Imagine if your district could shift your school psychologists from the burnout track of only testing and writing reports to retaining them so that they can also support critical prevention and intervention efforts in your district...
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.
As a school psychologist for 15 years working in 4 different districts, I personally know how the stress of the job can make school psychologists leave. I too have left school districts in the hopes of finding job satisfaction elsewhere. The problem was, no matter which district I went to, the job struggles were the same—high caseloads, trouble keeping pace with compliance, scarce resources for prevention/intervention efforts that ultimately save the district money and improve student outcomes, and isolation from my school psychologist peers.
My mission is to help school systems fix multiple problems by addressing one major issue that is often overlooked.
I get it. Your school psychologists are being asked to do so much more with so much less time and resources in a high-pressure and often litigeous work enviornment. This creates a vicious cycle of burnout and challenges with staff retention.
You want to ensure that every student has equal access to high-quality mental heath and learning support services in the reality of ever-shrinking budgets. It can be done.
Here's what it could look like for your school district:
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 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 recruiting, retaining, and leveraging your school psychologists so that they can keep your district in compliance AND support crucial MTSS/RTI programs?
We can help.
What Will Your School Psychologists Have Access to?
ADDITIONAL SUPPORT AVAILABLE!
This module teaches school psychologists 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
DISTRICT SUPPORT PACKAGES
Option 1: Online Professional Development
7 On-demand Online Modules
Thriving School Psychologist Kit
Up to 6.5 NASP-approved CPD credits
Certificate of Completion for Accountability
Option 2: Professional Development + Small Group Coaching
7 On-demand Online Modules
Thriving School Psychologist Kit
Up to 6.5 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.
Monthly Collaboration Contests to win tech tools and resources specific to helping school psychologists
Large districts that purchase the course for 20+ School Psychologists are eligible for a complimentary 3-hour virtual workshop with your district leaders, school psychologists and Dr. Branstetter.
These "hands on" workshops provide facilitated work-time for participants to apply the Thriving School Psycholgist content to meet district-specific goals (e.g. compliance, reducing burnout, reducting over-resresentation 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 email@example.com or click on the "chat/email" icon.
Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D.
School Psychologist, Licensed Educational Psychologist, and California Licensed Psychologist #22654
Founder of The Thriving School Psychologist Collective ®
"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 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
When will our school psychologists find time in their already busy days to participate?
The modules are all "on demand," which means once they are released each month, they can watch at any time. They are purposefully divided into three 20-minute segments so that they can access them during the school day.
If our district opts for the program that includes the monthly live video Q&A sessions, do the school psychologists have to show up live to participate? What if they miss them?
If your psychologist cannot attend the live Q&A session, her or she 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 the online portal, they can listen to them at their convenience.
I have some school psychologists who have been doing this for a while. Will the strategies be new for them?
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 passion for the job and protect from burnout. There are also so many new tech tools that school psychologists can use to streamline workflows (even if they 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 participants.
Can our school psychologists earn continuing professional development credit for participating?
Yes! The course is eligible at all both levels of participation for up to 6.5 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 SchoolPsych.com, 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. Participation in CPD activities within the course is optional.
I feel like my district is unique. Will this course be flexible enough to apply to our needs?
The beauty of this course is that the concepts are delivered in engaging, interactive webinars and the content can be appied in any district. For Option 2, there is access to Dr. Branstetter and a cohort of school psychologists across the country with different viewpoints and expertise to share. All participants who register for the Option 2 program will have the closed group online forum support of Dr. Branstetter, her team, as well as like-minded colleagues.
If your district is not sure if the course is a fit, I encourage you to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about the various ways districts have tailored the Thriving School Psychologist Collective to their particular district goals.
Do my school psychologists have lifetime access to this course modules?
This course is designed to be completed in 10 months. School psychologists have told me that the material has so much more meaning when they can actively learn, apply, and tweak the strategies during the school year. While participants only have access to the video modules for 10 months, they are able to download all the PDFs and Power Tools, which they can use any time.
When does the course start?
The course starts every August and December. This is so that school psychologists have a cohort of peers who are at the same stage in their transformational journey from being a "testing machine" to fully using their skillsets to support the students and school communities they serve.