Fourth-grader Monica rarely seems to listen to her teacher. Instead of doing assignments, she fiddles with her pencil. Yet Monica did great in third grade.
The school psychologist meets with Monica's parents and learns that her older brother has recently developed cancer. The parents, busy with medical appointments, often leave Monica with a babysitter. The psychologist explains the impact of this crisis on Monica. Together, they plan ways for her to get the attention and support she needs. She becomes noticeably more engaged in class.
School psychologists work in elementary, middle, and high schools or school district offices to solve students' learning and behavior problems.
Training for school psychologists includes courses in both education and psychology.
Someone who wants to help kids overcome various challenges, such as depression. You'll want to be able to listen thoughtfully and offer wise advice. You'll need to be ready to help the whole school community -- not just students, but teachers, administrators, and parents, too.
Almost 30 percent of U.S. teens are either bullies, victims of bullies, or both.