Students in the MSPP School Psychology Program are in field placements each semester of full-time enrollment beginning in the first semester. As part of the practicum and internship model at MSPP, students work closely with highly-skilled field site supervisors and participate in academic seminars as part of the MSPP curriculum to support and complement the field experience.
Year 1: 10 hour per week practicum in an elementary school setting
Year 2: 15 hour per week practicum in a secondary school setting
Year 3: Full-time internship in the final year.
In addition, first year students receive a unique and valuable introduction to clinical work by serving as "child associates" in Primary Project, an empirically-validated preventative mental health program and a program housed in our Freedman Center for Child and Family Development. Child associates meet weekly with primary grade students who are at risk for adjustment problems for individual child-led play sessions. These field placements are designed to be of value for both the trainee and the host school district. They are an indispensable feature of graduate training at MSPP: which features the integration of formal instruction with related field work.
MSPP establishes ongoing relationships, or partnerships, with schools and school districts that offer practicum placements consistent with MSPP School Psychology Program standards. First and second year practicum placements are arranged or facilitated for students. Alternatively, students may choose to apply competitively for second year practicum placements that are not exclusive to a given training program, or may investigate prospective new sites. Placements initiated by students, however, must be reviewed by the School Psychology Program's field placement supervisor and determined to meet program standards (e.g., the opportunity to practice skills association with concurrent coursework, the required amount of field supervision).