The fieldwork experience provides an opportunity to see and work with the human issues previously read about, thought about, and written about in the traditional classroom setting. This process includes encountering the psychological realities of a real person in real institutions, with all the humanity, complexity and subtlety, which characterizes an individual human life in context. Here you will confront and wrestle with moral dilemmas involved in choosing among alternative solutions and interventions. As you struggle with the limitations of your own learning, you will encounter the profound ethical issues involved in deciding between what a person needs and what he or she can currently use and assimilate. The experience acts as a pivotal test of whether this kind of life work is what you want to do and where you want to be.
A required field placement at the undergraduate level supplied me with the experience, information, and opportunity to get ahead in my field in a way I otherwise would have been unable to do. My field placement not only offered me employment, but now serves as a venue in which to receive clinical hours for licensing. It was an invaluable experience!—Amanda Drumheller, Class of 2007
The Dominican Psychology Department's excellent reputation in the community enables our students to be sought out for some of the best field placements in the county and thus to gain on-the-job experience in some of the most respected training agencies in the county. In the field placement seminar students are given support, supervision and education regarding job-related problems. Additionally, the field placement provides experience in practicing the processes that you will face in looking for a job following graduation.
We encourage you to begin exploring placement options in your junior year. The Junior Seminar (Psy 3182) provides you with the opportunities to explore placement possibilities along with possible coordinated thesis topics. It can be a great advantage to have a thesis topic which is related to your field placement. You may also want to use the summer between your junior and senior year to begin a training program for your field placement. Many of the top placements have training programs which begin in the summer and the investment of extra summer time may pay off in a high quality placement.
Remember that your field placement application, with your supervisor's signature, must be filed with your instructor by the time you register for the Field Placement (Psy4940) class. Warning: If you do not have an approved field placement by the second meeting of the class you will have to drop the course and take it the following semester.
Yes. We have a number of placements in human resources and sports psychology. However, we to not have as many placements in the non-clinical area, so if you are interested in one of these areas plan ahead as you will need to do more informational interviews to survey sites not listed in the existing placement lists. And remember if the site is not listed you will need to obtain prior approval from your field placement instructor. The key factors in determining approval are (1) whether you will be learning something about psychology in your field of interest and (2) whether you will have a supervisor who can teach and supervise you in this learning process.
When do I take Field Placement (PSY 4940)?
Most Day students take PSY 4940 during the fall and spring of their senior year. Most Pathways students take PSPY 4940 during the summer preceding their senior year and the fall of their senior year.
You can not wait until you take the field placement class. You must plan ahead. Begin looking for your field placement during Junior Seminar and/or during the semester prior to registering for PSY 4940.Your placement may require that you begin your training before the field placement class begins.
Come to your first Field Placement class with a Field Placement Application signed by your on-site supervisor. This means that, if you are planning to take PSY 4940 during the fall of your senior year get your field placement application signed by your on-site supervisor during the spring of your junior year.
No, you may not count your regular job as your field placement. However, in some unusual circumstances, an arrangement may be made to expand what you are currently doing at your job to include additional responsibilities, not ordinarily included in your job, which could be counted toward your field placement hours. In this atypical case, you must get prior approval in writing from your Dominican instructor. In addition, a written contract must be signed by your on-site supervisor.
Yes. You may also count your hours of training toward the 90 hours required. However, since the bulk of your 90 hours must occur during the time that you are actually taking the Field Placement Class, only training hours may be counted “ahead of time.” PLAN AHEAD…YOUR PLACEMENT MAY REQUIRE THAT YOU BEGIN YOUR TRAINING BEFORE THE FIELD PLACEMENT CLASS BEGINS.
Yes. Your junior seminar instructor will assist you in locating a field placement.
All placements are located in Marin County, California unless otherwise noted. Students were in these placements from 2005-2011.