Mental Health Services

School Social Workers | Student Assistance Counselors | School Psychologists

North Colonie Central Schools are staffed with certified school counselors, licensed social workers, student assistance counselors, and school psychologists to provide counseling services to address the different levels of support students may require during their school years.  These highly qualified and dedicated professionals collaborate with students, families, teachers, and external community partners to ensure students receive the appropriate level of support during challenging times. 

Your student’s school counselor, found in the Infinite Campus portal, should always be your first point of contact when seeking counseling services within the school district. 

School Social Workers

There may be times when students require more intensive and regular social-emotional support than what is typically addressed by school counselors. For those times, NCCS employs four district Social Workers. These fully licensed, highly-qualified professionals partner with school counselors and other staff members to meet these higher-level needs of students. They can also serve as an excellent resource for students and families in accessing additional support outside of school should a need arise. 

Student Assistance Counselors

Our amazing team of Student Assistance Counselors provides outreach counseling to students.  This may involve crisis and/or substance abuse intervention, referrals to other local agencies, and coordination of need-based assistance programs.  These counselors work closely with school counselors and social workers to coordinate the support of their shared students. 

Stacy Walker

School Psychologists

Our North Colonie school psychologists play a crucial role in supporting the mental health and academic success of students within our school district. Here are some key responsibilities and duties typically associated with our school building psychologists:

  • Assessment and Evaluation: School psychologists conduct comprehensive assessments and evaluations to identify students’ learning and behavioral needs. They use a variety of standardized tests, observations, interviews, and other assessment tools to gather information about students’ cognitive abilities, emotional well-being, social skills, and academic performance.
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP) Support: School psychologists contribute to the development and implementation of Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities. They collaborate with teachers, parents, and other professionals to identify appropriate goals, interventions, and accommodations to support students’ educational needs.
  • Counseling and Intervention: School psychologists provide counseling and intervention services to students experiencing social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties. They help students develop coping strategies, enhance their social skills, manage stress, and improve their overall mental well-being. This can involve individual counseling, group therapy, and crisis intervention.
  • Consultation and Collaboration: School psychologists collaborate with teachers, administrators, and other school personnel to support students’ academic and behavioral progress. They provide consultation and guidance on instructional strategies, behavior management techniques, and positive school climate initiatives. School psychologists also work closely with parents to offer guidance and support.
  • Prevention and Intervention Programs: School psychologists develop and implement programs to promote positive mental health and prevent behavioral problems. They may organize workshops, training sessions, and presentations for students, parents, and staff members on topics such as stress management, conflict resolution, bullying prevention, and substance abuse prevention.
  • Crisis Response: In times of crisis, such as natural disasters, accidents, or incidents of violence, school psychologists play a vital role in providing immediate support and intervention to students, families, and staff members. They collaborate with other professionals to develop crisis response plans and provide counseling and resources during challenging times.
  • Collaboration with Community Resources: School psychologists often collaborate with community agencies, mental health professionals, and other external resources to ensure students receive comprehensive support. They may facilitate referrals to outside services and coordinate care to address students’ mental health needs beyond the school setting.
  • Research and Data Analysis: School psychologists contribute to research initiatives and data analysis to enhance their understanding of effective interventions and strategies. They may collect and analyze data related to students’ academic achievement, behavior, and mental health to inform decision-making and improve educational outcomes.
Blue Creek Elementary School

Ellen Lowndes

Boght Hills Elementary School

Carrie Trimarchi

Forts Ferry Elementary School

Anna O’Donnell

Latham Ridge Elementary School

Brittany Perillo

Loudonville Elementary School

Kara Becker

Southgate Elementary School

Leah Walser

Shaker Middle School

Amber Baker
Heather McVean
Miel Fajen

Shaker High School

Nicole Bellizzi
Jessica Chiwetoke
Michael Holmes

Valdis Rice

Office of Counseling & Mental Health

Tricia Doyle
Director of Counseling & Mental Health Services

Phone: 518 785-8591 x 3124

91 Fiddlers Lane
Latham, NY 12110

North Colonie Central Schools Comprehensive School Counseling Plan