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What is a school psychologist?
School psychologists are school-based mental health professionals trained in both psychology and education. School psychologists are committed to ensuring that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment.
How does one become a school psychologist?
At a minimum, school psychologists complete a master's degree and specialist's certificate of at least 60 graduate semester hours and participate in a year-long 1,200 - 1,500 supervised internship. School psychologists are certified by the Maryland State Department of Education and may become nationally certified (NCSP) by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB).
What do school psychologists study?
School psychologists training and course work provides them with the knowledge, skill, and ability to apply psychological, mental health and child development approaches within the schools. School psychologists are uniquely skilled in psychological assessment, learning strategies, behavior management, social skill development, motivation systems, and the identification of exceptionalities.
What do school psychologists do?
School psychologists use many different approaches to provide these core services: consultation, assessment, intervention, prevention, education, research and planning, and health care provision. They tailor their services to the particular needs of each child and each situation.
Does every school have a school psychologist?
Every school has access to school psychological services but individual school psychologists may be responsible for providing these services to more than one school.
Do school psychologists only work with special education students?
Psychological services are available to all students.
How can I get in touch with my child's school psychologist?
Each school can provide contact information for you to get in touch with the school psychologist assigned to your child's school or program.
If I disagree with the results of a psychological evaluation what should I do?
If you believe that information in a psychological report is inaccurate, misleading, or a violation of a student’s civil rights, you are encouraged to first meet with the psychologist to try and resolve the disagreement.
If unsuccessful, you may contact the school administrator who will ask you to send a letter detailing why the information is inaccurate, misleading, or a violation of the student’s civil rights.
The school administrator will review the case, respond to the parent in writing, and include action steps to resolve the disagreement. If the outcome of the review is unsatisfactory to the parent, the parent/guardian can appeal the decision.
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