Psychological and Social Services

The OCPS Psychological and Social Services Department is committed to promoting the educational success and mental health development of Orange County Public School’s students through collaboration with families and school personnel. We are dedicated to advocating on behalf of all children and youth by implementing effective programs that improve outcomes for all students.

School Psychology

School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally and emotionally. They collaborate with educators, parents and other professionals to create safe, healthy and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school and the community for all students. School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education and complete a minimum of a specialist-level graduate degree program. School Psychologists provide counseling, instruction and mentoring for those students struggling with social, emotional and behavioral problems. They increase student achievement by assessing barriers to learning and determining the best instructional strategies to improve learning. School Psychologists promote student wellness and resilience by reinforcing communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, self-regulation, self-determination and optimism. Some of the services provided by school psychologist include, but are not limited to:
  • Data-based decision making and accountability
  • Counseling (individual and group)
  • Crisis prevention and intervention
  • Family-school collaboration services
  • Psychoeducational evaluation
  • Identify tiered academic, behavioral, social and emotional interventions
  • Consultation and collaboration
  • Professional development for staff and parents regarding behavior and learning

School Social Work

School social workers are professionals who meet the state requirements to practice social work in the school setting. They help students address barriers to learning through an ecological perspective that the student is viewed within the context of the classroom, the family, the community and culture. School social workers are prepared to understand and assess the functioning of an individual student in the context of multiple environments. They provide services to all students related to the student’s social and emotional adjustment to school, family, community and society. School social workers are the link between the home, school and community. They provide direct and indirect services to students, families and school personnel to promote and support students’ academic and social success. School social workers are prepared to provide a breadth of services as members of multidisciplinary school teams. These services include, but are not limited to:
  • Assessment and screening
  • Counseling and support groups
  • Crisis intervention
  • Collaboration between home and school
  • Advocacy
  • Services to families
  • Services to school staff
  • Coordination of community agency services
  • Classroom observations of students and teacher support

OCPS Supports

Families in need of social services, mental health services, or support for homelessness can complete a request for an OCPS staff member to reach out to them and provide assistance.

Submit Request

Department Contacts

Carl Sousa [email protected]
Phone 407.317.3274

Ana Lugo [email protected]
Administrative Secretary
Phone 407.317.3200 Ext. 2002072

Lisa Coffey [email protected]
Senior Administrator
Phone 407.317.3200 Ext. 2002639

Juliane Cross [email protected]
Program Specialist
Phone 407.317.3200 Ext. 2002682

North Learning Community

Dorshea Redhead [email protected]
Administrative Secretary
Phone 407.532.7970

West Learning Community

Mary Martha Walker
Administrative Secretary
Phone 407.905.3200 Ext. 6736

East Learning Community

Ramona Vega [email protected]
Administrative Secretary
Phone 407.737.1490 Ext. 6630

Southwest Learning Community

Kathleen Lockard [email protected]
Administrative Secretary
Phone 407.318.3110

Southeast Learning Community

Janette Acevedo [email protected]
Administrative Secretary
Phone 407.317.3741

Psychological and Social Services

445 W. Amelia St. Orlando, FL 32801 407.317.3394