Shouldn’t I Know All the Answers? After all, I am the School Psychologist!

A frequent thought that enters every school psychologist’s mind may sound like this, “I should have a correct answer to every question asked of me, right?” Sound familiar? The field of school psychology is challenging because it has many moving parts and while one answer may apply to a situation, it may not work for the next one. Let’s talk about how our problem-solving skills can better prepare us to be competent school psychologists. If you are interested in watching a replay of the live recording where I discuss these topics, please click here.

The Problem Solving Approach 

In the world of school psychology, we need to have a problem-solving approach when responding to questions asked to us. A problem-solving approach can help us look at the information and decide the most appropriate way to respond. Let’s consider the following points! 

  • Do I have all the information needed to answer this question?
  • Am I missing any data that would make it difficult for me to respond to this question accurately?
  • Is someone else better equipped to answer this question? Remember the student’s teacher or case manager is a wealth of knowledge! 

I used the Problem-Solving Approach and I Still Don’t Know the Answer! Now What?

The first thing to remember is that even school psychologists with decades of experience don’t know all the answers. Be patient with yourself as you navigate the complex world of school psychology and follow these quick tips to help you feel more prepared. 

  • If you simply don’t know the answer, let them know you would like to research the topic further and that you will get back to them within a day. The key to this strategy is following through with your promise to continue to build a trusting relationship.
  • Ask a colleague, administrator, or your special education director for guidance. 
  • Look to see if you have any guides or handbooks that you can reference.
  • Use your clinical judgment. There may be times when there is no definitive answer (e.g. a parent wants to know if adding a specialized academic English course will help their child eventually read at grade level.)

Did you know we recently finished our 3rd annual Summer Boot Camp? If you did not get a chance to participate, don’t worry because we recorded everything! For those of you who have some experience as practicing school psychs and want to further improve your skill set, check out the “Improving My Practices” tab after clicking the button below to access 10 video replays for only $37! 

The recorded sessions focus on important topics including report writing, comprehensive ED assessments, keeping up with rules and regulations, and data-driven decision-making. You will also gain access to useful tips, answers to commonly asked questions about how to summarize findings, and even information about low-incidence disabilities. But hurry, these recordings are only available until October 31st!