School psychologists collaborate with other school personnel and parents to enhance the learning, social-emotional development, and adjustment of children. School psychologists are highly trained specialists in human growth and development, educational psychology, education, mental health, and learning and behavioral change. They promote the application of research-based psychological principles to assist in program development, instruction, and evaluation. School psychologists also serve with others as problem solvers in facilitating positive changes in learning environments, attitudes, and motivation in order to assist children to succeed academically, socially, and as good citizens.
Guilford County Schools is the third largest school district in North Carolina and employs approximately fifty school psychologists who serve the 126 schools and 73,000 students. GCS is a system that embraces diversity with 117 different languages or dialects spoken by students and a student population makeup of 40% African Americans, 37% Caucasians, 12% Hispanics, 6% Asians and 4% who identify themselves as Multi-Racial. The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) licenses all School Psychologists. The supervisors affiliated with this internship are also licensed by the North Carolina State Psychology Board and provide a full range of comprehensive psychological services. These include assessment, consultation, counseling/therapy, and crisis intervention.