Counseling Services/ School Social Work Services are provided to students who meet criteria under one of the following: Social Work Services in Schools or School Psychological Services. Counseling Services/ School Social Work Services may be provided by School Social Workers, School Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, School Counselors or other qualified personnel holding an appropriate certification with the Louisiana Department of Education.


School Social Workers are required to carry an ancillary certification as Qualified School Social Workers with the Louisiana Department of Education. They provide related services to eligible students in accordance with state evaluation/assessment criteria as stipulated by state Bulletin 1508. Services may include:

  • Assessment
  • Preparation of a developmental history
  • Provision of individual or group counseling
  • Advocate for services for the student to enhance academic performance
  • Mobilization of school and community resources
  • Assistance with development of positive behavioral intervention strategies
  • Ongoing collaboration with (teachers, parents, outside agencies, and the IEP team)


School Psychologists are required to carry an ancillary certification as Certified School Psychologists with the Louisiana Department of Education. Services include:

  • Administering psychological and educational tests and other assessment procedures
  • Interpreting assessment results
  • Obtaining, integrating, and interpreting information about student behavior and conditions relating to learning (which may also include assisting in the development of academic intervention strategies, progress monitoring, evaluating intervention and service delivery outcomes, conducting functional behavior assessments, and conducting program evaluations)
  • Consulting with other staff members in planning school programs to meet the special educational needs of students as indicated by psychological tests, interviews, direct observation, and behavioral evaluations
  • Planning and managing a program of psychological services, including psychological counseling for students and parents (which may also include implementing and/or monitoring interventions, conducting social skills training, anger management/conflict resolution training, study skills training, substance abuse prevention, crisis prevention and intervention, parent skills training, and coordinating services with other community agencies)
  • Assisting in developing positive behavioral intervention strategies.


Contact Exceptional Student Services at (225) 929-8600