SPECIAL EDUCATION

PSYCHOLOGIST

Who are School Psychologists?

We are here to help your child achieve their best.

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. We have specialized training in both education and mental health and know how to identify and lower barriers to learning. These barriers can include developmental or learning disabilities, behavior difficulties, teaching styles, school or classroom climate, problems at home or with friends, violence, and mental health problems such as anxiety or depression.

Our goal is to collaborate with parents, school staff, and other professionals to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments so that all students can learn.

What School Psychologists Do?

School psychologists work with students individually and in groups, as well as address school- and district-wide issues such as bullying prevention and positive behavioral supports. We use many different approaches, but generally provide these core services:

Prevention

Health

Consultation

Evaluation

Intervention

Research and Planning

Where School Psychologists Work in Our District

Every school in district 196 employs a school psychologist. At Diamond Path, the school psychologist maintains part time hours, Monday-Wednesday-and-every other Friday. She works very closely with teachers, the school social worker, and other staff to coordinate services. This is done in the context of IEP teams, crisis response teams, and the general education support team.

School Psychologists Training and Credentialing

School psychologists must complete a minimum of a Specialist-level degree program (60 graduate semester credits) that includes a 1200-hour internship. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which we work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NCSP), which is administered by the National Association of School Psychologists.

Resource/Reference Information

For more information, please visit www.nasponline.org

Adapted from: “What Is a School Psychologist”, Andrea Canter, Helping Children at Home and School II: Handouts for Families and Educators, NASP, 2004.


Please visit the Special Ed Contacts page to contact the psychologist here at Diamond Path.