Las Vegas, NV 89121
702-799-7465 | 702-799-3740
Mental Health Transition Team
The mission of the Psychological Services Department is to provide school-based services that improve student performance, enhance educational success, and promote the mental health interests of children and youth. School psychologists provide broad-based psychoeducational services in the schools that include:
- Consultation and collaborative problem solving with school personnel and parents about student learning, behavior, and social issues. An important function of the school psychologist is to facilitate a working relationship between educators, parents and community resources, which may include assisting in referral to appropriate community agencies.
- Working directly with students, teachers and parents. The school psychologist engages in a systematic process of intervention assistance and short-term support services that may focus on developing and implementing positive behavioral interventions and supports, learning strategies, counseling services, social skills instruction, and other targeted services related to promoting students’ educational success.
- Conducting assessments and evaluations in conjunction with teachers, parents and other related services personnel. The school psychologist administers and interprets assessments and generates instructionally relevant recommendations. Using a variety of assessment techniques, the school psychologist may evaluate academic achievement and progress, learning aptitude, social skills development, adaptive functioning, emotional development, and other areas related to intervention development, Medical Consultant Clinic visits, determining need for reasonable accommodations under Section 504, and determining eligibility for special education services for students.
- Serving in additional capacities. The school psychologist may be called upon to assist with crisis response/management, professional development, school improvement planning, and the evaluation of the effectiveness of school-based academic instruction and behavior management programs. Support in crisis situations may take the form of consultation, indirect support, or direct intervention services, as is reasonable and appropriate in relation to the school crisis intervention team.
School psychologists strive to provide diversified and balanced psychoeducational services in the schools. All school psychologists are expected to provide consultation services on a routine basis, to include active participation and support for school-based RTI Team operations. All school psychologists are encouraged to match their professional interests, training, and skills strategically with identified school-specific needs, such that support is provided for academic and behavioral interventions, universal screening and progress monitoring activities, counseling services, and professional development activities. All school psychologists are encouraged to foster opportunities to assist the school principal with data analysis of student performance, school improvement planning, and other activities related to developing the school’s RTI framework. All school psychologists are expected to provide assessment services that are purposeful in intent, reasonable and appropriate in focus, and meaningful with respect to identifying student instruction and educational programming needs. All school psychologists are expected to recognize the importance of prevention services for mental health and the immediate priority of school-based crisis situations. All school psychologists are expected to be the first and best representative of the Psychological Services Department and the profession of school psychology in the schools.