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School Psychology at The University of Montana Missoula. What do School Psychologist do?. Assess for learning, emotional and behavioral difficulties that may impact school functioning Consult with other school professionals on ways to intervene with individual students Intervention

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what do school psychologist do
What do School Psychologist do?
  • Assess for learning, emotional and behavioral difficulties that may impact school functioning
  • Consult with other school professionals on ways to intervene with individual students
    • Intervention
  • Implement systemic programs and change
  • Implement prevention efforts
  • Staff, parent, and student education
    • Advocacy of their learning and mental health needs
when do children need a school psychologist
When Do Children Need A School Psychologist?
  • Learning difficulties
  • Behavior concerns
  • Problems at home or with peers
  • Fears about war, violence, terrorism
  • Any mental health issues that affect school functioning
    • ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, PDD’s, ODD, CD, etc., etc.
  • Coping with crisis and trauma
  • Poverty, violence, or life changing events
where do school psychologists work
Where do School Psychologists Work?
  • With an Ed.S.:
    • Public and private schools (81%)
      • May serve one school or an entire district
    • School-based health centers
    • Community or state agencies
  • With a Ph.D.:
    • Clinics and hospitals
    • Private practice
    • Universities (academia)
job outlook very promising
Job Outlook: VERY Promising!
  • One of the top ten “best careers” in 2007 by US News and World Report
  • Increasing Demand for Public School based positions
    • Job opportunities are predicted to develop at a higher than average rate in foreseeable future
    • Many current practitioners will retire in next 10 years
  • Additionally, academia is currently experiencing a shortage of Ph.D. level School Psychologists
applying to a graduate program
Applying to a Graduate Program
  • GRE: Graduate Record Exam
  • Undergraduate transcripts
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement(s)
  • Practice or research interests
choosing a training program
Choosing a Training Program
  • Decide on Ph.D. or Ed.S.
    • Career Goals
  • Determine your specific interests
    • Consider faculty research
  • Size of program
  • NASP and APA accreditation
  • Location
    • The School Psychologist Program at the University of Montana is the only one offered in Montana
specialist ed s vs doctorate ph d
Specialist (Ed.S.) vs Doctorate (Ph.D.)
  • Ed.S.
    • 2 years of coursework
    • 1 year/1200 hour internship
  • Ph.D.
    • 4 years of coursework
    • 1 year/1200 hour internship
do i need to major in psychology
Do I need to Major in Psychology?
  • Degree in ed/psych is not necessarily required, but you…
    • Should have basic background in psychology, education, or child development
    • May need to do some coursework before starting grad school (e.g., prerequisites)
  • Emphasize your skills
more information
More Information
  • Brochures about The University of Montana’s School Psychology Program up front
  • E-mail
    • greg.machek@umontana.edu
      • Dr. Machek is a U of MT School Psychology faculty member
    • juliana.morrow@umontana.edu
      • Juliana is a second year EdS student and MASP student representative
    • chris.bushard@umontana.edu
      • Chris is a first year PhD student in the program
    • Other faculty and student contact info can be found on our website:
      • http://psychweb.psy.umt.edu/www/schoolpsych_welcome.asp
  • Check out www.nasponline.org for more information
thank you
Thank You!
  • We hope to hear from you!