Undergraduate Psychology – Professional Training

Field Placement Courses

The field placement courses provide students the opportunity to gain experience outside of the classroom by working in the field while receiving course credit. Students learn to integrate theory, research and practice into their field placement. This supervised experience working in the community presents a rich opportunity to apply psychological theories and practice learned in the classroom to real-world settings.

Student placements can include clinical, forensic, school, hospital and other applied settings and may also include assisting in an ongoing applied research project. Student placements are determined by both student interest and academic and interpersonal preparation.

Field Placement Sites and Student Experiences

San Diego – Center for Community Solutions

“The field placement was an amazing opportunity to put what were learning in the classroom into action with hands on experience in a professional setting. For me, it was an incredible opportunity to work in a private practice setting as well as getting Crisis Intervention Certification for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.” – Kacey Wehr

Probations Department – San Diego County Probation Department

Field Placement with Officer Esmeralda Solorzano, Certification Officer

“I have enjoyed my time at the Probation Department, and working with Officer Solorzano. It gave me an opportunity to see how psychologists are involved in the justice system, and gave me insight on all of the aspects of being a psychologist that are unrelated to actual therapy. I would recommend this field placement site to anyone who is interested in the criminal justice field, as well as those who are considering becoming clinical psychologists.” – Kristin Nevin

San Diego Youth Services

“In my time with San Diego Youth Services, I have experienced professionals in the helping field striving to transform clients into collaborators to work with instead of for. Though my time with SDYS, I have learned much about the research process and feel I have a better idea of not only the field of psychology from an academic perspective but also a better understanding of the field of mental health and the helping profession. I would suggest to anyone looking for experience in the mental health and helping field to take the opportunity to work with San Diego Youth Services.” – Derek Ray

YWCA San Diego – Becky’s House – Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing

“I really enjoyed doing a field placement at Becky’s House Emergency Shelter and Transitional Housing. I learned a lot about Domestic Violence not only in training but through the interactions with the victims.” – Emily Felenczak

“During my field placement, I grew as a person and as a professional. The various cultures and backgrounds the children were coming from challenged me positively in realizing the different needs of different individuals. Lastly, the work environment at the YWCA is more than welcoming and the staff is very informative and made me feel as part of the team.” – Tatjana Jobsky

East County Family Justice Center

“My duties at the ECFJC included intakes and screenings of new clients, court accompaniment, preparing and facilitating a healthy relationships group, advocacy, and researching community resources. All of these duties have given me skills that I can carry with me and use in many other work environments. My field placement at the ECFJC was not only a positive learning experience, it also put me under the wing of one of the hardest working and most determined women in the field of Social Work. Under her watch, I learned some very valuable lessons about the field and gained knowledge into myself and others that will forever allow me to raise my voice when other’s cannot.” – Marbrisa Kiddy

Family Youth Roundtable

“Interning at the Family and Youth Roundtable has given me a better understanding of how to work with diverse populations within our community.” – Kara Heiter

South Bay Community Services

“This site provides services both in English/Spanish and duties include shadowing therapists, making phone calls to patients, creating new charts, sending out letters, and training in learning/case management. I am very thankful to have been able to work next to some great professionals. Their genuine kindness has inspired me to be a better person and to want to pursue becoming a therapist in the future.” – Laura Soto