11 episodes

Join the School Psych Finds community in learning more about the field of School Psychology, including helpful resources & tips. We’ll be covering topics in related fields such as psychology, mental health, human development, and education. This podcast is for anyone interested in these fields or who is (or is soon to be) a school psychologist! The host of School Psych Finds, Sophia, is a nationally certified school psychologist and a previous labor and postpartum doula. The School Psych Finds community originally started on Instagram and is still going strong. Find us there or on TikTok for more! Feel free to reach out and let me know what you’d like to see on the podcast. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review! For inquiries, please email: schoolpsychfinds@gmail.com

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Join the School Psych Finds community in learning more about the field of School Psychology, including helpful resources & tips. We’ll be covering topics in related fields such as psychology, mental health, human development, and education. This podcast is for anyone interested in these fields or who is (or is soon to be) a school psychologist! The host of School Psych Finds, Sophia, is a nationally certified school psychologist and a previous labor and postpartum doula. The School Psych Finds community originally started on Instagram and is still going strong. Find us there or on TikTok for more! Feel free to reach out and let me know what you’d like to see on the podcast. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave a review! For inquiries, please email: schoolpsychfinds@gmail.com

    Specific Learning Disability

    Specific Learning Disability

    What is a Specific Learning Disability (SLD)? How is it defined for IEP/Special Education purposes? How do school psychologists help to identify SLDs in schools? How does SLD identification in the school system differ from private practice and Specific Learning Disorders?

    Listen in to learn about SLDs and some of the issues facing the field of psychology in this area!

    Episode Links:
    Episode 2: Intro to SPED Law
    IDEA Specific Learning Disability

    New episodes monthly

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    Disclaimer: The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this podcast are for informational and educational purposes only and should not be considered professional, clinical, or medical advice. This podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. While every effort is made to ensure that the information shared is accurate, suggestions, comments, and corrections of errors are welcomed. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast.You should take all steps necessary to ascertain that the information you receive from the podcast is correct and has been verified. If you take any action or inaction as the result of any of the content you consume on the podcast, this is based solely on your decision, and School Psych Finds cannot be held liable for any consequences. All people, places, and scenarios mentioned in the podcast have been changed to protect the confidentiality of all persons involved. Neither the opinions of our guests nor the content of any third-party site referenced in the podcast necessarily reflect the opinions, standards, or policies of the host. The views and opinions expressed on this podcast by its host & speakers do not represent any entities they work with or national/professional organizations.
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    • 35 min
    How to Talk to Kids About Weight | Dr. Tomiyama

    How to Talk to Kids About Weight | Dr. Tomiyama

    Eating disorders and unhealthy body images seem to be all around us in today's world, especially with the rapid rise of social media and the seemingly unavoidable consumption of it by children. As school psychologists and mental health professionals, many of us come across children (seemingly at younger and younger ages) who seem to struggle with their body images and start down a path of disordered and unhealthy eating patterns.

    On today's episode, we are joined by Dr. Janet Tomiyama (Professor of Psychology at UCLA) to discuss how to talk to children about weight. That is, what does that research say about talking to kids about "weight" and how can we best support families in promoting positive and healthy body images and eating habits? Tune in to learn more.

    About the Guest:  Dr. Tomiyama
    A. Janet Tomiyama, Ph.D., (you can call her Dr. T) is a professor of Psychology at UCLA, where she also heads up the DIeting, Stress, and Health (DiSH) lab. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Cornell University in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles in June of 2009, and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar Fellowship jointly at the University of California San Francisco and Berkeley. Her work has been recognized by early career awards from the Association for Psychological Science, the Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the Society for Health Psychology. Her research, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, focuses on the biobehavioral and health consequences of stress, dieting, comfort eating, and weight stigma.

    Episode Links:
    Learn more about the DiSH Lab here

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    For inquiries, please email: schoolpsychfinds@gmail.com
    Disclaimer: The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this podcast are for informational and educational purposes only and should not be considered professional, clinical, or medical advice. This podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. While every effort is made to ensure that the information shared is accurate, suggestions, comments, and corrections of errors are welcomed. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast.You should take all steps necessary to ascertain that the information you receive from the podcast is correct and has been verified. If you take any action or inaction as the result of any of the content you consume on the podcast, this is based solely on your decision, and School Psych Finds cannot be held liable for any consequences. All people, places, and scenarios mentioned in the podcast have been changed to protect the confidentiality of all persons involved. Neither the opinions of our guests nor the content of any third-party site referenced in the podcast necessarily reflect the opinions, standards, or policies of the host. The views and opinions expressed on this podcast by its host & speakers do not represent any entities they work with or national/professional organizations. 
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    • 33 min
    Effort Testing & PVTs | Dr. Cecil Reynolds

    Effort Testing & PVTs | Dr. Cecil Reynolds

    How do we know if students are really giving us sufficient effort during cognitive testing or even academic testing for special education? If we aren’t sure then how can we actually be sure that our tests are valid and accurate measures of their full abilities? On this episode, we focus on a topic that many of us probably haven't been taught about but that should likely be standard procedure in our assessments (whether that’s in private practice or in the schools). We discuss this important topic with our distinguished guest, Dr. Cecil Reynolds. Listen in to learn about what PVTs are and why they should be well known among school psychologists and taught about in grad school! 

    About the Guest: Dr. Cecil Reynolds:
    Dr. Reynolds is an expert and leader in the field of school psychology (and more). He has published many of the most popular psychological assessment instruments used in psychology and school psychology today (e.g., RIAS, BASC, TOMAL, and more). He is a distinguished scientist in psychology and a professor of both neuroscience and forensic neuroscience. He has also published a Pediatric PVT that can be used efficiently in the schools. Listen in to learn more. It was an honor having him on the show!

    Episode Links:
    Webinar about PVTs by Dr. Reynolds to learn more
    Pediatric Performance Validity Test Suite (PdPVTS)
    Dr. Reynolds can be reached at: crrh@earthlink.net

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    For inquiries, please email: schoolpsychfinds@gmail.com
    Disclaimer: The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this podcast are for informational and educational purposes only and should not be considered professional, clinical, or medical advice. This podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. While every effort is made to ensure that the information shared is accurate, suggestions, comments, and corrections of errors are welcomed. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast.You should take all steps necessary to ascertain that the information you receive from the podcast is correct and has been verified. If you take any action or inaction as the result of any of the content you consume on the podcast, this is based solely on your decision, and School Psych Finds cannot be held liable for any consequences. All people, places, and scenarios mentioned in the podcast have been changed to protect the confidentiality of all persons involved. Neither the opinions of our guests nor the content of any third-party site referenced in the podcast necessarily reflect the opinions, standards, or policies of the host. The views and opinions expressed on this podcast by its host & speakers do not represent any entities they work with or national/professional organizations. 
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    • 44 min
    How to Avoid Burnout

    How to Avoid Burnout

    On this episode we discuss some specific strategies that can help to reduce overall stress and burnout as a school psychologist. Last episode, we discussed a lot of the challenges of this career. While there are some things that will always make our career difficult or that may take a while to change systematically, it's not all out of our control. There are some things we can do to help ourselves out! Let’s plan to make this year better for ourselves. What’s one thing you could do? Listen to learn more.

    Make sure to check out the previous episodes on the podcast:
    Episode 5: Benefits of Being a School Psychologist
    Episode 6: Challenges of Being a School Psychologist
    New episodes weekly (monthly during the school year)
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    Find me on Instagram & TikTok
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    For inquiries, please email: schoolpsychfinds@gmail.com
    Disclaimer: The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this podcast are for informational and educational purposes only and should not be considered professional, clinical, or medical advice. This podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. While every effort is made to ensure that the information shared is accurate, suggestions, comments, and corrections of errors are welcomed. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast.You should take all steps necessary to ascertain that the information you receive from the podcast is correct and has been verified. If you take any action or inaction as the result of any of the content you consume on the podcast, this is based solely on your decision, and School Psych Finds cannot be held liable for any consequences. All people, places, and scenarios mentioned in the podcast have been changed to protect the confidentiality of all persons involved. Neither the opinions of our guests nor the content of any third-party site referenced in the podcast necessarily reflect the opinions, standards, or policies of the host. The views and opinions expressed on this podcast by its host & speakers do not represent any entities they work with or national/professional organizations. 
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    • 44 min
    Challenges of Being a School Psychologist

    Challenges of Being a School Psychologist

    On this episode, we discuss the challenges of being a school psychologist. What are the cons of being a school psychologist? Who should not become a school psychologist? This is a meaningful & rewarding career and it also comes with an incredible amount of stress that can lead many to burn out. New & aspiring psychologists- listen in to learn a bit of some of the challenges you might expect as a school psychologist. Experienced psychologists- in a career that can be somewhat isolating, hearing that other psychs go through similar things can be oddly comforting and help you feel seen.

    Make sure to check out the previous episodes on the podcast:
    Episode 5: Benefits of Being a School Psychologist

    New episodes weekly
    Subscribe to Podcast Emails here
    Find me on Instagram & TikTok
    Support the podcast here
    For inquiries, please email: schoolpsychfinds@gmail.com
    Disclaimer: The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this podcast are for informational and educational purposes only and should not be considered professional, clinical, or medical advice. This podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. While every effort is made to ensure that the information shared is accurate, suggestions, comments, and corrections of errors are welcomed. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast.You should take all steps necessary to ascertain that the information you receive from the podcast is correct and has been verified. If you take any action or inaction as the result of any of the content you consume on the podcast, this is based solely on your decision, and School Psych Finds cannot be held liable for any consequences. All people, places, and scenarios mentioned in the podcast have been changed to protect the confidentiality of all persons involved. Neither the opinions of our guests nor the content of any third-party site referenced in the podcast necessarily reflect the opinions, standards, or policies of the host. The views and opinions expressed on this podcast by its host & speakers do not represent any entities they work with or national/professional organizations. 
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    • 32 min
    Benefits of Being a School Psychologist

    Benefits of Being a School Psychologist

    Let's discuss the benefits of being a school psychologist!  If you’ve been in the field for a while, this episode can help reignite your passion & remind you of all of the pros of our career! For aspiring/new psychs, this episode can help inspire & excite you about all the positives that come with being a school psychologist.

    To keep things balanced, on the next episode of the School Psych Finds podcast, we'll discuss some of the challenges & hardships of being a school psychologist.

    Make sure to check out these previous episodes on the podcast:
    Episode 1: What is School Psychologist
    Episode 3: How to Become a School Psychologist

    New episodes weekly
    Subscribe to Podcast Emails here
    Find me on Instagram & TikTok
    Support the podcast here
    For inquiries, please email: schoolpsychfinds@gmail.com
    Disclaimer: The information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this podcast are for informational and educational purposes only and should not be considered professional, clinical, or medical advice. This podcast should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing “standard of care” in a legal sense or as a basis for expert witness testimony. While every effort is made to ensure that the information shared is accurate, suggestions, comments, and corrections of errors are welcomed. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on the podcast.You should take all steps necessary to ascertain that the information you receive from the podcast is correct and has been verified. If you take any action or inaction as the result of any of the content you consume on the podcast, this is based solely on your decision, and School Psych Finds cannot be held liable for any consequences. All people, places, and scenarios mentioned in the podcast have been changed to protect the confidentiality of all persons involved. Neither the opinions of our guests nor the content of any third-party site referenced in the podcast necessarily reflect the opinions, standards, or policies of the host. The views and opinions expressed on this podcast by its host & speakers do not represent any entities they work with or national/professional organizations.
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    • 20 min

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62 Ratings

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Bravo!

I really enjoy Sophia’s Instagram page and all her shared tips and tricks. Her podcast is high quality, concise, and informative. I have found it helpful to listen and learn about issues I confront at work from a fellow school psych!

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Great resource for practitioner and grad students alike!

I follow School Psych Finds on Instagram and came to Sophia’s podcast that way. What a high quality publication. Every episode is professionally presented, full of accurate information (shared in a nuanced way), thorough, and engaging. Highly recommend!

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As a school psych student finishing up my degree this podcast is so helpful and interesting!

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