What is a School Psychologist?
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a year-long supervised internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). The National Association of School Psychologists sets ethical and training standards for practice and service delivery.
What do School Psychologists do?
School Psychologists Work With Students to:
School Psychologists Work With Students and Their Families to:
School Psychologists Work With Teachers to:
School Psychologists Work With Administrators to:
School Psychologists Work With Community Providers to:
How do School Psychologists make a difference in schools?
All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may:
School psychologists help children, parents, teachers, and members of the community understand and resolve these concerns by helping students with learning problems, helping students cope with family and life stressors, and helping students with behavior problems learn new ways to respond.
Where do School Psychologists work?
The majority of school psychologists work in schools. However, they can practice in a variety of settings including:
Information adapted from www.nasponline.org