The Psychology Practicum (PSYC 396) provides an opportunity for service learning in a variety of community settings relevant to psychology such as; hospitals, mental health and residential treatment centers, skilled nursing facilities, school classrooms, homeless shelters, preschool and daycare centers, research labs, and locally based non-profit organizations).
Students volunteer without pay for a predetermined number of hours (25 hours per one unit of course credit) in an agency and experiences the application of psychology in the real world.
Students meet weekly over the course of the semester/session with the instructor to discuss course readings and share their experiences in the fieldwork settings. The Psychology Practicum is an elective course (when taken for four units), that fulfills the practicum requirement in the Child and Youth Studies Minor (when taken for four units in a child/youth oriented placement) and also fulfills the university service learning requirement. Service learning is a graduation requirement that may be fulfilled through courses in other departments as well as through the Psychology Practicum course.
Prerequisite Course: PSY 313 (Abnormal Psychology)