The School Psychology Practicum and Internship Handbook

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The School Psychology Practicum and Internship Handbook

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Author: Diana Joyce-Beaulieu PhD, NCSP, Eric Rossen PhD


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The first guide created specifically for school psychology practica and internships

Tailored to the unique educational requirements of school psychology, this is the first complete guide for practica and internships for school psychology students and faculty. Replete with practical information and advice, the book introduces students to a variety of professional issues they may be required to navigate during their supervised field-based experiences. The book covers all aspects of the entry-level practicum ranging from orientation to the professional’s role, to portfolio and competency-based evaluations and navigating relationships with supervisors. It addresses advanced clinical applications including systems-level school initiatives, practice in mental health settings, cross-comparison of educational and medical classification models, field-based research considerations and more. Coverage of the internship year discusses how to select an internship site, writing a winning vita, the application process, applying for the first career position, interviewing and negotiation skills, as well as certification and licensure. Content reflects NASP and APA standards, guidelines, and best practices with an emphasis on supporting high quality field-based training experiences.

Additionally, the text offers tools for organizing assessments, consultations, and interventions. Practical recommendations address professional conduct, child abuse reporting, and field experience documentation. Learning is enhanced with the use of diagrams, charts, and sample documents. Chapters include learning objectives, case examples and vignettes for discussion and problem solving, and chapter summaries. Additional online and reproducible resources offer instructors templates for psychological reports, performance evaluations, record-keeping forms and logs, practicum syllabi and internship contracts that are consistent with NASP and APA principles.

Key Features:

  • Provides a strong foundation for initial field-based experiences from beginning practicum through the internship and job searchReflects the unique practice settings of school psychology
  • Embraces NASP and APA standards, DSM-5, Response-to-Intervention (RtI) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) models for school psychology practice
  • Enhanced with special features such as learning objectives. case vignettes, sample forms, and end-of-chapter reviews
  • Written by experienced practicum and internship supervisors and recognized authorities on the preparation and development of school psychologists

Product Details 

  • Publication Date August 18, 2015
  • Page Count 250
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826119315

About The Author(s) 

Diana Joyce-Beaulieu, PhD, NCSP, is a faculty member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)-approved and American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited School Psychology Program at the University of Florida. She has taught 75 graduate courses, including psychopathology, diagnosis, and behavioral/social–emotional disabilities. As a licensed psychologist and nationally certified school psychologist, she is the coordinator of the practica program and supervises practica placements across four county school districts and nine clinical sites (e.g., hospital adolescent psychiatric unit, university Americans with Disabilities Act [ADA] office for college students with disabilities, and a child forensics law clinic). Her research interests include behavioral assessment, social–emotional wellness, and implementation of multitiered systems of support (MTSS) or response-to-intervention (RtI) as applied to school behavioral intervention. Her publications include three books and numerous chapters and peer-referred articles. As coprincipal investigator, she has been awarded $830,000 in professional development grants to research school-based behavioral and mental health components of MTSS/RtI.

Eric Rossen, PhD, NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist and licensed psychologist in the state of Maryland. He has experience working in public schools as well as independent practice, and is currently the director of professional development and standards for the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Within his role, Dr. Rossen supports the implementation of NASP standards related to credentialing, graduate preparation, professional ethics, and practice. His publications include two books, numerous chapters and peer-refereed articles, and policy briefs on issues related to bullying, crisis response, school safety, trauma, and school psychological practices. He also has served as a college instructor and adjunct faculty at the University of Missouri and Prince George’s Community College in Maryland.

Table of Contents 



Foreword by Alex Thomas



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1: Practicum 101—Preparing for Practicum

Practica Program Structure

Surviving and Thriving in Grad School

Security Procedures

Student Liability Insurance

Professional-Issues Vignettes

Chapter Review

2: Orientation to Practicum

Entry Procedures Considerations

Direct Student, Patient, and Client Contact Considerations

Professional Practice Considerations

Orientation to Practica Vignettes

Chapter Review

3: Portfolios and Competency-Based Evaluation

Demonstrating Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills

Conflict Between Supervisor Evaluation and Students

Performance Competency Vignettes

Chapter Review

4: Peer Mentoring and Peer Supervision

(Olivia Soutullo, coauthor)

Roles and Responsibilities

Levels of Support

Facilitating Positive Interactions

Models of Supervision

Critiquing Test Administration

Scoring Protocols

Proofing Common Writing Errors

Peer Supervision Vignettes

Chapter Review

5: Advanced Practica

(Sally Grapin, coauthor)

Transition and College Student Evaluations

Advanced Practica Vignettes

Forensic Psychology

Research Considerations Through Practicum

Mental Health Settings

Classification Models Beyond the Dsm

Chapter Review


6: Preparing for Internship

Writing a Winning Curriculum Vita

Selecting Internship Sites

Application Process

Statement of Interest


Letters of Recommendation

No Offers—Now What?

Final Considerations

Chapter Review

7: Internship

(Olivia Soutullo, coauthor)

Documentation, Logs, and Record Keeping

Time Management for Interns

Setting Boundaries and Expectations

Transitioning to the Role of Professional

Internship Evaluation Measures and Competencies

Chapter Review

8: Ethical and Professional Practice: Potential Conflicts

School Psychology Interns’ Obligations to the Ethics Code

Internship Contract

Conflicts With Supervisors

Conflicts in Laws and Agency Rules or Policies

Chapter Review

9: Psychological Case Reports

Report-Writing Principles

Report-Writing Vignettes

Report-Writing Basics

Chapter Review

10: Preparing for Career Positions

(Janise Parker, coauthor)

Is a Postdoc in Your Future?

Career Listing Resources

Writing a Career Cover Letter and Vita

Career Interviews

Chapter Review


Appendix A: Resources: Professional Organizations and Standards

Appendix B: Chapter Exhibits