School Psychology services provided to those in the cooperative can be encompassed through the basic concepts associated with an MTSS or RTI model: Universal, Targeted, and Intensive.
Universal Services Include systems based work and development, professional development exploration and provision, Interpretation of Data (systems wide), Collaboration with teachers, parents, students, and all relevant stake holders.
More targeted intervnetions can include consultation-this could be behavioral, academic, or social-emotional. The use of an FBA/BSP could be implemented as a part of targeted services. Assessment can fall into this area as it is linked to the provision of services on an IEP or district level plan of support.
Intensive includes direct services including, but not limited, to assessment, the provision of interventions, development of IEP and associated services as they fit in the provision of related services.
Provide opportunities for counseling, instruction, and mentoring for those struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems
Identify and address learning and behavior problems that interfere with school success
Identify and resolve academic barriers to learning
Collect and analyze data related to school improvement, student outcomes, and accountability requirements
Coordinate the delivery of services to students and their families in and outside of school
Increase achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning
Evaluate eligibility for special education services (within a multidisciplinary team)
Design and implement student progress monitoring systems
Promote school policies and practices that ensure the safety of all students by reducing school violence, bullying, and harassment
Make the appropriate referrals to support services
Reinforce communication and social skills, problem solving, self-regulation, self-determination
Enhance home-school collaboration
Design and implement academic and behavioral interventions
Respond to crises by providing leadership, direct services, and coordination with needed community services
Enhance understanding and acceptance of diverse cultures and backgrounds
Support effective individualized instruction
Design, implement, and garner support for comprehensive school mental health programming
The table comes from the National Association of School Psychologists (2012) and relates to the services provided by a School Psychologist as they relate to relevant stake holders.
Cody Pallister, EdS, NCSP
P.O. Box 1448
Thompson Falls MT 59873