Getting the most out of Virtual Fieldwork Experiences

2 hours running time


This webinar is not eligible for CEUs.

Covid has drastically altered clinical practice, commonly referred to as fieldwork, for school psychology training. Historically, it is during this aspect of training that candidates integrate theories and contemporary research findings learned at the university to practice in the schools. Safety concerns have shut down schools since March 2020 and with very few exceptions, all fieldwork (as with schooling for K-12 students), have been done virtually. While gains over Covid are emerging (i.e., vaccine), there are still ongoing concerns that suggest that many school psychology candidates will continue to engage in either hybrid or fully virtual fieldwork in the coming year. This panel presentation from several university faculty will offer ideas to school psychology students who are currently or will be entering year 2 (practicum) and year 3 (internship) fieldwork experiences so that they can maximize their experiences.

 

Alejandra Ojeda-Beck is a Lecturer for the School Psychology Program at UC Berkeley. In this capacity she teaches the foundational seminar in early to school age development as well as the year-long psychological assessment sequence. She also provides supervision to practicum students. Dr. Ojeda-Beck is a Licensed Educational Psychologist, as well as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. She works part-time as a school psychologist for the Piedmont Unified School District, and has received experience and training as a Bilingual School Psychologist. Dr. Ojeda-Beck currently serves on the Leadership Team for the National Association of School Psychologists’ Bilingual Interest Group.

 

Brian Leung Ph.D. is currently a faculty in the school psychology program at LMU. He has practiced as an SP in both urban and suburban districts. Brian was the president of CASP from 2018 -2019.

 

Kate Perry is the Coordinator of the School Psychology Program at UC Berkeley. She is also responsible for coordinating field work, practicum, and internship placements for students and providing oversight and support as needed. Dr. Perry also coordinates student recruitment, admissions and course scheduling, and contributes to the mission of the Graduate School of Education. Prior to taking on this position, Dr. Perry taught courses and served as a clinical supervisor for the School Psychology program for 20 years. She also worked part-time as a school psychologist in local public schools for over 20 years and is a Licensed Educational Psychologist.

 

Leigh Ann Tipton-Fisler is a faculty member at California State University, Los Angeles in the Division of Special Education and Counseling. Her primary research interests include professional development for teachers and parents on supporting transition needs for youth with developmental disabilities. She also works with local school districts to provide consultation for teachers and school psychologists to improve systems-level change for at-risk youth.

 

Natasha Ferrell, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the School Psychology program at National University. She also serves as the Fieldwork Coordinator for the School Psychology program. Dr. Ferrell received her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in School Psychology from the University of California Riverside in 2009. She has been a credentialed school psychologist for over 10 years. Dr. Ferrell’s research interests include Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, Social-Emotional Learning, Culturally Responsive-Practices, and Clinical Supervision within School Psychology Graduate Programs.

 

Tricia Crosby-Cooper is the School Psychology Program Director at National University in the Applied Behavior Analysis, School Psychology, and Educational Counseling Department. Dr. Crosby-Cooper received her Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in School Psychology in 2009 from the University of California Riverside. Her research interests include Culturally Responsive Practices, Mental Health, Social-Emotional Learning, and Educational Trauma. Prior to National University, Dr. Crosby-Cooper worked as a full-time school psychologist and is a Licensed Educational Psychologist, Certified Clinical Telemental Heath Provider, and Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional.

 

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