School Psychology in Carroll County Public Schools

 

Mission
Contacts
 
Carroll County School Psychologists support the mission of the Student Services Department “to serve students” by providing consultation, assessment, and intervention services to students, parents/guardians, and school staff to support student achievement.
 
School Psychologists collaborate with parents and school staff to improve academic and social outcomes for students. They address the learning, behavior, and social and mental health needs of all students.
 
Supervisor: Kimberly A. Muniz
410-751-3109
Fax: 410-751-3684

 
 
Administrative Secretary:
Sharon Kirkpatrick
410-751-3122
Fax: 410-751-3684


 
 

 

 
School Psychologists are specialists trained in psychology and education who use their expertise to help address many of the problems faced by students and their families. School Psychologists work with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, children, adolescents, teachers, families, and community service professionals. 

All School Psychologists are certified by the Maryland State Department of Education and some also hold National Certification.  The minimum educational requirements for this certificate include:

  • Minimum of 60 semester graduate hours (Specialist's Level Masters Degree)
  • Internship of one year  (1,200 hours)
  • Preparation in mental health, consultation, child and adolescent development, assessment, learning and motivation
  • Must receive 75 additional hours of training every three years in order to maintain Nationally Certified School Psychologist certificate.
Core Services: School Psychologists tailor their services to the unique needs of each child and each situation. They use many different approaches, but provide these core services:

 Consultation and Collaboration

  • Help others understand child development and how it influences learning and behavior
  • Work with teachers, parents, and administrators to provide effective alternative solutions for problems children and adolescents encounter in learning and behavior
  • Strengthen working relationships among educators, parents, and community members and groups

Data-Based Decision Making and Accountability

Provide Assessment of:

  • Academic strengths and weaknesses
  • Memory and learning
  • Emotional and social development
  • Adaptive and maladaptive behavior
  • Learning environment and school climate

Intervention and Support

  • Work collaboratively with children and families
  • Help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment
  • Provide short-term psychological counseling for children and families
  • Provide social skills training, behavior management, and other intervention strategies
  • Help families and schools cope with crises, such as separation and loss

Response and Prevention

  • Identify potential learning difficulties
  • Design programs for children at risk for failure
  • Provide parents and teachers with the skills to help manage difficult circumstances
  • Help foster tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity in the school community
  • Develop school-wide initiatives to make schools safer and more effective
  • Promote positive school climates for all children to succeed

School-wide Practices

  • Strategies for teaching and learning
  • Classroom management techniques
  • Working with students with disabilities and exceptional talent
  • Mental health
  • Crisis management
  • Staff/Professional development
  • Parenting education

Research and Program Evaluation

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs, behavior management systems, and other services
  • Generate new knowledge about learning and behavior
  • Contribute to planning and evaluating school-wide reform and restructuring

 PsychoLogic Parent Newsletter - October 2016

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