Applied Psychology Practicum


Applied Psychology Practicum

The Practicum in Applied Psychology (APSY2152) is a course-based, credit-bearing experience that allows students to (1) develop experience at a professional work setting reflecting the student’s main area or vocational orientation with supervision by faculty and, (2) develop professionally and practice work related skills. 

The Counseling, Developmental and Educational Psychology Department aims to equip students with the critical skills and knowledge necessary for continued occupational, educational, and personal advancement in Psychology and related disciplines. In addition, the department strives to foster an environment in which students are encouraged to identify their values and vocational aspirations, apply their disciplinary training and knowledge to an increasingly complex world, and recognize their important role in society as members of a vital citizenry.

Applied Psychology Practicum Starter Guide

Getting Started

Note to Students

This course is a transition from student to professional life. You are not only a BC student, but also will be a part of, and will represent, your practicum site. As such, you will be expected to meet standards of conduct in such aspects such as dress, language, ethics, accountability, and work quality. It is important to set the highest possible standards for how you perform in your professional life. In the professional world, getting by with the minimum simply is not enough. You should set high standards and plan to aim beyond the minimum requirements. This is not to say that you are expected to know everything. Asking questions and taking appropriate initiative can help you find your way in your practicum. Some good advice to remember throughout your practicum experience is to “be honest with yourself and with others” and to “do your best” (Baird, 2014).

Some additional guidelines are:

  1. When in doubt, ask for help! Your practicum advisor and site supervisor can assist you in providing information and determining solutions and appropriate ways to respond.
  2. Be punctual and responsible. The site supervisor is relying on you to be committed and dependable during your practicum experience. Call if you anticipate lateness or absence.
  3. Respect the privacy of all clients. You may have access to confidential information including organizational files, projects, and even personal stories. If you are not sure if information is to be treated as confidential, ask!
  4. Take responsibility. You should clearly understand all the requirements of your practicum experience and think about any risks involved. If you will be driving, make sure you have a valid license and liability insurance. Be aware that practicum sites may require certain insurance coverage for volunteers.
  5. Abide by the BC Student Conduct Code regarding academic integrity, sexual harassment, and other regulations (https://www.bc.edu/publications/studentguide/behavioralpolicies.html)

The practicum experience can be very rewarding as students learn to work effectively as a contributing member of a work group or team and recognize the relevance and importance of psychology concepts and theories in practice. Students have the opportunity to gain valuable experience for continued education or employment and will likely experience a sense of accomplishment when contributing to a community organization and its mission.

For Perspective Sites

We are excited to work with you as a perspective site, if you have any questions please contact apsypraclsehd@bc.edu

Applied Psychology Practicum Site Form

Please submit this Field Placement Application and contact the Applied Psychology Practicum Advisor to set up a time to discuss your readiness for practicum experience.

Application Form

Our practicum student was an incredible asset to our team in a very short amount of time. She was engaged with our office and showed a genuine interest in getting to know our work and key stakeholders who we interact with. Our student was able to help us with tasks that wouldn't have gotten done easily without her present. We have actually invited her to return as a paid student employee next fall and have helped her secure a summer internship in our area.
Former Practicum Supervisor, Spring 2019