The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) provides psychological services to help students succeed academically, socially, and emotionally. School psychologists collaborate with educators, parents and other professionals to help create a safe, healthy, and supportive learning environment for all students. Services are provided in an environment that fosters dignity, acceptance, and respect for individual differences. These services are provided to all students.
The primary role of the school psychologist is to improve students’ educational opportunities. Through direct contact and consultations with parents, teachers, administrators, and students, the school psychologist identifies learning weaknesses, emotional issues, or other problems that may prevent students from making progress in school.
School psychologists recommend ways for the home and the school to meet the students’ needs. They work directly with students in many ways – individual psychological evaluations, individual and/or group counseling, crisis management, and/or social skills training. Training and educational programs on a myriad of subjects are also available for parents and teachers. All referrals for psychological evaluations come through the schools’ Student Support Teams (SST) or through the student’s individualized educational program (IEP) for students receiving special education services. The comprehensive evaluations provide valuable information used for determining the educational needs of students.