School psychologists help students succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems.
School psychologists in Alachua County work with students, parents, and school personnel through a consultative and Educational Planning Team (EPT) model of service delivery to:
- Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success
- Design and implement academic and behavior interventions
- Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
- Support effective individualized instruction
- Assess student need for specialized programs and services
- Provide counseling, instruction and mentoring for students struggling with social, emotional, behavioral and family problems
- Make referrals and help coordinate community support services
- Respond to personal, school, and family crises