Who we are
The Psychological Services staff is composed of Registered psychologists, Registered Psychological Associates, and Psychoeducational Consultants who are assigned to a family of schools in which they provide a range of services. Those registered staff are members of The College of Psychologists and psychoeducational consultants work under supervision of the Supervisor of Psychological Services. All staff members have specialized training in psychology as it applies to educational settings.
What we do
Staff members are assigned to specific elementary and secondary schools within the system and are responsible for providing a variety of services to their schools as part of a multidisciplinary team and in partnership with administration, school staff and community resources to enhance student learning, growth, and development.
Staff collaborate with school personnel, parents/guardians, students, community agencies and other support staff to assist students experiencing academic, adaptive, social or personal adjustment difficulties at school. They can provide teachers and parents with information relevant to a child's learning, behavioural or social difficulties. Staff can discuss strategies by which the teacher may assist a student to cope in the classroom and in consultation with school personnel to determine whether a referral to psychological services for a formal assessment of a child is warranted.
Psychological assessments are only completed with the explicit permission of the parent/guardian (or when appropriate, student). The professional from Psychological Services will contact parents/guardians or student prior to the assessment to obtain their informed consent. During this contact, the staff member will explain the nature of the services to be offered, the risks and benefits of the service, possible outcomes, privacy of the information obtained and the limits to this privacy.
A psychological assessment typically involves the professional from Psychological Services gathering information about a student and observing that student as he/she functions in the school. The student may be observed in class or in other school contexts, to get an idea of the student's behaviour and to see how the classroom environment is impacting on the student. The staff member may also conduct interviews as a means of gathering information. Such interviews generally involved the student, the teachers, and the parents/guardians. Teachers and/or parents may be asked to complete questionnaires or checklists to rate the child’s behavioual skills/problems or life skills in social and personal activities. Standardized tests of intelligence, personality and achievement may also be conducted with the student. These tests examine various areas of the student's intellectual, perceptual, academic, social/emotional functioning etcetera. Through this assessment process the professional is able to identify the student’s patterns of individual strengths and needs.
Once the assessment is completed, the profession compiles the information in the form of a Psychological Assessment report and this information is shared with the parent/guardian and specific school personnel in order to plan for, and promote the student’s functioning within the school setting. This information is typically used to modify or change the student's program and to develop teaching strategies to encourage academic success. Together, parents/guardians, teachers and the staff of Psychological Services can work effectively to help students who are experiencing difficulty in the regular classroom setting, to become more successful learners.
Psychological services staff provides individual counselling to students at school with parent/student consent when this will assist the child to cope with personal, social or behavioural difficulties, as well as stresses related to learning difficulties which may have been identified during the assessment at school. Professional staff also develops behavioural plans and/or safety plans in collaboration with the school based team to assist students to manage their own behaviour and social skills and developing healthier coping strategies.
When traumatic events have impacted upon the school community, psychological service personnel provide direct and timely support to staff and students and parent/families around such events. Professional staff also participate as a trained member of threat/risk assessment team when a student(s) engaging in serious violence or presents as a threat to him/herself.
Provide professional development programs for teachers/parents in the areas of understanding child development, learning or behavioural exceptionalities, crisis management, and positive classroom management techniques
Staff adhere to privacy and informed consent guidelines established through the Personal Health