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About sthurstonmspp

I am a 28-year-old-School-Psychology-CAGS/PsyD-student. Whew, what a mouthful. Journey and Styx rock my world, and some hardcore volleyball makes it go round n' round. I have spend the past six years working at a school/residential facility for children with emotional and behavioral disorders, and when I tried to quit in order to begin grad school, it just didn't take- I continue to pick up shifts every week so I can see my kids. I am a new homeowner about 40 minutes outside of Boston (another favorite band) with my husband and my 3 year old (rescued) mutt, Maisy. I am going to do my best to invite you inside my thoughts as I continue my grad school career as a simultaneously juggle my full time internship, CAGS classes and begin my journey into the PsyD- enter at your own risk!

When Pink Polished Claws are Bared

What happens when two high school girls are mad at each other, and are in the same group? Everybody else ducks and covers. Our girls group met today, and we are in the unfortunate situation of a battle royal. The … Continue reading

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What happens now?

Sometimes all I think about is helping kids, teachers, and their families. Finding the right resources, creating the correct plan, marshaling a team of caring adults to foster a young student’s academic and emotional success. But what happens when an … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Growth, School Psychology, Social Responsibility

What is a School Psychologist?

There are a lot of answers to this question. The answer not only depends on who is asking the question, but of whom the question is asked. This is School Psychology Awareness week. The field itself is in a state of … Continue reading

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Young at Heart

She looked for all the world like one of my young clients from last year. She spun in the chair, lifting her feet as it twirled, and grinned from ear to ear as she told me about her report card. … Continue reading

Posted in Personal Growth, School Psychology

We’re not in Kansas anymore

I waited until my break before sneaking up the staircase to the lone free coffee machine in the building. Though I occasionally miss the days when the School Psychology program had its own building (and own coffee machine!) I have … Continue reading

To all fabulous teachers…

The young man was very endearing in his openness and willingness to speak with me. His affect was kind and considerate, and his contemplation over the True/False section of the BASC-2 highlighted one of his greatest roadblocks to academics: he … Continue reading

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Going to the Chapel….

I had class yesterday. It was a good class, with an engaging professor and highly relevant information. There was even hands on activities, which I usually find to be inviting. I spent the entire period looking at the clock, watching … Continue reading

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The Importance of Waiting

The group of girls gabbed gregariously. There were pumpkin shaped sugar cookies and some popcorn (hint: if you want students to show up to something, feed them. Same goes for teachers) and in many ways the conversation could have taken … Continue reading

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Before the music starts playing…

This week marks our last full week of classes. We are done with 9 hour Mondays, bidding adieu to our Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and beginning to look ahead to our finals and first year exam. I admit that, at … Continue reading

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St Elmo’s Fire

St. Elmo’s Fire is a truly terrific movie about a group of seven friends who are startled to find the transition from college to the real world to be surprisingly difficult. They must learn to break away from sheltering parents, … Continue reading