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2018 APS Congress

The 2018 APS Congress will be held in Sydney from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 September 2018

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Psychologists in schools

Psychologists who work in schools support children and young people to achieve academic success, psychological health and social and emotional wellbeing.

Their expertise includes;

  • knowledge and skills in the scientific approach to child and adolescent development including mental health assessment and interventions (e.g., anxiety and depression)
  • knowledge and skills in learning and cognitive assessment and interventions (e.g., intellectual disability and learning disability)
  • knowledge and skills in behavioural assessment and interventions (e.g., Autism Spectrum Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
  • knowledge and skills in teaching and learning practices in schools
  • the ability to develop and deliver wellbeing interventions and programs and staff support and professional development in the educational and psycho-social development and mental health of children and young people
  • the ability to deliver mental health literacy education and prevention programs for school communities (e.g., resilience programs, self-care programs and study skills programs)
  • a specialised understanding of the policies and procedures that guide the effective management of critical incidents in school communities
  • the ability to provide expert advice about systemic procedures and practices in the school setting (e.g., behaviour management, discipline, pastoral care and peer support programs), and
  • a careful regard for professional and ethical psychological practice, with a strong duty of care for children and young people, and a commitment to providing confidential and evidence-based service.

Psychologists in schools deal with complex student issues and engage in a wide range of professional activities whilst dealing with a range of stakeholders. The APS values this work and is committed to providing resources and support to its members who work as psychologists in schools.

APS Professional Practice Project Officer – schools

The APS National Office has established a position dedicated to the support of psychologists who work in schools.

The APS Professional Practice Project Officer - Schools can be contacted at the National Office on (03) 86623300 or professionaladvisory@psychology.org.au

About school psychology

Get access to information sheets, practice guides and position descriptions for psychologists in schools