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    Re: school psychology degree
    Jeff

    I originally planned to become a school psychologist (can't
    afford the year off for the internship, and around here all
    the schools are full-time so I'd need to take off all three
    years) so I've done a fair amount of research on this.

    From what I have been able to learn it doesn't seem to have a
    lot of burnout. Most school psychologists I know have been
    doing it for years. It is less stressful for most people
    than classroom work. You don't have classroom management
    issues to contend with and your bosses are not based in the
    same location with you so you are given a good deal of
    independence. They do have a lot of paperwork like the rest
    of us though.

    What they do day to day depends a lot upon the school
    district. Some do almost nothing but testing. Other
    districts allow them to do some therapy with the kids. Even
    when they do therapy, they have a lot of kids they are
    responsible for, and they are responsible for testing and
    special ed assessements, so they don't see any one student
    very often. They are usually a major part of the special ed
    team- they are involved in assessment, special ed placement,
    and IEPs.

    Within the schools, most school psychologists work as school
    psychologists. They can move into administration as school
    psych supervisors (though with the number of school
    psychologists with Psy.D.'s and Ph.D.'s you practically need
    a doctorate to have a chance), and I know at least one school
    psychologist who became a director of special ed services in
    her district.

    Outside the schools you are pretty limited if you get your
    masters. However, with a doctorate you can be a fully
    qualified psychologist and with your state license you can
    practice psychology independently. Many go into private
    practice, college counseling centers or community agencies,
    and theoretically you can work in any setting any other
    psychologist can work including hosipitals (though I worked
    once in a psychiatric hospital that would not consider school
    psychologists because "this is not a school, it is a
    hospital").

    For a lot more info, check out the following from the "About
    School Psychology" section of the National Association of
    School Psychologists website:

    http://www.nasponline.org/about_sp/index.aspx

    On 11/10/09, first grade teacher wrote:
    > I am a teacher who is interested in becoming a school
    > psychologist. Before beginning this program, which requires
    > a year long internship, I was hoping to get a bit of advice
    > from a few counselors (I cannot find a chat board for
    > school psychologists).
    > Is this a job where many burn out quickly?
    > What are the best aspects of the job?
    > What are the least appealing aspects of the job?
    > What other opportunities are available for one with a
    > school psychology degree?
    >
    > Thank you in advance for any advice!
    >
    > Firstie