Oh absolutely, and even in my program, which is more traditional, it's not uncommon for doctoral students to graduate with extensive field experience in hospitals and other non school based setting. But there is still often some bias against school psych students in many non school settings, no matter how extensive their credentials are. It does depend on the facility though of course, places tend to be much more open to school psych doctorates when they've already had one or two work there. And of course, there are some more clinical positions which are excellently suited to school psych people, such as working for a hospital or organization which goes into the school.
Originally Posted by futureapppsy2
To be fair, people can and do come out of some school psych doctoral (NOT EdS) programs with the skills and experience to practice in non-school settings. In my program, for example, we are all required to do two semesters of therapy prac in a CMHC second year, and people often choose to do fourth year pracs outside of schools (usually CMHC, hospital, or youth correctional facility) and take on additional pracs in non-school settings on top of the required third year school prac. We also offer a good number of therapy, non-school assessment, and other clinical courses, thanks to very close ties with clinical and counseling psych programs here.
A minority of school psych PhD programs trend more to the child clinical side of training and have good records of placing people in APA accredited peds internships, etc. OTOH, there are many school psych PhD programs that are purely school-focused, and admittedly, it's not the most direct route and takes being in the right program and being very proactive about your training.