Thriving School Psychologist Course For Districts
Do you want your school psychologists to be on the cutting edge of best practices in challenging times, even when they’re juggling multiple roles?
- What if you could keep your school psychologists in compliance with special education mandates and assessment even with increased referrals?
- Do you wish you had instant access to hundreds of school district leaders and psychologists across the country to find out what they are doing to support students’ Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and executive functioning?
- Do you want to prevent your team from scrambling to figure our how to serve your students, prevent collective trauma, and support your staff’s well-being all alone?
Imagine your school psychologists are supporting ALL students’ emotional, behavioral, and executive functioning needs…and keeping in compliance with special education assessment too.
Hi, I’m Dr. Rebecca Branstetter, author of The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide and founder of The Thriving School Psychologist Collective. I help school psychologists move from being “testing machines” on the verge of burnout to thriving by using their full skill-sets, engaging in prevention and intervention that close opportunity gaps for students.
School psychologists have always been more than testers, and yet with the current mental health and learning loss crisis, your school psychologists are being asked to do so much more with so much less time.
You want to ensure that every student has equal access to high-quality mental heath and learning support services, and it can be done by investing in professional development for your school psychologists.
Here’s What it Could Look Like in YOUR school district:
- Your school psychologists will have daily connection with passionate professionals who are ready to support your RTI/MTSS efforts to reach their most vulnerable students proactively with new resources in our 900+ district network!
- You can re-inspire and boost the morale of your current school psychologists so that they are enthusiastically partnering with principals to support short term SEL and learning supports and build out long-term sustainable prevention and early intervention systems.
- Your school psychologists are equipping teachers with skills to foster the critical social-emotional, behavioral, and academic needs of students.
- Your students no longer “slip through the cracks” because your school psychologist is too bogged down to engage in prevention and early detection of social, emotional, behavioral, or preventable academic problems.
In working with hundreds of school psychologists across the country, I’ve created a professional development system that helps get us out of this stressful survival mode cycle and empowers school psychologists to increase efficiency, prevent burnout, and enhance their practice to reach students before they need special education.
Want to learn how to tap into the real potential of your school psychologists to interrupt the cycle of student underachievement and collective trauma before more costly interventions are needed?
Are you interested in leveraging your school psychologists to address issues of equity, overrepresentation, and inclusion in your special education programs?
Is your district is struggling with figuring out the “new normal for a while” to keep in compliance AND support crucial Tier 1 programs?
We can help.
The #1 Online Professional Development Course and Community for School Psychologists
- 7 on-demand video modules, released monthly
- The Thriving School Psychologist Kit: Over 50+ pages of downloadable tools to streamine workflow and optimize job satisfaction
- Up to 10 hours of National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) approved CPD credit at no additional charge!
- One FULL school year support to adapt to changing conditions throughout the year.
- 10 months access to a confidential closed online forum with access to peer support, feedback, new ideas, and collaboration contests to increase accountability
- 10 Live online video Q&A sessions with Dr. Branstetter, a team of MTSS experts, and a cohort of peers to personalize and problem-solve district-specific challenges
WHAT WILL YOUR SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS LEARN?
Module #1 Less Paperwork, More Time for Kids!
This module teaches school psychologists how to streamline assessment work flow to free up time to be with kids, parents, and staff, doing interventions that positively impact the school community. They learn how to break free from the “Test-IEP-Repeat” burnout cycle by learning the best “hacks” for managing paperwork and heavy caseloads without sacrificing quality.
Module #2 Writing Quality Reports in Less Time
The number one complaint from school psychologist about their jobs is the amount of time writing assessment reports, which takes away from working directly with kids, teachers, and staff, and doing hands-on interventions. This Module teaches school psychologists how to write quality, legally defensible reports in less time. They will learn proven strategies for efficient report writing and learn how to use technology to automate sections of their reports without sacrificing quality.
This module inlcludes access to a second Data-Based Techniques recorded webinar from Schoolpsych.com to learn tools such as Google Forms, Excel, and Google Docs for more efficient data gathering and reporting.
Module #3 Consulting Your Way from “Testing Machine” into a “Consultant and Intervention Specialist”*
No school psychologist got in this job to be a gatekeeper to special education services! They got into the profession to help struggling students. Yet, school psychologists are often in the position of having such a high caseload that it becomes necessary to screen for appropriate referrals. This Module teaches them how to analyze their referral stream to uncover patterns that create inappropriate referrals. They will learn how small changes in their messaging allows a powerful way to educate others about when an assessment is the next course of action and when an alternative intervention is needed.
In collaboration with guest lecturer Lainie Sgouris, M.A., (University of California, Berkeley), Credentialed School Psychologist in California, Arizona, and Missouri, participants will learn how to identify gaps in Tier 1 and 2 services at your school sites to find areas to improve. Specific tools for improving PBIS, MTSS, and RTI efforts are provided so that no matter what stage your school psychologist’s intervention team is at, s/he can support the efforts.
Module #4 Dealing with Difficult Relationships*
Effective school psychologists know how to navigate the complex relationships of the job with adults. This Module teaches them how to effectively use consultation tools to diffuse emotionally charged situations, break through resistance during consultation, and help adults change their lenses from “The problem is within the child and you need to test him” to “What can we do now to support the child?” By changing the lens, they can spend more time in intervention and prevention than in testing children once they have “failed enough” to need to be tested.
Module #5 Infusing Counseling and Support Services into Your Day*
Even if your school psychologist is not presently doing counseling, there are ways they can infuse counseling into their work days. In this Module, they will learn how to analyze their current caseload reality and learn ways to increase therapeutic one-on-one student time in the day. They learn how to start small and scale up so that they are spending more time directly supporting students instead of just diagnosing and documenting challenges in the assessment reports. They are provided the “The School Psychologist’s Therapeutic Toolkit” with easy-to-implement activities they can do without a lot of training or time in several modalities (e.g. mindfulness, CBT, solution focused, play therapy, crisis counseling). Tools for tracking student’s social-emotioanl goals are also provided so that they can monitor intervention effectiveness.
Module #6 Preventing Burnout
New or early-career school psychologists may be overwhelmed by the steep learning curve and flood of new information about how to apply best practices what often is a less-than-ideal situation due to lack of resources and time. Seasoned veterans may have a relative handle on the job demands but are feeling ineffective, exhausted, and even cynical. Regardless of where school psychologists are in their careers, there are times when the demands of being a school psychologist can outweigh the rewards. At the core of preventing and counteracting burnout is awareness and conscious action. In this Module, they will learn what about what in their current role is within their control, how to make needed changes in what is in their control, and acknowledge and implement self-care strategies to what is not yet changeable. This module is based on the “Science of Burnout” and provides specific, day-to-day, and practical strategies for remaining engaged and positive during the most stressful parts of the job.
Module #7 Career Sustainability
Ever wonder how some school psychologists have the staying power to be in the career full time for 30+ years until retirement? Well, I interviewed them to find out! In this Module, school psychologists will learn their secrets to long-term career sustainability. They will also learn how to apply the “science of happiness” in their careers as school psychologists, particularly in carving out more time in thier career for passion projects that expand their prevention and intervention roles in the district.
MULTIPLE DISTRICT INITIATIVES COVERED IN ONE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM
just A few of our district and organizational Partners
DISTRICT SUPPORT PACKAGES
What is Included in The Thriving School Psychologist Collective™
Online Professional Development + Professional Learning Community + Group Coaching
7 On-demand Online Modules
Thriving School Psychologist Kit
Up to 10 NASP-approved CPD credits
Certificate of Completion for Accountability
10 Months Access to Private Online Forum Group for accountability, collaboration, and sharing resources in a professional learning community of school psychologists
10 Live Q & A group video coaching calls with Dr. Branstetter, a team of MTSS experts, and peers to facilitate movement towards professional goals so that participants can apply their learning in their specific district contexts and changing conditions.
Monthly Collaboration Contests to win tech tools and resources specific to helping school psychologists to boost engagement and morale.
Access to a curated Google Drive with resources from our 700+ district network of school psychologists.
Additional Support Available
Dr. Branstetter is available to conduct in-person and virtual professional development trainings upon request.
These “hands on” workshops provide facilitated work-time for participants to apply the Thriving School Psychologist content to meet district-specific goals (e.g. compliance, reducing burnout, reducing representation in special education, building sustainable MTSS teams, etc.)
Workshop includes a one-hour strategy session with Dr. Branstetter and district leaders (e.g. special education directors, lead psychologists) to prioritize district goals and workshop agenda.
I know you want to support your school psychologists, but it can be hard to find professional development that can specifically address their unique job challenges. I can’t wait to connect with you to strategize how your district goals can be met through The Thriving School Psychologist Collective.
If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or click on the “chat/email” icon.
Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D.
School Psychologist, Licensed Educational Psychologist, and California Licensed Psychologist #22654
Author of The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide and Notes from the School Psychologist Blog
Founder of The Thriving School Psychologist Collective ®
The THRIVE community became an invaluable resource and support as we all tried to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. I was able to share with my district what others were doing around the country in order to provide the best possible services to our students."
Most importantly, even after all these years, I feel more confident, enthusiastic, and have a renewed sense of energy in my work, because of her wise and helpful evidenced based advice! "
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