School Psychologists are a part of every school system in the nation. They are highly trained in mental health, child development, learning theory, motivation, and education. To meet licensure requirements, Ohio school psychologists must obtain a master's degree in school psychology and serve a one year supervised internship in a school setting.
What Do School Psychologists Do?
- Support families, school, and the community in meeting the academic and mental health needs of students.
- Consult with parents, teachers, and other professionals to promote student well-being and achievement.
- Evaluate academic and socioemotional needs of students.
- Develop special prevention and intervention programs for students.
- Teach effective coping and problem solving skills through individual and small group counseling.
- Advocate sound educational practices for all students.
All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may:
- Have fears about starting school
- Manage their time poorly
- Fall behind in school work
- Be upset about family events such as divorce and death
- Feel depressed
- Lack self-discipline
- Experiment with drugs or alcohol
- Think about suicide
- Lack study skills
- Face a tough decision about college or work
- Consider dropping out of school
- Not be aware of their aptitudes and abilities
School psychologists are there to help parents, educators, and the community understand and solve these problems. Please contact your school psychologist for assistance or information.