Biography & Experience

Hi! My name is Dr. Rachael Knudsen and I’m the Elementary School Psychologist/Counselor at SIS. I am very excited to be continuing my journey with the SIS elementary and counseling teams this year. Previous to coming to Shekou, I worked in various schools, hospitals, and child/ adolescent/family agencies, including the International School of Stavanger in Norway. I attended both the University of Wisconsin and the Illinois School of Professional Psychology where I earned Bachelors’ and Masters’ degrees, respectively. I was awarded a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology in 2012, and plan to use my knowledge and experience to greatly benefit the children, families, and staff at SIS.

While at SIS, I will be working to further build and develop our program, including Responsive Counseling (individual, small group, and classroom-at-large sessions), Individual Student Planning (providing interventions and consultation for learning/social- emotional needs), Program Organization/Quality, and a variety of consultation to staff and administrators. I am available for observation of students’ behaviors and concerns and am experienced in diagnostics, which can help to describe what interventions and strategies can be utilized to help a student with particular symptoms. I believe in positive psychology, which uses children’s particular strengths to foster personal and developmental growth, as well as acquire prosocial interactional skills to aid them in appropriate behaviors and communication.children, families, and staff at SIS. While at SIS, I will be working to further build and develop our program, including Responsive Counseling (individual, small group, and classroom-at-large sessions), Individual Student Planning (providing interventions and consultation for learning/social- emotional needs), Program Organization/Quality, and a variety of consultation to staff and administrators. I am available for observation of students’ behaviors and concerns and am experienced in diagnostics, which can help to describe what interventions and strategies can be utilized to help a student with particular symptoms.

I believe in positive psychology, which uses children’s particular strengths to foster personal and developmental growth, as well as acquire prosocial interactional skills to aid them in appropriate behaviors and communication. I am passionate about child development and am trained in family systems theories to aid in positive growth within a child’s entire environment.

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