What is a School Psychologist?
School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' abilities to learn and teachers' abilities to teach. They offer 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 among home, school, and the community’ (NASP: The National Association of School Psychologists).
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. Their training involves gaining expertise in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching.
School psychologists evaluate the cognitive, academic, social, emotional, and behavioural functioning of children and adolescents using available background information, observations, interviewing, and standardized tests to provide understanding and recommendations to parents and schools.
School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the province in which they work. In Ontario, school psychologists are regulated by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. https://cpo.on.ca/