Anton Robert Berzins, Psy.D., N.C.S.P., is a school psychologist and Co-Founder and Director for the Ecuador Professional Preparation Program, a cultural immersion program for education and mental health professionals. He obtained his psychology and history (double major) undergraduate degree from Loyola College in Maryland, masters degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and doctoral degree (bilingual track) from St. John's University.
He is a full time, tenured school psychologist within the Great Neck Public School system in Great Neck, New York. In this role, he serves as the Case Manager to the Academic Career Exploration (A.C.E.) and Transition programs which are comprised of students with significant physical, and developmental disabilities. Additionally, he serves as the Case Manager to the English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) program, which is comprised of students from the Middle East, South America, Central America, Europe, and Asia.
For over the past decade, Dr. Berzins has spent his summer's working with a variety of schools, hospitals, clinics, community outreach centers, and orphanages in both Costa Rica and Ecuador. Furthermore, he has presented at district-level and national conferences. He has had articles, book reviews, and book chapters published in national psychology journals. His research interests include: school-sports psychology; resiliency; affect (positive and negative); exposure to violence (physical, verbal, sexual); post traumatic stress disorder; gratitude; positive psychology; and multicultural issues in psychology.
In this episode, we cover Anton's dreams of becoming a pro soccer player, his newspaper delivery service when he was 7 years old, the reasoning behind all his grad school decisions, how boldness, gratitude, and resourcefulness helps him throughout his career, why school psychology, what he does on a daily basis, how and why he founded the Ecuador PPP, advice for aspiring school psychologists, and more.
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Music by: Adam Fine