Phone: 940 369 3037
Degrees and Certifications:
B.S. Southwestern University-Psychology M.S. Texas A&M University-Psychology with Clinical Emphasis Ph.D. Texas Woman’s University-School Psychology Program
Don Goldston, Ph.D., Licensed Specialist in School Psychology
Licensed Specialist in School Psychology (LSSP)
The Texas Legislature mandated a ‘school psychology’ license be created by the Texas Board of Examiners for Psychologists. This license is required to practice psychology in the public schools of Texas. This license requires the completion of a school psychology advanced graduate degree program includes a supervised school psychology internship, a second year of supervised experience, and the passing of a national school psychology examination.
LSSPs serve various roles in school districts. These roles can vary across districts. In the Denton ISD, LSSPs are full service providers. They work closely with individual schools to provide services primarily to students eligible for Special Education Services. These services include: assessment, counseling, social skills training, crisis management, and consultation with teachers, parents, administrative staff, and outside providers. In many schools, LSSPs assist with pre-referral or RTI Committees to insure student needs are addressed prior to referral for Special Education Services. LSSPs may be asked to consult on or intervene with other students on an emergency or needed basis.
Assessment in the Schools:
Assessments in the community by Psychologists aim to diagnose a variety of adjustment and mental health issues which result in various types of interventions. These assessments often include the family of an individual in order to address issues holistically . These are often referred to a clinical assessment.
Assessments in the schools target educational needs, not clinical needs, whether it be in the classroom or for an assessment to determine eligibility for Special Education services. Students referred for a Special Education assessment are assessed across a range of areas although the depth of the evaluation is related to the areas of suspected disability. Eligibility for Special Education services requires an assessment that finds evidence of an educational disability that impacts the learning of the student such that services are required that cannot be provided similar to other students (an educational need for specialized instruction or services). Services are then determined by the IEP Committee that target school and educational functioning.
Counseling in the Schools:
Counseling including social skills training targets behaviors that interfere with school functioning. Counseling requires the student be pulled from the classroom to receive these services. This may occur in an individual or group session. As the student is pulled from the instructional setting, this is considered a more restrictive procedure and should be provided only for as long as needed. School-based Special Educational Counseling is not counseling for all issues nor is it a substitute for clinical therapy. School-based counseling targets school issues, not family, community, or mental health issues. Parents or guardians should seek counseling or therapy in the community for those type of issues.
For a student who may be considered for a Special Education Referral, please consult with his or her designated Assistant Principle.
QUESTIONS RELATED TO A STUDENTS GRADES OR SCHOOL PERFORMANCE:
The Counselor designated for your student is the best resource related to your students schedule.
If the student receives Special Education services, contact his individual teacher or his case manager. The case manager works with your student’s teachers to insure they are receiving the agreed-upon accommodations and modifications.
IF THE STUDENT NEEDS A MEETING/OR STAFF, OR AN IEP MEETING NEEDS TO BE HELD:
Contact the case manager or the student’s Diagnostician.
IF THERE IS A BEHAVIORAL ISSUE OR A QUESTION RELATED TO PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES:
Feel free to contact me and we will discuss this issues as soon as possible.