• Hi there!  My name is Blakely Mulder and I am your school psychologist for the 2019-2020 school year. This is my first year in Guilford County Schools and I am excited to be here. I am coming to you from Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia (outside of Washington DC), where I completed my doctoral internship. I earned my M.A. in Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Counseling Education as well as my A.G.S. (specialist) degree in School Psychology from University of Maryland. I am hoping to finish my Ph.D. there this year! Most of my experience has been supporting students impacted by trauma and mental illness and my research focuses on how kindergartners’ social-emotional skills impact their school readiness.

     

     

    HOW I CAN HELP

  • ACADEMICS

    • Planning interventions to help students struggling with academics and/or behavior
    • Assessing students' progress in response to interventions
    • Evaluating students suspected of having a disability for Exceptional Children's services (Special Education)
    • Supporting parents’ understanding of student needs
    • Explaining education laws and policies to parents and educators

     

  • BEHAVIOR

    • Supporting the school's use of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), such as the Dolphin DARE, Class Dojo, and other incentive and reward programs
    • De-escalating students whose behavior is dangerous or disruptive
    • Conducting functional behavior assessments (FBAs) and writing behavior intervention plans (BIPs) to address problematic behavior that is repeated and severe
    • Providing professional development for teachers in understanding student behavior and using effective classroom management
  • MENTAL HEALTH

    • Individual and group counseling
    • Responding to crisis situations and suicidal statements/behavior
    • Collaborating to support students with suspected mental illness

    EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING

    • Collaborating with other school staff to provide doctors with information needed for ADHD diagnosis
    • Consulting on strategies to support student attention, time management, homework completion, hyperactivity, and organization

     

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