PS407 Field Placement in Psychology

for S2T 2010

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PS 407 Field Placement in Psychology


S2T 2010 DL


Klasing, Traci L.


Adjunct Faculty


M.A. Counseling - Webster University
B.A. Psychology - University of Kansas
Licensed Professional Counselor - Missouri

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406 Mabee - Parkville Campus

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8:00 - 4:30 M-F

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Semester Dates

3/15/10 - 5/09/10

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Course Description:
PS 407 Field Placement in Psychology: Supervised field placement in an agency specifically concerned with applications of psychology. Variable credit: 3-6 hours. Prerequisites: major in Psychology, permission of the instructor, and junior or senior standing.

Educational Philosophy:
Traci Klasing's educational philosophy is one based on dialogues, readings and exams.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. To examine the role of the student vs. the role of the professional
  2. To conceptualize the opportunities and challenges faced by field placement students.
  3. To discover professional identity in the field through skills and character examination.
  4. To critically analyze field placement roles: the supervisors, the student, and those supporting your field placement.
  5. To apply ethical and legal considerations in the field placement experience which may include but not be limited to: confidentiality, diversity, and assessment
  6. To apply the skills needed to be effective in working with a culturally diverse clientele.
  7. To examine the field placement experience in the context of career/life roles
  8. To demonstrate insight into theoretical understanding vs. applied knowledge in psychology

Core Assessment:
Core Assessment- Reflection Essay Exam

The Core Assessment for the course is a Reflection Essay Exam. This reflection essay exam will be written during your proctored final exam. Students should have filled out the proctor form and made arrangements for testing during Week 8. Students will have 2 ½ hours to complete an open book/open notes (journal notes from course- for example) reflection essay exam.

 The purpose of the summary reflection essay is for students to critically think about their field experience in relation to the core learning outcomes. A reflection essay should take into account their prior educational experiences in psychology, and reflect on each of the eight core learning objectives. The field placement reflection essay exam (core assessment) is worth 31 points distributed as follows (students should examine the full rubric for more clarification/detail on grading criteria):

Reflection Essay Exam: Core Learning Outcomes to be addressed in student’s writing
Points Eligible
Student should competently analyze and Evaluate the following learning outcomes : 1, 4, 3 ,2 ,& 7
Students should competently apply the following learning
outcomes : #5,#6,#8
Students should competently fulfill the technical quality of the paper and apply outcomes: #1 & #8

Reflection Essay Exam General Guidelines:
  • Writing should be a critical analysis of the field experience. Students should not just report issues- but discuss how they relate to their study of psychology over the course of their psychology studies and program.
  • Include an examination of all eight topics approached in the core learning outcomes. Students should identify challenges and opportunities in each core learning objectives (listed above) during the field experience. Students are encouraged to use headings to clearly identify the learning objective areas and their reflections.
  • Students should examine the following: What were areas of personal and professional growth? What insights were gained in terms of the field in relation to your contributions at the field site and sharing with peers online? Reflect upon any lessons learned in relation to the eight learning objective areas in the field and in one’s psychology coursework.
  • See the Grading Rubric for the Reflection Essay Exam (next).

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

8 Weekly Journals - 4pts. each x 8 = 32pts

8 Weekly Discussion - 4 pts. each x 8 = 32pts

Field Placement Letter - 5 pts.

Core Assessment Reflection Essay - 31 pts.

Total - 100 points.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late assignments will be allowed.

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis & Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes #  1, 4,3  2 & 7                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Several roles of the student versus a professional and two other roles in the field experience were identified, critiqued  and evaluated in relation to the field placement experience
(5 pts)-------------
Identifies 3 or more key characteristics of the helping relationship  or discussed in a field experience
(4 pts)------------
The reflection contains an exceptional integrative application of the challenges and opportunities of the field placement Conceptualizes these in relation to their own current or prospective career/life roles is evident.  
(5 pts)
Roles of the student versus professional identified and one other role in the field but lacks a rationale and coherence /relationship to the field placement experience
(4-2 pts)-----------
Identifies 2 characteristics of the helping relationship involved in a field experience (3-2 pts)
T________The reflection contains a satisfactory integrative application of a challenge or opportunity but doesn't adequately address them fully with detail Conceptualization of career/life roles is lacking and/or lacks analysis
Only one role identified in critiquing and evaluated in the field placement --lack critical thinking- merely describes these roles(1 pt)-----
Identifies one characteristic of the helping relationship in a field experience but with little detail/depth of synthesis (1pt)__________ The reflection lacked an integrative application of opportunities and/or challenges. Conceptualization of career/life role connection is not evident anywhere in the essay or seems random.(1pt)
Outcomes  #5,#6,#8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
The reflection presented was exceptional in applying and identifying ethical dimensions/
considerations and articulating theoretical understanding vs. applied knowledge in a prospective field situation.
(10 pts)
The reflection was satisfactory in identifying ethical dimensions/ diversity /considerations and articulating theoretical understanding vs. applied knowledge in a prospective field situation.  (9-2pts) The reflection lacked   appropriate identification of ethical dimensions/diversity/considerations and clear articulation of theoretical understanding vs. applied knowledge in a prospective field situation. (1pt)  
Whole Artifact:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcome #1 &  #8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
There is not more than 1 mistake related to mechanics (proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling) and not more than 1 error related to APA format
(7 pts)
There are fewer than 2 mistakes related to mechanics (proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling) and fewer than 2 mistakes related to APA format (6-2pts) There are 3 or more mistakes related to mechanics (proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling) or 3 or more mistakes related to APA format.( 1 pt)  


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