In the following slides, we present (in Italian) the organizational model of school psychologist in Italy and different contacts to access support, both in schools and through mental health associations and charities
The School Psychologist was introduced as a strategy to promote psychological well-being in schools due to the health emergency of COVID-19 (Art.3 of the MI-CNOP Protocol of October 2020; D.D. 87 of August 6, 2020). Interventions for psychological support, are coordinated by the Regional School Offices and the Regional Boards of Psychologists.
The Guidelines for the Promotion of Psychological Wellbeing in Schools suggest:
There are four areas of intervention identified and considered:
Organizational support to the educational institution: the school can make use of communication and decision-making experts who can properly calibrate messages and decisions so as to make them more incisive and effective.
Support to school staff: the health and well-being of the teaching staff and collaborators is another indispensable element for the smooth functioning of the school. The psychologist can ensure effective action with respect to the personal well-being of the teacher or staff member, the acquisition of psycho-educational classroom management strategies, and enhance strategies for working with students.
Support to the students: the role of the school psychologist cannot but include support for those individuals who most face the ongoing transformations within the school structure.
Support to families: the intervention of the school psychologist also includes support for families, who are involved in the important changes that the school undergoes and acts upon. Numerous changes have involved pupils’ families, and these changes will continue to affect students’ parents in the coming years.