, and Consultation, Crisis Preparedness/Response/Recovery.
What Do School Psychologists Do?
School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to 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.
Who do School Psychologists Serve?
School psychologists serve the entire student population within their district or county. They are key members of Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams, Student Service Teams (SST), and other support roles within the school setting.
Does Every School Have a School Psychologist?
Every school has access to a School Psychologist. Typically, School Psychologists in Wicomico County have 2 or 3 schools assigned to them. They are stationed at these schools as needed throughout the day or week.