Jack is in grade 2 and can't read simple three-letter words, but he seems quite smart. His teacher is puzzled because the boy doesn't remember the sounds of letters from one day to the next.
Mary is in grade 5; she used to be a cheerful friend but now is withdrawn and sullen.
Bill is a new teacher in a secondary school and is having real troubles with managing the behaviour of some of his classes – they talk all the time and usually don't listen to him.
Fiona is concerned about her son, who is in kinder. He doesn't play well with other children and is easily upset and angered.
Ed is the principal of a school that has experienced the death of a popular student, and he is not certain how to support his staff and students.
These are some of the people a school psychologist may be asked to help. I have worked in schools – primary, secondary and pre-school – for nearly 30 years and have often been involved with issues such as these. It is a wonderfully varied role
Many parents (and some teachers) do not know their school has the services of a psychologist. The amount of service may vary, but nearly all schools – government and private – have access to psychological services.
In some schools the psychologist is called a guidance officer, from the days when we had teaching backgrounds as well as psychological qualifications, and sometimes they are known as educational psychologists.
So what might a psychologist do to help the people ...