A School Psychologist participates in student problem solving/support team meetings, consults with staff, parents, and community mental health providers to identify students with potential disabilities, completes psychological evaluations of intelligence, personality, and emotional disorders, and conducts individual and group counseling sessions. School psychologists facilitate referrals for case study evaluations and eligibility conferences and attend IEP conferences of students with disabilities in out of district programs.
- Work to find the best solution for each student and situation
- Use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems
- Work with students individually and in groups
- Develop programs to train teachers and parents regarding effective teaching and learning strategies, effective techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises
• Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
• Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
• Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.
• Evaluate eligibility for special services.
• Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
• Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.
• Evaluate learning environments.
• Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance.
• Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.
• Provide training in social skills and anger management.
• Help families and schools manage crises, such as death, illness, or community trauma. Prevention
• Design programs for children at risk of failing at school.
• Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
• Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
• Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.
• Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments. Research and Planning
• Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs.
• Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools.• Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.