School Psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school. School Psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Master's degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching. School Psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work.Cited from the National Association of School Psychologists, 2008.
National School Psychology Week
During the week of November 6-10, 2023, schools nationwide will celebrate National School Psychology Week (NSPW) to highlight the critical work school psychologists do to help students thrive. School psychologists support students' learning and mental and behavioral health, promote positive and inclusive school climates, serve on school safety and crisis teams, and collaborate with families, teachers, and administrators to improve student outcomes.
This year's theme is "Let's Grow Together", which is inspired by the importance of both personal and shared strengths in our growth as individuals and school communities in every season of life. The theme recognizes four aspects of growth that are fundamental to effective learning environments and to school psychologists' role in supporting student well-being and learning.
1. Individuals grow in their way, often in their own time, a process influenced by engagement and interaction with their surroundings.
2. Engagement and interaction with others - being part of a vibrant community - supports our growth.
3. Diversity is a powerful ingredient in our growth.
4. Every season contributes to a continuum of growth.