In cooperation with guardian(s) and teachers, the school psychologist helps the child with issues related to learning and going to school, emotional or interpersonal problems, or various crises. Psychologists also work with classes and pupils in groups.
For school psychologists, the most important working methods include discussions and talks with the child, guardians, and teachers. The point of departure for starting work with a pupil is to mutually agree, together with the pupil and guardians, on the operational methods and aims for supporting the pupil. The time the work takes and its content are shaped according to the pupil’s needs. If required, other experts or persons important to the child are invited along, with the pupil's/guardian’s consent. Together, we will try to find solutions that will improve the pupil's situation. Often, we also agree on support visits to the psychologist. During these visits, the pupil's need for support is further clarified.
You can contact the psychologist yourself or ask a teacher to help you. You can call them directly or use Wilma for messaging. It is a good idea to contact the psychologist when, for example, you experience concern for the child's learning, school attendance, relationships with friends, free time, or emotional or upbringing-related issues. The child can also contact the psychologist personally in case they wish to discuss their matters confidentially with an adult.
You can find school-assigned psychologists on the school's website or you can find your school’s list of psychologists in the Units tab.