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What do Licensed Specialists in School Psychology do?

Consultation

  • Work with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior challenges
  • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior
  • Foster working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community

Assessment

  • Assess behavior in the learning context
  • Evaluate learning environments
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of individual and school-based interventions 
  • Use data-based decision making to assess a child's unique learning, social, and emotional strengths and weaknesses

Intervention

  • Engage in school-wide interventions and practices to promote learning and positive mental health 
  • Work with individual or groups of students to address specific psychological needs that interfere with school functioning 
  • Support students, schools and families, in managing crisis situations 

Prevention

  • Promote a positive school climate that is a safe and healthy place for learning and growth
  • Promote tolerance, understanding, and acceptance of diversity within the school community
  • Participate in multi-tiered systems of support for students with academic and behavioral challenges
  • Promote school policies and practices that reduce school violence, bullying and harassment

Research, Policy and Planning

  • Participate in the identification and implementation of programs and strategies to improve individual schools and educational systems
  • Interpret and apply research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions
  • Advocate for educational systems that support academic development and positive mental health outcomes for all students