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School psychologists are Qualified Health Professionals in the provision of child and adolescent mental and behavioral health services. These Specialized Instructional Support Professionals serve as members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior within a Multi-Tiered System of Support in order for children and youth to succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. In alignment with the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child Model, school psychologists’ professional standards (pdf, 349kb) call for collaboration with families, school staff, community stakeholders and other professional to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and community. School psychology licensure is rigorous, requiring 3 years of post-graduate training, prior to entering the profession.
NC DPI TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT
The Consultant for School Psychology with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides direct assistance to the NC DPI in the area of school psychology on behalf of students within NC public schools.
In order to deliver systems level services designed to address the needs of the state agency, local education agencies, charter schools, and school personnel, assistance is delivered in various forms:
- Consultation and technical assistance to local educational agencies in determining their school psychology needs;
- Professional learning and recommendations to local education agencies to support the continued development of effective school psychology services;
- Collection and reporting of data related to employment rates of school psychologists, to include addressing and supporting recruitment and retention efforts;
- Development and updating of regulatory policies and procedures in line with the North Carolina Professional School Psychology Standards;
- Collaboration with institutions of higher education with respect to the training of school psychologists;
- Promotion of a collaborative relationship between the NC DPI and the North Carolina School Psychology Association (NCSPA);
- Assistance with implementation of newly developed procedures for determining IDEA eligibility and special education service delivery; and,
- Use of a variety of communication platforms (website, listserv, newsletter, social media) to maintain consistent communication within the discipline
Additionally, the NC DPI Consultant for School Psychology is responsible for the management and support related to NC Policies and Procedures for Traumatic Brain Injury, including:
- IDEA evaluation and identification procedures
- Maintenance of the TBI Registry of Approved Providers (pdf, 319kb) and the TBI Registry of Approved Supervisors (pdf, 216kb)
- Communication with and support of TBI Approved Providers and Supervisors
- Ongoing development of TBI training and services
- Assistance to LEAs in need of access to TBI Approved Providers