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Field Experience Courses
A field experience course combines an internship experience in our community with independent study - typically reading about evidence-based assessments and interventions appropriate for clients at a particular site. Field experience courses allow students to learn more about a career of interest and to gain experience that graduate schools and employers desire.
Field experience students may meet in an IU classroom for orientation or for occasional class sessions, but the majority of a student's time will be spent working at the field site and reading literature that will enhance your internship experience. What you'll do for each course differs quite a bit from one site to another so you'll have to read the application for each one carefully.
To receive permission to enroll, you'll have to submit an application. Applications are typically sent out via email to all psychology and neuroscience majors and they'll also be posted below.
Some field experience applications are released around the time that students are registering for classes for the next term; other applications are not released until the start of each term because the types and number of openings available at that site cannot be predicted many months in advance.
Applications for most sites are evaluated by staff at the site. Some sites also require an interview. Once you've been accepted by the site, then you'll be allowed to register via Oncourse - read the applications for complete details.
In the Centerstone BE Well Field Experience you'll assist a nurse practitioner with Centerstone's Building Exceptional Wellness program. BE Well is an integrative health care program for adults with serious mental illnesses (SMI). This program integrates behavioral and physical health care to have a positive impact on life expectancy and illness prevention. By increasing self-care and self-awareness regarding health needs, the goal is to see a decrease in the need for mental health services.
Field experience students who demonstrate initiative:
- Will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of Centerstone staff members and learn about about their career paths.
- May be able to attend BE Well groups and assist the group leader by helping motivate clients to participate in gentle physical activity; taking notes or writing reports; interviewing clients to track any changes in diet, physical and other wellness activities; reading and presenting health information to the group.
- May be able to attend educational workshops for Centerstone staff members on topics such as motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or integrative health.
Centerstone BE Well Field Experience Application for Spring 2014 - Due Friday, Nov 15th before 5 pm
In the CIP Field Experience you'll work as a social thinking mentor at CIP Bloomington. The CIP Bloomington Center is a comprehensive program that supports young adults with High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Nonverbal and other Learning Differences so that they can attend college, develop careers, and learn to live as independently as possible.
Field experience students at CIP will help clients develop social thinking skills and improve executive thinking using techniques they learn through reading, observing CIP staff members working with clients, and during weekly social mentor meetings. Field experience students may benefit by:
- The social thinking and social skills curriculum as it is applied with CIP clients is relevant to working with any client who has social anxiety - social skills development is needed by a wide variety of client populations.
- Interacting with a variety of CIP staff members and learning about about their career paths.
- Gaining experience working with young adults with High-Functioning Autism, ADHD, Nonverbal and other Learning Differences.
CIP Field Experience Application for Spring 2014 - Due Friday, Nov 15th before 5 pm
In the IU Health Field Experience students will work with IU Health Behavioral Health Inpatient Services as part of the adult acute inpatient care team. Your tasks will vary widely and may include calculating productivity of staff; scheduling events for patients such as music performances and recovery meetings; updating materials to inform patients about resources in the clinic and in the community that they can access after release; and surveying patients to collect feedback about their experiences in the clinic and entering the survey data into in-house case management software.
Previous IU Health Field Experience students have benefited by:
- Being exposed to an inpatient treatment setting and gaining a clearer understanding of various DSM diagnoses and their presentation.
- Observing recreational therapy groups and observing intake assessments and counseling sessions in which clients and their family members make plans for after discharge.
- Interacting with various IU Behavioral Health Services staff members - psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, others - to learn about their careers.
The IU Health Field Experience will not be offered during Spring 2014. We expect that it will be offered again in Fall 2014.
Students in the Meadows Field Experience will work at Bloomington Meadows Hospital. Meadows Hospital offers acute inpatient treatment for children, adolescents, and adults as well as residential inpatient care for children and adolescents.
You must be at least 21 years of age to work at Meadows.
As Unit Clerk in an acute unit, field experience students will answer unit telephones, prepare charts, and file clinical reports. You'll also interact with clients and families as you answer their questions about the hospital in person and by phone.
Field experience students who take the initiative may benefit by:
- Interacting with a variety of Meadows staff members and learning about about their career paths.
- Observing some types of group interventions.
- Attending continuing education workshops for professional staff on a variety of topics.
Meadows Field Experience Application for Spring 2014 - Due Friday, Nov 15th before 5 pm
In the Milestones Field Experience students work under supervision of therapists at Milestones Clinical & Health Resources.
Some students design and implement activities to meet specific therapeutic goals for children whose parents are attending parenting therapy groups. Others directly assist therapists with groups who need to learn social skills and coping strategies.
Some evidence-based psychotherapeutic programs at Milestones include:
- The Incredible Years - Parents, teachers, and children training series.
- Coping Cat - Intervention Summary and Coping Cats CD - FEAR Plan.
Milestones Field Experience for Spring 2014: Applications will be released during the first week of classes (Jan 13-17). The types of groups and the days and times of each group change from one semester to the next. You can, however, refer to the Milestones Field Experience Application for Fall 2013 to learn more about groups that are frequently offered and what students are expected to do for each group. Tip: If you write out answers to the questions on last semester's application before next semester starts, then you'll be better prepared to submit a well-prepared application during the very busy first few weeks of next semester.
The Volunteers in Medicine Field Experience matches psychology and neuroscience students with opportunities to work at Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County.
VIM provides quality primary and preventative health care and health education without cost to the medically underserved in Monroe and Owen Counties. See: VIM: Delivering Quality Care to the Underserved
The Volunteers in Medicine Field Experience offered through the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is primarily intended for students who want to help people in our community and who are interested in a career in medicine or a related health care field (physician's assistant, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, pharmacy, health information administration) or health psychology. We've also accepted students in the past who were interested in genetic counseling or mental health counseling.
Students who work at VIM get to experience working in a busy health care clinic and may help schedule appointments, direct patients to appropriate services, prepare charts and file medical test results, work in the pharmacy, and enhance their fluency with medical and pharmaceutical terminology.
Volunteers in Medicine Field Experience Application for Spring 2014 - Due Friday, Nov 15th before 5 pm