Social Emotional Supports

School Psychologist

What does a school psychologist do?

Ladue School District school psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents and other professionals to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments for all students that strengthen connections between home and school.

School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation; they use different strategies to address student needs and to improve school and district-wide support systems, including Response to Intervention initiatives.

School psychologists work with students individually and in groups. They also develop programs to train teachers and parents about effective teaching and learning strategies, techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, working with students with disabilities or with special talents, addressing abuse of drugs and other substances, and preventing and managing crises.

Services provided by school psychologists:

    • Assess academic skills and aptitude for learning
    • Collaborate with school staff and community agencies to provide services directed at improving psychological and physical health
    • Collaborate with teachers, parents, and administrators to find effective solutions to learning and behavior problems
    • Consultation
    • Design programs for children at risk of failing at school
    • Determine social-emotional development and mental health status
    • Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to promote healthy school environments
    • Develop programs to make schools safer and more effective learning environments
    • Evaluate eligibility for special services
    • Evaluate learning environments.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of academic and behavior management programs
    • Evaluation
    • Help families and schools manage crises such as death, illness, or community trauma
    • Help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior
    • Identify and implement programs and strategies to improve schools
    • Intervention
    • Prevention
    • Promote tolerance, understanding, and appreciation of diversity within the school community
    • Provide psychological counseling to help resolve interpersonal or family problems that interfere with school performance
    • Provide training in social skills and anger management
    • Research and Planning
    • Strengthen working relationships between teachers, parents, and service providers in the community
    • Use evidence-based research to develop and/or recommend effective interventions
    • Work directly with children and their families to help resolve problems in adjustment and learning

School Social Worker

What does a school social worker do?

The primary goal of school social work is to address barriers to success and to provide the resources that students and families need to achieve success both in school and in life. As integral members of an interdisciplinary educational team, school social workers provide both direct and indirect services to students and their families, services that empower them to provide for their family’s basic needs and to resolve any social, emotional, or behavioral issues that may be be hindering their students academic success.

Services provided by school social workers:

        • Advocacy for students, parents and the school
        • Attendance monitoring and truancy intervention services
        • Collaboration with community agencies and organizations
        • Collaboration with educational and student services professionals
        • Crisis Prevention and Intervention
        • Facilitation of other therapeutic and student services professionals
        • Home visits
        • Individual and group counseling
        • Parent education and training
        • Policy advocacy and development
        • Professional Case Management
        • Referrals to and facilitation of Social Service resources provided on the school campus
        • Referrals to Social Service resources available in the community
        • Safe schools climate and prevention programming
        • Solicitation and facilitation of community involvement in the school
        • Staff training and development
        • Support groups for students and parents

      If you would like to receive more information about how a Ladue School District school social worker may be able to help you or your family, please feel free to contact your student’s school. Once a request is received, a school social worker will contact you.


Privacy and confidentiality are essential to having an effective school social work program. Ladue Schools recognizes the importance of good communication and good working relationships between students, parents and the school. Therefore, every effort will be made to protect student and parent privacy rights except under certain limited conditions. These conditions generally include safety issues (harm to self and/or others), legal issues, and professional responsibilities according to the NASW School Social Worker Code of Ethics.