The Road to Being a School Psychologist…
I have a confession.
When I was little, I loved school so much, I played “school” on the weekends.
For the record, I also had friends!
And…I would rope them into playing school with me (along with my childhood bestie, Grizzlette the teddy bear–she was an excellent listener).
And real talk?
I gotta admit… I still reeeeeeeally love “playing” school all day long for my career, as a school psychologist. My journey began out of a love of learning and continues to date with my love of helping students as a school psychologist.
It’s my mission to support our increasingly stressed out students so they can love school too!
Over the past 20 years, I’ve learned that school psychologists play a vital role in helping our students thrive. But the problem is, when we are burned out, we aren’t tapping into our awesome.
When we thrive, students thrive too!
So for National School Psychology Week (#itwillalwaysbeSPAWtome) here’s three resources curated JUST for school psychologists to thrive!
Goodies on the 2021 Theme of “Let’s Get in Gear”
This year’s theme is “Let’s Get in GEAR.” (Grow, Engage, Advocate, Rise). The theme’s acronym provides a challenge to grow both personally and professionally. It encourages us to engage in best practices and advocate for children’s access to mental health and learning supports. To rise implies resilience and renewal despite the challenges of the past.
This has a particular resonance this year as we work to help students, families, and school staff emerge from the challenges of the past year and a half.
Shifting Gears from Burnout to Happiness
My SPIN (get it?) on this year’s gears theme is helping school psychologists be their best school psych selves by tending to their own self-care.
Y’all have been HOLDING IT DOWN for your students during seriously challenging times….
So here’s a little social story just for you!
Who wants to hop on the Thriving Party Bus with me? Be sure to load up on ALL THE THINGS to refuel:
🧡 Free download of my new book, The Thriving School Psychologist: 4 Steps to Better Time Management, Lower Stress, and More Impact in Your School Community, Beyond Testing! Click here!
🧡 Free webinar: The Four Pillars of a Thriving School Psychologist – Instant access available! Click here!
🧡 Free Coping Skills Coloring Book for your students! Click here!
New! Thriving School Psychologist Adult Coloring Book
On our latest Thriving School Psychologist Collective monthly Zoom call, one of our members mentioned that coloring is actually relaxing for ADULTS too.
YES! I got super excited about creating an adult coloring book on thriving as a school psychologist.
And I’m a big fan of bringing the fun to our stressful (through rewarding!) careers. No matter how old we are, when learning is fun, we learn more.
So I hope you have fun coloring this HOT OFF THE PRESS LITERALLY TODAY “Thriving School Psychologist Adult Coloring Book” full of quotes from my book and phrases we use ALL. THE. TIME. in the Thriving School Psychologist Collective course and community to remind us that when we thrive, our students thrive too.
Be sure to post a finished coloring page on my Instagram to be entered to win this snazzy Top 10 Reasons to be a School Psychologist Poster!
Winner announced at the closing of National School Psychology Week on Friday November 12th, 2021 at 3pm Pacific time!
I hope you have a wonderful National School Psychologist Week!
Here’s to shifting gears to thriving…together!