Who Are School Psychologists?
School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.
What Training Do School Psychologists Receive?
School psychologists receive specialized advanced graduate preparation that includes coursework and practical experiences relevant to both psychology and education. School psychologists typically complete either a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) or a doctoral degree (at least 90 graduate semester hours), both of which include a year-long 1200 hour supervised internship.
What Do School Psychologists Do?
School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services.
For more information visit the National Association for School Psychologists webpage.
Resources for Families:
- Parent and Student Rights/Procedural Safeguards (OSPI)
- Family Engagement and Guidance (OSPI)
- Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) (kingcounty.gov)
- Children's Crisis Outreach Response System (CCORS) (kingcounty.gov) - CCORS helps families achieve stability, helps prevent future crises, and helps children remain in their home.
- Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS)