What is a School Psychologist?

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 work to find the best solution for each student and situation; they use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems. 

At Lake Harriet my role can be divided into four different areas of practice: 1. Consultation: I provide consultation to teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems. 2. Evaluation: I participate in evaluations to determine eligibility for special services. Evaluations include assessments of a student’s problem solving ability, social-emotional development, mental health status, and learning environments. 3. Intervention: I design and implement interventions for students and classrooms. Interventions also include: a) short-term counseling (individual or group) to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance, b) training in social skills and anger management, and c) help managing crises such as death, illness, or other trauma. I have participated in trainings for teachers and parents about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, and working with students with disabilities. 4. Prevention: I develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments (e.g., bully-proofing, peer mediation). All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. Please contact me if you would like to discuss any concerns you may have about your student.