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Old 09-18-2012, 10:16 AM
 
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Hello Everyone!

I moved to Charlotte in July and am currently looking for a job as a School Psychologist. I am having a really, really hard time finding a job. Apparently about half the school psychs in the area were cut a few years ago, so there's a surplus of school psychs looking for jobs in the area. Since I haven't been able to find a job in the schools (or even get an interview), I also started looking at other mental health agencies. I have had a lot of rejection in this area as well because I do not have my private practice license.

I have heard of some agencies in other states that provide services to private and online schools. They provide psychological testing and a report, and employees are usually paid on a per child basis. Has anyone heard of an organization like this that services the Charlotte area? Or does anyone have any suggestions on other occupations one can have with a School Psychology MS/EdS degree and an Educator's License in School Psychology?

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated
Thanks!
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Old 09-21-2012, 09:51 PM
 
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You are right about the cuts. Actually, I think it was more than half the school psychologists who were cut. There have been very few openings in Charlotte in the last several years. My advice would be to look in surrounding counties and work on getting your LPA, then you could work on a contract basis ( but would have to be supervised by a Ph.D)
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Old 09-22-2012, 07:22 AM
 
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Sorry about your situation. I'm curious if you considered the job market while you were picking a major?
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Old 09-22-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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Sorry about your situation. I'm curious if you considered the job market while you were picking a major?
This is the biggest problem with many getting a degree...unfortunately most have students loans with little chance of paying back any time soon...
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:25 AM
 
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Please give more details about your schooling. Do you have a master's degree in "psychology?" If so, does it qualify you as a psychologist? Do you have a psychology teacher's certification? The problem with school psychologists are that they are becoming employees of CMS and not hired directly by the schools. The schools have counselors and psychologists generally make rounds to schools or show up on sceduled days, etc. It is very difficult to become a school psychologist without already having your foot in the door or getting hired through EEO actions.

You might want to take your transcripts to UNCC or some other local university and see what you would need to do to get alternative degrees. For example, you may have enough hours in humanities, social sciences, or some other area to become degreed in math, history, science, or even early childhood developement. Last but not least, check with the police department. Sometimes they need educators and/or mental health employees. Good luck.
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Old 09-22-2012, 02:20 PM
 
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This is the biggest problem with many getting a degree...unfortunately most have students loans with little chance of paying back any time soon...
Thats why I asked. Unfortunately the schools do a great job of pumping these students up and all they wind up doing is giving them false hope of the real world. I find that many professors live in a fantasy land. They should do more studies on students that graduate from college and how many of them actually find employment in the major area of study and how many years it takes them to pay off their debt.

Too many times you hear "Well I have a college degree and I should be able to find a job without a problem". I blame the colleges for not preparing these kids for the real world.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:42 PM
 
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Thanks for the feedback! I am currently looking in other counties as well.

When I entered graduate school, I remember everyone telling me that it was going to be a booming career choice, with a lot of current school psychs retiring in the next few years (this was in 2009). But sadly that doesn't seem to be the case, or at least not in the area I'm looking.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:57 PM
 
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You should look outside of Charlotte. The situation here is very unusual. For many years, Charlotte had a model where psychologists performed not only the "traditional" psychologist role, but also served as counselor, social worker, ( and all around human services specialist). Dr. Gorman did not care for the model,( or support services in general) and there was a reorganization and massive cuts in all support services, but especially psychologists. There have been a few hires over the last few years, but many were former psychologists who were working in other roles due to the reorganization. I still think there should be job opportunities, just not in Charlotte. However, all support service positions took a hit during the economic downturn. Good Luck in your search.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:38 AM
 
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Thanks for the feedback! I am currently looking in other counties as well.

When I entered graduate school, I remember everyone telling me that it was going to be a booming career choice, with a lot of current school psychs retiring in the next few years (this was in 2009). But sadly that doesn't seem to be the case, or at least not in the area I'm looking.
In 2009, many councelors and other educators went back to school and got endorcements as "Behavior Specialists." Having a "behavior specialist" sit in on a meeting that formerly required a psychologist is much cheaper and normally just as effective. I don't know where you are from, but having a masters in psychology hasn't been a high demand specialty for some time in most places. I have not taught in this area but I am aware of trends in other districts around the U.S.
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