What is a School Psychologist?
School psychologists are trained in both psychology and education. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students. As part of a collaborative team, school psychologists use problem solving approaches to help youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. School psychological services are available to general education students and those receiving special education services.
What do School Psychologists Do?
- Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior difficulties
- Participate on Student Support Teams (SST) and special education teams.
- Collaboratively develop strategies intended to improve students’ academic and behavioral skills
- Provide direct training in behavior, social, and/or academic skill development
- Help families and schools manage crises, such as death, illness, or community trauma
- Conduct observations of behavior and environments
- Evaluate eligibility for special education services
- Conduct functional assessments of behavior
Research and Program Development
- Collaboratively evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs
- Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions
- Understand and integrate “Best Practices” into school practice.