The school psychologist supports students in their personal, socio-emotional, and academic development. He/she advocates for their well-being and offers support services at all levels, helping them process and overcome problems, identifying disorders, and providing recommendations. The responsibilities include providing counseling services to individuals, groups, and families and contributing to the enhancement of the learning programs. Ultimately, the School Psychologist is compassionate and committed to students' well-being.
The School Psychologist reports to the Head of School and collaborates with the Division Heads. He/She participates in the School Leadership meetings as required.
Assist in planning, developing, and implementing the programs to assist with students' academic success and social-emotional well-being.
Listen to students' concerns about academic, emotional, or social issues.
Provide individual and group counseling as appropriate.
Document and record assistance provided and outcomes.
Help students process and overcome emotional and educational problems and adjust to school and community life.
Assist students in evaluating their relationships with other students and teachers and/or administrators.
Invite students to predict the consequences of various courses of action open to them, reinforce behavior appropriate to the school environment using guidance techniques, and refer serious behavioral problems to the Head of School.
Assist students with the development of individual goals and action plans.
Engage and counsel teachers and parents about issues.
Develop programs to address behavioral issues and learning difficulties.
Research and implement intervention programs.
Support the education department needs to identify learning differences and determine eligibility for special services.
Collaborate with Individual Education Plan (IEP) team members regarding the students' progress.
Participate in continuing professional development.
Provide individual and group counseling in response to school-wide crises.
A Bachelor's degree or advanced degree in psychology, social work, or a related major is required.
A minimum of 5 years of experience providing psychological counseling to students.
A good working knowledge of mental health and treatments of academic, emotional, and behavioral disorders.
Understand ethical issues, professional issues, and standards associated with the role.
Understand child development, psychopathology, social and environmental conditioning, cultural diversity, and family systems.
The French American School of Princeton provides a nurturing and creative learning environment where students thrive because of its focus on academic excellence and development of the whole child through an exemplary bilingual, multicultural education.