The overall mission of our training program is to assist the intern in becoming an independent professional school psychologist who can provide a variety of psychological services to help improve the mental health and educational outcomes of children and adolescents within and outside of school settings. Our internship represents a collaboration between the training program (University) and field site (Psychological Services) that assures the completion of activities consistent with 1) the goals of the training program, 2) the APA Competencies for Health Service Psychologists, and 3) NASP’s Standards for Training and Field Placement Programs in School Psychology, as well as the companion NASP document, Guidelines for Performance-Based Assessment, Accountability and Program Development. To achieve this goal, we provide interns with supervised experiences, educational seminars, and research or data analysis opportunities to help further develop professional skills, leadership, and professional self-management.
To accomplish these goals, the internship adopts a scientist-practitioner training model and adheres to a developmental model of supervision. Interns are exposed to an increasingly complex set of duties, which begin with an orientation to the intern program and the department's services within the school district. Interns then participate in observational or vicarious learning through observations of psychoeducational assessments, counseling sessions, intervention support teams, and eligibility meetings related to the educational placement of and behavioral interventions for students with various learning and emotional disabilities. At the next level, interns deliver services on their own with the direct supervision of staff psychologists or the interns may co-lead professional activities with assigned supervisors. The supervisors observe interns administering tests, consulting with teachers and parents, and counseling groups and individuals. When the supervisor is assured of the competency of the intern's skills, the supervision becomes indirect and occurs primarily through weekly supervision and consultation.