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Educational Service Unit #13

  • 2 full-time positions
  • APPIC Program Code: 240612

Located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Educational Service Unit #13 (ESU13) is a nonprofit agency that provides specialized services to schools throughout the western Nebraska Panhandle. Most of the areas serviced by ESU13 are rural with limited access to community resources and a large percentage of economically disadvantaged students.

The mission of the agency is striving to achieve educational excellence for all learners through strong partnerships, services, and leadership. Communication and collaboration are emphasized within departments and between organizations to allow an environment in which the expertise of all professionals is utilized to create the most effective and efficient learning environments for western Nebraska’s students. 

  K Carrizales

Katie Lundgren Carrizales, Ph.D.

ESU Primary Supervisor


Dr. Lundgren-Carrizales is a nationally certified school psychologist who is currently working as an educational and therapeutic consultant in Scottsbluff, NE. She has worked in the field of school psychology for over 10 years and she is currently pursuing specialization in autism spectrum disorders and play therapy. Throughout her training, she has participated in several research projects related to special education and multicultural education/consultation. She is Circle of Security trainer/educator and a provisionally licensed mental health provider in the state of 

Services provided

  • Psychological services
  • Speech pathology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Special education
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing services
  • Early intervention
  • Brain injury support 

The agency also provides districts with extensive staff development through the SOAR (Sharing Opportunities Achieving Results) department, and houses several critical programs that serve the Panhandle including Head Start, the Migrant Education Department, and the Autism Spectrum Program.

EDU13 manages a variety of alternative learning programs for secondary students, as well as a school for students ages 5-21 as part of the continuum of services for students with disabilities.

Intern Experience

The interns matched with ESU13 is provided a unique opportunity to participate in the Psychology Department, comprised of 4 full-time school psychologists and 1 full-time Licensed Mental Health Provider.

Interns will be expected to provide a wide-range of direct and indirect services including counseling, psychological evaluations, individual and systems consultation, and other therapeutic/behavioral interventions developed through Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and Response to Intervention (RTI).

As such, interns are directly involved in identifying problems or needs and then researching, recommending, and assisting in the implementation of the appropriate evidenced-based intervention. The intern is immersed within an interdisciplinary team approach, allowing them routine collaboration and communication with other specialized disciplines.

In addition, there are numerous professional development and specialized training opportunities throughout the ESU departments that are designed to augment the intern’s skill base as well as expose interns to cutting edge evidence-based interventions in a variety of disciplines. These opportunities include participation and training within the Traumatic Brain Injury group, training and workshops through the Autism Spectrum Disorder Network, and participation in the SOAR Department training and workshops that focus on topics such as behavioral health, academic interventions, giftedness, and accelerated learning.