School psychologists provide a variety of professional services to support achievement of students. They are trained in the areas of psychology and education which enables them to assist school teams in improving the interpersonal and educational performance of all students. The overarching goal of the psychological services program is to increase student capacity to overcome academic, personal, and social problems that hinder their attainment of educational success. School psychologists play a critical role in supporting the attainment of the goals of local school systems and help to ensure that all students possess the capacity to become well-adjusted, contributing members of society. The psychological services program recognizes the importance of diversity and acknowledges that individual differences strengthen both school operations and society in general.
Each school system is required by the Code of Maryland Regulations to provide school psychological services. (COMAR 13A.05.05.04. 04) The School Psychology Program is a comprehensive continuum of services and activities based on psychological principles. The goal of the program is to prevent or remediate educational, emotional, or behavioral problems by identifying, analyzing, and reporting psychoeducational needs through consultation, observation, or through psychological and educational assessment.Comprehensive school psychological services are comprised of diverse activities in concert with the activities of teachers, administrators, school counselors, and other school staff. These activities complement each other and are most accurately viewed as being coordinated rather than as separate services. The continuum of services and activities include but are not limited to:
The school psychology specialist at the Maryland State Department of Education assists the local school systems in promoting students' learning and mental health, and developing the skills of school psychologists across the state through technical support and consultation. Contact InformationDeborah Nelson, Ph.D., NCSP
Section Chief, School Safety and ClimateSpecialist, School Psychological ServicesDivision of Student Support, Academic Enrichment & Educational PolicyMaryland State Department of Education200 West Baltimore StreetBaltimore, MD 21201Phone: 410-767-0294Fax: 410-333-0880Email:
200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2595
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