Department of Psychology at Illinois State University
The School Psychology Coordinating Committee assigns a school psychology faculty member to serve as the doctoral trainee's advisor. The program coordinator serves as the advisor for each of the specialist trainees. This advisor also functions as the assigned faculty mentor. Although a trainee's faculty advisor may be the primary person to go to when having program-related concerns (e.g., discussing the developmental process associated with adapting to the demands of the first year in the program, etc.), school psychology faculty members have an "open door" policy for every trainee enrolled in the doctoral and specialist programs. That is, regardless of whether or not a particular faculty member is assigned as the trainee's advisor or mentor, trainees are invited to talk with any school psychology faculty member who is available at any given time.
To assist entering doctoral and specialist trainees with the transitional process into the graduate programs in school psychology, each entering trainee will be assigned a peer mentor who is currently enrolled in the graduate programs. The peer mentors will contact their assigned trainees at least twice prior to the start of the fall semester. Additionally, the peer mentors will act as a resource to the entering trainees throughout their first year and beyond. To facilitate matching trainees with peer mentors, entering trainees will be asked to complete a short questionnaire about their preferences for the background of the peer mentor and will provide information they would like to initially share about themselves with their peer mentor.
As a part of PSY 472 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in School Psychology, first year trainees are assigned cyber mentors. Trainees are required to correspond with their cyber mentors in order to integrate and apply first year field experiences to readings and class discussions