It’s School Psychology Awareness Week, where we like to answer the question, “What do School Psychologist do, anyway?” Marline, one of our incredible school psychs is here to answer the age-old question!
“So… you’re like a counselor then?”
This is the most commonly asked question about my job, and the answer is nope! We’re not counselors, we’re school psychologists! We are:
- Multi-tasker ninjas
- Data collectors
- Data interpreters
- Problem solvers
- IDEA law followers
- Crisis responders
- Data-based decision makers
- Behavioral analysts
- Interventionists and yes, we wear many other hats!
We help students with and without disabilities achieve goals by focusing on their strengths. In this way, we assist them in reaching their maximum potential. School psychologists collaborate with school personnel, families and community members in order to provide students with the best and most appropriate support or services they need. And every day we face a new challenge, so there is never a dull moment in our profession.
Each evaluation is like an intricate puzzle to solve, and every child we serve teaches us something new. For a school psychologist, there is nothing more rewarding than being able to figure out why a student struggles. Then we get to develop strategies to help the student succeed.
School psychologists see the whole child and understand how environmental factors, as well as the emotional well-being of the child, plays a vital role in overall academic performance. We are passionate professionals who fight to make school a safe and supportive learning environment for students.
We are School psychologists. It’s like our super power.
Marline, M.Ed., has been working as a bilingual school psychologist for almost eight years. You can get a more in-depth understanding of her job by reading her blog from SPAW 2018.