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Departmental Practica with Off-campus Supervisors

The department has already developed several practica with off-campus supervisors.  These practica are not always available and may require the student to contact both a faculty member supervisor and the off-campus sponsor.  Space is very limited with these practica sites and many of the locations require lengthy and exhaustive application procedures, intensive training and large time commitments.  Please refer to the individual listings below for information.  Students must obtain a Permission to Elect form from the psychology department undergraduate advisor, or the psychology department website, in order to register for a pre-existing off-campus practicum.

The permission to elect form must be completed and returned to the undergraduate advisor in 3705 Wood Hall before you begin the practicum in order for this experience to count as practicum credit.

PSY 3970: Industrial/Organizational and Health Psychology Practicum

Site
Bronson Methodist Hospital-Approximately 2 miles from campus

Description
This practicum is a joint collaboration between the Psychology Department and Bronson Methodist Hospital. Students work in the hospital to increase safety for Bronson's patients and employees. Student observations and analyses are used to increase the quality of care given to patients by reducing the spread of hospital-acquired infections. Students learn about infection prevention and the various care units within a hospital, while also gaining experience with behavioral observations and data collection in the fast-paced environment of a Level 1 trauma hospital. Bronson Methodist Hospital is a 2005 recipient of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation's highest presidential honor for quality and performance excellence. In 2013, Bronson was named one of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals. Because the hospital is open 24/7, hours are very flexible and can be arranged around academic and work schedules.

Requirements
Psychology major, junior or senior status, have own transportation, be available 13 hours per week, and fulfill Bronson requirements.

Prerequisites
PSY 1400 (or 3600) and PSY 3300, PSY 3440 preferred.

Contact
Dr. Alyce Dickinson at

PSY 3970: Crisis Intervention Hotline Practicum

Site
Gryphon Place

Description
Students receive intensive training in answering Crisis Intervention Hotline calls. After completing practicum requirements, students may go on to be Crisis Intervention Hotline volunteers. Students must complete 135 hours of service to complete practicum requirements, but Gryphon Place may require 200 hours to become a volunteer. Training is intensive and not all students will be accepted if they do not demonstrate the necessary skills. However, no previous experience is required.

Prerequisites
Students must apply for and pass screening and training processes.

Contact
Dr. Lester Wright at (269) 387-4472 or

PSY 3970: Youth Shelter Practicum

Site
The ARK

Description
Students assist crisis workers at a shelter for runaway youth in creating a therapeutic environment that will motivate youth to resolve problems and effect positive changes in attitudes, values, and behavior. A minimum of 135 hours is required for 3 credit hours. Hours are flexible, and there is an informal training period.  In order to complete all necessary paperwork, you must contact ARK at least 2 months before the beginning of the semester in which you plan to do your practicum.

Prerequisites
One previous course taught by Dr. Wright

Contact
Dr. Lester Wright at (269) 387-4472 or

PSY 3970: Domestic and Sexual Assault Practicum

Site
Kalamazoo YWCA

Description
Students can complete their practicum at the YWCA sexual assault and domestic assault program. The duties will vary depending upon how long the student works there and the student's hours of availability. Typical duties revolve around assisting in domestic and sexual assault crisis services, which might involve: answering crisis calls, addressing shelter resident inquires, helping with personal care needs, observing trained Victim Advocate staff in the delivery of service, being on call to provide supportive listening and assistance to survivors of sexual assault at hospitals in Kalamazoo or the YWCA nurse examiner site, attending court proceedings to support survivors, learning how to complete a Personal Protection Order, conducting intakes and assessments for the survivors, assisting with development of marketing materials for crisis services and providing clerical support for YWCA programming.

Prerequisites
PSY 1000, 1600, 2500

Contact
Dr. Lester Wright at (269) 387-4472 or

PSY 3970: Applied Animal Behavior Practicum

Site
Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Description
This practicum experience involves the application of behavioral principle in the shaping and management of behavior in dogs abandoned or surrendered for adoption. The experience includes:

If you cannot meet the following requirements, please do not apply for the practicum. For participation in this practicum, you must be able to:

Interested students should be aware that the county shelter is not a no-kill facility. This means that you will be working with animals that will potentially be euthanized. The county, unfortunately, has neither the space nor the resources available to house and care for all of the homeless animals in the area and the SPCA has faced extreme circumstances in which an animal needed to be euthanized.

Prerequisites
PSY 3600.  Prior animal handling experience is helpful but not required. 

Contact

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