Frequently Asked Questions
How long has this School Neuropsychology Post-Graduate Certification Program been offered?
The program was started in 2002-03 with just two sites in the country.
Do I have to have a doctorate in order to participate in this program?
No. You need to have completed a master's degree or specialist degree training in school psychology, or a doctorate in psychology in order to participate in this program. You should be certified or licensed as a school psychologist or licensed as a psychologist in order to accumulate the required 500 hours of field-based experience that is required for course completion.
Why is the course not offered for graduate credit?
This program is offered for continuing education credit only. Awarding graduate credit requires running the program through a regionally accredited university. Faculty salaries for programs like this are set by the university and we could not afford to attract and maintain the high quality faculty that teach in this program if we ran the program through a university. Also, the cost of the program would significantly increase if the program were offered for graduate credit and we are committed to keeping the program as affordable as possible.
What is the difference between CEUs and CPDs?
Graduates of this program will receive a certificate of completion that attests to their competency in school neuropsychology. This course will be equivalent to 180 hours of continued education (CEs). Graduates of this program will receive 180 hours of continued professional development (CPD) units or 180 hours of continuing education credits (CE) from KIDS, Inc. which is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists and the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for school psychologists and psychologists, respectively. NASP awards CPD credits and APA awards CE credits.
How much time will I need to devote to the course?
The first four months of the program require the student to attend the monthly weekend webinars, read the required readings assignments, and take brief online review quizzes over the content they are learning. These activities alone require 15 hours for one weekend a month and an additional 4-5 hours per week. After Month #2 (Oct.), students to additional time to allocate to the program as they start their testing for their first case study which is due in Month #5 (Jan.). The first case study, from testing to report writing, takes a long time as a new model of report writing and new tests are learned. The first case study can take up to 40 hours or more to master. The second case study, due in Month #8 (April) and the final case study is due in July. The second and third case studies take less time than the first as the student's skills mature over time. Potential students should make sure they have the time to devote to completing the program requirements in the 10 months.
Will I be assigned a clinical supervisor to help me with my case studies?
Yes, each student in the program is assigned a clinical supervisor who is a licensed psychologist and trained in school neuropsychological assessment. Supervision groups are no larger than 15-18 students.
When I finish this program will I be able to call myself a neuropsychologist?
No. A neuropsychologist typically has a doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology, an internship experience in neuropsychology, and is often board certified as a neuropsychologist by either the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology,
the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology,
or the American Board of Pediatric Neuropsychology
. This training program is for certified/licensed school psychologists and clinical psychologists who work with children to integrate neuropsychological theory and practice into their assessment and intervention techniques. The title "school neuropsychologist" is not regulated by national training standards at this time. Anyone graduating from this program should continue to use their current state certification title or licensure title. However, nothing precludes graduates of this training program to work within their added level of competency in providing school neuropsychological assessment and consultation to the public for which they are certified or licensed to provide services.
I practice the Jewish religion and I observe sabbath. Would this preclude me from taking the class?
Arrangements can be made for Sabbath observers to listen/watch the webinar recordings from Friday and Saturday lectures as a later date. Sabbath observers would be expected to participate in the Sunday sessions. Sabbath observers would also be expected to attend the November face-to-face lectures but just listen to the live sessions held the entire weekend.
When I finish this program will I be able to offer school neuropsychological assessments and consultation to parents, school districts, and/or agencies in private practice?
Private practice in psychology is regulated by state licensing boards. The certificate of completion from this course is not a practice license, nor is the Diplomate in School Neuropsychology from the American Board of School Neuropsychology
, LLC. The integration of neuropsychological skills in one's practice is a competency issue and a professional must work within one's area of competency and under the purview and limitations of a state license or certification to practice school psychology or psychology.