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Demystifying the School Psychology Internship

A Dynamic Guide for Interns and Supervisors, 1st Edition

By Daniel S. Newman


190 pages | 18 B/W Illus.

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If you are a doctoral or non-doctoral student about to begin your internship in school psychology, you may have several questions about the process and what it will involve, and you may even be facing some anxiety about it. If you are a site or university supervisor preparing for the beginning of the internship year, you may be looking for ways to improve the internship experience for your students or for yourself and your fellow supervisors. Newman has used his many years of experience working with interns and field supervisors to create this guide to the school psychology internship process to address these common concerns. He provides a comprehensive overview of the school psychology internship process from start to finish, describing actions that can be taken to promote a high quality, dynamic internship experience. Emphasis is placed on the idea that the internship year is a dynamic and formative experience, not a static event, and that interns and supervisors both must be active planners, coordinators, and shapers of the experience. Each part of the book explores a different phase of the internship, from the first days through job applications and interviews. Helpful and pragmatic tools are included throughout, such as evaluation tools, best practice guidelines, and sample forms. Online resources are also available to complement the book and include reproducible material from the book, videos students can use to practice their interviewing skills, and links to helpful resources.


"Demystifying the School Psychology Internship: A Dynamic Guide for Interns and Supervisors is a valuable handbook for individuals completing or supervising a school psychology internship. I definitely recommend the use of this book to school psychology interns, as well as their site and university supervisors. It is a detailed and accessible guide for what is arguably the most important series of experiences a school psychologist may ever have." -Kristen A. Munger, Communique

"This start-to-finish compendium on the internship process makes a unique contribution to the school psychology literature. I can't imagine a university internship coordinator or field-based internship supervisor who would not want Newman's book on the office bookshelf. School psychology interns, and students seeking internships, will find much of value in this handy reference work." - Bill Strein, EdD, Associate Professor and Training Director, School Psychology, University of Maryland

"Dr. Daniel Newman’s [book] is an important reference. This wonderful text is written in a down to earth fashion and can serve as an invaluable aid for both trainees and supervisors. From chapters on goal setting to training forms, this easy to read book is a gem of information." - Tony D. Crespi, EdD, ABPP, Professor of Psychology, The University of Hartford

Table of Contents

Part I: Getting Oriented Introduction. The Internship Plan. Entering the Internship Site. Part II: Clarifying Roles, Developing Relationships Intern Identity and Expectations. The Proactive Intern. The Supervision Process. Breadth, Depth, and Competence. Survival. Part III: Moving Beyond the Internship The Job Hunt: Applications, Interviews, and Employment. Concluding the Internship.

About the Author

Daniel S. Newman, PhD, NCSP, is an assistant professor in the school psychology program 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 NASP Early Career Workgroup.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Child & Adolescent
PSYCHOLOGY / Education & Training
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health

Additional Resources


Title: Interview with Dr. Laura Williams

Transcript Version 1

Title: Interview with Dr. Allan Turner

Transcript Version 2

Title: School Psychology Internship Interview

Title: Example of a School Psychology Job Interview

Forms and Letters