The mission of the school psychologists in the Monroe County School District (MCSD) is to aid in addressing the mental health and learning needs of all the children within our county. They do this within the context of a continuum of services provided by the MCSD Department of Student Services, and in collaboration with other departments and agencies. They work within the parameters of Exceptional Student Education (ESE) and devote much of their time to helping identify or assess students with special needs and maintain their programs through periodic re-evaluations, but also aid in intervention planning for regular education students.
Children’s needs are initially brought to the school psychologist’s attention through formal procedures approved by the MCSD. They perform their duties according to the ethical and professional guidelines set down by the state of FL DOE, The Florida Association of School Psychologists (FASP), and the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) among other professional credentialing organizations.
School psychologists work in several modalities which can be summed up as either direct and indirect services. Examples of direct services are performing individualized psychoeducational evaluations, observations of students in the school environment, participation in school-based child study teams, the Problem-Solving/Response to Intervention (PS/RTI) process, Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings. Examples of indirect services are consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, and other professionals, and professional development. Schools psychologists help identify when a referral for counseling is necessary in or out of the school environment, and assist families in determining when other outside resources may be necessary (e.g. medical, neurological, psychiatric consultation). Most prominently, school psychologists are key team members in determining diagnoses of educationally relevant impairments such as Specific Learning Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Visual/Hearing Impairment, Physical Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
There are currently 5 school psychologists employed by the MSCD covering all of our regular public schools as well as charter school, private school, and home-schooled students. The psychologists are currently assigned to schools according to geographic region; 2 in the Upper Keys, 1 in the Middle Keys, and 2 in Key West. In addition to the staff psychologists, the MCSD also maintains a contract with a bilingual school psychologist to perform Spanish language evaluations when needed.
For more information please do not hesitate to contact the school psychologist assigned to your child’s school, or our ESE department at 305-293-1400 ext 53377.
|Last Updated: 7/11/16|