Cheryl McAliley

Cheryl McAliley, School Psychologist/Counselor

 
McAliley
Phone: (360) 582-3303

Hello!  I'm happy to be the school psychologist/counselor at Greywolf Elementary. 
 
I have been a Nationally Certified School Psychologist since 1999, and I began working in the Sequim School District in 2003.  I so enjoy working with Greywolf's wonderful and talented students, staff, and families.
 
What is a school psychologist?
 
Today's children face more challenges than ever before.  School psychologists help children meet these challenges through their specialized training in both psychology and education.  They use their training and skills to team with teachers, parents, and other mental health professionals to ensure that every child learns in a safe, healthy and supportive environment.
 
School psychologists use many different approaches and may play many different roles, but most provide these core services:
 
Consultation
*give healthy and effective alternatives to teachers, parents, and administrators about problems in learning and behavior
*help others understand child development and how it affects learning and behavior
 
Assessment
Use a wide variety of techniques at an individual, group, and systems level to evaluate:
*academic skills and learning aptitudes
*personality and emotional development
*social skills
*learning environments and school climate
*eligibility for special services
 
Intervention
*help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment
*provide social skills training, behavior management, and other strategies
*help families and schools deal with crises
 
Prevention
*identify potential learning difficulties
*design programs for children at risk of academic failure
*provide parents and teacher with the skills to manage disruptive behavior
*develop school-wide programs to make schools safer and more effective
 
Education
Provide training on topics such as:
*teaching and learning strategies
*classroom management techniques
*working with students with disabilities or unique needs
*crisis management
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