Since 1968, ESU 13 School Psychologists have provided individual assessment, counseling and consultation that is designed to assist in the development of the most appropriate educational programs for area youth. Today, much of the psychological services provided by ESU 13 continues to focus on individual student/child assessment designed to determine eligibility for special education services. However, a gradual paradigm shift is moving services from eligibility determination to individual student program development and implementation. Increasing emphasis is being placed on classroom and school-wide program development and assessment. The Psychological Services department is equipped to provide support regarding implementation of the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) to area schools. Another aspect of psychological services that is gaining in importance with contracting schools is the need to determine the function of certain behaviors exhibited in children and youth. The accurate determination of such function is crucial to the successful development and implementation of interventions designed to help modify behavior. School Psychologists also provide staff training to district school counselors, general education and special education teachers; and ESU 13 staff members, in needed areas such as Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (CPI), Suicide Prevention (QPR), counseling approaches, etc. The Psychological Services department also has two Licensed Mental Health Providers who, along with School Psychologists, provide counseling services to address student issues through 1:1 or small group counseling.
Our mission is to provide quality psychological services to all children and youth from birth through 21 years of age in a way that enhances their ability to fully access the educational milieu.