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SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST

1. DESCRIPTION OF DISTRICT LEVEL DELIVERY MODEL

Key responsibilities of the School Psychologist

School psychologists will need:

a) to be knowledgeable of current curriculum and evidence-based instructional practices;

b) to participate in on-going professional development/in-service in both regular and inclusive education;

c)  to be committed to inclusion.

The School Psychologist collaborates with individual teachers, school administrators, and school system staff to develop and evaluate prevention programs. This may include:

a) Primary or Tier 1 prevention programs that involve all staff and students that foster the learning and mental health of students
    (e.g., evidence-based literacy and numeracy education in primary classrooms; prevention of bullying; social and emotional
    learning);

b) Secondary or Tier 2 prevention programs that are delivered to students who are at-risk students for learning or mental health
    difficulties;

c) Tertiary or Tier 3 academic, behavioural or psychosocial interventions for students with diagnosed disabilities or mental health
    difficulties.

The School Psychologist consults with school-based, District and community partners, parents/guardians, and students as appropriate to:

a) assist schools in the identification and planning process, at both the school and District levels, for learners with complex
    needs;

b) collaborate with school-based teams to develop and implement pre-referral interventions;

c) provide information regarding the referral process;

d) offer suggestions/recommendations surrounding educational program planning;

e) conduct psycho-educational assessments in accordance with District guidelines;

f) meet with the school, parents/guardians, and the student as appropriate, to discuss the results of the psycho-educational
   assessment;

g) provide a written report for each assessment, available to the school, the District and parents/guardians; and the student as
    appropriate;

h) attend meetings (e.g., School-based team, Integrated Case Management);

i) participate on district committees where appropriate;

j) develop information resources;

k) provide in-service to paraprofessionals, teachers, principals/vice principals;

l) collaborate with community partners;

m) conduct research on many topics relevant to the profession including literacy, numeracy, social-emotional health and
     well-being, behaviour, etc.;

n) provide input and recommendations in relation to district-level placement or placement review meetings;

o) School Psychologists who are licensed/registered may provide supervision to practicum students, interns, and school
    psychology department staff who are not licensed/registered in British Columbia.

2. MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

a) a Master's Degree or equivalent in School Psychology;

b) eligibility for membership in the B.C. Association of School Psychologists (BCASP).

3. PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

 Nil.

4. REPORTING STRUCTURE

The personnel in this position are accountable in the execution of their assigned duties to a Director of Instruction - Student Support or designate.

Revised July 2021

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