• WHAT IS SCHOOL A PSYCHOLOGIST?

     

    Helping children achieve their best. In school. At home. In life.

    School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.

    School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a year-long supervised internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). The National Association of School Psychologists sets ethical and training standards for practice and service delivery.

     
     

    WHAT DO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS DO?

    School Psychologists Work With Students to:


    Provide counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems
    Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning
    Promote wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination, and optimism
    Enhance understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and backgrounds

    School Psychologists Work With Students and Their Families to:


    Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success
    Evaluate eligibility for special education services (within a multidisciplinary team)
    Support students' social, emotional, and behavioral health
    Teach parenting skills and enhance home–school collaboration
    Make referrals and help coordinate community support services

    School Psychologists Work With Teachers to:


    Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
    Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
    Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions
    Support effective individualized instruction
    Create positive classroom environments
    Motivate all students to engage in learning

    School Psychologists Work With Administrators to:


    Collect and analyze data related to school improvement, student outcomes, and accountability requirements
    Implement school-wide prevention programs that help maintain positive school climates conducive to learning
    Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students by reducing school violence, bullying, and harassment
    Respond to crises by providing leadership, direct services, and coordination with needed community services
    Design, implement, and garner support for comprehensive school mental health programming

    School Psychologists Work With Community Providers to:


    Coordinate the delivery of services to students and their families in and outside of school
    Help students transition to and from school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs
     
     

    WHERE DO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS WORK?

    The majority of school psychologists work in schools. However, they can practice in a variety of settings including:


    Public and private schools
    Universities
    School-based health and mental health centers
    Community-based day-treatment or residential clinics and hospitals
    Juvenile justice centers
    Private practice
     
     

    This information comes from The National Association of School Psychologists and is available on the NASP website: www.nasponline.org
    NASP represents and supports school psychology through leadership to enhance the mental health and educational competence of all children.