A Seminar for School Psychology Students:

Eleanor T Robertson

Abstract


This study describes a seminar created to prepare school psychology students to work with second language learners. Third year interns who are themselves bilingual attend a series of four sessions led by a practicing Spanish speaking school psychologist to discuss cases and best practices. At the end of the first year of implementation, students described the experience positively and were making plans to continue meeting throughout the following year. A focus group was held to determine what factors made this an effective educational approach for these graduate students in their school practices. The factors cited were an experienced leader who is fluent in two languages, a process oriented teaching approach, timing of the seminar during the full-time practice year for students so discussions can address real issues, and a structured schedule of sessions placed in an informal setting.

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