Practicum Students

By Paul Vespo posted 11-02-2017 00:07


Hello everyone,

This is a blog specifically for school psychology graduate students that are currently in a practicum - please feel free to talk about your experiences, specific counseling techniques that you find beneficial, etc.  Look forward to hearing from you all!

Paul Vespo
NASP Student Leader
Marist College
Poughkeepsie, NY




04-25-2018 13:37


I am a practicum student in one of the schools of upstate NY. I am bilingual and have trouble writing reports. My Professors and supervisor have many issues with the writing especially grammar and phrasing. I need to resolve this issue. I have signed up for Grammarly. Com to check my grammar and punctuation errors. I am also seeking help from one of my peers. It appears nothing is working. Can I be dropped out of the program because of my writing issue?

Please suggest me!

01-08-2018 14:11

Hi Paul, 

When first getting started at new practicum sites the students, myself included, would pressure ourselves to become independent quickly. To take on the challenge and develop new capabilities.

While this is a great attitude to have, I also learned about how much valuable it is to observe experts. Observation and co-therapy taught perspective on a variety of techniques and practices. Helped me more deeply understand subtle differences between practitioners.

I found it’s a balance between finding your own style and borrowing from others through a whole lot of trial and error. 

What do you think?

12-07-2017 11:14

Paul Vaspo,

I am a Practicum student in San Diego (California), and I fortunately am doing my hours with the BEST School Psychologist I this region!  He allows me to "learn from doing" and allows me to "learn from minor mistakes." At no time are any students in any kind of risk.  This mentor has a future beyond that of being a school psychologist and that would one of being an excellent professor!  I learn everyday with the students and from this professional!