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  1. So you want to work with children…. Jill Norvilitis and Pamela Schuetze

  2. Beginning with the end in mind • Several different paths to work with children • Volunteer • Careers • In psychology • Related fields

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. Preparing for a Career Working with Children • Doctoral level • Get involved! • Research • Applied experience • Psychology Club • Psi Chi (when eligible) • Get to know faculty

  10. 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

  11. 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