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Externship training is a two-semester, part-time placement in a school-based environment or an approved alternative setting which serves school-aged children. This training provides candidates with an introduction to applied school psychology. Candidates are supervised by both a field-based and a university-based supervisor. The externship is intended to be a field-based training experience in which candidates earn academic credit for each externship semester. Only one semester placement in an alternative setting is allowed.

Externship I and II (Psychology 530/Psychology 531) are part-time placements in a school-based setting. The primary focus is training, but some service functions are also part of the externship. The externship provides opportunities for candidates to acquaint themselves with the roles, responsibilities and functions of school psychologists and other pupil service personnel. Candidates are required to participate in multidisciplinary team case staffings, school building level committee meetings and general pupil appraisal staff meetings.

In addition to providing a general introduction to the structure and organization of educational institutions and school/community resources, candidates provide limited services. These activities can include:

  • the administration of diagnostic instruments, observations, student and parent interviews and
  • the design and implementation of academic or behavioral interventions, consultation and individual and group problems.

All of the above will be conducted under the direct supervision of the field-based supervisor. Readiness to complete these activities is determined on an individual basis and is limited to didactic experience in the current and previous semester.

Externship II is the second in a series of part-time placements in a school-based or an approved alternative setting. The emphasis of Externship II is on consultation and individual/group problems at a more advanced level. During Externship II, candidates will be required to assume major responsibility for managing at least two cases from initial referral to final case resolution. In addition, candidates are required to participate in Individual Educational Program meetings. All of the above will be conducted under the direct supervision of the field-based supervisor.

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