• The CKCIE school psychologist’s task is to serve the educational and mental health interests of all children and youth. School psychologists make important contributions to the social, emotional and academic development of students by serving as advocates for good mental health and safe and supportive learning environments. Working as partners with parents, educators and fellow mental health professionals, school psychologists help students reach optimal levels of achievement and well-being.

    School psychologists work to find the best solution for each child and each situation.  School psychologists use many different strategies to address individual student needs, as well as enhance systems that support students on the school building and district-wide levels. They lower barriers to healthy learning and behavior through:

    Intervention to help children and youth overcome mental health problems.

    • Help families and schools deal with crisis and loss
    • Work directly with children and families to address barriers to academic and social success
    • Help students develop skills to solve conflicts and problems independently
    • Teach students social skills, self-management, and coping strategies
    • Consult with teachers on classroom interventions

    Prevention/Early Intervention to prevent or minimize the occurrence of mental health problems.

    • Work with parents and educators to create positive school environments
    • Increase awareness of mental health stressors and strategies
    • Teach parents and educators skills to address behavior problems
    • Screen for mental health and learning problems
    • Develop suicide awareness and prevention programs
    • Develop school-wide programs to prevent bullying and aggression
    • Foster tolerance and understanding of diversity

    Assessment/Diagnosis to provide accurate information on the nature of a child’s problem and the best approach to address it. School psychologists use individual, group, and systems level tools to evaluate:

    • Psychological and social competence
    • Personality and emotional development
    • Academic skills and learning aptitudes
    • School climate related to positive behaviors and learning
    • Effectiveness of intervention strategies

    Consultation/Case Management to promote more effective, coordinated support for children’s mental health needs.

    • Advocate for the needs of individual students both within and outside of the school setting
    • Help teachers and parents understand and effectively address a child’s problem
    • Help families access community resources
    • Facilitate coordination between parents, schools, and community services
    • Establish and review outcomes of interventions
    • Adjust strategies to improve outcomes

    Advocacy/Interagency Collaboration to promote research-based public policies and programs that improve academic and social outcomes for children and youth.

    • Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with community mental health services
    • Develop coordinated school/community crisis response
    • Consult with policymakers on and advocate for mental health and education legislation
    • Seek funding for integrated school/community services
    • Link research-based practices to mental health policies and programs
    • Provide in-service training for parents, educators, and community members

    For more information, contact:

      National Association of School Psychologists
    4340 East West Highway, Suite 402
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    Voice: (301) 657-0270
    Fax: (301) 657-0275
    TDD: (301) 657-4155
    Web:
    www.nasponline.org

     

    Online Resource from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP):

    School Psychology: A Career That Makes a Difference
Last Modified on February 24, 2012