The Upper Dauphin Area School District (UDASD) provides students with support in their academic, social and emotional, and career development. UDASD student services staff help students with conflict resolution skills, career awareness, college planning, scholarship searches, course scheduling, testing (PSAT, AP, PSSA, NOCTI, Keystone), 504 plans, coping with peer pressure and stress, improving attendance, and much more.
At UDASD, the school psychologist works with school teams to support and evaluate students with significant academic, behavioral and/or social-emotional difficulties. They provide services to students, teachers and/or parents through classroom consultation, behavioral/academic interventions, and short-term counseling. Parents must give initial consent for any psychological evaluation which may be recommended by teachers or other team members. They assist with crisis intervention/prevention and are an advocate for educational equity.
School Psychologist Roles and Responsibilities:
- Assess needs, develop, and implement plans to promote student safety and crisis prevention/response.
- Collaborate to generalize student skill development across varied environments
- Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavioral problems.
- Conduct evaluations to determine eligibility for Special Education Services, determine social-emotional development, and assess cognitive and academic functioning.
- Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance.
- Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma.
- Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community.
- Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve student progress.
- Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions.
The counselors are professionally trained to counsel students individually or in small groups on issues such as depression, anger management, grief and loss, self-esteem, crisis management, divorce, bullying, conflict resolution, study skills, time management and many other issues. When the counselor deems it necessary, he/she will contact the parent and may recommend counseling through an outside agency. Please feel free to contact your child’s assigned counselor by phone or email to discuss your students’ needs.
The Student Assistance Program (SAP) team, made up of school and community agency staff, is provided to assist families with accessing school and community services.
The SAP team does not diagnose, treat or refer your child for treatment. The team provides the family with the information. The family makes the choices. The goal of the SAP team is to help children succeed at school.
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