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!  

(And earn NASP-approved and self-study CPD units toward NCSP renewal along the 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 The School Psychologist's Survival Guide. Since then, I have presented workshops around the country about how to thrive as a school psychologist, and continue 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. 

Are you ready to trade writing reports alone or on your precious weekends 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? 


The Thriving School Psychologist Collective™!  


  • 7 Live video modules, released monthly
  • The Thriving School Psychologist Kit: Over 50+ pages of downloadable tools to streamine you workflow and optimize your job satisfaction
  • NEW BONUS! Up to 6 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
  • One-on-one individual coaching sessions with Dr. Branstetter to fast-track your transformation to job satisfaction and learn career sustainability
  • Up to 14 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 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. 

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 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 1 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.

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 consulatation 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 will be 1.5 hours in duration for 1.5 NASP-Approved CPD credit. 

*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: 

• 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 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 will be one and a half hours in duraton for 1.5 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 so that you can figure out the feasability 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 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 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.

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.  

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?

Are you ready to learn how to "shut it off" on the evenings and weekends, GUILT FREE? 

Join Me for The Thriving School Psychologist Collective™!

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective

7 Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit 

Up to 6 NASP-approved CPD credit 

 4 additional CPD units toward NCSP recertification


The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Pro

7 Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit

Up to 6 NASP-approved CPD credit 


10 Months Access to Private Facebook Group

10 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  

Up to 11 additional CPD units toward NCSP recertification

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Complete

7 Online Modules  

Thriving School Psychologist Kit 

Up to 6 NASP-approved CPD credit 

10 Months Access to Private Facebook Group 

10 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 


3 Individual one-hour Coaching sessions with Dr. Branstetter 

Up to 14 additional CPD units toward NCSP recertification

Only 5 Spots Available!

Group discounts available! Please email me at for details

Registration for 2017 Cohort is Closed. 

Sign up here to get an email when the Collective is accepting new members again in August 2018

Join Me for The Thriving School Psychologist Collective™!

Registration for 2017 Cohort is Closed. 

Sign up here to get an email when the Collective is accepting new members again in August 2018

Group discounts available! Please email me at for details

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective

7 Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit 

Up to 6 NASP Approved CPD Units 

4 additional self-study units toward NCSP certification  

$597 - one time payment or $89 per month for 8 months

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Pro

7 Online Modules

Thriving School Psychologist Kit

Up to 6 NASP Approved CPD Units and 8 additional units toward NCSP certification 


10 Months Access to Private Facebook Group

10 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  

11 additional self-study CPD units toward NCSP certification 

$897 - one time payment or $129 per month for 8 months

The Thriving School Psychologist Collective Complete

7 Online Modules  

Thriving School Psychologist Kit  

Up to 6 NASP Approved CPD Units and up to 11 additional units toward NCSP certification 

10 Month Access to Private Facebook Group  

10 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  

14 additional self-study CPD units toward NCSP certification 


3 Individual one-hour Virtual Coaching sessions with Dr. Branstetter

$1597 - one time payment or $229 per month for 8 months

Just think...You can receive piece of mind and emotional freedom to do the work you love AND earn 6 NASP-approved continuing professional development (CPD) credits and up to 14 CEU units toward NCSP recertification at no additional charge! 


Your Thriving as a School Psychologist Online Collective experience starts on August 19, 2018. 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. 


The "Before the Snowball" Bonus

Enroll any time after August 6th and before the August 19th deadline and receive INSTANT ACCESS to the course so that you can start the year organized before the school year starts ramping up

The "Done For You" Bonus

Starting August 6th, the first 50 people to enroll will receive a PDF of How to Build 10 Executive Functioning Skills recommendations template for you to easily import into your assessment reports and use for treatment planning for interventions. 

If you’re one of the first 50 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 just like you are saying about the course

"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 

"I love the way you present. I do not 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 

"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. 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).

Can I earn continuing professional development credit for participating?

Yes! The course is eligible at all three levels of participation for up to 6 National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-Approved CPD credits with up to 14 additional CPD units toward NCSP renewal available. 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. 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.

Do I have lifetime access to this course modules?

This course is designed to be completed in 10 months during the school year, ending June 1st. This is to avoid procrastination on stepping firmly onto the path of taking control of your career satisfaction. 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. 

This sounds great, but I really don't think I'll have time to do this during the school year. Can I do it over the summer?

I get it! You may wonder if you'll have the time to implement the strategies while you're slammed with cases. Yet school psychologists just like you have told me that the material has so much more meaning when you can actively learn, apply, and tweak the strategies during the school year. 

This course is also built for taking big ideas and breaking them into managable chunks. Videos are broken into 20 minute long segements and the tools can be downloaded for you to use whenever you have time.  

If you know yourself, and think you work better in groups and need accountability partners to complete the course during the school year, then I suggest you choose either the Pro or the Complete program, which has built in support, accountability contests (cool prizes for keeping up with the modules!), and more structured support to keep forward progress.