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Office of Psychology and Pupil Personnel Services

The student services personnel of Harford County Public Schools extend their welcome! We hope that you will be able to gain information from our site in regard to who we are and how we may be able to help you and your family.

You may ask, who typically makes use of our services? Teachers may notice that a child is not learning as well as expected, is often in trouble, does not get along well with classmates, or appears to be withdrawing. Parents may have concerns about their children's social, emotional, or educational needs. Students may have academic, personal, or relationship types of concerns which they would like to discuss in confidence.

For more information about school psychologists, pupil personnel workers and the types of services available from psychological and pupil personnel services, visit the "About" sections of our website. Additional information, including resources, contact information, and other information can also be accessed from our menu on the left.


Psychological Services
What is a school Psychologist?

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A school psychologist is a behavioral specialist who is committed to the application of professional expertise to help parents, teachers, and schools work together for the benefit of the student.

School psychology focuses on the psychological and educational development of individuals in the school environment. The psychologist enhances the educational process by evaluating the abilities and potentialities of students as well as addressing the emotional and social factors that influence learning.

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Who makes use of psychological services?

Teachers may notice that a child is not learning as well as expected, is often in trouble, does not get along well with classmates, or appears to be withdrawing.
Parents may have concerns about their children's social, emotional, or educational needs.
Students may have academic, personal, or relationship types of concerns which they would like to discuss in confidence

What types of services are available?
  • Providing information to school regarding students' abilities, strengths, weaknesses, and personality functioning is the most frequently used service. The school then utilizes this information to develop appropriate educational programs and strategies.
  • Consulting focuses on assisting others in dealing more effectively with children in terms of their mental health, behavior, and education.
  • Intervening directlywith teachers, families, parents, or students, the psychologist provides specific services, such as counseling, and recommends techniques or programs which may enhance educational, emotional, social and vocational development.
  • Recommending resourcesin the community is often appropriate when the indicated services exceed those the school can provide. These might include family and/or individual counseling, pediatric/neurological evaluations, diagnostic and advisory evaluations, psychiatric evaluations, protective services, or drug/alcohol counseling.

How are these services obtained?

Referrals for psychological services originate in the local school Pupil Services Team Conference which is held on a regular basis. After a review of the case, the team may recommend that one or more specialists be assigned for further evaluation, study, or review. Before a child is seen by the psychologist, signed parent permission is obtained.

The psychologist is also available for consultation on classroom, staff, school, and system wide concerns. School personnel with these types of concerns may directly contact the area psychologist.

When might psychological services be needed?

Poor School Performance
  • Failing grades
  • Poor work habits and study skills
  • Difficulty finishing work

Behavioral Problems
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Truancy
  • Frequent discipline problems
  • Withdrawing behavior

Unsatisfactory Relationships
  • Parent/Child
  • Child/Child
  • Teacher/Child
  • Parent/Teacher