Social Emotional Wellness

Are School Psychologists?

School psychologists work with students, teachers, and families to help students succeed socially, academically, behaviorally, and emotionally. They may do this through providing counseling and instruction, identifying and addressing learning problems, teaching parenting skills and enhancing home school collaboration, designing academic and behavioral interventions, evaluating eligibility for special education, implementing school wide prevention programs, and collecting and analyzing data for effectiveness.
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, substance or alcohol abuse, violence, and mental health problems such as anxiety or depression.
Basically, as the school psychologists, we work as part of an educational team to do everything we can to help all students succeed.

School Psychologists Do?

  • Design programs for children at risk of failing at school.
  • Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
  • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments.
  • Provide crisis prevention and preparedness information and training.
  • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving mental and physical health.
  • Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments.
  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems.
  • Help others understand child development and mental health and how they affect learning and behavior.
  • Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.
  • Evaluate eligibility for special services.
  • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning.
  • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status.
  • Evaluate learning environments.
  • Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance.
  • 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.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs.
  • Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools.
  • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.