Who Is Your School Psychologist?
My name is Corin Bonsick and I am the School Psychologist here at Downsville. I began working at Downsville in September 2009. Previously, I spent 2 years at Sullivan West in Sullivan County. I have my Master's degree in School Psychology from Marist College and my permanent NYS certification. My office is located in the Guidance Suite and my direct line is 363.2161. I do have a confidential voicemail so please feel free to leave me a message.
What School Psychologists Do
- Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solution to learning and behavior problems.
- Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior
- Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community.
- Evaluate eligibility for special services
- Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning
- Determine social-emotional development and mental health status
- Evaluate learning environments
***Educationally based counseling should not to be confused with therapy which is a long-term process conducted outside of school with a counselor. Therapy usually involves extended work including family members as well as the child.***
- Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance
- Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning
- Provide training in social skills and anger management
- Help families and school manage crises such as death, illness or community trauma.
- Design programs for children at risk of failing at school
- Promote tolerance, understanding and appreciation of diversity within the school community
- Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments
- Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health
- Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments
Research and Planning
- Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs
- Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools
- Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions
Growing Up Is Not Easy
All children and adolescents face problems from time to time. They may:
- Feel afraid to come to school
- Have difficulty organizing their time efficiently
- Lack effective study skills
- Fall behind in their school work
- Lack self-discipline
- Worry about family matters such as divorce or death
- Feel depressed or anxious
- Question their aptitudes and abilities
School psychologists help children, parents, teachers, and members of the community understand and resolve these concerns.