School Psychology Week: April 26 – May 2, 2009
Release Date: 4/20/2009 11:50:21 AM
Governor Martin O’Malley has proclaimed the week of April 26 – May 2, 2009 as SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY WEEK in Maryland. Carroll County Public Schools joins in this celebration. Carroll County’s seventeen school psychologists help our children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students and strengthen connections between home and school.
Every school in Carroll County is provided with the services of a school psychologist. Together with school staff, the school psychologist works 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.
School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, addressing abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises.
In addition, school psychologists provide the following services:
Consultation: Helping others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior
Evaluation: Assessing academic skills and aptitude for learning and determining social-emotional development and mental health status
Intervention: Providing training in social skills, anger management, and helping families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma
Prevention: Designing programs for children at risk of failing at school
Research and Planning: Using evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.
For more information or to contact the school psychologist at your child’s school, you may call the Office of School Psychology at 410-751-3122.