School Psychology is a specialized area of practice within the field of Psychology. School Psychologists have the clinical skills and knowledge base to help students in Manitoba schools succeed academically, behaviourally, socially and emotionally.
Psychologists who are hired by school divisions and who work within the schools of Manitoba are professionals certified by Manitoba Education. They respect both the ethics, standards, and guidelines set forth by the Canadian Association of School Psychologists and those set forth by Manitoba Education's Professional Certification Unit, which includes those of the Manitoba Teachers Society.
School Psychologists work with students, parents, families, the In-School Team (which includes school division staff), and the School Support Team (which includes personnel from organizations such as Family Services, Justice, and Health).
Information for Schools, Students, and Families
School Psychologists provide a range of psychological services/interventions for people connected to Manitoba school communities that include but are not limited to:
- Treatment and Therapy
- In-service Education
- Interventions may include:
- Direct and indirect student-focused interventions (with individuals and groups)
- Classroom and school focused interventions
- Divisional and system focused interventions
Manitoba Psychology Outcomes Program
Manitoba Psychology Outcomes Program (POP) is a tool designed to measure change in an individual's performance during or after intervention by a psychologist.
POP is an evidence-based approach to link policy (e.g., success for all learners) and practice of student support services. Using POP, psychologists guide their practice based on student outcomes.
A psychologist identifies the issue(s) (Functional Concerns) that brought the student to his/her attention as well as rating the Symptom Severity. POP provides a way to gather information (Functional Ratings) on a student's sense of well being in addition to his/her functioning in the classroom, at home, and with peers. POP allows the tracking of variables that impact ability to help (Associated Variables and Concomitant Factors) via the psychological and other services provided.
Using POP, a psychologist can manage caseload data, generate year-end reports for a student / school / school division, set treatment goals, track a student's specific strength development, obtain a variety of outcome charts, and transfer a student's therapeutic goals and progress to another psychologist when necessary. Communication is facilitated among psychologists and families, school division staff, and other psychologists in Manitoba.
- Professional Practice Guidelines for School Psychologists in Canada ( 284 KB)
- Professional School Personnel Certification in Manitoba
- Manitoba Teachers' Society Code of Professional Practice
- Manitoba Association of School Psychologists
- Psychological Association of Manitoba
- Manitoba Education Rural and Northern Clinician Bursary
Legislation, Standards, Policies
- Appropriate Educational Programming Legislation ( 122 KB)
- Education Administration Miscellaneous Provisions Regulations, amendment: ( 51 KB)
- Appropriate Educational Programming in Manitoba: Standards for Student Services
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- Appropriate Educational Programming: A Handbook for Student Services
Program and Student Services Education
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