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So you want to work with children…. Jill Norvilitis and Pamela Schuetze. Beginning with the end in mind. Several different paths to work with children Volunteer Careers In psychology Related fields. Career Options. With a bachelor’s degree Research tech/aide/assistant

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So you want to work with children

So you want to work with children….

Jill Norvilitis and Pamela Schuetze


Beginning with the end in mind

Beginning with the end in mind

  • Several different paths to work with children

    • Volunteer

    • Careers

      • In psychology

      • Related fields


Career options

Career Options

  • With a bachelor’s degree

    • Research tech/aide/assistant

    • Residential treatment staff

    • Crisis line staffing

    • Case management

    • Child Life Specialist

    • Expected salary to start: $25,000


Career options1

Career Options

  • Master’s level

    • School psychology

    • School counseling

    • Social work

    • 2 years beyond bachelor’s degree

    • Expected salary to start: $30,000 to $40,000


Career options2

Career Options

  • Doctoral Level

    • PhD

      • Clinical

      • Counseling

      • School

      • Developmental

    • PsyD

    • Cost of education varies by type of program

    • Average length of time to PhD—7 years beyond bachelors

    • Starting salary varies considerably by career path chosen


Related fields to consider

Related Fields to Consider

  • Special education

  • Speech pathology

  • Psychiatric nursing

  • Child psychiatry

    • Serious shortage—by 2020, should be 12,600, but estimate only 8,300, according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists


Volunteer and paraprofessional opportunities

Volunteer and Paraprofessional Opportunities

  • Big Brother/Big Sister

  • Compeer

  • Boys and Girls Club or community centers

    • Buffalo State is adjacent to and partners with Asarese Matters

  • Shelter, inpatient, and residential facility volunteers

  • Coaching


Preparing for a career working with children

Preparing for a Career Working with Children

  • Bachelor or master’s level

    • Experience, experience, experience

      • Volunteer

      • Service learning

      • Internship

        • According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 60 % of employers report making job offers to interns

      • Jobs that relate to field (day care, summer camp, etc.)

      • Research


Preparing for a career working with children1

Preparing for a Career Working with Children

  • Doctoral level

    • Get involved!

      • Research

      • Applied experience

      • Psychology Club

      • Psi Chi (when eligible)

      • Get to know faculty


Where do i go from here

Where do I go from here?

  • Career Development Center

  • Faculty in Psychology Department

    • Developmental: Dr. Schuetze

    • Child Clinical: Dr. Norvilitis

    • Adolescent and Young Adult: Dr. MacLean


Web based resources

Web-Based Resources

  • Society for Research in Child Development www.srcd.org

  • National Association of School Psychologists www.nasponline.org

  • American School Counselor Association www.schoolcounselor.org

  • Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, APA Division 53 www.clinicalchildpsychology.org

  • Disciplines in psychology, tons of resources and links www.psychwatch.com

  • American Psychological Association www.apa.org


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