School Psychologists

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Diane Brennan, Ph.D.
Psychology Services

Who are School Psychologists?
Each school in the Gilbert Unified School District benefits from the services of a School Psychologist. School psychologists help children meet challenges through their specialized training in psychology and education. They assist educators, parents, and other professionals to ensure that children learn in a safe, healthy and supportive setting. They understand childhood development, the elements of successful learning, effective teaching and school systems.

School psychologist training requires a minimum of 60 graduate semester hours and a year—long internship. Their training covers mental health, school organization, and child development, including learning, behavior, and motivation. School psychologists must be certified by the Arizona State Department of Education.

What Do School Psychologists Do?
School psychologists serve a variety or roles within the school district. Although what a specific school psychologist does depends on the school assignment, all of them engage in certain core services. School psychologists consult with parents, teachers, administrators and others to offer ways to understand and intervene to benefit students. They also assess a variety of aspects of children’s development, including learning, adaptive skills, emotional development, and social skills, using a wide variety of techniques. When necessary, psychologists directly intervene with students by counseling them individually and in small groups. They also assist children and families when they refer them to appropriate community-based resources. Psychologists directly and indirectly assist all students through prevention activities targeted at campus-wide needs, such as safe and diverse schools.

For additiional information contact the school psychologist on your child's campus or call 480-497-3322.

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