Heidi Buckner, Ed.S., NCSP
Nationally Certified School Psychologist
I am a school psychologist who is completing my residency for licensure at Child Psychological Services under the supervision of Christine Kalchthaler, CAGS, ABSNP. I received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Radford University in 1994, a Master of Science in School Psychology (M.S.) and an Education Specialist (Ed.S) in School Psychology from Radford University in 1997. I am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist (NCSP) with over 22 years of experience working as a school psychologist within the public school setting. This year marks my 20th year working as a school psychologist in Loudoun County Public Schools.
During my years working within the public school system, I have gained experience working with students ranging in age from preschool to high school. I have extensive experience evaluating children and adolescents for special education services in the areas of Specific Learning Disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, Intellectual Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, and Developmental Delays. I regularly consult with administrators, teachers, and parents to assist students in achieving their full potential. In addition, being a member of child study and eligibility teams for the duration of my career has enabled me to gain a thorough knowledge of special education law, including Section 504.
In my role as a school-based mental health professional, I regularly work with students in crisis, providing counseling services, crisis intervention services, and suicide risk assessments. I am a certified trainer for Restorative Practices, a Restorative Practices Facilitator, a Sources of Strength trainer, and an advisor for the We're All Human Club, who works closely with the Ryan Bartel Foundation to help kids identify sources of support to access in times of stress. In my counseling work, I utilize cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy approaches to help kids learn new coping skills and deal with life's challenges.