• School Psychologists at Columbus City Schools
     
    School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. Responsibilities of CCS school psychologists can include but are not limited to

     

    • implementing differential referral procedures based on Ohio’s State Support Plan;
    • evaluating students with a variety of needs and disabilities;
    • working collaboratively with school personnel and parents to identify, implement and monitor appropriate interventions;
    • serving as special education evaluation team chairperson, responsible for integrating pertinent information into a collaborative evaluation team report;
    • consulting with parents and educators regarding issues of skill development, disabilities, behavior management, academic skills, etc.;
    • participating in kindergarten screening activities;
    • documenting Medicaid;
    • presenting to staff, parent groups, and/or colleagues;
    • conducting focused skill groups for students;
    • conducting early entrance evaluations

     

    A number of psychologists have specialized assignments such as hearing impaired, visually impaired, orthopedically impaired, TBI/concussion management, preschool, Autism, ABA/BCBA, and ESL.   In addition, several psychologists serve our nonpublic (parochial) schools.  Over the past two years, the department has also trained 17 psychologists in administration and analysis of the ADOS-2 (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd edition), 35 psychologists in Trauma Informed Care, and 6 psychologists in Restorative Practices.