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Ms. Aimee Hart, School Psychologist, Ed.S.

 

Vidalia City Schools currently employs one full-time school psychologist who serves all four schools within the system.  The school psychologist provides direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. The school psychologist helps schools successfully:

Improve Academic Achievement

  • Promote student motivation and engagement
  • Conduct psychological and academic assessments
  • Individualize instruction and interventions
  • Manage student and classroom behavior
  • Monitor student progress
  • Collect and interpret student and classroom data
  • Reduce inappropriate referrals to special education.

Promote Positive Behavior and Mental Health

  • Improve students’ communication and social skills
  • Assess student emotional and behavioral needs
  • Promote problem solving, anger management and conflict resolution
  • Reinforce positive coping skills and resilience
  • Promote positive peer relationships and social problem solving
  • Make referrals to and help coordinate community services provided in schools

Support Diverse Learners

  • Assess diverse learning needs
  • Provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds
  • Plan appropriate Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities
  • Modify and adapt curricula and instruction
  • Adjust classroom facilities and routines to improve student engagement and learning
  • Monitor and effectively communicate with parents about student progress

Create Safe, Positive School Climates

  • Prevent bullying and other forms of violence
  • Support social-emotional learning
  • Assess school climate and improve school connectedness
  • Implement and promote positive discipline and restorative justice
  • Implement school-wide positive behavioral supports
  • Identify at risk students and school vulnerabilities
  • Provide crisis prevention and intervention services

Strengthen Family-School Partnerships

  • Help families understand their child's learning and mental health needs
  • Assist in navigating special education processes
  • Connect families with community service providers when necessary
  • Help effectively engage families with teachers and other school staff
  • Enhance staff understanding and responsiveness to diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Help students transition between school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs

Improve School-Wide Assessment and Accountability Monitor individual student progress in academics and behavior

  • Generate and interpret useful student and school outcome data
  • Collect and analyze data on risk and protective factors related to student outcomes
  • Plan services at the district, building, classroom, and individual levels

Today’s youth encounter many different types of challenges.  Counseling may be beneficial for a variety of difficulties our students may face, including anxiety, depression, and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD).  The following is a list of local providers available for a variety of counseling services.

Georgia Crisis & Access Line                      1-800-715-4225          www.mygcal.com

Help is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for problems with mental health, drugs, and/or alcohol.

 

Additional resources include:

Paul Anderson Family Strong Center

104 East 2nd Street

Vidalia, Georgia 30474

(912) 537-2128

info@familystrongcenter.org

 

Pineland Mental Health

901 North Street West

Vidalia, Georgia 30474

(912) 537-8959

 

Raven’s Nest Foundation

508 Maple Drive

Vidalia, Georgia 30474

(912)  537-4649

 

Truths for Life Christian Counseling

Vickie Tillery, Licensed Pastoral Counselor

144 S. Washington Street

Lyons, Georgia 30436

(912) 293-2381

 

Toombs County Family Connection

Paige Williamson, Director

100 Vidalia Sweet Onion Drive

Vidalia, Georgia 30474

(912) 245-2542

www.toombs.gafcp.org

 

Ellis Counseling Services

Kyle Ellis, LPC

500 Jackson Street

Vidalia, Georgia 30474

(912) 253-8003

JKECounseling@gmail.com

 

Malinda Graham and Associates, Inc.

106 Queen Street, Suite 5

Vidalia, Georgia 30474

(912) 537-1414

malinda@mgrahamassoc.com

 

 You can find great resources for parents and educators at the website of the National Association of School Psychologists!