Department of School Psychology
The School Psychology department in Norfolk Public Schools consists of 23 School Psychologists, each serving multiple school sites. Each staff member has a minimum of three years of graduate training in psychology and education. Many staff members hold the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential.
WHAT IS A SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST?
A School Psychologist is a professional with a unique combination of advanced training in both psychology and education. Working within an interdisciplinary team, a school psychologist applies a strong knowledge base in assessment, consultation, and mental health services to meet the needs of all students.
WHAT DO SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS DO?
School Psychologists participate as members of the multi-disciplinary team during the diagnostic process of determining eligibility for students with disabilities under IDEIA (special education) and the Rehabilitation Act (504). School Psychologists also complete psychological and educational evaluations. School Psychologists in general education settings provide crisis intervention, behavioral consultation, and individual/group counseling.
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS HELP STUDENTS:
- Achieve to their academic potential by identifying strengths and weaknesses
- Overcome barriers to success such as behavioral or mental health issues
- Build skills in areas such as socialization, anger management, and organization
- Obtain the appropriate individualized services to meet their needs
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS HELP PARENTS:
- Understand their child’s unique set of cognitive and academic strengths and needs
- Understand their child’s behavioral patterns
- Work with their child in focused areas to improve academics and behavior
- Acquire appropriate supports for behavioral or mental health challenges
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS HELP SCHOOLS:
- Develop a safe, healthy climate for learning
- Connect academic needs with outside factors in the lives of children
- Respond appropriately to student behaviors
- Work through student crises in a safe and constructive manner
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS HELP COMMUNITIES:
- Build productive partnerships with schools
- Identify and meet the needs of children
- Understand the connection between mental health and school success