Why are you a School Psychologist?


As I progress throughout my internship year and meet so many different school psychologists, this question has been running through my mind: “Why are you a school psychologist?”  I will begin interviewing for positions soon and believe that a question similar to this may be asked, “Why do you want to become a school psychologist?”

I would love to know why school psychologists started in the field and continue to stay in the field.  I would also love to know why psychologists may have started in the field and moved on to a different field, such as becoming a professor.  These are great questions for anyone, at any level in the field to consider.

There are many different reasons that a person begins and continues through a specific profession.  So, as we embark on a new year ask yourself why you are, are becoming, continue to be, –  a school psychologist.


Children’s Mental Health

One of the students in my cohort shared this with me today. What are your thoughts on this?  Feel free to comment below.

NYASP Conference 2013!

The NYASP Conference for 2013 is right around the corner!   This year’s theme is “Expanding the Role of the School Psychologist: Balancing Theory & Practice.”


When: October 24th – 26th, 2013 (Thursday – Saturday morning)

Where it will be held: Crowne Plaza Hotel, White Plains, NY

Registration information: Register online or you can register by filling out a paper registration

This is a great event for graduate students, professionals in the field, professors, etc.  The presentations for this conference this year are so relevant to our field and I can’t wait to attend!  By participating you will meet a lot of professionals from all of New York State.   Making those type of connections is priceless and so is the knowledge you will gain by attending this year’s conference.

We hope you can join us this year — Register today!

Back to School (soon)

534438_448395911846767_44903550_nAs most of you are aware the summer is ending which also means it is time to begin preparing to be back into schools.  What I wonder is how school psychologists are preparing for another school year.

I will be entering into my internship this year so I will see a lot of that preparation in action but how do you prepare in the weeks before?

Here are a few other questions I am curious about:

  • How do you keep all of your meetings organized?
  • What references do you find yourself using the most during the school year?
  • What new tool kits have you ordered for this school year?
  • What trainings do you plan on attending this year?

I love hearing your feedback!  Feel free to answer all or any of the questions in the comment section of this post.

Thanks for listening,

The Student Voice

NASP Twitter Chat — This Thursday!

I just saw the announcement via Twitter that NASP will be having its first ever NASP Twitter chat!  Here are more details:

Coming this Thursday, June 27, at 2pm ET, we will feature our first ever NASP Twitter chat. The topic: “The Feds and School Psychs: It’s Complicated. How federal policy will impact your job.” Hashtag to follow: #naspchat. Tune in on Thursday!

Please feel free to join in on the chat and learn more through the discussion.

Thank you for listening,

The Student Voice

NASP on Pinterest — Great Information!

I wanted to let you all know that NASP has created a Pinterest board.  For all of those not familiar with Pinterest, I will explain a bit.


You can think of Pinterest like an pushpin board.  On a pushpin board you would pin your favorite recipes, ideas, and items you need to find without doing a lot of searching.  Pinterest is a virtual pushpin board where you can “pin” or “like” all types of items from many different users.

The NASP Pinterest boards are full of valuable information that I think you will find quite easy to find and informative.  This is just another resource out there for you!

Thanks for listening,

The Student Voice

Documentaries and Resources – Oh my!

Greetings everyone! It has been a short period since I last posted but the commitments of graduate school will do that to a student.  One recent assignment led me to watching a documentary which got me to thinking about how important some documentaries are in our society.

Some videos present eye-opening information that can make you think from a different perspective.  So to help me as a graduate level student and others alike I posed some questions below…

  • What documentaries have you learned a lot from and would recommend to others?
  • Are there any particular documentaries that would be beneficial for a graduate student to watch before entering into the field of school psychology?

Let’s not limit this just to documentaries – but what resources have you found valuable as working professionals or graduate students?  I have been finding great resources left and right but are there any particular resources you use frequently or find quite helpful?

Thank you for listening,

The Student Voice

What is NEAT?

NEATDid you know there was such a thing as NEAT or the National Emergency Assistance Team?  I was not aware but now I am and I want you to be also!

NEAT is comprised of specialists and School Psychologists in helping schools, families and communities in crisis situations.  NEAT is also apart of NASP!

The team members that makeup NEAT are all trained in PREPaRE: School Crisis Prevention and Intervention Training. It is good to know if we would ever need a team of trained professionals in a crisis situation, that they are out there for us and ready to help.

Thanks for listening,

The Student Voice

P.S. –  There is a recent article where Cathy Paine (the chair of NEAT) talks about How Mental Health Services make Schools Safer on CNN.

National Center for Learning Disabilities

This is a just quick little post.  I found this website called:  The National Center for Learning Disabilities.  I am sure many of you are aware of this website but if you are not you should know because it appears to be a great resource.

On their About Us page they describe the organization as…“The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is committed to ensuring that all students with learning disabilities graduate from high school with a standard diploma—prepared for college and the workplace. Learn more about our credo, programs, events, and more below.”

They are also on the following websites:

Thanks for listening,

The Student Voice

Differences in the Types of Bullying…

Hi everyone,

It has been a little while since I last posted.  I hope you all had a fantastic holiday season.  I saw a post from NASP yesterday and I wanted to share it on here to see your thoughts.


The graph came from the website: StopBullying.Gov.  Do you see these same patterns of bullying in your schools?  Do you agree with what the graph illustrates?  Feel free to comment below.

Thank you for listening,

The Student Voice