School Psychology Awareness Week!
The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) has designated November 9–13, 2015 as National School Psychology Awareness Week. This year’s theme, “Connect the Dots and THRIVE!” highlights the importance of connecting students to the academic and social-emotional skills they need to promote personal achievement, growth, and resilience, as well as a sense of belonging and wellbeing. Schools around the country will be taking part in events and activities designed to help students and schools thrive.
Please explore the information on this page to discover how school psychologists are working to improve outcomes for all students in Birmingham!
Welcome to the BPS School Psychologists Webpage!
Who are School Psychologists?
School Psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.
School Psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education. They must complete a minimum of a post-Master's degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching. School Psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. (Cited from the National Association of School Psychologists, 2008 Brochure).
What do Birmingham School Psychologists Do?
Helping Children Cope with Crisis: Tips for Caregivers
The attached article from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) discusses ways to help children cope in times of crisis.
Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
This article from NASP discusses ways to appropriately discuss violence with children.