What would it be like to work in a clinical setting?
What would it be like to work with people who have a particular condition, such as schizophrenia?
What would it be like to work with people of a particular age, such as children?
Clinical Experience (PSYC490) provides an opportunity to explore various areas of applied psychology. Common placements include the local community mental health center, a preschool for special needs children, social service agencies, and schools. In addition to keeping a journal documenting their experiences, students are encouraged to reflect on how those experiences inform their understanding of themselves and the field of psychology.
Enrollment is limited to one credit per term, but can be repeated multiple times in order to gain experience in a variety of settings. For one credit, we expect students to spend a minimum of 4 hours per week at the site. Students should discuss possible placement sites with the faculty member in charge of these experiences (currently Dr. Fenwick) in the term prior to enrolling. We encourage students to wait until their junior or senior year to take PSYC490 because the experience will be enhanced by having completed relevant course work.