Field Study Course (Psych 455)  General Information Fall 2018

The Field Study Course in psychology offers junior or senior students an opportunity to use coursework in psychology and related fields in a variety of agency settings in the community.  Students will be expected to be in the placement setting nine hours per week, participate in a seminar on campus to discuss their experiences and complete a final written project and class presentation. Students have the opportunity to explore employment opportunities and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired at Hamilton prior to making graduate school or employment decisions.  Placements are assigned based on interests, prior experience, availability and match between student skills and agency needs.  Supervision will be provided by a field instructor in the placement setting and the course instructor to insure the quality of the experience.  Transportation is required.  The Psychology Department has a van that may be available for those without transportation.  Contact Jean Morris, LCSW-R: or 315-796-0005 to arrange for an interview for permission to register for the course and discuss placement options.  The following are possible placements for Fall 2018:

Center for Family Life and Recovery: services designed to provide prevention and treatment programs to individuals and families experiencing substance abuse and addiction. Opportunities may include developing educational materials, shadowing staff who provide groups or those who provide outreach and referrals for individuals and families. Interview required.

Emmaus House: shelter for homeless women and children and hospitality house for families of patients hospitalized or in treatment in the Utica area. Interview required.

House of the Good Shepherd: residential and community based treatment programs for emotionally disturbed children and adolescents.  Students may work in the school, cottages of residence, Residential Treatment Facility (RTF), the diagnostic residential program (MACS) or the community as part of an interdisciplinary team.  There are also opportunities in development and public relations.  Interview required.

Oneida County Public Defender’s Office: students have the opportunity to observe public defenders in a variety of courts in Oneida County, including Drug Court.  There is participation in staff meetings and case reviews.  Interview required.

Planned Parenthood: work with education programs, public relations or shadowing clinic staff. Interview required.

Presbyterian Home and Services:  skilled nursing facility for the elderly and disabled.  Students will work with individuals and their families to adjust to residential living and issues of end of life care. Interview required.

Mohawk Valley Health Systems: opportunities to work as patient advocate at various hospital or clinic sites.  Interview required.

The Root Farm: opportunities to work with educational and therapeutic services for people of all ages needing healing from traumatic injury, illness or developmental disabilities. Interview required.

School Settings : elementary, middle, high school and alternative schools in Oneida County.  Students may work with counselors, psychologists, social workers, speech therapists or teachers.  Responsibilities may include working with individuals or groups of students with behavioral or developmental challenges and participating in classroom activities, parent meetings, child study teams and Committee on Special Education meetings. Interview required.

Thea Bowman House: pre-school and Daycare program for inner city children, including a large refugee population.  Students may work in classrooms and participate in interagency meetings addressing the needs of these children and families. Interview required.

Upstate Cerebral Palsy including the Promise Program and Kelberman Center:  work with children  and/or adults on the autism spectrum in schools, clinics or day treatment programs.  Interview required.

Utica National Insurance Company :  property and casualty insurance company.  Students will work in Human Resources Department on projects and activities related to staff development and training, employee benefits or marketing.  Interview required.

**Please note:  Additional placements may be developed based on student interest and experience