Substantial retirement numbers stabilization of SP students number of enrolled

Substantial retirement numbers stabilization of sp

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Substantial retirement numbers, stabilization of SP students, number of enrolled students in public school stabilizes = ratio of SP to students will continue to decline (serving large number of students) o National mean ratio in 2000, 1:1816 o National mean ratio in 2006, 1:1500 o Few internship sites consider GPA as the single most critical factor in hiring an intern o Letter of rec from program faculty are important, as well as impressions made during interview o Hirers want someone who can get along with others o Students encouraged to prepare a professional portfolio/online paperless portfolio for interviews Internship Year – Opportunities & Difficulties Develop an internship plan with supervisor o List of activities and competencies that must be et according to NASP, SDE and graduate program Opportunity to expand repertoire of skills and work with different age groups Take time to attend workshops, read professional topics, discuss legal and ethical concerns and questions Many interns report that internship year starts off slowly but picks up in a month to six weeks Intern supervisors vary in time willing to able to give to supervise intern (req. to give 2 hrs./week) Things that can go wrong: o Intern-Supervisor Conflicts o Personal Crises o Intern Impairment: something that interferes with performance of professional duties Inability or unwillingness to acquire and integrate professional standards into one’s repertoire of professional behavior An inability to acquire professional skills and reach accepted level of competency An inability to control personal stress, psychological dysfunction, or emotional reactions Beyond the Internship The Job Search o Important to take time to study all employment options o Find a mentor o NASP stresses importance of 1 year supervised post-internship but hard to regulate o Form a network of professional support o NASP ListServ Beyond Finding the First Job o Continuing ed o Continuing Professional Development (CPD) o Organization committees and subcommittees volunteer o Professional associations welcome contributors for newsletter Job Stress & Burnout o Many factors relate to job satisfaction including age, affiliation with SP associations, gender, SP-student ratio, quality of professional supervision o School Psychologists and Stress Inventory (Huebner 1992)
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Top 3 Most Stressful: Notification of unsatisfactory job performance, not enough time to perform job adequately, potential suicide cases Bottom 3 Least Stressful: Keeping up with current lit, carrying testing equipment around in unfavorable conditions, spending time driving between schools o Maslach Burnout Inventory (Maslach 1986) Three Scales: Emotional Exhaustion Depersonalization Personal Accomplishment Found that burnout is a serious problem for many SPs More than 1/3 met criteria for emotional exhaustion More than ¼ met criteria for reduced personal accomplishment Nearly 1/10 met criteria for depersonalization Lack of adequate support and resources = Emotional exhaustion & depersonalization Time management, high risk to self and others, and interpersonal conflict = emotional exhaustion o Higher scores on neuroticism scale = higher degrees of emotional exhaustion and reduced personal
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