School Psychology Student Organization (SPSO)

The School Psychology Student Organization (SPSO) is comprised of graduate students involved or interested in the school psychology program at the University of Montana.

School Psychologists are specially trained members of a school team that supports students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply their expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior to help children and youth succeed in all areas of life. School psychologists collaborate with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments for each and every child. In addition, school psychologists are passionate about strengthening connections, participation, and communication between home, school, and the community.

Over the course of the program, graduate students at the University of Montana spend a significant portion of their training working in Missoula and surrounding area schools like Lolo, Clinton, Frenchtown, and Arlee. We are proud to serve the children and families of such wonderful communities and to help each and every child learn and achieve to their upmost potential.

The School Psychology Student Organization is focused on participating in community events, fundraising, expanding our education through professional development, and volunteering to help make our communities the best place to live and learn for all children and their families.

SPSO and Lolo Peak Brewing Company teamed up for Community Pint Night on October 22, 2014 and the funds raised were donated to a current colleague who is in her third, and final, internship year in the program. She is battling Stage III Hodgkin's Lymphoma while beginning the first year of her career in a Bitterroot Valley school. As our friend and colleague journeys through chemotherapy and treatment, she is passionate about staying active and involved with her job in the schools, bettering educational outcomes and opportunities for local children and families. Thanks to all who came out to help us support such a positive, caring, dedicated young woman!

Students of Psychology sitting on a table at a local restaurant

MASP Fall Conference 2014 on Student Success: Mental Health Matters

MASP is the Montana Association of School Psychologists that meets twice a year to discuss a variety of topics surrounding the field of school psychology. This conference is a great option for learning about new practices as well as a great resource for networking for potential internship placements.

Graduate Students

Graduation 2014

Drs. Beebe-Frankenberger (Emeritus), Machek and Goforth with graduating students who are now on internship in Helena, Bozeman, Stevensville, and Lewistown, Montana.

Students standing on the campus with a dog

Sunday Sweepers

Sunday Sweepers is a program led by the University of Montana's Neighborhood Ambassador program to promote communication and collaboration throughout the community. On Sunday morning, after every home Griz football game, student groups volunteer to clean up trash in the neighborhood surrounding campus.

Students after the color me RAD 5k

Color Me RAD 5k

A student bonding experience in color!