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School Psychologists

School psychologists are professionals specializing in both mental health and education, who provide services that help students succeed academically, emotionally and socially. They are trained to identify and address a wide range of barriers to school and community success, including learning disabilities, cognitive deficits, behavioral difficulties and emotional stressors.

Children and youth today often experience mental health and health-related problems that can limit their ability to learn, participate in activities, socialize, concentrate or even attend school. Through collaboration with other mental health providers as well as medical professionals, school psychologists can help youngsters develop resiliency, competence, self-control and self-esteem, and can facilitate integration of services between home and school. It is essential that states and communities support this collaboration through appropriate credentialing, policies and legislation, and avoid any unintended or misguided restrictions on student access to appropriate health and mental health supports in their schools.

The services we provide include:
  • Consultation to assure consistency between home, school and community providers
  • Observations and performance feedback to physicians monitoring the effects of medications and therapies on student's school performance
  • Assessments to help determine student strengths and weaknesses, as part of determining eligibility for special education and/or need for accommodations or modifications of instructional program
  • Diagnostic assessments that assist parents, physicians and psychiatrists appropriately address conditions such as ADHD and depression
  • Risk assessments regarding potential for suicide and violence
  • Specific skills training (e.g., social skills, organization skills, study skills)
  • Individual or group counseling around relevant issues (e.g., chronic illness, sibling or parent illness, substance abuse prevention, etc.)
  • Direct intervention and consultation regarding behavior planning for students with special needs
  • In-service and parent education programs regarding mental health and learning issues related to medical conditions (e.g., helping kids with ADD; understanding eating disorders; supporting children with a terminally ill parent, etc.)
Click Here to visit the Colorado Department of Education's School Psychologist page.
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