Puerto Rico School Discipline Laws & Regulations: School-based Behavioral Health Programs

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Puerto Rico School Discipline Laws & Regulations: School-based Behavioral Health Programs

Category: Prevention, Behavioral Interventions, and Supports
Subcategory: School-based Behavioral Health Programs
State: Puerto Rico

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3 L.P.R.A. § 9802r. Psychologist; duties; certification.

School psychologists are professionals specialized in this field whose objective is analyzing, reflecting on, and intervening with human behavior in education-related situations, supporting students in overcoming the processes that affect their learning as well as their personal difficulties and their relations with their peers, families, and teachers. School psychologists shall also provide advice and assist the teaching staff in their teaching strategies, especially in the treatment of students with special educational needs and in conflict resolution.

School psychologists shall provide support and services directly to both the teaching staff and students. They shall make evaluations of the academic (achievement and knowledge), intellectual, and emotional areas. In addition, they shall create a student profile with their limitations and strengths for the purpose of helping teachers to use strategies that help the student in the learning process. School psychologists shall advise teachers in the search for new alternatives and facilitate adaptations as are necessary for the benefit of students. School psychologists may identify potential problems that students may have and intervene with them and, if necessary, refer the case to other health professionals.

School psychologists shall: (a) develop primary and secondary prevention strategies within the school context; (b) identify learning and developmental problems in students; (c) participate in interdisciplinary work groups for the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs in the school system; (d) administer and interpret psychological and psycho-educational tests, questionnaires, and inventories of students and teachers; and (e) advise teachers, parents, guardians, custodians, and administrators on the analysis, intervention, and implementation of strategies for solving school problems and conflicts.


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