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  • Field Education Program

    The Pupil Services and Student Support Programs Field Education Program values its working relationship with university student internship programs in Social Work and School Counseling Programs.  Field Education has long been recognized as an important part of our units that brings significant long-term benefits to our profession as Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) and Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) experts. These benefits include new perspectives, ideas, enthusiasm, and the most up-to-date practices.  The partnership with universities has led to many years of success with student interns. For example, for the 2019-2020 school year, the student internships added valuable supplemental services to schools and specialized programs of more than 34,000 service hours throughout the school year. This was equivalent to 21 full time PSA Counselor positions valued at over 1.5 million dollars of in-kind services. 

    Our Field Instructors and Preceptors offer a variety of unique “hands on” learning experiences in a diverse urban setting to their interns. In addition, Field Instructors and Preceptors have an opportunity to share their expertise and sharpen their professional skills. Although internships are unpaid positions, the experience gained by the student will be invaluable in future career pursuits.  The Field Education Program is one of mutual benefit; the intern expects to learn new tasks and acquire new capabilities, and the PSA Counselor expects to provide an additional resource to their placement.
    All Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors are required to follow the same protocols so that Pupil Services and Student Support Programs can provide a positive and professional atmosphere for the interns, school staff and the families served. All counselors participating in the Field Education Program must obtain approval from their respective program administrator and work-site administrator.  


    A Day in the Life of a PSA Counselor (Pop-out Video) 


    Program Services 

    • Intern: The PSA/SSP Intern will gain practical work experience in the areas of counseling, case management, and collaborative work with both school and community support systems. The intern position supports LAUSD student experiencing difficulties in achieving their academic potential due to social/emotional, home and community barriersWith the support and guidance of the field instructor, the intern will utilize a three-tiered model (prevention, early intervention, and intensive intervention) to improve individual and system-wide student attendance, engagement, achievement, and graduation. The intern is expected to participate in field placement either 4 hours, 16 hours, or 20 hours per week from September-May depending on their respective university program requirements As a student intern, they must also adhere to all District policies and procedures. 
    • Field Instrtuctor: Field Instructors are primarily responsible for the training and supervision of assigned intern(s). They facilitate the placement experience, assess student competencies, evaluate the intern's professional development, work directly with our university partners, and dedicate one-hour weekly supervision and planning.
    • Preceptor: Under the direction of an intern's Field Instructor, Preceptors take responsibility for a piece of the student's learning, often teaching a specific area of expertise or skill.  Preceptors do not work directly with our university partners but may precept for fellow PSA, SSP, or School Mental Health (SMH) colleagues.  Additionally, Preceptors can take interns who are working solely on their CWA hours. 
    • Central Team Support: The Field Education Program Leads collaborate with different universities and departments within LAUSD to ensure accountability and compliance with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), applicable laws, policies, procedures, data collection, and training/professional development related to interns.  


    Resources (LAUSD Single-Sign On required) 


    Field Education Overview (Pop-out Video) 


    University Partners

    Pupil Services and Student Support Programs is accepting interns from the following University Partners (Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) have been established):



    California Lutheran University (CLU)

    Counseling, PPSC, CWA

    California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH)

    Social Work (MSW)

    California State University, Fullerton (CSUF)

    Social Work (MSW)

    California State University, Long Beach (CSULB)

    Social Work (MSW), PPSC, CWA, Post MSW- PPSC, CWA, and BASW

    California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA)

    (1) Social Work (MSW), and BASW

    (2) Counseling- School Based Family Counseling Program (MFT) PPSC, CWA

    California State University, Northridge (CSUN)

    Social Work (MSW)

    Columbia University

    Social Work (MSW)

    Concordia University Irvine

    Counseling, PPSC, CWA

    Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

    Counseling, PPSC, CWA

    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

    Social Welfare (MSW), PPSC, CWA

    University of La Verne

    Counseling, PPSC

    University of Southern California (USC)

    Social Work (MSW), PPSC, CWA

    If you are a University with a program in School Counseling and/or Social Work and interested in partnering with LAUSD PSA/SSP Field Education Program, please contact the Field Education Coordinators:


    Pupil Services

    Student Support Programs

    Admin: Dianna Armenta, PSA Coordinator

    Email: dxa16291@lausd.net

    Admin: Erin Campbell, Administrative Coordinator

    Email: emc5498@lausd.net

    Lead: Sylvia Zuniga Zepeda, PSA Counselor

    Email: szz9696@lausd.net

    Lead: Letisia Alvarado, PSA Counselor

    Email: letisia.alvarado@lausd.net


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