FUNCTIONAL DESCRIPTION OF UNIT: Works as a member of a multidisciplinary team with teachers, administrators, social workers, speech/language pathologists, audiologists, occupational and physical therapists. Uses a variety of assessment instruments in the areas of cognition, perception, personality, academic achievement, social and emotional behavior to arrive at diagnostic and prescriptive needs of student. Promotes the development of a positive multicultural learning environment which encourages student success.
· Uses a variety of appropriate psychological instruments and techniques to conduct non-biased assessment.
· Constructs comprehensive psychological reports which include intervention and remediation strategies to be used.
· Interprets results of assessment and share results with student, parent, school personnel and other appropriate professionals.
· Interviews, counsels and provides training to school staff and parents.
· Interprets federal, state and local laws relating on eligibility of special services to children.
· Provides individual or group counseling services to children and families.
· Monitors and accepts responsibility as part of a team for the well being and success of students.
· Constructs professional reports to agencies.
· Serves as a resource to other professional staff in areas of cognition, academic, social and emotional functioning of children.
· Completes yearly/monthly statistical reports on services provided to students.
· Integrates knowledge of all curricula into learning theories and translates that information to teachers and other school personnel.
· Provides consultation services to school personnel in the areas of retention, social grouping, learning styles, social skills, motivation, behavior management, peer interaction, goal setting, etc.
· Receives and reviews referrals from children’s parent, school personnel, agencies, physician, judicial officers.
· Participates with other school personnel on issues relating to school climate.
· Attends departmental staff meetings, school faculty meetings, parent/teacher meetings.
· Participates in projects and activities recommended by school or central management.
· Writes proposals to secure grants for special projects or research programs.
· Participates in school community activities. School Psychologist – Schools (continued)
· Participates in departmental committees to promote best practices.
· Conducts training for parents in areas such as child development.
· Attends Committee on Special Education meetings.
· Participates in site based student assistance teams’ meetings.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, AND CERTIFICATION:
· Master’s degree in Psychology
· New York State Certification in School Psychology.