Department : Department of Special Education

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Member Site Information
APPIC Member Number: 2581
Program Type: Internship
Membership Type: Provisional Membership
Site: Fayette County Public Schools
Department: Department of Special Education
Address: 450 Park Place
Lexington, Kentucky 40511
Country: United States
Metro Area: Not Applicable
Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
Distance from Major City: 72 miles south of Cincinnati, OH
Phone: 859-381-3780x52141
Web Address:
Brochure Website's Address:
Primary Agency Type: School District
Additional Agency Types:
Member of APPIC since:
APA Accreditation Not Accredited
CPA Accreditation Not Accredited
Internship Staff/Faculty Information
Training Director: Bryony Rowe
Chief Psychologist: Jessica Birdwhistell
Number of Full-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 3
Number of Part-Time Licensed Doctoral Psychologists on Staff/Faculty 0
Position Information
Start Date: 07/01/2024
Number of Full Time Slots Expected Next Class: 2
Number of Part Time Slots Expected Next Class: 0
Full Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 32000
Part Time Annual Stipend for Next Class: 0
Fringe Benefits: Health Insurance, Professional Development Time, Sick Leave,
Other Fringe Benefits (not indicated above):
Brief description of the typical work day for an intern at this training site A typical work day will consist of 7.5 hours on site in our public school system. Interns will participate in evaluations, consultation, counseling, intervention, and systems level work. They will be exposed to diverse student populations and receive support and guidance from their supervisor.
Does this site have practicum psychology students on site? Yes
Doctoral Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Masters Psychology Practicum StudentsYes
Do Psychology Interns/Postdocs Have the Opportunity to Supervise Practicum Students?No
Is this program fully affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Is this program partially affiliated with one or more doctoral programs? No
Internship Application Process
Accepting Applicants: Yes
Application Due Date: 11/22/2023 11:59 PM EST
Interviews at this site are: Not Offered
A Virtual Interview is: Preferred
Interview notification date: 12/15/2023
Tentative interview date: January 8-12, 2024
Interview process description:

Interviews will take place during the week of January 8-12, 2024. Applicants will be notified by email on December 15, 2023 regarding interviews. Interviews will take place via video conference. Interviews will last one hour. Each applicant will be interviewed individually with members of the Fayette County Public Schools school psychology staff and school district representative(s). Only one interview is required. We will do our best to honor applicant requests to meet with specific staff. 

All interviews will be conducted virtually and recorded securely and confidentially to be deleted after ranking.

How to obtain application info: Visit Website
Preferred method of contacting the program: Email the Program
We have matched with interns from these programs:
Internship Applicant Requirements
US Citizenship Required: Yes
If NOT a U.S. Citizen, Authorization to Work or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in the US is Required: No
Canadian Citizenship Required: No
If NOT a Canadian Citizen, Authorization to Work in Canada or to Engage in Practical Training (CPT or OPT) in Canada is Required: No
Masters Degree Required: Yes, by application deadline
Comprehensive Exams Passed: Yes, by application deadline
Dissertation Proposal Approved: Yes, by start of internship
Dissertation Defended: No
Minimum Number of AAPI Intervention Hours (if applicable): 90
Minimum Number of AAPI Assessment Hours (if applicable): 225
Minimum Number of Combined Intervention and Assessment Hours (if applicable): 315
Minimum Number of Years of Grad Training Required (if applicable): 4
Accepted / Not-Accepted Program Types
Clinical Psychology Accepted
Counseling Psychology Accepted
School Psychology Accepted
APA-Accredited Accepted
CPA-Accredited Accepted
PCSAS-Accredited Accepted
Non-Accredited Not Accepted
Ph.D Degree Accepted
Psy.D. Degree Accepted
Ed.D. Degree Accepted
This institution, department, internship, or postdoctoral program requires trainees to sign a statement about personal behavior and/or religious beliefs as a condition of admission and/or retention in the program: No
How to obtain text of statement:
Other Requirements:
Program Description

The primary purpose of the FCPS School Psychology Internship Program is to provide a comprehensive pre- or post-doctoral training program which assures the development of proficiency across the core areas of school psychology including assessment, intervention design, counseling, consultation, and research. The FCPS School Psychology Internship Program is an organized training program, which is designed to provide the intern with a planned, programmed sequence of training experiences. The overall training objectives of the program reflect a commitment to the development of school psychologists who are scientist-practitioners with broad-based skills.  The internship is structured to meet Kentucky’s requirements to become a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist. The program consists of 2000 hours of training over a 12- month period with at least 25% in direct face-to-face psychological services. 

In the FCPS School Psychology Internship Program, interns are exposed to both Special Education and General Education programs.  Under supervision of licensed psychologists, interns engage in psychoeducational and psychological assessment and evaluations, consultation, training, counseling, behavior management, and crisis intervention services. Training assignments are made to assure that each intern has the opportunity to provide assessment and intervention to students with various needs and diagnoses and to serve various age, cultural, socioeconomic, and minority groups. The wide range of diversity among students and staff in FCPS allows the internship to offer considerable multicultural experiences to interns. Special efforts are also made to provide experience with low incidence disorders.

The Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) district in Lexington, Kentucky serves over 40,000 students from the Lexington metro area. FCPS serves students from preschool through 12th grade. FCPS includes 37 elementary schools, 12 middle schools, 6 high schools, 3 technical centers, 6 specialized and magnet programs, and 6 alternative support programs.  FCPS is a diverse district that serves individuals from both urban and rural populations.  The student population is made up of the following demographics: 45.9 percent White, 23.4 percent Black, 19.1 percent Hispanic, and 4.9 percent Asian.  Over 6,000 students are classified as English Language Learners and over 90 native languages are spoken by families in the district.  Approximately 49.5% of all students in FCPS qualify for free/reduced lunch; some schools/areas have populations that include over 90% of students qualifying for free/reduced lunch.

The FCPS Special Education Department currently serves approximately 5,000 students identified with a special education need. The mission of the Special Education Department is to support students, staff, and families by using data to provide effective, evidence-based instruction and services to ensure student growth and successful transition.  Services provided through the Special Education Department include speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, employment training, health and psychological services, and assistance for students with hearing and vision impairments. FCPS employs 36.3 school psychologists.  Trainees will receive a broad experience with diverse populations.  The FCPS School Psychology Internship Program values diversity among staff members and strongly encourages individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply.  

Within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the population of the United States, Lexington is strategically located at the intersection of interstates 64 and 75 in Fayette County, Kentucky. The area is referred to as “The Horse Capital of the World.” The U.S. Census estimate for Lexington-Fayette County is 321,951 (2018). The Lexington area offers a wide range of diversity in student and family population, including areas such as ethnicity, age, socioeconomic status, and language, which provides interns with greater opportunities to work with clients from richly diverse backgrounds. Lexington is home to the University of Kentucky, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, and Transylvania University. The University of Kentucky draws large crowds for their sporting events and educational/cultural experiences and opportunities. The Keeneland Thoroughbred Race Track and Kentucky Horse Park are located in the Lexington area. Lexington is home to a variety of restaurants, shops, music/arts/crafts, sports, Broadway and local theatre, and night-life activities and is in close proximity to locations offering opportunities for hiking, camping, biking, rock climbing, and boating/kayaking. Lexington is served by the Blue Grass Airport and is less than a two hour drive from Louisville and Cincinnati. 

Internship Training Opportunities


Children: Yes
Adolescents: Yes
Family: Yes
Older Adults:
Gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender: Yes
Ethnic minorities: Yes
Spanish-speaking: Yes
French-speaking: Yes
Deaf/Hearing-impaired: Yes
Students: Yes
International Students: Yes
Rural: Yes
Urban: Yes
Low income: Yes
Homelessness: Yes

Treatment Modalities

Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Individual Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Couples Therapy:
Family Therapy:
Group Therapy: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Community Intervention:
Consultation/Liaison: Experience (21% to 30%)
Crisis Intervention: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Brief Psychotherapy:
Long-term Psychotherapy:
Cognitive Rehabilitation:
Primary Care:
Evidenced Based Practice: Experience (21% to 30%)
Evidence Based Research:
Supervision of Practicum students :


Health Psychology:
Women's Health:
Eating Disorders:
Sexual Disorders:
Sports Psychology:
Rehabilitation Psychology:
Physical Disabilities:
Learning Disabilities: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Developmental Disabilities: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Assessment: Emphasis (31% to 49%)
Serious Mental Illness:
Anxiety Disorders: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Trauma/PTSD: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Sexual Abuse:
Substance Use Disorders:
Sexual Offenders:
School: Major Area of Study (50% or Greater)
Counseling: Exposure (1% to 20%)
Vocational/Career Development:
Multicultural Therapy:
Feminist Therapy:
Empirically-Supported Treatments:
Public Policy/Advocacy:
Program Development/Evaluation:
Integrated health care - primary:
Integrated health care - specialty:

Additional information about training opportunities: Not all rotations or training experiences may be available as described in the APPIC Directory. Please consult the program's application materials or their website at:  for a complete description of the training opportunities available at this training site. IF the site has not updated their information by August 1, feel free to contact the Training Director for additional information.

Summary of the Characteristics of the Specified Internship Class
2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024
Number of Completed Applications: 0 3
Number of applicants invited for interviews: 3
Total number of interns: 0
Total number of interns from APA/CPA accredited programs:
Total number of interns from Ph.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Psy.D. programs:
Total number of interns from Ed.D. programs:
Number of interns that come from a Clinical Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a Counseling Psychology program
Number of interns that come from a School Psychology program
Range of integrated assessment reports: lowest number of reports written
Range of integrated assessment reports: highest number of reports written
Summary of Post Internship Employment Settings of Each Internship Class (1st Placement)
Academic teaching:
Community mental health center: 0
Consortium: 0
University Counseling Center: 0
Hospital/Medical Center: 0
Veterans Affairs Health Care System: 0
Psychiatric facility: 0
Correctional facility: 0
Health Maintenance Organization: 0
School district/system: 0
Independent practice setting: 0
Other (Academic Psychology Department): 0