Who are School Psychologists?

School psychologists are unique and critical members of school teams to support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. Their expertise of childhood learning, behavior, and mental health helps youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with all relevant stakeholders (i.e., teachers, administrators, families, and other professionals) to create supportive learning environments and strong connections between home, school, and the community.

School Psychologists undergo specialized training in the following areas:
-Collecting and Analyzing Data
-Conducting Psychoeducational Assessments
-Developing cultural competencies and recognizing implicit biases within practice
-Endorsing & Evaluating school-wide programs
-Understanding youth protective and risk factors
-Consulting and collaborating with educators, administrators, families, and community members
-Implementing Academic, Mental Health, and Behavioral Interventions as well as  Preventative Services
-Establishing crisis preparedness, response, and recovery programs
-Promoting professional ethics and educational laws

While many school psychologists work in K-12 public schools, there are many other places that school psychologists can provide services. These include but are not limited to:
-Private schools
-Preschools
-School district administration offices
-Universities
-School-based health and mental health centers
-Community-based day treatment or residential clinics and hospitals
-Juvenile justice programs
-Independent private practice

For more information about the practice of school psychology, please refer to the Who are School Psychologists handout provided by the National Association of School Psychologists. 

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