School psychologists bring unique qualities servicing the educational and mental health needs of students. The school psychologist brings knowledge and skills to education in the forms of learning theory, behavior management, consultation, intervention, assessment, family issues, counseling child development, special education needs, and other areas touching on academic and behavioral needs.
Today’s society is continually changing, and research shows that children are faced with more difficult and stressful life situations at earlier ages than ever before. The school psychologist assists positive intrinsic and extrinsic emotional growth by assisting students in the “mini-society” of the school, helping to promote positive self-esteem, recognition of and intervention for appropriate behaviors, positive social interactions, and responsible behavior for social expectations. The school psychologist accomplishes this through skills in observation, consultation, behavior theory, individual and group counseling, parent/family consultation and training, conflict resolution, crisis intervention, and collaboration with community leaders and agencies.