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.

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 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

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

26 Acts of Kindness to Honor those lost in Newtown

We all have heard about and shared out thoughts on the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy that took place on Friday.  We posted a few resources on our homepage about:  Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers.

On another note, I found an interesting article titled: Inspired to help: #26Acts of kindness to honor those lost in Newtown, Conn.  

People are going out and performing 26 random acts of kindness in memory of those lost in Newtown.  I think this is such an important idea, I had to share it with all of you (hoping to motivate you to perform 26 acts of kindness).  Some are taking to twitter to share their  #26ActsOfKindness.

Please share with us if are participating.

Thank you,

The Student Voice

Welcome to the Student NYASP Blog!

First, I wanted to welcome you to the NYASP (New York Association of School Psychologists) Student Blog.  The NYASP Student Blog will be discussing relevant, intriguing and useful information in the world of School Psychology.

The world of School Psychology is a complex and ever-changing field.  I am here to discuss the issues arising in the field, the questions I may have and other interesting articles I find.

Presenting this information from another perspective (through the eyes of a student) was an idea I came up and I am now excited it has come to fruition.  I want to take the time to thank the board of NYASP for giving me this opportunity.

We will be bringing you information about events that NYASP is holding and our information about the 2012 NYASP conference in Niagara Falls.

I am hoping this blog will start a conversation about field of School Psychology and everything that is changing.

Thank you NYASP!

Student Voice.