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School Psychologist

School psychologists work to find the best solution for each student and situation and use different strategies to address student needs to improve school and district-wide support systems.  They work with students individually and in groups.  They also develop programs to train teachers and parents regarding effective teaching and learning strategies, effective techniques to manage behavior at home and in the classroom, work with students with disabilities or with special talents, abuse of  drugs and other substances, and assist with preventing and managing crises.

In addition, they also help with the following:

  • Assist in the identification of students in need of special education and 504 Accommodation Plans and facilitating the implementation of these services.

  • Assessment of student's levels and abilities in academic, cognitive and social/emotional realms. The information gathered by the psychologist helps to identify if the student is in need of services in school and at what level these services should take place.

  • Referring eligible students to the Committee on Special Education [CSE]. The CSE will meet and determine if the student is qualified to obtain services provided through the school and will work to develop an Individual Education Plan [IEP] for the student.

  • Developing Functional Behavioral Assessment [FBA] and a Behavior Intervention Plan [BIP]. These plans help in understanding what function the student's behavior serves and in turn helps the teachers with strategies aimed at addressing student needs and thus helps the student achieve his/her goals.

Student Assistance Counselor

The Student Assistance Counselor is a counselor that works for CAPE (Council on Addiction and Prevention) and is contracted to work in the school district to provide substance abuse prevention education to students, faculty, and families. They also assist in helping students to make healthy and responsible choices and to improve individual and quality of life by providing individual and group counseling, providing information and outside referral service recommendations as well as family communication programs

A referral for a student to work with the Student Assistance Counselor is usually in conjunction with the school guidance counselor and often times counsel students on a more frequent or long-term basis.

Dover Middle School   2368 Route 22   Dover Plains, NY 12522   Phone: (845) 877-5740   Fax: (845) 877-5749

The Dover Union Free School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.  
The following people have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Donna Basting, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Staff Development, and Technology
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1233 

Genie Angelis, High School Principal
2368 Route 22, Dover Plains, NY  12522
845-877-5700 x1143

For further information on notice of non-discrimination, visit for the address and phone number of the office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.

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