There are three categories of school-based mental health professionals that are licensed by TSPC and can get hired in school buildings as a licensed educator: School Counselors, School Psychologists and School Social Workers. Each of these professionals plays a unique role in a school system.
Below is some additional information about each of the school-based mental health professions:
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School psychologists “apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community” (National Association of School Psychologists, NASP, 2014).
School psychologists are licensed to practice across the Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 age range. They provide services to students, families, and schools, across 10 general domains of school psychology practice outlined in the Model for Comprehensive and Integrated School Psychological Services (NASP, 2020; also known as the NASP Practice Model). These practice domains include:
- Data-based decision making
- Consultation and collaboration
- Academic interventions and supports
- Mental and behavioral health services
- School-wide practices to promote learning
- Services to promote safe and supportive schools
- Family, school, and community collaboration
- Equitable practices for diverse populations
- Research and evidence-based practice
- Legal, ethical and professional practice
Although school psychologists provide services across all practice domains, the specific roles and duties of school psychologists may vary from one school district or school building to the next. For example, some school psychologists may spend more time conducting assessment and consultation activities, while others may spend more time delivering counseling and direct interventions to support academic, behavioral, or social-emotional learning.
The minimum requirement to be credentialed as a school psychologist is a specialist-level program of study in school psychology (e.g., EdS, MS+, SSP CAGS) that consists of a minimum of 3 years of full-time study at the graduate level, at least 60 graduate semester hours or the equivalent (e.g., 90 quarter credit hours), and a supervised internship taken for academic credit. The supervised internship must include a minimum of 1,200 clock hours, with a minimum of 600 hours in a school setting and completed across 1 academic year on a full-time basis or 2 consecutive academic years on a half-time basis.
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School Social Work
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