We tend to think of childhood as a carefree time, however the truth is that all children and youth can face problems from time to time with no shield against the emotional hurts and traumas many children may face. Young people may face problems related to learning, social relationships, bullying, family abuse, managing emotions such as feeling depressed, anxious, worried, or isolated and many more.
School psychologists are uniquely qualified and able to apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior so as to help children and youth build resilience and succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally despite the challenges they may face.
Their role is to help students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems and short-term issues that children and young people may face.
What do School Psychologists do?
School Psychologists work systematically and partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.
Their roles are multifaceted. Apart from the traditional role of a school psychologist regarding assessment and testing they are also specialized in offering consultation and therapeutic support both at an individual and a group basis (prevention and intervention). In all cases assessment, intervention and consultation are combined at some extent.