Education | Practicum in School Psychology
P595 | 5797 | Dr. Julia Byers


GOAL:  to introduce the student to working with children who are
identified as being at risk for educational, developmental, family,
or emotional/behavioral problems; to conduct psychoeducational
assessments, observations, interviews, and other activities that
address issues such as curriculum modifications, eligibility for
special education services, interventions for academic or behavioral
problems, and other educational matters.

To accomplish these tasks students will need to meet the following
minimal requirements:

Attend at least one case conference

Complete two full psychoeducational batteries that minimally include
a classroom observation, ability/IQ measure, and one or more
achievement measures

One teacher interview, preferably with a case you are working on

Others as defined by the practicum instructor and/or site supervisors

Spend about a full school day on site, which includes one hour of
supervision per week
(Total of 150 practicum hours during the semester for 2 hours of
credit which includes the day on site, practicum meetings, report
writing, and readings as assigned)

Instruments to be used for academic and adaptive skills assessment:

Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement Ė Third Edition (WJ-III)
Wechsler Individual Achievement Test- 2nd Edition (WIAT-II)
Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales (VABS) Interview Edition or
Classroom Edition
Adaptive Behavior Assessment System (ABAS)

Reports for each protocol should be as complete as possible and
include the following information:

Reason for Referral
Background Information
Review & summary of school records (cumulative record and special ed)
Family and medical history from referral
Any other pertinent information
Classroom Observation (Naturalistic or Systematic, depending upon
referral question)
Teacher, parent, student interview as appropriate
Assessment Methods
Assessment Results
Interpretation
Summary and Recommendations

Additional Comments for Site Supervisor:

This student has successfully completed the course in cognitive
assessment and has the most experience in administration and
interpretation of the WISC-III,  so cognitive assessment is included
in the studentís responsibility for one or more cases.  Supervision
regarding interpretation of the results relative to the specific case
needs to be provided.

This student may negotiate with you, the Site Supervisor, for
additional complete cases, but needs to participate with your
supervision in at least two complete cases to meet practicum
requirements. These cases may be triennial evaluations or initial
referrals, but the student may not participate in the evaluation of
students referred for a possible or previously identified Emotional
Disability because students have not yet been trained in personality
and emotional assessment techniques.  The student should also be
protected from involvement in cases which have a high potential for
going to mediation, a hearing, or any kind of legal action.

This studentís Final Grade for the practicum is dependent upon Site
Supervisor evaluation.  Please complete the attached rating scale and
return to the practicum instructor by May 5, 2003.

Please call or write to me at any time with concerns or questions.

THANK YOU   for making the commitment and taking the time to provide
a quality practicum experience for new students who are eager to
become practitioners.