All children and youth can face problems from time to time related to learning and school performance; social relationships; making difficult decisions; or managing emotions such as feeling depressed, anxious, worried, or isolated. School psychologists help students, families, educators, and members of the community understand and resolve both long-term, chronic problems as well as short-term issues that students may face. They are a highly skilled and ready resource in the effort to ensure that all children and youth thrive in school, at home, and in life. (Adapted from NASP).
School psychology is ranked 17th on the U.S. World and News Report’s list of the 100 Best Jobs in 2015. Employment opportunities are plentiful in most states, including Indiana, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 16,400 new school psychologist jobs will be added by 2022, at an employment growth rate of 11.3 percent.
If you’d like to contact a school psychologist, consider inquiring at a local school, looking for contact information on the school or district website, or contacting the district’s central office. You are also welcome to contact the IASP Office or the one of the IASP leaders.