School psychologists are mental health professionals who are trained in both psychology and education. They support the development of learning and behavior to help students succeed academically, socially and emotionally. School psychologists use a collaborative, problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in learning environment, attitude and motivation of students.
Services offered by school psychologists are provided directly to the student through individual assessment, counseling and critical incident (such as death, illness or community trauma) response or indirectly through consultation and the development of research-based academic or behavioral interventions with teachers, parents and other caregivers.
School psychologists recognize the critical importance of collaborative partnerships with school staff members, parents and community professionals (medical professionals, mental health therapists, etc.) to support the learning process and improve the academic competence and social and emotional health of all children.
Finally, school psychologists develop programs to train teachers and parents on a wide range of topics; for example, teaching and learning strategies and techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom. Psychologists also work with students who have disabilities or special talents, as well as those who engage in dangerous behaviors. School psychologists are often called on to prevent and manage critical or life-threatening situations.
To learn more, contact the school psychologist serving your school.