Daniel S. Newman, Ph.D., NCSP, received his doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park and is currently an assistant professor at National Louis University in Illinois. He currently teaches and supervises courses in school consultation, clinical supervision, and a school psychology internship seminar, and is co-chair of the National Association of School Psychologists Early Career Workgroup. His book, Demystifying the School Psychology Internship: A Dynamic Guide for Interns and Supervisors, was released this December by Routledge.
In a recent guest blog post for Time2Track, Making Hours Yours, I reflected on how graduate students in psychology and related disciplines may begin to view logging clinical hours as a more meaningful endeavor. Building on that notion, this post explores the features of an effective practicum or internship plan.
If you are a graduate student in psychology (or related discipline) completing practicum or internship work, you are likely required by your university to keep track of your fieldwork hours and activities. On the surface this may feel like busy work. For example, a school psychology intern I supervised jokingly asked me whether or not the time she spent logging her hours could be counted as hours.