PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT

Our department objectives are: to promote a collaborative environment based on values, empower our students, parents, faculty and staff.

The program consists of a variety of services and activities, including individual and group counseling, parent and teacher consultation, information services, referral assistance to other professionals in the community, and student assessment. Also we offer crisis intervention, observations and follow-up of cases, Parent Orientation School, among other services.

The School Psychologists are responsible for developing, scheduling, and evaluating program services, providing direct assistance to help students in the school. A major portion of our day consists of responsive services that help students with their academic, personal and social development.

Individual Counseling for students: provide individual sessions for students to assist with a variety of educational, career, and personal concerns. The primary purpose of these sessions is to meet student’s immediate needs and to help them explore their concerns, make appropriate plans of action, and be successful in following through with their plans. Usually these are short-term helping relationships. School psychologists do not provide therapy and when necessary, the Psychology Department will encourage the family to use treatment opportunities in the community.

Group Counseling: students help one another by working in groups with leadership from a Psychologist. Group counseling allows students to share ideas about specific issues, as well as helping them use ideas to resolve their concerns. Group sessions usually involve small group of students led by a psychologist and meet once or twice a week for a specific number of sessions. An advantage of group over individual counseling is that students gain personal confidence and social skills by learning to empathize with and help one another.

Group Guidance – Homeroom Period: meeting with each homeroom to help students learn specific information about themselves and their development. These instructional groups would be led in the classroom sometimes by the school Psychologists, and sometimes by the homeroom teachers. Guidance groups usually focus on topics related to one or more goals and objectives in a guidance curriculum. Among the topics that are going to be developed are: safety rules, self-concept development, study skills, friendship, health habits, citizenship, cooperation, among others.

Consultation/Parent Orientation School: Psychologists will consult with teachers and parents to plan appropriate services for every child. We will focus on the needs of the individual child, but sometimes we will lead consultations for parents to focus on specific issues and topics. For example: workshop or education group for parents on specific topics such as: positive discipline, study skills, sexuality, family, communication among others.

Student Assessment: Psychologists help students, parents and teachers by gathering information about student abilities, behaviors, achievement in order to help make appropriate decisions about educational placement and instruction. In helping with these decisions, psychologists use tests, inventories, observations, interviews and other procedures to gather information.

Referrals: when students and their families require assistance from other programs and services outside the school. We will provide parents with a list of professionals with different specialties in our community.