The school psych world is forever evolving; staying updated with the latest content is crucial. Whether it’s new regulations, emerging trends, or groundbreaking resources, staying in the loop is essential. Let’s discuss three practical strategies to help you stay informed and ahead of the curve. From joining professional organizations to leveraging social media and newsletters, we’ve got you covered!

The Power of Professional Organizations  

Being part of a professional organization is like having a direct line to the pulse of your field. National and state-level associations offer a wealth of information through newsletters, email updates, and conferences. For example, if you’re passionate about learning disabilities, consider joining the national and your state’s associations. This dual membership ensures you’ll be attuned to both broader trends and local nuances. 

Make Time for Conferences and Professional Development

Finding time for school psych conferences and professional development may seem challenging, but it’s a crucial investment in your professional growth. Identify areas where you want to expand your knowledge and skills, and proactively schedule these events in your calendar. Additionally, look for opportunities with replay options, allowing access to content at your convenience. Remember, it’s not about finding time but making time.  

Leverage Social Media and Newsletters

Social media isn’t just for cat videos and memes! Follow school psychologist groups and associations related to your field, and you’ll find a treasure trove of valuable information. It’s a quick and efficient way to discover new resources, tools, and updates. Don’t forget to save relevant posts for easy reference. 

Newsletters can be a goldmine of curated content, often showcasing advancements and resources. Try creating a dedicated folder for them, and when you have a moment, dive in! Consider signing up for our newsletter if you are looking for a regularly published newsletter. We aim to provide valuable insights and resources tailored to busy school psychs!

If you are a school psychologist passionate about making a difference in students’ lives and want to excel further in your role, look no further! 

Did you know that Prepared School Psychologist members have access to our mini-courses, which allow you to earn CEUs or certificates of completion? Three mini-courses have already been released this month about preschool, TK, and FBAs. We have one more exclusive mini-course being released at the end of the month about the executive functioning skill of emotional control. Stay tuned because four additional mini-courses are set to be released throughout October. Each mini-course allows you to get valuable information in two hours or less, and community members can return to the content repeatedly as needed.

In the ever-evolving landscape of the school psych profession, it’s easy to feel like we’re constantly playing catch-up. Come dive into the complex world of school psychology, gain expert insights, and connect with like-minded professionals! The Prepared School Psychologist community provides comprehensive resources to enhance your knowledge and skills.