In service of obtaining the broadest possible training for school psychologists, the GSAPP School Psychology Program provides many opportunities for students to master a range of professional psychology skills through various practica. One of those opportunities is through work at the GSAPP Center for Psychological Services Clinic.
Over the course of their training, students are expected to earn two “clinic credits”. These credits are earned by work at the Clinic. Each client seen represents one clinic credit; if the clinic treatment provided extends beyond one semester, the student will earn one “clinic credit” for each semester the client is seen.
Students may earn clinic credits in three ways:
- They may complete assessment cases in the clinic. One assessment case equals one clinic credit. Students may begin to see assessment cases after completion of the Learning Disabilities course, typically taken during the student’s second year. At least one clinic credit must be earned through completing an assessment.
- They may take a therapy case in the clinic. One case seen during one semester equals one credit; if the treatment extends beyond one semester the student will earn one clinic credit for each semester the client is seen. Students may take a therapy case beginning in their second year.
- They may see a client in the clinic associated with work in a clinical applications course. One case seen during one semester equals one credit if the course instructor has determined that students will get clinic credit for clients seen in the clinic associated with the course.
The Clinic will provide the following:
- Introduction to Clinic procedures, client management systems, suicide and crisis assessment - This will be provided by the Clinic Director (Don Morgan) during the students’ first year, second semester.
- Assessment Clients - All school psychology students will be offered the opportunity to do two assessments at the clinic, thereby satisfying the need for clinical experience and earning the necessary two clinic credits.
- Assessment Team Training – An Assessment Team training will be offered by the Assessment Team Director (Ken Schneider) during May or June each year. This will provide information about assessing college students (including use of the WAIS) and recommending post-secondary accommodations. Attendance at this orientation is required prior to taking an assessment case.
- Therapy Clients - If a school psychology student wishes to earn clinic credit through taking on a psychotherapy client, she/he will be placed on the therapist list for available clients and provided with a client when her/his name gets to the top of the list. This is part of the rotation for clients that includes all students desiring such an experience regardless of program affiliation.
- Supervision – Students will be provided with a supervisor who is a professional psychologist with appropriate credentials and experience.
- Students must attend the Clinic orientation when it is provided. If this is not possible, they may view the alternative videos provided by the Clinic Director. Students may not see Clinic cases without completing the Clinic orientation.
- Students are required to attend the Assessment Team orientation prior to taking an assessment case.
- Students must register for “clinic credit(s)” during the semester that they plan to do assessment or therapy in the clinic (18:821:546 for one credit; 18:821:544 for two credits).
- Students must initiate the process of obtaining a Clinic assessment or therapy client by submitting the blue Case/Supervisor Request Form to the Clinic Director.
- Students must maintain flexibility in their schedules in order to be able to engage in work in the Clinic, and be cognizant of the fact that client availability may be partially determined by the client’s schedule. In addition, since most supervisors are practicing psychologists, supervisor availability may be partially determined by the supervisor’s other work commitments and supervision sessions may require reasonable travel to a supervisors’ office.
- Students are expected to work with clients seen in the Clinic until the assessment or intervention is completed in a professional manner. In the case of an assessment this usually means administering tests, writing the report, providing feedback to the client, and making referrals if indicated. For a therapy case it means carrying the treatment to a conclusion agreed upon with the assigned supervisor.
- Students are responsible for following all Clinic procedures and completing all required Clinic paperwork and record keeping.