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The Science of Happiness for School Psychologists



Want to learn real-time strategies you can use during the school day to reduce stress, avoid burnout, and increase enjoyment of the job? Do you want to build and support a positive culture in your schools? Join Dr. Rebecca Branstetter, author of The School Psychologist’s Survival Guide, in this one-hour online mini-course for 1.0 NASP-Approved CPD Credit. You will learn the 10 Research-Based Happiness Principles that have been shown to boost job satisfaction. These principles are specific to the role of a school psychologist and include actionable steps you can take during the school day. You will walk away with a personalized action plan, based on the science of happiness research that you can take with you to keep motivated and inspired all year long! Presented by Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D. in October of 2019. This Science of Happiness mini-course can be purchased for $79 (Scroll down to purchase). The content in this mini-course is intertwined with Domain 10 of the NASP Practice Model. The Science of Happiness mini-course is non-refundable. The target audience is school psychologists, and the skill level is intermediate. There is no commercial support for this webinar. Rebecca Branstetter Ph.D. is the Founder of the Thriving School Psychologist Collective (TSPC) and promotes the TSPC at certain points during the webinar. Attendees who complete this 1-hour online mini-course will receive 1.0 NASP-Approved CPD credit.

Participants Will:

1. Learn 10 scientifically-backed principles of happiness that have been shown to increase overall positive well-being and career satisfaction.

2. Learn practical strategies to build into your busy school day that are designed just for school psychologists (and tested by school psychs just like you!)

3. Develop a personalized self-care action plan to implement brain-based strategies that increase happiness, decrease stress, and improve overall health.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Rebecca Branstetter is a school psychologist, speaker, and author on a mission to help public school psychologists manage their stress, improve their efficacy and enjoyment in their work, and prevent getting burned out so they can focus on what they love to do—being champions for helping children be the best they can be in school and in life and supporting educators and families.

Rebecca loved school so much when she was little, she played “school” on the weekends. When she grew up, she got her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 2004, and has worked as a school psychologist and in private practice in the San Francisco Bay Area since then. She is the author of several books on conscious parenting and school psychology.

In her blog, Notes from the School Psychologist, and online professional development course for school psychologists, The Thriving School Psychologist Collective, Rebecca collaborates with school psychologists across the country to help them move from surviving in the profession to thriving.

Rebecca is a sought-after speaker for professional development for school psychologists and parents. Her expertise in supporting school psychologists, teachers, and students in the public school system has appeared in media outlets such as the Huffington Post, NPR,, and Parents Magazine. Rebecca has also been featured in INC magazine, as one of six women entrepreneurs making a difference, in her Thriving School Psychologist Collective® online course. Rebecca lives with her husband, two daughters and two exceptionally furry Husky dogs in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Attendee Feedback:

“I thoroughly enjoyed this presentation. It was helpful to learn more about the brain-based research behind the happiness principles. Understanding how to incorporate these principles through daily practice will be extremely helpful to me in my professional career.” -Sarah

“This course speaks the language of school psychologist’s who need this training most. Extremely relatable and engaging! Information is not transformation but taking this course is a giant leap in the right direction.” -Brianna

“I really enjoyed learning about each of the principles of happiness. I am grateful to learn that there are websites and apps that I can use to help increase happiness, reduce stress, also techniques that I can implement right now.” -Julie

“This was a great presentation with a lot of helpful tips! I feel ready to implement my self-care action plan now. :)” -Arielle

“Excellent presentation. I was very happy to see that many of the recommendations were relatively easy to build into every day life.” -Chelsea

“Rebecca is authentic about her experiences, strength, and weaknesses. She is relatable and inspires confidence. I liked the action plan that we were encouraged to complete.” -Mary

“I found it was easy to follow and provided simple easy strategies that can be implemented into my busy schedule.” -Kayla

“This was a mindfulness break within itself which left me feeling recharged and positive moving forward this year.” -Kelly

“A grounding presentation with great examples of some basics that can be taken for granted. This presentation is something I will try to get in the habit of referencing a few times a year so that come March “happiness” is still a word in my vocabulary!” -Renee

“I really enjoyed this presentation. I found it particularly helpful because it was geared towards school psychologists and the issues that we typically face on a daily basis.” -Lisa

“I like the focus on self-care for school psychologists. I think self-care is often not considered a “valid” topic for school psychologists to be concerned about it. It’s nice that Dr. Branstetter validates that it is. She also gets into specific activities for self-care instead of talking just in generalities; yet she also brings in evidence-based scientific research to support her plan of action. More school psychologists should think about their own self-care via Dr. Bransetter’s programs!” -Maureen

“I found the information and resources to be VERY useful. It’s refreshing to have a training opportunity that is relevant to my role as a school psychologist from someone who clearly understands the challenges involved with the job.” -Darlene

“I loved this! This is all really practical information I can share with my colleagues and students. Thank you!” -Kristine

“I thoroughly enjoyed how down to earth and natural she was while presenting. Some doctoral presenters can be stuffy and overly academic, but Dr. Bransetter appeared to be “one of us” and very relatable, which was refreshing!” -Tracy

“I appreciate the well researched information presented in a conversational, friendly-like manner, which made it practical and very relevant for me in the profession. I appreciate the wealth of resources made available and presenter contacts via various platforms. I can incorportate strategies immediately, which is the best part of this presentation” -Athena

“We feel stressed everyday when working in education, or any field where you have passionate people who have little control over some of the more important aspects of their job. However, it was during a moment of elevated stress (a national emergency affecting ALL of us in ALL aspects) that I had my own a-ha moment. I decided now is the time to practice what I preach. I can only continue to help others find a way to decrease their stress, reduce anxiety, and be more productive if I take care of myself and learn self-compassion. Signing up and taking the time to sit and listen to this was one of the first steps on that journey. Thanks Rebecca.” -Yvette

“The presenter was very knowledgeable about the topic and gave excellent examples that relate to the every day life of a school psychologist. Presentation was excellent.” -Nicole

“Hands-on/ accessible self-care techniques, specifically designed with school psychologists in mind! Thank you!” -Sara

“I found the examples in this presentation to be extremely relatable to my everyday life as a school psychologist. The recommendations are simple, but meaningful and I’m eager to get started with implementing my action plan!” -Catherine

“What a refreshing presentation from such a positive perspective! The positive energy left me very excited that I will be able to use my plan starting right NOW. Thank you so much!” -Donna

“I loved the helpful resources and the practical strategies. I feel I can implement these things immediately.” -Rachel

Course Information

Course Instructor Author

Online Mini-Course

1 year of access