Pyschological Examiner

Karen Beller

Licensed Psychological Examiner/ Independent

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School Psychologist

Who are School Psychologists and what do they do? (By the National Association of 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 work to find the best solution for each student and situation and use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems such as the following:

Consultation

  • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems
  • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior
  • Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community

Evaluation

  • Evaluate eligibility for special services
  • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning
  • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status
  • Evaluate learning environments

Intervention

  • Provide psychological counseling (with appropriate training) to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance
  • Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning
  • Provide training in social skills and anger management
  • Help families and schools manage crises, such as death, illness, or community trauma

Prevention

  • Design programs for children at risk of failing at school
  • Promote tolerance, understanding, an appreciation of diversity within the school community
  • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments
  • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health.
  • Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments

Research and Planning

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs
  • Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools
  • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions

In Arkansas, school psychologists may be licensed as psychologists or certified as school psychology specialists.