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PS 407 Field Placement in Psychology
Johnson, Andrew T.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PS 407 Field Placement in Psychology

Semester

FA 2010 HOZ

Faculty

Johnson, Andrew T.

Title

Professor of Psychology

Office Location

MA 220

Office Hours

Mon (10 - 11am; noon – 1p), Wed (10 - 11am); Fri (10 - 11am);

Daytime Phone

816.584.6722

E-Mail

ajohnson@park.edu

Semester Dates

Aug 16- Dec 10

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Textbook:
No textbook required.

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347 .
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your Pirate Mail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.

Course Description:

Supervised field placement in an agency specifically concerned with application of psychology. Prerequisites: major in psychology, permission of the instructor, and junior or senior standing. Variable credit course 1- 3 hours.

Note: The field placement is a practical work experience to allow psychology majors to gain a better understanding of psychology in the real world, and also to explore career options. As a part of the degree requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology our students must complete a field placement. 

Class Assessment: 

As a part of the degree requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology our students must complete a field placement. The field placement is a practical work experience to allow psychology majors to gain a better understanding of psychology in the real world, and also to explore career options. The requirements for the students enrolling in PS 407, Field Placement in Psychology, are to:

·         Seek out and contact an organization that provides services in the area of the student’s interests.

·         Meet with the organization and discuss opportunities and responsibilities. These responsibilities should provide practical and relevant experience, i.e., student should not be used for secretarial nor clerical purposes.

·         Have the organization send an acknowledgment letter (on their letterhead) to the supervising professor in the Psychology Department at Park University detailing responsibilities and awareness of field placement requirements, e.g., 135 hours. This should be completed before beginning field placement.

·         Complete 135 hours. Training hours may be included within the 135 hours.

·         Maintain a daily journal providing documentation that the 135 hour requirement has been satisfied and allowing an opportunity to reflect upon the experience.

·         Have the organization send a final letter at the completion of the field placement to verify hours and evaluate the student’s performance.

·         Complete a summary paper (6-8 pages) detailing what was learned during the experience. This will be submitted to the supervising professor along with the daily journal.

Grading Plan: The course grade is determined by performance of field placement duties and written components.  

Grade

Characteristics

A

Timely submission of: acknowledgment letter, completion letter, supervisor evaluation, journal and summary paper. Strong positive evaluation, summary paper is appropriately done (length, content, format).

B

Timely submission of: acknowledgment letter, completion letter, supervisor evaluation, journal and summary paper. Positive evaluation, summary paper is appropriately done (length, content, format). Reductions may be due to issues of timeliness, professionalism, quality of submitted items.

C

Timely submission of: acknowledgment letter, completion letter, supervisor evaluation, journal and summary paper. Fair evaluation, summary paper is appropriately done (length, content, format). Reductions may be due to a combination of issues of timeliness, professionalism, quality of submitted items.

D

Deficiencies, e.g., missing assignments, or minor violations of professional behavior.

F

Deficiencies, e.g., missing assignments, or major violations of professional behavior.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







Late Submission of Course Materials:

Due to the nature of the course and its emphasis on professional preparation, late assignments will result in a grade reduction.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

In a field placement, individuals will experience a variety of environments, supervisors, and experiences. It is important to maintain confidentiality in one’s interactions and to provide a supportive and respectful posture in the interactions.

Papers should be in APA style, typed with 1 inch margins and in a standard font and size, e.g., 12pt-Times New Roman or 10 pt-Arial.

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:

 

Educational Philosophy:
My educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on student engagement.  Lectures, demonstrations, participation activities, readings, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet and technology are significant components of this learning process. Students will be required to analyze, criticize, synthesize course material and apply it to their own lives.

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
14
Students should competently apply the following learning
outcomes : #5,#6,#8
10
Students should competently fulfill the technical quality of the paper and apply outcomes: #1 & #8
7

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

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism:
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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis & Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      
Outcomes
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
(4-2pts)
 
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)
 
 
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
Outcomes  #5,#6,#8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
The reflection presented was exceptional in applying and identifying ethical dimensions/
diversity
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:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
Outcomes
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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