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Governor to honor school psychologists across the state of Nevada

Gov. Brian Sandoval will deliver a special proclamation this week honoring school psychologists across the state of Nevada. The proclamation coincides with the beginning of National School Psychology Awareness Week. (Photo provided)

Gov. Brian Sandoval will deliver a special proclamation this week honoring school psychologists across the state of Nevada.

The proclamation coincides with the beginning of National School Psychology Awareness Week.

Nevada mental health professionals say they see it as an opportunity to highlight the need for more school psychologists in the state.

Currently, Nevada has approximately one psychologist per every 3,500 students, compared with the recommended national average of one for every 500 students.

School psychologists handle a variety of crisis, from bullying and cyber-bullying to tragic events such as the 1 October shooting.

"A lot of what we do has to do with assessment, of helping children identifying problems,” said Dr. Kathy Lee, an associate professor of educational psychology at UNLV. “You know, problem-solving together as a team with family and administrators, to help the students with whatever their needs are."

"During the Las Vegas shooting, school psychologists and other related professionals were some of the first to respond to that,” said Dr. Katie Dockweiler, president of the Nevada Association of School Psychologists, “to provide psychological first aid and mental health triage to victim's and families."

For more information

Link to UNLV's Department of Educational Psychology & Higher Education

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