School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Master’s degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching.
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).
What School Psychologists Do
School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation and use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems. School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents regarding effective teaching and learning strategies, effective techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises. In addition, school psychologists provide evaluation and consultation services, intervention, prevention, and research and planning.
Links to Other Resources for School Psychologists
» The Child Psychologist
Special Education, psychology, and the remediation of childhood and adolescent disorders.
» Intervention Central
Resources for school-based assessment and intervention.
» Center for Effective Collaboration & Practice
» National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
» Wisconsin School Psychologists Association (WSPA)
For more information, contact Sarah James, School Psychology Services Coordinator.