Internship – PSYC 499

CG • Section • 11/10/2019 to 04/18/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Selected topics in psychology will be treated at an advanced level. Experience will be acquired in clinical settings and through exposure/intern opportunities. Applications are processed through the department Faculty Intern Advisor. Applicants must apply the semester prior to starting the internship.

Prerequisites

(PSYC 101 or PSYC 200 or PSYC 210 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255

Rationale

The course provides direct experience in helping persons with special needs; enhances awareness of the responsibilities and skills needed for professional employment in the psychological services; and requires a synthesis of human development in spiritual, social, emotional, and cognitive behavior patterns. An understanding of the behavior and learning potential of clients who are different in some way can be an effective tool for intrapersonal and interpersonal Christian growth.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply psychological explanations to observed behavior patterns in a “real world” setting.
  2. Identify relevant behavior patterns within the context of an internship.
  3. Evaluate the integration of faith and practice within a “real world” internship experience.
  4. Demonstrate competence in an applied setting related to the field of psychology.
  5. Analyze the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity.

Course Assignment

Lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will
complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Internship Logs (2)

The student will maintain a running log of his or her internship hours and observations, which will be submitted twice during the internship.

Student Internship Application

The student will submit a copy of his or her approved Student Internship Application to inform the instructor of the intended site.

Discussion Board Forums

The student will submit a 250-word thread demonstrating course-related knowledge in each forum. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to the threads of at least 2 other students. Each reply must be 150 words.

Introductory Email

The student will introduce his/her supervisor to the instructor by sending one email to both the supervisor and instructor that professionally introduces one to the other. This email must include contact information for both parties. The student will then submit a copy of the email on Blackboard.

Case Study

With site approval, the student will choose a case, circumstance, or situation at his or her site. If an appropriate case cannot be obtained, a historical or fictional character will be acceptable. This 3-4 page paper must be in current APA format.

Training Opportunities

The student will create a list of relevant training opportunities that exist within the community, organization or online. The list will focus on a specific training need, will consist of at least 5-10 training opportunities, and will be presented in a professional format.

Informal Evaluation

The instructor will, in conjunction with the student's site supervisor, set up a time to have a short conversation with the supervisor to receive an informal evaluation of the student's performance at the site. The instructor will be able to answer any questions the supervisor may have. This conversation will occur sometime in Module/Week 3, 4, or 5, depending on the schedule of both the instructor and the supervisor. On a case by case basis, email contact may replace the phone call.

Community Resources

The student will create a list of relevant resources that exist within the community, organization or online. The list must contain a minimum of 10 resources and must be presented in a professional manner.

Supervisor Evaluations (2)

The student will submit 2 evaluations completed by the site supervisor. After the supervisor has completed and discussed the evaluation, the student will submit a copy of the evaluation to Blackboard.

Essay

The student will write a 200-400 word essay that outlines his/her plan for growth midway through the internship experience, and after receiving the first supervisor evaluation.

Letter to Supervisor

The student will construct a letter of appreciation to his or her site supervisor.

Resume

The student will complete a Resume Draft and Final Resume after receiving feedback.

Reference Letter

The student will write a personal reference letter evaluating his or her performance.

Quiz

The student will complete a quiz after viewing a Resume Presentation from a Career Center representative.