• School Psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education.  They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other professionals to help children succeed academically, socially, and emotionally.  School Psychologists understand school systems, effective teaching, and successful learning in order to create a safe, healthy, and positive learning environment for students.  Today's children face more challenges than ever before, and school psychologists as an integral part of today's school system can provide support to students, parents, and school personnel.
     
    Most school psychologists provide the following services:

    Consultation

    • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
    • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior.
    • Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.

    Evaluation

    • Evaluate eligibility for special services.
    • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
    • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.

    Intervention

    • Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning.
    • Provide training in social skills and anger management.
    • Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma.

    Prevention  

    • Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
    • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
    • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.
    • Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments.
     
    Adapted for National Association of School Psychologists