Psychology 782

PSYC 782: School Psychology Practicum II

Prerequisites: Admittance into the school psychology Educational Specialist degree program. Earning a “B” or better in PSYC 631, PSY 632, PSY 633 & PSY 665. Permission of the school psychology program faculty. Admittance into PSYC 782 additionally requires a grade of “Pass” in PSYC 781

Credit Hours: (3)

A pre-internship experience for second-year school psychology students offering supervised field work. Includes intellectual, behavioral and curriculum-based assessment techniques with emphasis on educational interpretation and remedial implications of assessment data. Supervised field interventions include pre-referral interventions, consultation, individual and group counseling, behavior management, in-service education, parent training and counseling and program evaluation. Students work under the dual supervision of practicum instructor and on-site field supervisor (certified, experienced school psychologist). Students spend a minimum of eight hours per week in the schools plus a two-hour weekly seminar.


Detailed Description of Content of Course

Activities the Practicum Student Will Be Involved in Include:


1. Counseling Activities: Individual and Group
2. Classroom Observations
3. In-Service Education and Parent Training Groups
4. Behavioral Treatments of School Learning and Adjustment Problems
5. Consultation With Administrators
6. Psychoeducational Assessment and Planning for Intervention: Instructional Consultation
7. Program Evaluation
8. Multicultural Issues and Concerns Supervision of these activities will occur in the weekly seminar.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

A group discussion will be used in the two hour seminar to facilitate supervision and peer feedback. Observation of the student in the field setting may occur also to provide direct supervision. Students will be exposed to a variety of methods used in assessing a wide range of handicapping conditions. Additionally multicultural assessment and intervention issues will be covered in the seminar.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

1. To provide the school psychology graduate with experience in the school setting under close supervision, for the last semester prior to a full-time internship.
2. To expose the student to supervision with peers, and the use of collegial review.


Assessment Measures

Students will be evaluated on competence in many areas of school psychological practice, including: assessment techniques, report writing, consultation skills, in-service presentations, and committee skills, using observation by the field (school site) supervisor, regular communication between the field and university supervisor, and weekly supervision seminars. Grading is on a pass-fail basis and is competency based.


Other Course Information

The field or university supervisor may accompany the student on any or all activities in which the student is engaged, at the supervisor's discretion.


Review and Approval

March 1999 Revised

February 10, 2014