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Psychology

Who are school psychologists? 

School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students’ ability to learn and teachers’ ability to teach. They apply mental health, learning, and behavior expertise 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 between home, school, and the community (NASP, 2014).


School Psychology at PRA

At PRA, our school psychologist aims to improve academic achievement by promoting student motivation and engagement, conducting psychological assessments, managing student and classroom behavior, and collecting and interpreting student and classroom data. Additionally, our school psychologist promotes positive behavior and mental health by improving student communication and social skills, assessing student emotional and behavioral needs, providing individual and group counseling, promoting problem-solving, anger management, and conflict resolution, and reinforcing positive coping skills and resilience. To support diverse learning, our school psychologist provides culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds, plans appropriate IEP programs for students with disabilities, and effectively communicates with parents about student progress. Our school psychologist further helps to create a safe and positive school climate by supporting social-emotional learning, implementing school-wide positive behavior supports, identifying at-risk students, and providing crisis prevention and intervention services. Finally, our school psychologist aims to strengthen family-school partnerships by helping families understand their children’s learning and mental health needs, assisting in navigating special education processes, and connecting families with community providers when necessary.