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Nov. 9-13 is National School Psychologists Week

November 9-13, 2020 is National School Psychology Week, and the National Association of Schools Psychologists is celebrating with the theme “Power of Possibility.”   The organization’s hope is to connect with students and staff during the week to highlight how focusing on possibilities can help students to their goals, interests, and positive growth. The idea is that psychologists help empower children to grow in areas of skill such as social skills, empathy, and compassion for others, as well as problem solving, goal setting, and study skills. The concept of continued growth and development as people is central to the theme, as is the idea that with help, anyone can develop resilience beyond stressful circumstances. 

School psychologists receive specialized advanced graduate preparation that includes coursework and practical experiences relevant to both psychology and education. School psychologists typically complete either a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) or a doctoral degree (at least 90 graduate semester hours), both of which include a year-long 1,200 hour supervised internship. Currently, there are 9 School Psychologists in the District and 6 of them are Bilingual in Spanish — Sarahi Cervantes, Gladis Tena, Elizabeth Medina, Juliet Hunter,Lia McFarland, Christine Vitale, Gabriela Villagomez, Jessica Alvarez and Rossana Barajas. 

School Psychologists help empower children to grow in areas of skill such as social skills, empathy, and compassion for others, as well as individual or intrapersonal skills such as problem solving, goal setting, and study skills. School psychologists are particularly skilled at assisting students and staff in seeing possibilities and developing positive change to thrive in school and life. Focusing on these possibilities can help us set goals, identify action steps, communicate needs, and engage in discussions to help create the connections necessary for students to develop critical academic and social emotional skills.

Additionally, school psychologists and school staff may be empowered to move toward positive change in all areas of leadership in the counseling room, the classroom, the community and beyond. School psychologists can focus on improving the school culture, identifying systems-level change.
 
Hats off to our school psychologists! Thanks for all you do for our students!