Who are School Psychologists?
School Psychologists work directly with teachers and students, as well as collaborate with parents, to promote students' educational performance across instructional settings. They strive to support students' academic attainment, engagement in prosocial behavior, and overall mental wellness. School Psychologists possess knowledge and skills in data collection and analysis, assessment, progress monitoring, academic interventions, behavioral interventions, and special education services. They can also promote students' positive behavior through individual and group counseling targeting skills such as adaptive coping strategies, social skills, problem solving, anger management and conflict resolution. Follow the link attached to the NASP image on the left for further detail regarding school psychologists' professional expertise. Although most school psychologists practice in public schools, they can also work in variety of settings including juvenile justice programs and independent private practice. All children and adolescents can experience adversity and challenges throughout their lives, whether that be in school or at home. They can encounter problems related to learning, peer relationships, managing emotions, and making difficulty decisions. School psychologists are one player of a larger team to help problem solve and develop plans that builds upon students' strengths and best support their individual needs.