Imagine if you could spend less time with students’ paperwork and more time with students...

Did you get into the field of school psychology with the hope of working with students and making a real difference but soon realized that you spend the majority of your day in the “Test-IEP-Repeat” burnout cycle? 

Do you spend your days looking at a never-ending to-do list that grows exponentially and with urgency with every person who you come into contact with? 

Did you know that job satisfaction is dependent on a variety of factors, many of which are surprisingly within your control even in under-resourced school districts? Learn how to get back to the real reason you became a school psychologist: the rewarding interactions with students, families, and parents! 

Learn how small changes in your work day and mindset creates opportunities to use your skills and abilities to your full potential and make meaningful connections with students, staff, and colleagues. Discover behind-the-scenes expert advice on how to transform your role in your current reality and have access to a collective of inspiring school psychologists to support your transformation along the way.

Break free from being a report-writing machine to actually working with students, families, and teachers in a meaningful way!  

Hi, I’m Dr. Rebecca Branstetter, author of The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide. Like many school psychologists, I started my career imagining working in a cozy office where students, parents, and school staff came to me as a resource and I would spend my days engaged in positive relationships and problem-solving on how to support students. It didn’t take long for me to learn that the reality of working in schools was much more difficult than I thought, full of meaningless paperwork and archaic policies. 

Reality check, right? Like you, I have tested students in janitor’s closets and elevator shafts. I have spent my days running around, frazzled, and putting out emotional fires all day long. I have ruined so many weekends writing assessment reports. And I have been so stressed about the day-to-day hassles of school bureaucracy that I became that school psychologist I never thought I’d be—cynical, burned out, exhausted, and feeling like my skill set was being wasted. Yes, I admit, I've cried in my car on the way home from work and fanasized about quitting. Even though I am super organized, I could never successfully manage my insane case load. After a few years in the field, I was more efficient, but I still encountered daily hassles that made me feel frustrated and disillusioned with the career I chose.

Then one day, everything changed. I found out I was pregnant with my first child. I realized my stress was going to be my child's stress. I knew that I was not going to be able to be a happy, emotionally healthy parent and sustain my crazy stress-driven career as a school psychologist. So I dove into the research on the science of job satisfaction vs. burnout. I gathered tips about streamlining workflow and coping with the demands of the job from thousands of other school psychologists in my online network, “Notes From the School Psychologist.” I ultimately wrote a book which many of you may know. Since then, I have presented workshops around the country about how to thrive as a school psychologist, and contine to learn from like-minded school psychologists what it takes to love our job. 

What did I learn? I realized that it is possible to break the Test-IEP-Repeat burnout cycle by making the changes that I am about to share with you. After 15 years in the field, I have finally learned how to shift my behavior and mindset so I can spend my days doing the “real” work of school psychology. Best of all, I never write reports when I'm not at work. I play with my kids and spend time with my husband and our friends. And when I'm at work, I finally get to be in my cozy office, not alone with a report, but with students, doing the work I love. It can be done. 

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. 

So…Are you ready to trade writing reports alone for quality one-on-one time with students, parents, and teachers? Are you ready to be proactive and recharge for the new school year by putting in some time reflecting on what in your job is malleable and what requires a mindset change? Do you want to get expert advice and connect to colleagues who can inspire and support you along the way? 

Introducing: The Thriving School Psychologist Online Collective

What will I have access to?

  • 7 Live video modules, released monthly
  • The Thriving School Psychologist Kit: Over 50+ Downloadable tools to streamine you workflow and optimize your job satisfaction
  • NEW BONUS! Up to 5 hours of NASP-approved CPD credit at no additional charge!


  • Confidential closed Facebook group with access to peer support, feedback, new ideas, and collaboration contests as you work toward your personal work satisfaction goals
  •  7 Live online Q&A sessions with Dr. Branstetter and a cohort of peers to personalize and problem-solve your unique work situation
  • One-on-one individual coaching sessions with Dr. Branstetter to fast-track your transformation to job satisfaction and explore career extensions

See what we will learn together 

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 

• Power Tool: The Organized School Psychologist Checklist 

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

• Access to one Data-Based Techniques recorded webinar from for 1 NASP-Approved CPD credit

 • Collaboration Contest: The 8 Hour Workday Challenge 

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 

• Three critical changes to your intake paperwork 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 

• PDF of “The No More Weekend Report Writing” Guide 

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

• Access to a second Data-Based Techniques recorded webinar from for 1 NASP-Approved CPD credit

• Collaboration Contest: Time Saving Template Contest 

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 

• Power Tool: The RTI Intervention Pyramid Consultation Tool 

• PDF of “Finding Resources for Students with No Additional Funding” Guide 

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

• Collaboration Contest: The RTI Pyramid Challenge

*This presentation will be 1 hour in duration for 1 NASP-Approved CPD credit

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: 

• Five essential strategies for effective consultation with teachers 

• Three critical techniques for building rapport and trust with parents 

• 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 Checklist 

• PDF of “The School Psychologist’s Consultation Cheat Sheet” 

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

• Collaboration Contest: The “Toxic-ecatamy” 

*This presentation will be one hour in duraton for 1 NASP-Approved CPD credit

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 

• PDF of “The School Psychologist’s Therapeutic Toolkit” 

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

• Collaboration Contest: The 10-Minute Counseling/Support Services Challenge 

*This presentation will be 1 hour in duration for 1 NASP-Approved CPD credit

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 

• Power Tool: Powerful Boundary Setting Scripts 

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

• Collaboration Contest: Burnout Buddies 

Module #7: Career Extensions 

Some school psychologists have the staying power to be in the career full time for 30 years until retirement. Hats off to you, my friends! After about 10 full-time years in the profession, I had my first daughter and my priorities shifted. I discovered how to free up some time for my family by combining work in the public schools and in private practice. The beauty of this career is that it is possible to be a school psychologist part-time and work in related fields (or take time to be with family—or both!). The skill set of a school psychologist transfers to more endeavors than you may think. In this Module, you will 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. You will also learn if a move to a related profession or private practice, either part time or full time, is for you. 

Together We Will Explore: 

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

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

• The Top 5 things to know about working in private practice 

• How to know if you need to leave your school, your district or the profession altogether 

You Will Receive: 

• Power Tool: Thinking Outside of the Box 

• PDF: Is Private Practice Right for Me? 

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

• Collaboration Contest: The Ideal Schedule Activity 

Bonus Module #8: How to Build a Lucrative Private Practice without Leaving Your Job 

This bonus module is available to those participants who select the School Psychologist Collective Complete package. It is designed for school psychologists who want to know the “nuts and bolts” of how to start a private practice, but are overwhelmed by all the details. 

Together we will explore: 

• The licenses and credentials needed to start a private practice 

• The top 3 considerations when starting private practice and how to avoid common ethical and legal pitfalls.  

• What 3 documents you will need to get started 

• How to launch your private practice when you know nothing about marketing or business 

You will receive: 

• PDF: Private Practice Starter Kit, including sample contracts, release of information forms, fee structures, etc. 

• Power Tool: 10 Ways Find Clients Now! 

Are you ready to start your transformation from a “testing machine” to using your full range of skills to do the “real work” of directly helping students reach their potential? 

Do you want to start your school year with a focused plan for transforming your school psychology career into one in which you are engaged and eager to go to work?

Join Me for The 2017 Thriving School Psychologist Online Collective!

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective

7 Live Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit 

Up to 5 NASP-approved CPD credit


The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Pro

7 Live Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit

Up to 5 NASP-approved CPD credit


Private Facebook Group

7 Live Q & A calls with Dr. Branstetter and the Inner Circle cohort of like-minded peers

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

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Complete

7 Live Online Modules  

Thriving School Psychologist Kit 

Up to 5 NASP-approved CPD credit

Private Facebook Group 

7 Live Q & A calls with Dr. Branstetter and the Inner Circle cohort of like-minded peers

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


7 Individual Coaching sessions with Dr. Branstetter 

Bonus Module: How to Build a Lucrative and Rewarding Private Practice without Leaving your Job

Join Me for The 2017 Thriving School Psychologist Online Collective!

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective

7 Live Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit 

$397 - one time payment or $75 per month for 6 months

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Pro

7 Live Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit


Private Facebook Group

7 Live Q & A calls with Dr. Branstetter and the Inner Circle cohort of like-minded peers

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

$697 - one time payment or $125 per month for 6 months

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Complete

7 Live Online Modules  

Thriving School Psychologist Kit  

Private Facebook Group  

7 Live Q & A calls with Dr. Branstetter and the Inner Circle cohort of like-minded peers

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


7 Individual Coaching sessions with Dr. Branstetter

Bonus Module: How to Build a Lucrative Private Practice without Leaving your Job

$1297 - one time payment or $225 per month for 6 months

Just think...You can receive piece of mind and emotional freedom to do the work you love AND earn up to 5 NASP-approved continuing professioal development (CPD) credits at no additional charge! 


Your Thriving as a School Psychologist Online Collective experience starts on August 27, 2017. Once you click the button above, you’ll be taken to the secure checkout. After your registration is complete, you’ll be sent an email receipt. Then, your login information will be sent to the email you provide during registration. 


First 10 people to enroll will receive a complimentary 60-minute individual coaching call with Dr. Branstetter to set personlized goals for the year and receive indivual support and resources to reach them ($250 value)

First 20 people to enroll will receive lifetime access to the School Psychology Tools App, the only full-feature app designed by and specifically for School Psychologists ($30 value)

If you’re one of the first 10 (and 20) to register, you will be sent an email with your bonuses and they will be loaded into your portal for you. 

I can't wait to kick off a successful the school year with you! 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 are saying

"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 

"I have been a School Psychologist for over 7 years and the support and lessons I have learned from Dr. Branstetter have been invaluable! Working with her, I have increased my knowledge in being comfortable with working in the gray areas. Not everything we do is clear cut, even after years in the field, and Dr. Branstetter guides you through those difficult times with her years of experiences and insightful views on child development and educational psychology. With her help, even a seasoned veteran will learn a ton! 

Javarte Bobino, Ph.D., 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


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 30 days. No hoops. Just send me an email.


When will I have time in my already busy day to participate? What if I miss the live webinars or live Q & A calls? 

The modules are purposefully divided into three 20-minute segments so that you can access them during the school day (hey, maybe even take a lunch break, folks!). The live videos are recorded and stored in your online portal for listening 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 about 105 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. Also, the first 20 people to register will get free access to a new tech tool, the School Psychologist Tools app, which will allow for new strategies for streamlining workflow. 

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).

Can I earn continuing professional development credit for participating?

Yes! The course is eligible at all three levels of participation for up to 5 National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-Approved CPD credits. In partnership with, participants have the option to submit proof of participation in any of Modules 1-5 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!)

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. Also, the first 10 people to sign up for the course will get one-on-one coaching time with Dr. Branstetter to refine your practice in your unique circumstances. All participants who register for the Pro or Complete program will have the closed group Facebook support of Dr. Branstetter as well as colleagues committed to working with students, not students’ paperwork!  

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 5 or more school psychologists participating in the course.

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Course Disclaimer 

By registering for this course, you agree that: (1) This program is intended for use by licensed school psychologists and persons in training or education programs to become licensed school psychologists; (2) This program is not intended to be a thorough treatise on educational and school psychology, but should instead be treated as a conversation with the author and nothing in this program is intended to be a substitution for formal education or university training and this program does not provide a supervisory relationship; (3) Nothing in this program should be applied without using your professional judgment because no information, including this program, can anticipate every situation and patient personality and act a replacement for your professional judgement or formal education; (4) The author of this program shall not be liable for any damages or for the breach of any warranty, express or implied, whether of merchantability or fitness for any purpose or otherwise, or for any other obligation or liability on account of the program; and (5) You will indemnify and hold harmless the author and all officers, directors, shareholders, employees, agents, and otherwise and all their respective successors and assigns against any cause of action, loss, liability, damage, cost or expense of any nature whatsoever, whether accrued, absolute, contingent, or otherwise, including, without limitation, attorney’s fees and costs (whether or not suit is brought), arising out of or relating to your use of the program or application of the principles of the program or any negligent act or omission you commit.