Under the direct supervision of the Director of Special Education and the indirect supervision of the Site Principal, The School Psychologist provides a variety of mental health, consulting, educational, and diagnostic services to assigned schools and programs throughout the district to facilitate learning and to promote the cognitive, social, and personal development of all students.
- Credential: A Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Psychology in the State of California and/or National Certification as a School Psychologist (NCSP Credential) through NASP or the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). School Psychologists with credentials outside the State of California will be considered upon proof of eligibility for the PPS Credential in California.
- Training: Master’s Degree Required; Doctorate Desirable
- Experience: Successful, proven experience as a school psychologist with experience in the provision of school-based mental health services, development and evaluation of early intervention programs (RTI), collaborative consultation with school personnel, and psycho-educational assessment and diagnosis (including alternative means assessment). Bi-lingual (Spanish) and/or preschool early childhood assessment desirable.
- Direct Interventions with Students
o Teach students how to develop effective learning strategies and personal, behavioral, and social skills.
o Participate in developing and implementing prevention programs related to current social, emotional, and educational concerns.
o Counsel students on educational and personal adjustment issues.
o Evaluate effectiveness of individual and group interventions and modify interventions based on data collected (data based decision making).
- Assessment and Interpretation
o Assist in early identification of students’ learning and adjustment problems.
o Conduct assessments appropriate to the focus of concern and according to prevailing professional standards.
o Conduct assessments with consideration of the characteristics of the student or group of students (including ethnic, cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, and handicapping conditions).
o Integrate data from assessment procedures and develop hypotheses relative to instructional/educational programming and program eligibility and placement.
o Assist in identifying factors in the learning environment that may affect the student and assessing their degree of impact.
- Consultation and Training
o Provide consultation services to parents, teachers, and other school personnel and community agencies to enhance the learning and adjustment of students.
o Help provide liaison and coordination between the school system and other relevant agencies to facilitate services for students and families.
o Interpret educational policies, laws, programs, and procedures related to educational and psychological services.
o Plan and implement in-service needs of teachers and parents and recommend appropriate in-service programs.
- Program Development and Implementation
o Assist in planning, development, and evaluation of programs to meet identified learning and adjustment needs.
o Plan, maintain, and participate in a system of accountability for services delivered.
o Conduct and/or assist in conducting formal and informal needs assessment to determine program characteristics and needs including program evaluation.
- Professional Practice and Development
o Apply ethics and standards of professional practice in the delivery of school psychological services and observe relevant laws and policies that govern practice.
o Continual development of professional knowledge and skill.
- Communication and Relationship Skills
o Effectively communicate knowledge and ideas to individuals and groups orally and in writing.
o Maintain effective interpersonal relationships and communication in the professional setting.