School psychologists are educational specialists who use their knowledge of psychology and educational research to help confront many educational problems experienced by children, teachers, parents, and communities. We are skilled practitioners in the areas of psychoeducational assessment, childhood development, behavioral management, individual/group counseling, and consultation. Above all, we are advocates for children.

Why Children Need School Psychologists??

  • Learning difficulties 
  • Behavior concerns
  • Fears about war, violence, terrorism 
  • Problems at home or with peers 
  • Depression and other mental health issues 
  • Attention problems
  • Poverty 
  • Diverse populations with diverse needs 

What do School Psychologists do??

  • Assessment 
  • School psychologists work with children, parents and staff to help determine a child’s: 
    • Academic skills 
    • Learning aptitudes and styles 
    • Personality and emotional development
    • Social skills and behavior issues 
    • Learning environments, school climate 
    • Special education eligibility 
  • Consultation
  • Help teachers, parents, and administrators understand child development and learning.
  • Provide positive alternatives for helping children with learning and behavior problems. 
  • Strengthen working relationships among educators, parents, and community services. 
  • Prevention 
  • Implement programs to build positive connections between students and adults. 
  • Identify potential learning difficulties early. 
  • Design programs for children at risk. 
  • Help adults to address problem behavior(s). 
  • Foster tolerance and appreciation of diversity. 
  • Create safe, supportive learning environments.
  • Intervention 
  • Work face-to-face with children and families. 
  • Develop individualized solutions for learning and adjustment. 
  • Plan and implement crisis response. 
  • Provide: 
    • Counseling 
    • Social skills training 
    • Behavior management solutions 
  • Education 
  • Train Teachers and Parents in: 
    • Teaching and learning strategies 
    • Parenting techniques 
    • Classroom management techniques 
    • Working with exceptional students 
    • Strategies to address substance abuse and risky behaviors 
    • Crisis prevention and response 
  • Research and program development 
  • Recommend and implement evidence-based programs and strategies. 
  • Generate new knowledge of learning and behavior. 
  • Evaluate effectiveness of programs and interventions.
  • Contribute to school-wide reform and restructuring. 
  • Mental Health Care 
  • Deliver school-linked mental health services. 
  • Coordinate with community resources and health care providers. 
  • Partner with parents and teachers to create healthy school environments. 
  • Advocacy