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 enviornments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the communicty for all students.
School Psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program 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.
In Williamsburg County School District, School Psychologists often:
- Conduct psychological evaluations to assess abilities, academic skills, adaptive behavior, and emotional/social functioning
- Conduct behavioral assessments and aid in creating behavior interventions
- Participate in the special education eligibility process and student intervention teams
- Provide academic intervention strategies to classroom teachers
- Support teachers with student accommodations and learning strategies