Student Support Services
School counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented to today’s diverse student population. School counselors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students in their academic, social, emotional and personal development, and help them to define the best pathways to successfully achieve their dreams.
School Social Work
School social work is a specialized area of practice within the broad field of the social work profession. School social workers serve as the link between home, school and community. As members of the educational team, School Social Workers promote students’ academic and social success by serving as a liaison between the home, school and community providers to access, mobilize and coordinate services, and by providing specialized services directly to students and their families.
School Social Workers are licensed by both the MN Board of Social Work and MN Department of Education.
School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education. They use their training and skills to collaborate with educators, parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for all students. School psychologists are skilled practitioners in the areas of psychoeducational assessment, childhood development, behavioral management, individual/group counseling, and consultation.
School psychologists must complete a minimum of a post-Master’s degree program that includes a year-long internship and emphasizes preparation in mental health, child development, school organization, learning styles and processes, behavior, motivation, and effective teaching. School psychologists are licensed by the MN Department of Education.