Collaboration of School Psychologist and Counselor

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Collaboration of School Psychologist and School Counselor in SSTs :

Collaboration of School Psychologist and School Counselor in SSTs Evelin Farias EDCO 593

Importance of counselors and school psychologists:

Importance of counselors and school psychologists School psychologist and counselors play an important role in the improvement of the school. Both help with the growth of the students and assist teachers with these students by collaborating with one another to make better learning environments for the students. These collaborations can be observed during a SST process. 10/12/2011 2

Role of a School Psychologist:

Role of a School Psychologist Counsels and acts as a mentor for a student who struggling with behavior, emotional and social issues Aids students in developing effective use of social interaction and communication skills Works together with staff to develop necessary interventions Conducts assessments and evaluations with a student’s learning ability for Special Education Makes referrals to community services Helps students succeed in academics, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally 10/12/2011 3

Role of a School Counselor:

Role of a School Counselor Student/class scheduling Helps students plan their academic classes Consults with parents, teachers and other staff members Conducts Teacher/Staff In-services Refers students to outside resources and/or programs if needed Attends after school functions Consults with the student to assist with issues such as peer pressure, drugs, and family problems 10/12/2011 4

What is a SST?:

What is a SST? Student Study Team (SST) “A general education procedure designed to assist teachers (and parents) in working out ways more effectively to meet their teaching and behavior management responsibilities with students” (Kampwirth 2006) 10/12/2011 5

Process of SST:

Process of SST An SST is needed if a teacher or parent expresses concern for a student The SST will then observe the student and determine what behavior or issues are occurring They create intervention solutions and determine which interventions are effective If interventions are not progressing with the student, the SST may refer the student to Special Education Assessment 10/12/2011 6

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Purpose of SST:

Purpose of SST Have a group work together to solve a student’s learning or behavior problems in the framework of general education. Helping at risk students and their teachers find alternatives in terms of teaching/behavior strategies Help with learning problems Prevent placements in Special Education Develop suggestions for teachers in terms of teaching methods or behavior intervention Utilize teamwork to help with the student’s problem 10/12/2011 8

Who is involved in SSTs?:

Who is involved in SSTs? Facilitator (School Administrator) Recorder (note taker) The referring teacher Other teachers or staff members Special Education teacher (If applicable) Speech and Language Specialist Student’s Parents School Counselor School Psychologist The SST will come together and brainstorm ideas that will meet the needs in any areas of concern regarding the student who is being referred 10/12/2011 9

Role of the School Psychologist in a SST :

Role of the School Psychologist in a SST Provide recommendations to modify behavior or academic problems Provide resources to parents, teachers, and students From observation data taken the school psychologist, the psychologist can make a proper assessment if decided Assessments are then completed to determine the status of the student Based on assessment the School Psychologist recommendation to the team, it will be determine if the student is in need of Special Education services 10/12/2011 10

Role of the School Counselor in a SST:

Role of the School Counselor in a SST Observe the student in their classroom setting Gather the data and see what the problem might be Offer suggestions that will benefit the student Record data of the progress or lack of progress of the student Take the data recorded and report it in the weekly SST meeting If the student has not made any improvement and have attempted outside resources with no progress, then the counselor may need to refer the student to the school psychologist 10/12/2011 11

Collaboration:

Collaboration The School Counselor and School Psychologist may work together to help the student in need. The school counselor and school psychologist can work together to help the teacher/student find an intervention to help with the behavior or academic problem. After observing the student several times, the counselor and/or psychologist will discuss observations and collaborate in creating suggestions for interventions that will be implemented by a teacher, staff, counselor, and/or psychologist. The counselor and/or psychologist will help each other in assessing the student by one or the other of certain behaviors the student is displaying. 10/12/2011 12

References:

References ASCA. The Role of the Professional School Counselor. www.schoolcounselor.org Kampwirth, T (2006). The Collaborative Consultation in the Schools. Columbus, OH: Pearsons NASP. Roles and Functions of School Psychologists www.nasponline.org 10/12/2011 13

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