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What is a School Psychologist? 

WHAT IS A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST?

School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.

SCHOOLS PSYCHOLOGISTS HELP SCHOOLS...

  • Improve Academic Achievement
  • Promote Postive Behavior and Mental Health
  • Support Diverse Learners
  • Create Safe, Postive School Climates
  • Strengthen Family-School Partnerships
  • Improve School-Wide Assessment and Accountability

WHAT TRAINING DO SCHOOLS PSYCHOLOGISTS RECEIVE?

School psychologists receive specialized advanced graduate preparation that includes coursework and practical experiences relevant to both psychology and education. School psychologists typically complete either a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) or a doctoral degree (at least 90 graduate semester hours), both of which include a year-long 1,200-hour supervised internship. Graduate preparation develops knowledge and skills in:
Data collection and analysis

  • Assessment 
  • Progress monitoring
  • School-wide practices to promote learning
  • Resilience and risk factors
  • Consultation and collaboration
  • Academic/learning interventions
  • Mental health interventions
  • Behavioral interventions
  • Instructional support 
  • Prevention and intervention services
  • Special education services
  • Crisis preparedness, response, and recovery
  • Family–school–community collaboration
  • Diversity in development and learning
  • Research and program evaluation
  • Professional ethics, school law, and system

WHY DO CHILDREN AND YOUTH NEED SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS?

All children and youth can face problems from time to time related to learning, social relationships, making difficult decisions, or managing emotions such as depression, anxiety, worry, or isolation. School psychologists help students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues that students may face. They understand how these issues affect learning, behavior, well-being, and school engagement. School psychologists are highly skilled and ready resources in the effort to ensure that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and in life

 

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http://www.nasponline.org/about-school-psychology/who-are-school-psychologists

 

 

 

 

 

 


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