This practicum experience is designed as a transition from formal coursework to learning experiences within a school setting, under the direct supervision by a licensed or certified school psychologist. Through this practicum, students are provided with the opportunity to apply their knowledge of child development, learning theory, assessment, direct and indirect interventions, and to experientially apply the theories and techniques learned in Interpersonal Effectiveness I and II (PSY 503 & 504) while working with children, teachers, and parents in a public school setting. Under the supervision of the professor, each student will be placed in a school district for two full days each week to practice testing skills, develop observation skills, further develop counseling skills and to become oriented to working with children in the schools as a psychologist. This placement serves to acclimate students to the culture of the public schools, to regular and special education and the specific role and function of a psychologist in the delivery of psychological and mental health services.
Students are required to attend weekly meetings with other practicum students for case review, further supervision, topic presentations and sharing of case studies to be examined in light of theoretical and professional issues, ethics and intervention strategies.