The Impact of School Closures on Training: A Student Perspective

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 9,10
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 9: Issues in School Psychology, Education, and Supervision

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. identify the degree to which graduate students participated in remote fieldwork activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. understand the impact that school closures had on the supervision that school psychology graduate students received.
  3. understand school psychology graduate students’ perception of remote training on the development of their clinical skills.
  4. formulate strategies to support effective remote training for school psychology graduate students.


The coronavirus pandemic resulted in graduate students missing approximately 30–40% of their in-person training experiences during the 2019–2020 school year. Students’ perceptions of the impact of school closures on their skill development and readiness to enter their next training or professional experience is unknown. Accordingly, this paper will discuss the results of a survey that asked school psychology graduate students to compare their in-person and remote training experiences in assessment, counseling, consultation, and supervision.



Emily E. Hill, Northeastern University
Zachary Biedermann, Northeastern University
Jenna Caruso, Northeastern University
Julianne G. Quinn, Northeastern University


Matthew R. DuBois


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