November 9-13 is National School Psychology Week! The theme for 2020, “The Power of Possibility,” highlights the importance of recognizing and nurturing the possibilities for growth and success that exist in in every student. School psychologists do this in a variety of ways:
- assessing students who are experiencing academic and emotional difficulties to identify their specific needs;
- supporting students through developing and implementing appropriate academic, social, emotional, and behavioral interventions;
- working collaboratively with parents, teachers, and other school staff to support student success;
- and helping to develop school policies that are designed to prevent student difficulties, not just address them after they occur.
School psychology training involves academic classes and applied experiences that focus on developing psychological and educational knowledge and practice skills. Approximately three-quarters of school psychologists hold master’s or specialist-level graduate degrees in school psychology; the other 25% hold doctoral degrees. School psychologists can work in a variety of settings, including public and private schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, and private practice. U.S. News and World Report rates school psychology as #2 in “Best Social Services Jobs”; salaries tend to be higher than average for social services fields overall, and employment prospects for the field are excellent!
If you’d like to learn more about careers in this field, please plan to attend the Psychology Club’s Speaker Series on November 18, 2020 at 5 p.m.; Dr. Mindy Milstein, Adjunct Professor of Psychology at SU, will be discussing school psychology at this event. You can access this meeting at bluejeans.com/128455239.
The following brochures from the National Association of School Psychologists may also be helpful:
Who Are School Psychologists?: https://www.nasponline.org/assets/Documents/About%20School%20Psychology/Brochures/who_are_school_psychologists.pdf
School Psychology: A Career that Makes a Difference:
Finally, you can find additional National School Psychology Week information and resources online by searching the hashtag #SPAW2020 (which refers to “School Psychology Appreciation Week,” the name used to designate this week in previous years).
Happy National School Psychology Week! Believe in the power of YOUR possibility!