California Association of School Psychologists



 

This topic contains 6 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by  Lily Sais 2 months ago.

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  • #17352

    Catherine Ogden
    Participant

    In your practice as a school psychologist have you found that you have lost or are losing the connection you once had with the calling to this profession?

  • #17411

    Rodrigo Enciso
    Participant

    Not really. I mean, I love what I do and cannot see my self doing anything else, and while over the years I do see that I’ve gotten more jaded by the challenges and problems that are out of our control, I am constantly trying to improve myself and fortunately keep coming across situations which remind me of why I ventured into this profession and not another.

    How’s that Catherine?

    • #17412

      Catherine Ogden
      Participant

      That’s great! I am glad that you haven’t lost the calling! I love hearing that even though you are confronted with situations that are challenging you keep trying to improve. So inspirational! Plus I know you do so much for your calling. Sometimes I wonder if with the more that we do, does that help us connect to that calling, or can it have the opposite effect and can we loose it among everything else we are navigating.

  • #17435

    Rodrigo Enciso
    Participant

    Thanks for the kind words Catherine. Yeah, I call that being invested in the profession, I think that being involved keeps me coming back for more. Thus, constantly being reminded of my calling.

    Thanks for writing : ) this is going to be great!

  • #17511

    Lily Sais
    Moderator

    I do not feel like I’m loosing the connection I once had. Counseling is a big connection and I feel that almost every day that I provide counseling. There are times I don’t connect with a student or something I’ve planned for a group doesn’t pan out but I always feel like I’m brining a positive energy and good thoughts to my students. I hope that they sense that. A few times a year I feel like I make a true difference and share/connect in ways that will positively impact a students life and that is definitely my calling. Honestly though, the beginning of this year was rough with a lot of behavior issues and getting paid less due to insurance changes. Also teachers got a raise but not school psychs. That was all getting in my head and the pay was making me feel like I was loosing the connection that I once had and the feeling that I was at my dream job. I decided that I was not going to move mid year or beginning of the year so I just went all in. As far as spirituality, I believe in the power of the universe and something larger. When students worry about death and what will happen to their parents after they die for example, I wonder what their family views on spirituality are. I think spirituality can provide so much meaning and connection but I am always vary of overstepping when discussing it with students because I want to be respectful of their beliefs.

    • #17539

      Catherine Ogden
      Participant

      Thanks, Lily! How do you work within in that unknown? How do you work with students when you may not know their own or families beliefs? Do you ever discuss this with your students?

      • #17542

        Lily Sais
        Moderator

        I do ask students their beliefs and their families beliefs and will discuss that in an appropriate way. The difficulty is when a student and their family does not have a specific set of religious or spiritual beliefs or at least that is shared with the student. In one instance that I’m thinking of the student was very concerned about what would happen after her parents died and I encouraged her to talk about that with her family as people have different beliefs and I thought it might be interesting/helpful for her to have that discussion. Another recent time a student shared that his family is Christian and by asking a few addition questions I then referred back to some of the beliefs he holds and how that might be helpful to remember (in terms of calming down his anxious/fearful/paranoid mind). How do you discuss spirituality with students?

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