Applied Educational Psychology Program Takes Off with International Presentations, Internships

| July 11, 2014
Applied Educational Psychology

Applied Educational Psychology: School Psychology students and faculty co-authored and presented at the 36th International School Psychology Association (ISPA) Conference in Kaunas, Lithuania.

The Educational Specialist (EdS) degree program in Applied Educational Psychology: School Psychology, which officially launched in June 2013, has taken off this year, with students presenting at an international conference in this field, and the program’s first school interns placed for the 2014-15 school year.

The post-master’s EdS provides a specialist degree program that completes the academic preparation and professional training required for individuals to become school psychologists. “It prepares school psychologists to collaborate with teachers, parents and school personnel to promote educationally and psychologically healthy school environments for all children and youth,” said Deborah Stiles, professor and coordinator of the MA in Applied Educational Psychology and EdS in Applied Educational Psychology: School
Psychology programs.

The program also offers an optional emphasis in International Children’s Rights, which focuses on the fundamental human rights of all children and provides advanced knowledge and skills so that school professionals can promote children’s well-being, learning, development, and safety.

In Lithuania, Presenting on Children’s Rights

This summer four Applied Educational Psychology: School Psychology graduate students are co-authoring poster presentations for the 36th International School Psychology Association (ISPA) 2014 Conference in Kaunas, Lithuania. The theme of the conference is “Children’s Rights and Needs: Challenges to School, Family and Society.”

EdS students Jessica Schulze, Nichole Blake, and Alisha Moore are co-authors on “Incorporating International Children’s Rights into a Graduate Course: Children, Culture, and Violence.” Additional authors are Stiles and Rhonda G. Unger.

Culmination of the Ed.S. in Applied Educational Psychology: School  Psychology is an internship as a school psychologist.

In 2014-15 Nichole Blake and Jane Lucas will have internships as school psychologists, the culmination of the Ed.S. in Applied Educational Psychology: School Psychology.

EdS student Sonja Brewer is a co-author on “Incorporating International Children’s Rights into a Graduate Seminar in School Psychology.” Additional authors are Stiles, Webster adjunct faculty member Matthew Traughber, and Saint Louis University professor Mary (Rina) M. Chittooran.

These and other Applied Educational Psychology and School Psychology students and faculty are working on multicultural and international research projects in the new Intercultural Research Center in Webster Hall room 227A. The faculty leaders for the Center are adjuncts Erica BumpersJameca Falconer, and full-time professor Stiles, director of the center.

Lucas, Blake Land School Psychologist Internships

Coursework for the Ed.S. in Applied Educational Psychology: School Psychology includes preparation in mental health services, advanced psychoeducational assessment and intervention, applied research, and school consultation and collaboration. The culmination of these studies is a full-year internship as a school psychologist.

During the upcoming 2014-2015 school year Webster University will have its first school psychology interns. Jane Lucas will begin her school psychology internship in August 2014, and Blake will begin in January 2015. Both interns are honors students and both earned an MA in Applied Educational Psychology with Graduate Academic Honors in 2013.

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