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    Information About the Office of Psychological Services

    Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), located just outside of Washington D.C., is one of the nation’s 25 largest school districts and the second largest district in Maryland.  For more about our student population, please click this link: https://www1.pgcps.org/facts-and-figures/

    Within PGCPS, the Office of Psychological Services employs both Doctoral and Specialist level School Psychologists, many of whom hold their Nationally Certified School Psychologist credential, are licensed through the Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychology, and/or are credentialed through the American Board of School Neuropsychology. All School Psychologists in Maryland are certified through the Maryland State Department of Education.  

    The mission of PGCPS’s Office of Psychological Services (OPS) is to promote educationally sound and psychologically healthy environments for all children and youth by implementing research based effective programs that prevent problems, enhance independence, and promote optimal learning. This is accomplished through state-of-the-art research and training, advocacy, ongoing program evaluation, and caring professional service.  

    School Psychologists, in Prince George’s County, engage in a wide range of responsibilities, such as: Administering psychological tests and interpreting assessment results for the purpose of diagnosis and placement; Providing individual and group counseling and other mental health services as appropriate; Participating in interdisciplinary team and IEP meeting; Assisting in the implementation of an RTI model of supports; Assisting in planning programs that meet the special needs of the students; Working with children and youth who have a variety of disabilities; Acting as a liaison with community agencies that provide services to children; Attending departmental meeting and continuing professional developmental programs; Serving on departmental and/or system committees; Providing consultation to teachers, parents, and school staff; Developing programs and workshops; Helping to develop Functional Behavioral Assessments and Behavior Intervention Plans; Assisting students, families, and schools dealing with crisis; and Helping to develop school-wide initiatives to make schools safer and create a more supportive environment.

    Our School Psychologists have a long-standing commitment to professional leadership and ongoing professional development.  Our Office of Psychological Services is a NASP-Approved provider of professional development and hosts invited speakers on a monthly basis to present about a broad range of field-related topics.  Through our in-house professional development, school psychologists are able to acquire the minimum 75 hours of continuing professional development (CPD) activities needed to maintain the Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) credential.  Our department encourages our school psychologists to participate in State and National Associations as part of their professional growth.

    We offer competitive salary and benefits packages. For more information please clink this link: https://www1.pgcps.org/employee-and-labor-relations/