Imagine if you could stay connected with a virtual community of school psychologists , learn new ways to improve your skills, AND foster self-care during COVID-19...

Are you looking for a way to stay connected during social distancing with a group of dedicated school psychologists who are in the same situation?

Are you ready to learn how to practice positive productivity and self-care now so you will be able to "shut it off" on the evenings and weekends, GUILT FREE, when you return to a heavy back-log of assessments? 

Do you want to hit the professional reset button during social distancing with a focused plan so you are eager go to work when school buildings open again because you're using your full skill-set beyond testing?

...And how about earning 12 NASP-approved CEUs while you learn, connect, and grow during the COVID-19 crisis?

Hi, I’m Dr. Rebecca Branstetter, author of The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide, The Notes From the School Psychologist Blog, and Founder of the Thriving School Psychologist Collective.

Well that escalated quickly...

Friday Morning- school not cancelled

Friday Afternoon - in person school cancelled, all distance learning, indefinitely

Monday Afternoon - shelter in place, no leaving the house except for food, emergencies, and fresh air while socially distancing 6 feet.

Wednesday Morning - Zoom call with Thriving School Psychologist Collective members to provide support and exchange "How to suddenly be a virtual school psychologist and not drop all your self-care" and "So, now we are all also homeschooling too?" resources with one another.

If you're like me, when shelter in place started, you got flooded with new information almost minute-to-minute and feeling overwhelmed by it all. You might have vacillated between anxiety, confusion, disorientation, and then calm all within one day.

It was so comforting and inspiring to meet with my Thriving School Psychologist community and lean into our "new normal for a while" together. In just a few hours with the TSP members, I got clarity, inspiration, and comfort even though none of us had "the answer."

Because that's all we can do right now. This is a period of surrender to "what is" and we can hold comforting space for one another.

It can also be a period of resolve.

We can resolve to take care of ourselves so we can help our families, our kids, and our school communities without burning ourselves out.

We are going to be holding a lot for a lot of people in our school communities.

None of us have done this before.

For those of you working waaaaaay outside your comfort zone, I see you.

I am you.

I give you full permission to not know what to do....yet.

And I invite you to connect with me and my brilliant and kind Thriving School Psychologist community so we can figure it all out together.

We will be learning from the original course on how to boost the 4 Pillars of a Thriving School Psychologist AND collaborating on how to do it during the COVID-19 crisis.

Because now more than ever, we must protect ourselves from burnout.

Whether you’re an early career school psychologist who needs strategies or a seasoned school psychologist who is on the fast track to burning out, you can thrive as a school psychologist, not just survive the bad parts to get to the good parts of the job. With the right focus, plan, and support, you can implement a step-by-step trajectory to job satisfaction. Here’s what I’ve learned about school psychologists like me who love their work, feel effective and engaged, and are protected against burnout: 

They Have a System 

Even if you are super organized (and perhaps, like me, secretly find trips to Office Max “fun”) you need a system for case management that sets you up to work smarter, not harder. Traditional time management systems do not apply to our job! School psychologists with streamlined workflows know how to eliminate time-sucking paperwork and redundant work, which robs them of time to be with kids. The goal is not to be better, faster, and stronger at doing paperwork and reports, but to learn ways to eliminate and automate.

Research shows that decreases in small daily hassles improve job satisfaction, and many of these hassles are surprisingly within your control. You can eliminate and streamline bureaucracy to free up your time. 

They Spend Time "Looking at the Wiring" instead of "Putting out Fires"

School psychologists are often so caught up in the daily to-do list of case management and assessment timelines, they don’t have time to facilitate systemic change that would serve more children before they “fail enough” or have severe enough emotional and behavior problems to need to be tested. Even in districts where Response to Intervention models exist only in theory or are in their infancy, effective and engaged school psychologists know how to facilitate prevention and intervention to stem the tide of referrals and spend time in direct service. 

Research shows that using your skills and abilities to your full potential increases engagement and job satisfaction. Be more than a testing machine! 

They Collaborate and Connect with Other School Psychologists

School psychologists who have regular connection with other school psychologists and have opportunities for collaboration and consultation feel more supported, get great ideas, and have a sense of belonging at work. Let’s face it: school psychology can be an isolating profession, as the chances of frequently interacting with other like-minded school psychologists are not built into the job. By creating a face-to-face and online support network, you can get inspired with new ideas, problem-solve areas where you are stuck, and receive that needed emotional support and shared understanding to get through the difficult days. 

Research shows that positive relationship with your colleagues is a protective factor against burnout. 

They Practice Self-Care and Understand the Science Behind Burnout  

School psychologists who are content in their careers know how to set appropriate boundaries, practice self-care, and know how to cultivate self-compassion in their day-to-day lives. They know the secrets of self-care (hint: it's not what you think!). They know the day-to-day strategies that support a healthy mindset and protect themselves from burnout. Don't worry, you won't have to sit for hours meditating like a lotus flower--school psychologists don't have time for that!

Research shows that people who are happy in their jobs tend to be happier all around and similarly, generally happier people tend to enjoy their jobs. By nurturing our own well-being, we are protected against burnout and we can enhance our happiness, both in and out of our work day. 


The Thriving School Psychologist Collective™!  


  • 7 on-demand video modules available immediately to watch at your own pace
  • The Thriving School Psychologist Kit: Over 50+ pages of downloadable tools to streamline your workflow and optimize your job satisfaction
  • NEW BONUS! Up to 12 hours of NASP-approved CPD credit at no additional charge!


  • 10 months access to a confidential closed Facebook group with access to peer support, feedback, new ideas, and collaboration contests as you work toward your personal work satisfaction goals
  •  10 Live online video Q&A sessions with Dr. Branstetter and a cohort of peers to personalize and problem-solve your unique work situation and how to cope with social distancing/school closures.
  •  Additional self-study CPD units toward NCSP certification renewal


Module #1 Less Paperwork, More Time for Kids!

You got into this profession to work with kids, not spend hours writing reports and filling out paperwork. This module teaches you how to streamline your assessment work flow to free up time to be with kids, parents, and staff, doing interventions that positively impact the school community. Break free from the “Test-IEP-Repeat” burnout cycle by learning the best “hacks” for managing paperwork and heavy caseloads without sacrificing quality. 

Together We Will Explore: 

• How to reduce your assessment caseload and be seen as a resource for intervention instead of a “gatekeeper” to services 

• The critical behaviors you can do to cut down the amount of time spent organizing your caseload and doing redundant paperwork to free up time to work with students 

• Why traditional time-management techniques fall short when you work in schools and how to work smarter, not harder and longer (and no more report writing on weekends!) 

• Top 10 Technology hacks for organization and time management for school psychologists 

You Will Receive: 

• Power Tool: The Year Planning Guide so that you can map out your year and not get blindsided by super busy months

• Power Tool: The Organized School Psychologist Checklist so that you can hit the ground running with sustainable organizational systems to shave off hours of unproductive "time sucking" activities.

• PDF of “The School Psychologist’s 10-Minute Burnout Prevention” (Mindfulness Module #1)

• Access to one Data-Based Techniques recorded webinar from for 1.0 NASP-Approved CPD credit so that you can streamline your data collection and report writing using technology.

 • Collaboration Contest: The 8 Hour Workday Challenge so you can begin the year with boundaries and find accountability partners to stick to them. 

*This presentation by Dr. Branstetter is 1.5 hours in duration for 1.5 NASP-Approved CPD credits. 

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 the rewarding part of the job—working directly with kids, teachers, and staff, and doing hands-on interventions. This Module teaches you how to write quality reports in less time. You will learn proven strategies for efficient report writing and learn how what parts of your report can be automated without sacrificing quality. 

Together We Will Explore: 

• The most powerful methods for finishing your reports during your work day. 

• Which sections of your reports you can automate sections without sacrificing quality 

• The one critical change to your intake paperwork that will make report writing easier 

• Section-by-section report time savers to work smarter, not harder 

• How to tackle the hardest and most dreaded parts of the report efficiently 

You Will Receive: 

• Power Tool: Report Writing Analysis Worksheet to find the section of your reports that will give you the most "bang for your buck" in saving time if you spend a little time polishing them.

• PDF of “The No More Weekend Report Writing” Guide so that you can establish solid work habits and mindsets that will reduce your unpaid weekend work time. 

• PDF of “The School Psychologist’s 10-minute Burnout Prevention” (Mindfulness Module #2) 

• Access to a second Data-Based Techniques recorded webinar from for an additional 1.0 NASP-Approved CPD credit

• Collaboration Contest and Implementation Workshop: Time Saving Template Contest so that you can see how investig just a little time to do a few tweaks in a report pays off in dividends every time you open up a new report.

*This presentation by Dr. Branstetter is 1.5 hours in duration for 1.5 NASP-Approved CPD credits. 

Module #3 Consulting Your Way from “Testing Machine” into a “Consultant and Intervention Specialist”*

I’m about 1000% sure that none of us got into this job to be a gatekeeper to special education services! We got into this 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 you how to analyze your referral stream to uncover patterns that create inappropriate referrals. You will learn how small changes in your 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. 

Together We Will Explore: 

• How the 80/20 Rule applies to your referrals and how consultation can shift your referral stream to appropriate referrals 

• How to engage in prevention and intervention when you have no time 

• Top 3 consultation strategies for school psychologists to use in pre-referral meetings 

• The most powerful method to shifting your role from gatekeeper to consultant 

• How to leverage and create supports at your school to reduce caseload 

You Will Receive: 

• Power Tool: Referral Analysis Worksheet so that you can see where the majority of your referrals come from and your "hit rate" for eligibility to use as a consultation tool with your staff to educate them on "inappropriate" referrals. 

• Power Tool: The MTSS Intervention Pyramid Consultation Tool so that you can identify gaps in your Tier 1 and 2 services at your school sites to find areas to improve (which ultimately reduces your referrals for assessment and increases your involvement in prevention)

• PDF of “Finding Resources for Students with No Additional Funding” Guide so that you can provided needed services to students without a big grant or special funding. 

• PDF of “The School Psychologist’s 10-minute Burnout Prevention” (Mindfulness Module #3) 

• Collaboration Contest: The MTSS Pyramid Challenge so that you can focus on one school site to take action to shift from assessment to early/targeted intervention.

*This presentation is 1.75 hours in duration for 1.75 NASP-Approved CPD credits. 

*Module includes co-faciltation with guest lecturer Lainie Sgouris, M.A., (University of California, Berkeley), Credentialed School Psychologist in California, Arizona, and Missouri.

Module #4 Dealing with Difficult Relationships* 

When I entered the field as a school psychologist, I was grossly underprepared for the amount of time I would be spending navigating the complex relationships of the job with adults. While some children and teens did present me with challenges, hands down, the greatest challenge was learning on-the-job strategies working with difficult parents, teachers, and administrators. This Module will teach you 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, you can spend more time in intervention and prevention than in testing children once they have “failed enough” to need to be tested. 

Together We Will Explore: 

• Four essential strategies for effective consultation with teachers 

• Three critical techniques for building rapport and trust with teachers

• How to deal with “Negative Ned” or “Naysayer Nancy” when consulting 

• A new framework for understanding challenging behavior that will transform and enhance your consultation with parents and teachers 

• How to avoid energy-sucking toxic relationship traps at your school site

You Will Receive: 

• Power Tool: Effective Consultation Frame so that you can problem-solve with any staff member or parent even if you don't have a ton of consultation experience.

• PDF of “The School Psychologist’s Consultation Cheat Sheet” with powerful scripts you can use with the top questions/concerns school psychologists have to field in consultation.

• PDF of “The School Psychologist’s 10-minute Burnout Prevention” (Mindfulness Module #4) 

• Collaboration Contest: The “Toxic-ecatamy” Challenge so that you can protect yourself from challenging relationships (even if the challenging person is a supervisor or close colleague you interact with daily).

*This presentation by Dr. Branstetter is 1.75 hours in duraton for 1.75 NASP-Approved CPD credits.

Module #5 Infusing Counseling and Support Services into Your Day* 

I had this fantasy when I started out in school psychology that I would spend time counseling students in a nice office with ample play therapy and art supplies. Then, I realized quickly that a) I didn’t have an office and b) I was going to be testing and writing reports all the time. My “counseling” time was always crisis counseling. Then, I found ways to infuse counseling into my work day. In this Module, you will analyze your current caseload reality and learn ways to increase therapeutic one-on-one student time into your day. Learn how to start small and scale up so that you are spending more time directly supporting students instead of just writing about them in your assessment reports.

Together We Will Explore: 

• The modality of therapy that best fits your school situation 

• The three principles of “therapeutic assessment” 

• Easy ways to run therapeutic groups, even if you don’t have any experience running groups or time to plan for them 

• 10 Powerful and easy to implement counseling activities 

You Will Receive: 

• Power Tool: The Counseling Checklist so that you can figure out the feasibility of individual and group counseling at your school site and how to garner needed resources and support to start or improve counseling services as a school psychologist.

• PDF of “The School Psychologist’s Therapeutic Toolkit” with easy-to-implement activities you can do without a lot of training or time in several modalities (e.g. mindfulness, CBT, solution focused, play therapy, crisis counseling) 

• PDF of “The School Psychologist’s 10-minute Burnout Prevention” (Mindfulness Module #6) 

• Collaboration Contest: The 10-Minute Counseling/Support Services Challenge will help you carve out the time to infuse counseling in your day, 10-minutes at a time. 

*This presentation by Dr. Branstetter is 1.5 hours in duration for 1 .5 NASP-Approved CPD credits.

Module #6 Preventing Burnout

If you’re a new or early-career school psychologist, chances are you may be overwhelmed by the steep learning curve and flood of new information about how to apply best practices in a less-than-ideal situation. If you’re a seasoned veteran, it may be that you have a relative handle on the job demands but is feeling ineffective, exhausted, and cynical. Regardless of where you are in your career, 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, you will learn what about your current role is within your control in your organization, how to make needed changes in what is in your control, and acknowledge and implement self-care strategies to what is not changeable. 

Together We Will Explore: 

• The new “Science of Burnout” and the three stress responses that cause burnout 

• Why “fight and flight” is an outdated model of how to cope with on the job-stress and the new model of coping you can implement right away to reduce stress. 

• What the science of self-compassion can teach school psychologists about the most powerful antidotes to burnout 

• Specific, day-to-day, and practical strategies for remaining engaged and positive during the most stressful parts of the job.

You will receive: 

• Power Tool: The Burnout Analysis Guide so that you can pinpoint ""burnout traps" and ways to escape them with small behavioral and mindset shifts

• PDF of “The School Psychologist’s 10-minute Burnout Prevention” (Mindfulness Module #6) 

• Collaboration Contest: Burnout Prevention Buddies and End-of-Work-Ritual to find accountability partners to keep your intentions, boundaries, and self-care at the forefront of your day-to-day life as a school psychologist and learn how to shut it all down at the end of the day.

*This presentation by Dr. Branstetter is 1.0 hour in duration for 1.0 NASP-Approved CPD credit. 

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, you will learn their secrets to long-term career sustainability. You will also learn how to apply the "science of happiness" in your career as a school psychologist, particularly in carving out more time in your career for passion projects that expand your role in the district you work in. 

The beauty of this career is that it is possible to be a school psychologist full time or part-time and still make time to have a life and to be with family. You will also learn the promises and pitfalls of working part-time and learn how to navigate timelines that do not stop just because you are not at your school site. After about 10 full-time years in the profession, I had my first daughter, and I wondered how on earth I would have the time and emotional energy to be a full-time school psychologist. That is when I shifted my mindset and also my schedule. You can learn how too.

Together We Will Explore: 

• How to adjust your time management techniques when you are part-time 

• What career extensions in a school district are possible with a school psychologist’s background and training 

• The Top 5 things veteran school psychologists know about career sustainability  

• What the science of happiness can teach us about how to have long-term career satisfaction.  


You Will Receive: 

• Power Tool: Thinking Outside of the Box: Career and Role Expansion for School Psychologists so that you can think strategically and practically about ways to expand your role without changing districts.  

• PDF: The Science of Happiness for School Psychologists so you can build in easy daily practices that are scientifically proven to enhance wellbeing at work and at home. 

• PDF of “The School Psychologist’s 10-minute Burnout Prevention” (Mindfulness Module #7)  

• Collaboration Contest: Thinking Outside the Box so that you can learn and problem-solve with school psychologists across the country how to expand your role from just testing to doing more of what we all signed on to do--connect with students, their families, and our school staff--and be more engaged, enthusiastic, and excited to go to work. 

*This presentation by Dr. Branstetter is 1.0 hour in duration for 1.0 NASP-Approved CPD credit.  

Are you looking for a way to stay connected, learn new skills, and get support during social distancing with a group of dedicated school psychologists who are in the same situation?

Join Me and Your Virtual Community in The Thriving School Psychologist Collective™!

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Base Plan

7 On-demand Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit

Up to 12 NASP-approved CPD credits 

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Pro

7 On-demand Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit

Up to 12 NASP-approved CPD credits 


10 Months Access to Private Facebook Group

10 Live Q & A calls with Rebecca and the Inner Circle cohort of like-minded peers

Monthly Collaboration Contests to win tech tools and resources specific to helping school psychologists  

Additional self-study CPD units toward NCSP recertification

$597 - one time payment or $68 per month for 10 months

$897 597 - one time payment

or $99 $68 per month for 10 months

Due to COVID-19 and the need for virtual community all members of the August 2020 Cohort will be upgraded to the PRO plan at the price of the BASE plan.

Click Here to Join The Thriving School Psychologist Collective 

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The Thriving School Psychologist Collective (Base)

7 On-demand Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit 

Up to 12 NASP Approved CPD Units 

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective (Pro)

7 On-demand Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit 

Up to 12 NASP Approved CPD Units 


10 Months Access to Private Facebook Group

10 Live Q & A calls with Rebecca and the Inner Circle cohort of like-minded peers

Monthly Collaboration Contests to win tech tools and resources specific to helping school psychologists  

Additional self-study CPD units toward NCSP recertification

Due to COVID-19 and the need for virtual community all members of the August 2020 Cohort will be upgraded to the PRO plan at the price of the BASE plan.

$597 - one time payment or $68 per month for 10 months

$897 - $597 one time payment

or $99 $68 per month for 10 months

Enrollment is now CLOSED.

Sign up for the waitlist and be the first to know when we are accepting new members. (And when enrollment opens, there are some cool fast-action bonus packages you can sign up below to be on the list!)

Just think...You can receive peace of mind and emotional freedom to do the work you love AND earn up to 12 NASP-approved continuing professional development (CPD) credits and additional self-study units toward NCSP recertification at no additional charge! 

I can't wait to connect with you. Community is more important now than ever. I am eager to support you as you make the most of your time at home during social distancing--that sweet spot of new learning for when you return to your schools AND cultiving your self-care during uncertain times.

If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email directly at 



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

See what school psychologists just like you are saying about the course

"As someone who has been in the field of school psychology for 20 years, I can honestly say that enrolling in the Thriving School Psychologist was one of the most professionally and personally rewarding professional development opportunities I have experienced. The webinars and resources have helped build new skills and improve others. Having the ability to collaborate with other school psychologists near and far allowed me a forum to express ideas, build goals, and keep up with best practice.

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."

Anne M. , School Psychologist 

"Working with Dr. Branstetter gave me the tools I needed to access my training and do more than just 'TEST, IEP, REPEAT'! I specifically love all the useful sound bites that I constantly deploy when I need to explain difficult concepts to teachers or parents. SO PRACTICAL!" 

Andrew R. Potter, Ph.D., Early Career School Psychologist 

"Before the Thriving School Psychologist Collective, I was burned out and constantly overwhelmed by the job. I realized if I didn't change something, I wasn't going to last in the profession. The strategies have changed my productivity and quality of life! I'm so glad I signed up. I felt "stuck" for many years and I doubt I could have made these changes on my own. Thank you!"

Lauren H., School Psychologist 

"I needed real, practical strategies, because I was growing to resent parts of my job and feeling like all the work I was putting in didn't matter. I have loved the collaborative environment and hearing how psychs across the country tackle the same problems! Now, I do so much more than just test and write!

Erin K., 4th year School Psychologist 

Because of the Thriving School Psychologist Collective, my evenings and weekends are MY evenings and weekends. I completed 90% of my psychological evaluation reports at work this past school year, which meant MUCH more time for my family and friends. In the evenings, I have time to relax with my husband. We hang out with friends and take trips on the weekend. The feeling that I should be writing reports instead is GONE. The guilt from spending time writing reports when I could be enjoying life is GONE. And if I’m being honest, this past school year was by far my most productive year yet. I got more kiddos tested and more reports done than I ever have, and that wouldn’t have been possible with the old habits I had. Thank you!!!

Jessica S., School Psychologist 

"Being in the TSP Collective has been life changing! I have implemented many of the strategies, and for the first time in my 10 year career, I can now leave work at an appropriate time and not bring reports home!

Debbie K., School Psychologist 

"I love the way you present! I never get bored with what you are saying and your perspective as someone in MY field who can speak to and address my similar concerns is so beneficial! Thank you!"

Kathryn S., School Psychologist 

"First of all, I LOVE The Thriving School Psychologist Collective!!!! Everything that I've learned through the modules is incredibly practical and real. Dr. Branstetter has so many gifts--for gathering and synthesizing information and resources, for simplifying the complex, for finding solutions to defcon 1-level problems, for injecting humor and spice into school psych, for validating people's situations and helping them feel understood, for making what I normally consider boring things fun, and especially for being relatable and REAL--and all those gifts come to LIFE in the Thriving School Psychologists Collective!  

Casey P. , 6th year School Psychologist 

I have worked as a school psychologist for over 25 years. Working in a school district can feel overwhelming, frustrating and as though no matter what you do, the work just keeps on coming. Rebecca's years of knowledge and warm, engaging style and wit all help clarify issues we deal with daily that are beyond our control and navigate school district bureaucracy to make positive changes, when possible.  

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! 

Cori Bussolori, Ph.D., School Psychologist for 25 years

"I am not exaggerating when I say that participating in the TSP training and resources have reinvigorated my love of the profession, truly. What a gift to this profession to have this kind of support and advocacy for us school psychologists. Your resources are invaluable and have been so helpful to me! Thank you!" 

-Karen W., School Psychologist 

“In addition to being extremely knowledgeable, Dr. Branstetter is a fantastic presenter. She is very down to earth, authentic, compassionate, and funny! She truly understands the life of a school psych, and I feel safe in sharing my ups and downs with her. I have already learned a lot from her. Although I've only done three of the modules so far, it's already been well worth the cost!”

 -Donna, School Psychologist 


If for any reason, you are not thrilled with the content and the potential impact it will have on your enjoyment of your career as a school psychologist, I will refund your tuition 100% within the first 10 days. No hoops. Just send me an email.


My schools are currently closed, but what if I don't finish before they reopen?

The modules are all "on demand," which means you can watch at any time. They are purposefully divided into three 20-minute segments so that you can access them during the school day once you go back (hey, maybe even take a lunch break, folks!).  You have a full 10 months to finish, before June 1st, 2021 to finish them.

What does watching the modules "on-demand" mean? Is this a work at your own pace kind of thing or do I need be available at certain times to be available to watch the trainings?

This is a work at your own pace PD program.  You have a total of 10 months to watch the modules and access to the modules ends June 1st, 2021. The online modules are on-demand (not live) and you can watch at any time convenient to you. The only “live” part is the Q&A calls are live. But you do not have to attend them live, you can watch the recordings at another time if you wish. 

Do I have to show up live on the monthly video Q&A sessions to participate? What if I miss them? 

You might set aside time to come to the Q&A session and then something comes up. Not to worry! You can submit a question in advance and me and my team will answer it live and put it to the "mastermind" of the other school psychologist participants for their input. Then, since the Q&A live video sessions in are recorded and stored in your online portal, your can listen to them at your convenience. 

I’ve been school psychologist for a while. Will the strategies be new for me? 

I always joke that one year of being a school psychologist is a “dog year” of new learning. So, I’ve been a school psychologist well over 140 years! Seriously though, you can learn new strategies all the time. The course will give you new ideas, as well as help you with the mindset to modify what you are already doing to make needed changes. 

The longer we are in the field without taking time to learn new things, we can get entrenched in our ways of doing things, feel hopeless to make chance, and get burned out. Think of the course like a re-boot and a way to re-energize your passion for the job and protect yourself from burnout. There are also so many new tech tools that we can use to streamline our workflows (even if you are not super tech savvy). There are webinars in the course that share tools ranging from novice ("Tech scares me!") to advanced ("I'm practically an Excel genius") that will work for you!

I’m still in graduate school. Is this course applicable to me? 

I wish I had this course when I was in my internship year! There are so many “unwritten” rules in the job that are not covered in coursework. This course will give you a preview of what to expect in the job and ways to hit the ground running with the right mindset and behaviors to be efficient, engaged, and avoid the pitfalls of burnout early in your career. However, the course does not count as supervision and is not a substitute for university training (see Course Disclaimer below).

Due to the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 situation, with many interns needing additional training without access to their school sites, I am happy to extend a 50% off student rate for the course. You will need to email me proof of your internship status at and I will send you a personalized coupon code.

Can I earn continuing professional development credit for participating?

Yes! The course is eligible at all three levels of participation for up to 12 National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-Approved CPD credits with the opportunity for additional self-study CPD units toward NCSP renewal available. In partnership with, participants have the option to submit proof of participation in any of the Modules to earn credits. NASP-approved credits count toward renewing the NCSP, and in some districts, CPD units can be even be used for salary advancement! Participation in CPD activities within the course is totally optional (but hey, why not? There's no additional charge and it's super easy--just watch the modules, take a short quiz, and boom! CEUs.) 

Are these the same strategies as the book, The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide? 

The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide is a jumping off point for the course, but the material will not be redundant. The concepts covered may overlap, but the live course is designed to extend, apply, and refine your practice of the concepts with the ongoing support from Dr. Branstetter and your team of like-minded colleagues. Additionally, there are a number of updated strategies due to the boom of technological tools since the first edition was published. All of the PDFs and Power Tools are brand new!

I feel like my work situation is unique. Will this course be flexible enough to apply to me

The beauty of this course is that the concepts are delivered in engaging, interactive webinars and there is access to Dr. Branstetter and a cohort of school psychologists across the country with different viewpoints and expertise to share. All participants will have the closed group Facebook support of Dr. Branstetter as well as colleagues to bounce ideas off of and learn from one another.

Can I get my district pay for this course? 

Many districts do have funds for professional development that can be used to support school psychologists. Please have your director email me directly at for information about using a purchase order to pay for you to take the course. Discounts are available for 10 or more school psychologists participating in the course.

Do I have lifetime access to this course modules?

This spring cohort of the TSP course is designed to be completed in 10 months. This is to avoid procrastination on stepping firmly onto the path of taking control of your career satisfaction during this unique opportunity to step back and reflect on your career. I don't want you to buy the course and let the strategies languish in your "one day when I have time" folder. This keeps all of us moving towards thriving and not surviving! While you only have access to the video modules for 10 months, you are able to download all the PDFs and Power Tools, which you can use any time. 

How does the payment plan work? Is it a monthly subscription?  

You can purchase the course in a one-time payment at a discounted rate, or spread the payment over the course of 10 months. If you opt for the payment plan, it is NOT a "monthly subscription" model. It is a way to break up the payments if you cannot pay one lump sum. There are no refunds after 30 days from purchase. Individual modules and tools cannot be purchased or viewed separately because the course is an entire transformational experience, and each module builds on and compliments the next.

How do the Collaboration contests work?

Accountability partners and fun contests are already built into the course, so you can keep forward progress and apply what you learn in the modules to your life. Basically, there are cool prizes for keeping up with the modules! In this Pro program, you will post your progress in the Facebook forum to be entered to win. Then, winners are announced on the Q&A calls. This structured support will help you keep forward progress (and have a little fun too!).