SLIDE 2 = school psychologist
School psychologists help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They work 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.
SLIDE 3 = on the job
On the job, school psychologists:
Work with school-aged children and young adults
Listen to concerns about academic, emotional or social problems Help students process their problems and plan goals and action Promote positive behaviors
Meet with parents and teachers to discuss learning, behavioral, family and social problems Counsel parents on topics like substance abuse and communication Study and implement behavioral management techniques
Research and implement learning programs
Evaluate and advise school disciplinary practices for troubled students Participate in special education by administering psychological tests
SLIDE 4 = schooling and training
School psychologists are highly trained in both psychology and education, completing a minimum of a specialist-level degree program (at least 60 graduate semester hours) that includes a year-long supervised internship. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems. School psychologists must be certified and/or licensed by the state in which they work. They also may be nationally certified by the National School Psychology Certification Board (NSPCB). The National Association of School Psychologists sets ethical and training standards for practice and service delivery. HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
Depending upon your level of dedication, a psychology degree necessary to work as a school psychologist can take the following time to complete: Completion of a four-year bachelor's degree in psychology, education or other field Master's degree programs generally require one to two years of study Programs in certain areas of professional psychology require a one year internship
SLIDE 5 = work environment
The majority of school psychologists work in schools. However, they can practice in a variety of settings including: Public and private schools
School-based health and mental health centers
Community-based day-treatment or residential clinics and hospitals Juvenile justice centers
SLIDE 6 = salary
According to the BLS, school psychologists earned $67,880 in 2011. The best-paid earned about $110,410 while the lowest-paid earned less than $39,060.
With an average salary of $67,880 per year, school psychologists earn more money than many other social services jobs within the education system. For instance, school counselors earn approximately $54,130 per year and elementary school teachers have a median salary of $52,840. School psychologists also make more than middle school teachers and high school teachers.
SLIDE 7 = demand
"We have a shortage of school psychology personnel that's occurring at the same time American society has decided it needs more psychologists within school walls because of all the violence that's occurring.” - Randy Kamphaus As student enrollments increase, for example, school districts that seek to maintain the ratio of school psychologists to students need to hire more psychologists. Meanwhile, greater recognition of the important roles that school psychologists can play is prompting some districts to create additional slots for these professionals. And though a large group of school psychologists has begun to practice over the past decade, Palomares points out that a substantial number also are nearing retirement. The net effect is vastly more current openings in school psychology positions than in years past.
SLIDE 8 = responsibilities
One of the primary...
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