What is a School Psychologist?
School Psychologists help student to succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.
School Psychologists complete a minimum of a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a one year supervised internship. This training emphasizes preparation in educational testing and interventions mental health, child development, behavior, curriculum and instruction, consultation, collaboration, and school law. School Psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. Depending upon their degree of education and training, they also may be nationally certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) or by the National Association of School Psychology (NCSP). The national associations establish ethical and training standards for practice and service delivery.
School Psychologists Work With Students and Their Families to:
· Identify and address learning and behavior challenges that may interfere with school success, as well as strengths that assist student performance
· Evaluate possible eligibility for Special Education services within a multidisciplinary team model
· Support students' social, emotional, and behavioral health
· Teach parenting skills and enhance home–school collaboration
· Assist with community-based support services and help coordinate school, home, community resources.
School Psychologists Work With Teachers to:
· Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
· Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
· Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions
· Support effective individualized instruction
· Help create positive classroom environments
· Help motivate all students to engage in learning