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    School Psychological Services
     
    School psychologists are members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. With their expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, school psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home, school, and community.
     
    School psychologists have knowledge and skills in the areas of:
    • Data collection and analysis
    • Assessment
    • Progress monitoring
    • School-wide practices to promote learning
    • Resilience and risk factors
    • Consultation and collaboration
    • Academic/learning interventions
    • Mental health interventions
    • Behavioral interventions
    • Instructional support
    • Prevention and intervention services
    • Special education services
    • Crisis preparedness, response, and recovery
    • Family-school-community collaboration
    • Diversity in development and learning
    • Research and program evaluation
    • Professional ethics, school law, and systems
    School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. They help schools successfully: improve academic achievement; promote positive behavior and mental health; support diverse learners; create safe, positive school climates; strengthen family-school partnerships; and improve school-wide assessment and accountability.
    Source: National Association of School Psychologists