WHAT IS A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST?
Who are school psychologists?
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They work in collaboration with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
School psychologists are trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Master's degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching.
What school psychologists do?
- Consultation: They collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems. They help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior. They strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.
- Evaluation: They assist in evaluating eligibility for special services. They assess cognitive skills and aptitude for learning. They determine social-emotional development and mental health status. They evaluate learning environments.
- Intervention: They provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with learning. They work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning. They provide training in social skills and anger management.
This information was excerpted from Helping Children at Home and School.
- Prevention: They design programs for children at risk of failing at school. They develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments. They collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.