School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students.
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a year-long supervised internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). The National Association of School Psychologists sets ethical and training standards for practice and service delivery.
School Psychologists Work With Educators To:
Support school-wide practices that promote learning
Crisis intervention and support
Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
Instructional support in interventions to develop academic and pro-social skills
Support effective specialized instruction for students with IEPs
Create positive school-wide and classroom environments
Motivate all students to actively engage in learning
School Psychologist Consultation Services
The school psychologist consultants at Oakland Schools provide guidance and technical assistance for Oakland County school psychologists. Oakland Schools’ assistance is designed to support school psychologists in their ability to improve student achievement and engagement in order to close the performance gap of students with and without IEPs. A variety of supports are provided to school psychologists by Oakland Schools’ school psychology consultants.
School Psychologist Professional Lending Library
Oakland County school psychologists may borrow materials, assessment tools, and student equipment for up to 30 days. Please contact MCRequests@Oakland.k12.mi.us or 248.209.2381 to checkout materials via our web-based system.
School Psychologist Listserv
The school psychologist list-serv provides opportunities for school psychologists to inquire about and share information and resources. To be added, please click here.
Professional Learning for School Psychologists Across Oakland Schools
Click on either Professional Learning by Date and Professional Learning by Topics for a list of professional learning offerings that may be relevant to your role as a school psychologist from across departments at Oakland Schools. These documents are not inclusive of all professional learning. These documents were created by keeping in mind the variety of roles and skills sets that the school psychologist position requires across the county. The continuum is broad in nature so that you can select the offering most relevant to your role and needs of your student’s needs; it is not designed for any one person to attend all possibilities.The intent of providing this variety of offerings is to allow district teams and departments to strategically plan for the sessions they will attend so that a variety of knowledge and skills may be gained and shared back in your district. To see the entire listing of OS professional learning events and register for workshops, search here.
In collaboration with Macomb and St. Clair County, Oakland schools plans the School Psych Series, which is a series of 5 workshops specifically tailored to the needs of school psychologists across multiple count
To complete a Professional Learning Request in your district, please click here
State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECH)
Click on Facts on Educator Certification for helpful information about SCECHs from the State of Michigan.
Technical Assistance and Supports
Consultant and coaching related to behavior and learning is available to individuals, special education departments, and professional learning committees.