Schools are places where children from different backgrounds spend a significant part of their day. While some children thrive in educational environments, many may have psychological issues stemming from problems at home or even hereditary. This is where a school psychologist comes in.
While many schools do not hire the services of a psychologist, the few good ones will. The primary responsibility of this professional is to assess students for mental and behavioral problems so that appropriate medication can be given to ward off the condition. They provide children with therapeutic talks to bring out what is troubling them and will provide counseling where necessary.
School psychologists may work with individual students or in groups depending on the circumstances. They listen to students’ problems and talk them through various issues. They may derive from their talks what dilemma a child is going through and will provide therapy sessions, medication or a combination of both.
Psychologists working in schools also provide training to teachers to understand and deal with students’ behavior problems. They may also work with teachers to assist them in keeping themselves calm when dealing with difficult students or situations.
A psychologist in a school is an integral part of an educational system as s/he provides harmony and facilitates instructional practices. S/he also evaluates new students to see which type of class they fit in so that there is no unnecessary competitiveness which may eventually lead to more behavior problems.
• Assessed and evaluated the broad variety of school-related problems and assets of children and youth
• Consulted with the key stakeholders about learning, social, and behavior problems
• Conducted methodical studies to study performance and brain function
• Collected relevant information using observations, interviews, surveys, and tests
• Founded patterns to understand and predict children’s’ behavior
• Developed programs that improved schools and workplaces by addressing psychological issues
• Worked with students and staff to help them make desired changes to behaviors
• Identified behavioral and emotional disorders of children
• Utilized different assessment techniques to assess academic skills, learning aptitudes, personality and emotional development of students
• Maintained precise, complete and confidential records