School Counseling and Psychology
What is School Psychology?
School Psychologists are members of school teams that provide direct support and intervention to students and consult with school staff to improve support strategies, assist in behavior management, and monitor student progress and needs. School psychologists conduct psycho-educational assessments and make recommendations related to individualized instruction and interventions.
Our School Psychologists
School psychologists hold, at minimum, a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology or a related field, and they must be credentialed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NCSP). Graduate preparation develops knowledge and skills in data collection and analysis, assessment, progress monitoring, academic/learning interventions, mental health & behavioral interventions, special education services, crisis response and more.
Benefits of School-Based Psychological Services
School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., counselors, social workers) to improve support strategies, work with administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.
School psychologists improve academic achievement, communication and social skills, promote positive behavior and mental health, support diverse learners in and out of the classroom, strengthen family-school partnerships and improve monitoring of student progress. School psychologists advocate for and support the needs of all students.
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What is School Counseling?
School Counseling is a vital part of any school program. Counselors support academic achievement, personal/social development, career development and college planning. They provide mental health support and counseling services and liaise with community partners to provide outside agency referrals. Counselors assist students in developing coping skills and navigating significant life events.
Our School Counselors
School Counselors hold, at minimum, a Masters Degree in School Counseling and meet the state certification and licensure requirements. This preparation develops knowledge about and skills in child development, self-management, social skills, mental health assessment and intervention, progress monitoring, career and college planning, student academic planning and goal setting, consultation, collaboration and referrals for intensive or long-term support.
Benefits of School-Based Counseling Services
School counselors provide a safe place for students to learn self-management skills in times of transition, heightened stress, critical changes, significant life events, or other situations that could impede student success.
School counselors do not provide long term therapy; however, they recognize and respond to student mental health and academic achievement needs and assist students and families in seeking out necessary resources.
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TES’ approach to School Psychology and Counseling
How do we make therapy fun?
School Counselors and Psychologists integrate age appropriate games, interactive activities, art, and student interest-driven activities to promote student engagement and facilitate good rapport and creation of a safe space to achieve therapeutic goals.
How do we work as a team?
School Counselors and Psychologists are integral parts of a school and IEP team. We maintain regular communication to support students across areas of need and cross train and communicate between departments through cohesive case management. We also collaborate with family support agencies outside of the school setting.
How do we include the family?
Families are included in assessment as active participants in sharing information about their child. If a student is seeing a counselor or psychologist for counseling, families are updated on progress toward school related goals and families share input on areas of concern, desired areas of growth, and any other significant changes in a student’s life that could impact educational success.
FAQs About School Psychology and Counseling
What do I do if my child is not meeting class expectations?
If you or your child’s teacher has concerns regarding your child’s academic progress or emotional well being, you can request a student study/success team meeting to include the school psychologist and/or school counselor. This meeting will review academic performance, attendance, strengths and areas of need and set goals and put supports in place to help. The school team may also be able to help contact community partners and outside agencies to support your child outside of the school setting.
How do School Psychologists know if my child has a disability?
School psychologists identify students for special education based on each state’s eligibility criteria. In California, there are 13 conditions (eligibility areas) considered as part of a psychoeducational assessment. After consent is provided by the parent to assess, a School Psychologist will conduct a full psycho-educational assessment to determine current areas of strength & need, conduct a records review, interview parents and teachers and administer formalized tests to better understand how the child processes information. The School Psychologist then makes a recommendation on whether the child is eligible for special education, which will be discussed at a team IEP meeting that includes the parent and all assessors who evaluated the child.
How often should my child see the School Counselor?
The frequency and duration of school counseling services is determined by your child’s IEP team and should be discussed at a team meeting to determine what will support the child most.