School Psychologist's Survival Guide

ISBN-10: 1118027779

ISBN-13: 9781118027776

Edition: 2012

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School psychologists have a challenging job, helping students with moderate to severe disabilities, traveling back and forth to multiple school sites, meeting with concerned parents and overworked teachers, managing school crises, and more. Yet there are almost no truly practical resources to help them in their work. This Survival Guide from veteran school psychologist and popular blogger Rebecca Branstetter (“Notes from the School Psychologist”) offers new and experienced school psychologists a go-to resource with ready-to-use strategies and time-saving reproducible materials they can use every day. Far from a dry textbook, The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide brings to life the nuts and bolts of school psychology—the practical side of the job. Written in an accessible style (with a dash of humor), the book explains how to bridge the gap between best practices according to research and the realities of working in a large school district bureaucracy with limited resources. Branstetter helps readers successfully navigate large case loads, legal and ethical realities, and crisis management.  The book also helps seasoned professionals fine-tune their skills with the latest ideas and theories, such as the Response to Intervention model, current models of crisis intervention, bilingual assessment, cognitive behavioral therapy, social skills groups, and the latest neuropsychological assessments.
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List price: $29.99
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Limited
Publication date: 4/27/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.518
Language: English

Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and a Licensed Educational Psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Branstetter assesses and counsels children and adolescents with learning and emotional challenges in the public schools and in private practice. Dr. Branstetter writes about her experiences in her blog, Notes From The School Psychologist (

Exhibits, Forms, and Figures
About the Author
Wearing Many Hats: The Roles Of The School Psychologist
Prevention and Intervention
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
Finding Where You Belong: Logistics And Building Relationships In Your Schools
Getting Situated at a New School Site
Building Relationships with Key Staff Members
The School Secretary: Your New Best Friend
The Principal: Captain of the Ship
Counselors and Other Support Staff
Special Educators
General Education Teachers
The Custodian
Beginning-of-School Logistics
What to Do in the First Few Days and Weeks of School
Managing Multiple Sites
Finding a Work Space at Your School Site
Getting Needed Materials
Other Considerations in the First Few Weeks
Once You Are Settled In: Introducing Yourself
Introducing Yourself to Staff
Introducing Yourself to Families and Students
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
Help! I'm Drowning In Paperwork! How To Tame The Bureaucracy Monster
Managing Your Assessment Caseload
Completing Your Assessments Within Timelines
Check Your Assessment Caseloads for Accuracy
Make Your Yearly Assessment Calendar
Documenting and Tracking Interventions, Counseling, and Crisis Counseling
Documenting Interventions
Documenting Counseling and Crisis Counseling
Documenting Child Protective Services Calls and Reports
What's Next? Time Management Tips for Balancing Assessment Caseloads with Other Roles
Scheduling Your Week
Scheduling Your Day
What to Do When You Are Drowning in a Sea of Assessments
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
Intervention And Prevention
How to Be Preventive When You Have No Time
Being Effective on Leadership and Prereferral Intervention Teams
Schoolwide Support Teams
Student-Focused Support Teams
Developing and Supporting Academic Interventions
Developing and Supporting Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Interventions
Developing Your Own Prevention Activities and Programs
Common Pitfalls and What to Do About Them
When Special Education Intervention Is the Only Game in Town
When Your School Is Sending You Inappropriate Referrals
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
Response To Intervention (Rti): Changing Your Role From Special Education Gatekeeper To Keymaster Of Interventions
School Psychologists' Roles in RtI
Academic RtI: Data-Based Decision Making
Tier 1 Interventions
Developing Individual Intervention Plans and Data-Tracking Tools
Behavioral RtI: Data-Based Decision Making
Universal Screening
Assessment and Intervention Audits
Monitoring Tier 1 Effectiveness
Tiers 2 and 3: Gathering Baseline Data and Using Progress Monitoring Tools
How to Track Individual Student Progress with Your RtI Team
Navigating Your Role Change
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
Special Education Assessment
The Assessment Process: From Parental Consent to Report Writing
Determining Timelines and Informing All Involved Parties of the Assessment
Reviewing the History and Gathering Environmental Data
Conducting a Developmental History with Parents or Guardians
Deciding If You Need to Do a Full Social-Emotional-Behavioral Evaluation
Selecting Appropriate Testing Instruments
Selecting Your Testing Tools
Beginning Your Testing with the Student
Writing Quality Reports
A Note About Other Types of Evaluations
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
The Individualized Education Plan (Iep): Friend Or Foe?
Before the IEP Meeting
Learning About Your Role and Presentation Style in IEP Meetings
Building Consensus on Your IEP Team
When to Share Results with Parents Before the IEP Meeting
Collaborating with Outside Team Members in the IEP
During the IEP Meeting
Laying the Groundwork for Presenting Results
Other Helpful Tips When Presenting at an IEP Meeting
After the IEP Meeting
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
Do You Have A Minute? How To Be An Effective Consultant
Where Theory Meets Real Life
Behavioral Consultation
Social-Emotional and Crisis Consultation
Academic Consultation
Consultation During the IEP-Writing Process
Dealing with Negative Nancy and Naysayer Ned: Working with "Involuntary" Consultees
The Uncomfortable Teachers' Lounge Consultation
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
Individual Counseling
Counseling Roles
Types of School-Based Individual Counseling
Psychodynamic ("Insight-Oriented") Therapy
Play and Art Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Beginning Counseling
During Counseling: Documentation and Sticky Situations
When You Need to Call Child Protective Services (CPS)
When a Child Is a Danger to Himself or Others
Sticky Confidentiality Issues
Terminating Counseling
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
Group Counseling
Starting a Group: Factors to Consider
Conduct a Needs Assessment at Your School
Deciding What Type of Group to Run
Deciding Who Is in Your Group
Choosing a Cofacilitator
Deciding on When and Where to Hold Your Group
Deciding on the Level of Structure in the Group
What to Do When Things Get Messy
A Student Wants to Drop Out of Group
Group Members "Gang Up" on Another Group Member or Members
The Group Is Out of Control
A Student Leaves the Group Without Permission
A Group Member Does Not Participate
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
The Dreaded Late-Night Phone Call: How To Deal With A Crisis At Your School
Preparation for a Crisis
Types of Crises
Individual Student Crises: Danger to Self and Danger to Others
Schoolwide Crises: Determining the Ripple Effect and Implementing Psychological First Aid
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
Practicing Self-Care
Moments of Zen
Maintaining Healthy Work-Life Boundaries
Your Role and Saying No
Know When to Say When
Pulling It All Together
Key Points
Discussion Questions
Bibliography and Resources
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