Behavior Support Specialists (BSS) focus on students’ social, emotional, and behavioral needs in order to maximize student learning and achievement.
Behavior Support Specialists (BSS) support the school community through collaboration, prevention, intervention, and behavior and mental health education.
Behavior Support Specialist (BSS) services are available to any CCPS elementary school student whose behaviors interfere with learning, social, and emotional growth in the school setting. Services target a wide variety of chronic and challenging behaviors including, but not limited to:
Off Task/Distracting Behaviors
Difficulty Following Directions
Social Skills Deficits
Disruptive or Unsafe Actions
Behaviors Resulting from Mental Health Concerns
BSS services align with the CCPS Strategic Plan by providing:
Social, emotional, and behavioral supports
Consultation and collaboration with school-based teams, Student Services staff, families, and outside service providers
Classroom management strategies
Behavior observation, assessment, and intervention
Data analysis to drive individualized interventions
Individual and group counseling
Program and service referrals
Transition services for children entering and returning from alternate programs and hospital settings
Crisis prevention and response
Individual, school, and system-wide social, emotional, and behavior professional learning
Behavior Support Specialists report to James Lawson, Supervisor of Student Services- Mental and Behavioral Health
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.
School Psychologists report to James Lawson, Supervisor of Student Services- Mental and Behavioral Health.
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 Master’s 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 approaches, but provide these core services:
Carroll County Public Schools will be accepting applications for school psychologist internships for the 2024-2025 school year. The application deadline is. February 1, 2024. Applicants must submit the following materials:
statement of desired goals
sample copy of psychological evaluation report
two letters of recommendation from university program advisors/teachers
letter of recommendation from Practicum supervisor
Please email all documents in PDF format to James Lawson, M.A./CAS, NCSP, Supervisor of Student Services- Mental and Behavioral Health at firstname.lastname@example.org .