The School Psychologist’s role within the school is to work with staff, parents and students to assist students in achieving to their potential.
The School Psychologist works at a number of levels.
At the System Level
The School Psychologist assists in the promotion and continuing development of Departmental policy and procedures which include assisting in and consulting on:
the management of Students at Educational Risk (SAER);
Health and well-being programs;
Student engagement and participation;
Behaviour Management in Schools;
Inclusive Education Practices;
At the School Level
The School Psychologist works with staff in planning and delivering programs which promote social and emotional wellbeing, positive peer relations and life skills.
The psychologist is also involved in the development of school policy in areas like social-emotional well-being, crisis management, and students at educational risk.
At the Individual Level
At this level, the School Psychologist works with referred students who require more intensive support.
This work may involve psychological assessment and specific therapeutic approaches such as counselling students (short term counselling only) on a variety of personal, social and emotional issues. Please note that long term counseling or therapy will require referral to outside agencies.
Conducting assessments of students experiencing learning difficulties and/or disabilities at schools.
Supporting schools in making appropriate curriculum adjustments for students in order to enhance their learning outcomes.
The Psychologist also works staff members who may want to access resources or seek support and advice.
The School Psychologist also consults and liaises with other health/welfare agencies and creates collaborative networks.
Referrals can be made by the student services team members, teachers, parents or by students themselves. The best way for a parent to access a School Psychologist is to speak with the Student Services Coordinator or the Deputy Principals. This will then allow the concerns to be discussed and any further actions negotiated.