Individual Evidence

Domain 7_Evidence 1_650 Presentation`_Updated

This project was created with the intention of presentation to school psychologists and other professionals; it was the first part in a 3-part project. The presentation discusses the impact of socio-economic status and social media on self-esteem and self-concept. It provides strategies for teachers and parents to use to help improve the self-esteem of the student. Furthermore, the strategies provided in this presentation will help facilitate effective communication between parents, students, and the school psychologist. Certainly, focus on collaborating and engaging parents in decision making and intervention promotes effective services that respond to culture and context in both the home and school environment.

As mentioned above, the presentation was meant to be aimed at school psychologists. Despite this focus, I felt it was important to provide information for parents that school psychologists could disseminate. Throughout the program, collaboration  was a large focus; it is also something that I have seen be effective in a school setting through my practicum. Thus, despite not being outlined in the syllabus, I thought it was important to provide strategies for this collaboration to further improve intervention in relation to self-esteem for adolescents.

This video was created as an educational tool to share practical information in relation to the impact that social media has on self-esteem; it was the second part in a 3-part project. It was created with the intended audience being adolescents. I created the video with both prevention and intervention in mind, hoping that it could be shared at school, at home, or with other community providers. The video provides strategies for students to help improve self-esteem. The strategies provided are easily implemented and certainly could e supported by both parents and school personnel. My intention in creating a video was to allow for easy access and transference across student environments.

Summary of Competency

In addition to the above sampling of my work, I had the opportunity to complete my first practicum off-campus in a British Columbia school district. Through this experience, I learned the importance of diversity in development and learning – first-hand. Specifically, I had the opportunity to address individual differences, strengths, and needs in intervention design through my first assessment. I had the opportunity to assess an adolescent who was part of the Indigenous community. It was a unique experience to enrich my understanding of Indigenous culture through research and direct engagement with members of the Indigenous community. In creating the intervention plan for this student, I was mindful of his families culture and what sorts of interventions were conducive with this culture.

In summary, I have learned throughout the duration of this program the importance of family-school collaboration. The above work-sampling and summary of previous work experience support my competency in this domain. Moving forward, I would benefit from involving myself in more opportunities to promote, and advocate for,  fairness and social justice in the school setting.