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School Psychologist
Who Are School Psychologists?
School psychologists have specialized training in both psychology and education so they understand how schools work and how children learn. They use their training and skills to team with educators, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy, and supportive environment.
What Do School Psychologists Do?
School psychologists tailor their services to the particular needs of each child and each situation. They use many different approaches, but most provide the following core services in an effort to help promote positive mental health and a safe and effective learning environment: 
Consultation - give healthy and effective guidance to teachers, parents, and administrators about child development and problems in learning and behavior
Assessment -  use a wide variety of techniques to evaluate academic skills, learning aptitudes, and eligibility for exceptional education.
Intervention -  help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment.
Prevention -  help develop school-wide initiatives to make schools safer and more effective
Research and Planning - evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs, behavior management systems, and other services.

School Social Worker

School Social Workers identify and intervene in problems that interfere with a student's education.  They are trained to deal with difficulties such as developmental and learning disabilities, parenting education, family and mental stress, school-age pregnancy, absenteeism, substance abuse, crisis management and suicide prevention. The coordination of resources between home, school, and community is a unique service provided by the school social workers. Resources that school social workers frequently connect individuals with include parenting classes, mental health services, resources for  food and clothing, tutorial services and other educational support.