SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY WEEK. California Association of School Psychologists . School Psychology Week. California School Psychology Week is held in conjunction with NASP’s School Psychology Awareness Week. Usually held the second week in November, this year’s event is November 11 - 15 , 2013.
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parents regarding emotional, behavioral
and learning challenges facing children
The specialization in School Psychology authorizes the holder to perform the following:
• Give healthy and effective alternatives to teachers, parents, and administrators about problems in learning and behavior
• Assist others in understanding child development and how it affects learning and behavior
• Strengthen working relationships between educators, parents and community services
• Promote healthy learning behaviors through the development of positive behavioral support plans and the use of scientific, research-based instruction.
• Work one-on-one with children and families
• Help solve conflicts and problems in learning and adjustment
• Provide psychological counseling for children and families
• Provide social skills training, behavior management, and other strategies
• Provide guidance to families and schools with crises, such as separation, loss, and tragedies at home or at school
• Identify potential learning difficulties
• Design programs for children at risk of failure
• Provide parents and teachers with the skills to cope with disruptive behavior
• Foster tolerance, understanding and appreciation of diversity in the school community
• Develop initiatives for safe and effective schools
Develop programs on topics such as:
• Teaching and learning strategies
• Classroom management techniques
• Working with students who have disabilities or unusual talents
• Substance abuse
• Crisis management
• Anti-bullying programs and more
Research and Planning
• Evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs, behavior management systems, and other services
• Generate new knowledge about learning and behavior
• Contribute to planning and evaluating school-wide reform and restructuring
Use a variety of techniques at an individual, group, and systems level to evaluate:
• Academic skills
• Learning aptitudes
• Personality and emotional development
• Social skills
• Learning environments and school climate
• Eligibility for special education
Health Care Provision
• Collaborate with school and community-based personnel to provide a comprehensive model of school-linked health services
• Work with children and families to provide integrated community services focusing on psychosocial wellness and health-related issues
• Develop partnerships with parents and teachers to create healthy school environments
Bonus! Licensed Educational Psychologists can sign off on MediCalreimbursments. They are likely already on staff.
The majority of school psychologists are employed in public and private school systems. However, school psychologists practice in a variety of settings including:
• Public and Private Schools
• School-Based Health Centers
• Clinics and Hospitals
• Private Practice
• Universities, Community and State Agencies, and Other Institutions
Individuals who completed their program on or after July 1, 2004 must satisfy all the following:
1. A baccalaureate degree or higher, except in professional education, from a regionally accredited college or university.
2. Complete a professional program of post baccalaureate degree study consisting of a minimum of 60 semester units specializing in school psychology, including a practicum requirement and supervised field experience. Programs accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) meet this requirement.
• The program must have included 1200 clock hours of supervised field experience with school-aged children (or 540 clock hours if the program was completed prior to July 1, 2004)
• Prior to the field experience, a minimum of 450 clock hours of practicum is required, of which 300 clock hours must be in preschool to grade 12. Up to150 clock hours of the required 300 clock hours may be offered through on-campus or community agencies.
• A letter verifying practicum and field experience must be on official letterhead from the college or university’s education department and must accompany the application packet.