Student Services Roles and Responsibilities
Student Service professionals serve a vital role in maximizing student achievement. Incorporating leadership, advocacy and collaboration, Student Services promotes equity and access to opportunities and rigorous educational experiences for all students.
Collaborating with other faculty and staff to promote student achievement, Student Services addresses the needs of all students through prevention and intervention programs that are a part of a comprehensive school counseling and school psychology program.
- Response to Intervention (RTI)
- School Improvement Team (SIT)
- Least Restrictive Environment (LRE)
- Committee on Special Education (CSE)
- RTI Data Team
- Committee on Preschool Special Ed. (CPSE)
- Crisis Intervention Team
- Individual and Group Counseling
- Psycho-Educational Assessment
- Behavioral Management/Modification
- Grief Counseling
- Banana Splits Group Counseling
- Social Skills Training
- Peer Mediation Training
- Parenting Classes
- Consultation with Staff and Parents
What is a School Psychologist?
A school psychologist is a professional with specialized training in psychology and education. School psychologists use their training and skill to work with parents, teachers, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment. School psychologists understand child development, school systems, and effective teaching, and are prepared to help alleviate difficulties that may otherwise impede successful learning.
All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may, for example: have fears about starting school, be upset about family events such as divorce or death, feel depressed, lack self-discipline, lack social skills, experiment with drugs or alcohol, think about suicide, lack study skills, worry about sexuality, have trouble with homework and organization, or consider dropping out of school.
School psychologists are there to help children, parents, teachers, and the community understand and solve these and many other problems. School psychologists know that by dealing with problems early on, they can help prevent further difficulties. They can be trusted to deal in confidence with sensitive personal and family matters. Because school psychologists understand how schools work and how children learn, they are able to provide easily accessible, cost-effective mental health services to children.
New York State Certification Requirements for School Psychologist
In addition to a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, an individual who wishes to serve as a School Psychologist must have:
- 60 semester hours of graduate study in school psychology
- College internship/supervised practice which must be part of an approved school psychology program (One year of full-time, approved experience in a Pre K -12 setting may be substituted for a college supervised internship/practice based upon the recommendation of the chief school officer and upon a determination of the NY State Office of Teaching Initiatives.)
- Completion of the NY State mandated Child Abuse Identification Workshop
- Completion of the NY State mandated School Violence Prevention Workshop
- Fingerprint Clearance
Permanent Certification requirements
- INS Permanent Residence Status (for non-U.S. citizen
- Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
- Two years pupil personnel experience in a public or nonpublic school