School Psychology Services

posted May 14, 2015, 8:04 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 7:39 AM by Lauren Clare Duggan ]
School psychologists are an integral and important part of a comprehensive model of student services. They serve the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional Centre for Education by engaging in planning, developing, and implementing individual and group programs to address behavioral, emotional, and academic concerns. Collaborative consultation with teachers and mental health professionals enables school psychologists to participate in appropriate programming for students. They also consult with community agencies that support children and youth, such as medical practitioners, mental health professionals, and support groups.

Specific Services Provided:

Each school psychologist is assigned to a circuit of schools. A variety of services are provided which aim to address behavioral, social/emotional, and learning challenges. These services are provided using a team approach and may include:

Indirect Services:
  • working collaboratively with school teams (i.e. classroom and resource teachers, guidance counselors, speech language pathologists, program planning teams, administration, and parents/guardians)
  • contributing to the development of Individual Program Plans (IPPs), behavioural supports and program adaptations
  • providing insight and support to teachers regarding student strengths and challenges and their implications for learning
  • participating on school teams to review referrals for service
  • participating in school-based decision-making regarding appropriate placement of students
  • planning, providing and/or participating in professional development activities
  • serving as a school-community liaison regarding school psychology services
Direct Services:
  • conducting psycho-educational assessments of students
  • interpreting assessment results for members of the program planning team (teachers, administrators, and parents/guardians)
  • providing written reports of assessments, interventions, and programming recommendations
  • making referrals for service to other professionals and/or outside agencies as necessary
  • assisting with the planning and implementation of classroom management strategies and approaches that support students
  • counselling students and parents / guardians regarding the nature of the a student’s challenges and implications for learning and emotional / social development
  • maintaining records and files related to services in accordance with official policies

How to access the services of a school psychologist

Students identified as experiencing difficulty in some aspect of their school functioning are referred to the school’s program planning team. These referrals are typically initiated by a student’s classroom teacher. In some cases, parents/guardians may bring their concerns forward to the team through discussion with the classroom teacher. The team then attempts to identify possible solutions to the challenges the student is facing.

As outlined within the Policy 2.2 of the Special Education Policy, the school psychologist may be consulted in the following ways:

Process Stage

The school psychologist may…

 Screening and Identification

Informally consult with schools about learning or behavioural issues

Exploration of Instructional Strategies


Informally consult, as requested, with teachers about possible teaching and behavioural strategies

Referral for Program Planning Team


Provide support for the referrals and information gathering process

Program Planning Team Meetings


If further information is needed, provide consultation and/or assessment services

Program Plan Development


As a member of the school team:

  • Share information relevant to the student’s learning/behavioral profile
  • Assist in the selection and/or development of materials and resources appropriate to the challenges of the student
  • Assist in the selection of instructional strategies to meet student challenges

Implementation of Program Plan


  • Implement behavioural and/or social interventions specified in the Individual Program Plan
  • Provide ongoing consultation as a member of the program planning team


Assist in evaluating the behavioural and/or social outcomes outlined in the IPP

 Reviewing of Program Plan

 When designated as responsible in the IPP, report on student progress in relation to the evaluation of behavioural and/or social outcomes

Location of School Psychologist Offices

Northside Assessment Office
Dr. T. L. Sullivan Middle School
(902) 736-2258

Sydney River Assessment Office
Sydney River Elementary
(902) 567-9617

            Glace Bay Assessment Office
            Glace Bay Elementary
            (902) 849-6356

            St. Anne's Assessment Office
            St. Anne's Elementary
            (902) 842-2294

Helpful Links: 
The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada provides further information about learning disabilities. The Association offers support, advocacy, and referral services to children, parents, professionals and others dealing with learning disabilities. 
LD OnLine seeks to help children and adults reach their full potential by providing accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD. 
The Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia works to increase awareness about anxiety disorders. This website provides a variety of information and suggestions for parents.

This document provides information related to the Special Education Policy in Nova Scotia. 
All psychologists must be registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP) in order to practice psychology in Nova Scotia. This site provides a directory of NS psychologists as well as information about registration requirements, standards of practice, etc.