School psychologists play a much different role in the world of psychology. For a school psychologist, training includes learning to support each student to achieve their potential academically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally. Jessica Glass Kendorski Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, explains her role in teaching future school psychologists.
Can you describe your duties as a psychologist?
“School psychologists are responsible for the behavioral, intellectual, social and emotional needs of children in the schools. This includes assessment as well as intervention in the classroom and other environments. In my role as professor, I train students to function as school psychologists. This includes training in administering cognitive assessments (IQ tests), helping teachers support students in the classrooms by developing academic and behavioral interventions, crisis intervention and prevention and counseling. School psychologists are trained to work with all students and specifically students with various disabilities. The goal of a school psychologist is to support each student to achieve their potential academically, socially, emotionally and behaviorally.”
Where did you get your degree?
“I received my Ph.D. in school psychology from Temple University and my bachelor’s degree in Psychology from LaSalle University.”
How has education prepared you for your career in psychology and social sciences?
“My education has provided me with the tools to conduct the various aspects of my role. My educational experiences have provided me with the foundational knowledge of psychology and school psychology, as well as the skills to conduct relevant research, be an educator and consult with local school districts to help improve the services provided to children in an effort to improve academic and social/emotional/behavioral development. My PhD in school psychology has prepared me to take on the differing aspects of my role as professor including writing, conducting research, teaching students, mentoring, as well as practice as a school psychologist.”
What continuing education is required for your role?
“Continuing education varies depending on certifications and licenses. I have different continuing education requirements for each certification and license. I am a licensed psychologist in PA which requires 30 hours of continuing education (conferences, coursework, presentations) every two years. I am a board certified behavior analyst, which requires 36 hours of continuing education every three years, and a nationally certified school psychologist which requires 75 hours every three years to maintain certification.”
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