School resource officers (SROs) and school psychologists both play critical roles in establishing safety. However, legal guidelines are often misinterpreted, collaborative barriers exist, and/or their expertise is not used efficiently or effectively. This session will clarify the laws pertaining to collaboration and information sharing, outline how to establish effective collaboration to promote systems change, and provide alternatives to suspension strategies to improve the behavior and mental health of children. This session is sponsored by the Convention Committee.
This session will help participants
1. understand steps to improve collaboration between SROs and school psychologists,
2. identify ways to communicate and implement alternatives to suspension and expulsion, and
3. improve prevention and intervention strategies in which both SROs and school psychologists play a role.