Psychology 795:796

PSYC 795: 796: School Psychology Internship

Prerequisites: Completion of all course work, other than directed study, including practica, in the School Psychology Program, a Pass in both practica and permission of the School Psychology committee at least four weeks prior to registration. Applications are available in the department office

Credit Hours: (6)

A full-time paid professional experience under the dual supervision of a member of the School Psychology Committee and an approved on-site field supervisor. Intern functions as a staff member in professional settings to gain experience in the use and application of psychological techniques and procedures used in performing the services of a professional school psychologist. PSYC 795 and PSYC 796 must be taken in sequence and may not be taken concurrently. Interns are required to attend our on-campus seminars each semester.

Note(s): Internship grades recorded as “Pass” or “Fail.”


Detailed Description of Content of Course

The intern is expected to experience the full range of school psychological service delivery which will include:

1. Assessment: Both traditional and recent assessment techniques are to be engaged in by the intern covering a variety of referral problems, exceptionalities, and cultural backgrounds.
2. Educational Intervention: Based on assessment data, the intern is to design remedial interventions to alleviate any identified problems.
3. Behavioral Intervention: The intern is to help design and implement classroom management strategies.
4. Consultation: The intern is to engage in consultation with teachers and other professionals in an effort to identify and remediate problem situations.
5. Counseling: The intern is to initiate short-term counseling programs, both individual and group, for students and or their parents for whom this intervention is deemed appropriate.
6. In-service Training: The intern will develop and present in-service programs within the school system designed to enhance the knowledge or skills of other professionals or parents.
7. Training: The intern is expected to take advantage of opportunities for further training through participation in in-service training programs, professional workshops, and attendance at professional meetings and conventions, as well as extensive reading in professional books and journals.
8. Research and Program Evaluation: If the opportunity presents itself, the intern will initiate a research or evaluation project within the school setting that will enhance the students research and professional skills and provide a service to the schools and/or their students.


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The student will find a full-time paid position as a School Psychologist in a public school or equivalent setting, experiencing all the duties of a full-time school psychologist. Supervision will be provided by regular weekly meetings with an on-site supervisor and regular phone contact with a University supervisor, as well as several on-site visits by the University supervisor. There will also be an on-campus once-a-semester seminar involving discussion of internship experiences and guest speakers.


Goals and Objectives of the Course

The students are to develop their school psychology skills by applying their training in a full-time work situation.


Assessment Measures

In consultation with the University supervisor, the student's on-the-job performance will be evaluated by the on-site supervisor who will examine work samples and observe the intern at work in a variety of situations.


Other Course Information



Review and Approval

March 1999 Revised