Psychology 497 Fieldwork

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Psychology majors have the opportunity to earn departmental elective credit for their fieldwork experience in areas related to psychology. The Psychology Department offers Psych 497, a weekly seminar open to students who are also engaged in work in the community. Students have the chance to gain valuable training and work experience in the fields of counseling, social services, criminal justice, education and human resources. In conjunction with the field experience, the Psych 497 seminar helps students to further define their educational and career goals by encouraging the exploration of larger academic questions which relate to the fieldwork they are doing.


Registration into 497 has been revised. Please read the information listed under "Overview of 497" and "Register for 497" for the update.


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Resources for Finding a Fieldwork Site

Locating a fieldwork site usually takes several weeks and may require training or a background check. Students should begin searching for a fieldwork site the quarter before enrolling in Psych 497.

Tips on how to find a Fieldwork Site:

  • Search organizations on the Fieldwork Opportunities site . These are sites where past psychology students have worked and is a good starting point. You do not need to select a site from this list. 
  • Look for internships on Handshake (a list maintained by the UW Career & Internship Center ) or at the United Way of King County or Volunteer Match or Idealist.
  • Contact an organization that does psychology related work. Some organizations don't post all positions.
  • Talk with your friends, family, & relatives. Often students have found positions by using their personal connections.
  • Look in the Psychology Undergraduate Newsletter.
  • Talk with Cy if you need any additional help.
  • International F-1 students review the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) on the International Student Service (ISS) website before searching for a fieldwork site. International students need to be enrolled in 497 prior to submitting the CPT. CPT processing will take a minimum of 2 weeks. International students may not start their experience until the CPT request is fully approved.

Overview of Psych 497

Psych 497 Flow Chart
Psychology students are required to complete an experience for the BA and BS. Earning fieldwork credit can help students further define their educational and career goals by encouraging the exploration and reflection on your volunteer/internship experience. The assignments and course are structured to develop workplace readiness skills, and help prepare you to articulate your experiences in future interviews.

Psych 497 offers students the opportunity to learn and observe many things about the application of psychology in the working world. In turn, the class, allows students the opportunity to reflect on their fieldwork experience. As a result of enrolling in Psych 497, students should increase proficiency in:

  • An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities and make informed judgments that consider the impact of solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.
  • An ability to recognize the ongoing need for additional knowledge and how to locate, evaluate, integrate, and apply this knowledge appropriately.
  • Ways to collaborate in order to inspire and manage change.
  • Function effectively on teams that establish goals, plan tasks, analyze risk and uncertainty.
  • Understanding cultural and structural work place issues and dynamics.

Psych 497 is credit/no credit (CR/NCR). To earn credit, students attend a weekly class, submit assignments, and complete the required fieldwork hours.

The weekly class topics and assigments may include: ethics, diversity, resume, informal interviews, graduate school prep, fieldwork site presentations.

Check out the FAQs below to see if one of your questions is answered there. If not, please contact Cy Delgado at delgadoc@uw.edu


Course Information & Registration Process

In general, 1 credit = 3 hours of work per week (30 hours in a quarter). However, depending on if students are first-quarter or continuing 497 students, credit can be earned either on enrolling in a class + site hours (first-quarter) or site hours (continuing students). See below for more information.

First-quarter Students:

As a first-quarter student, you must attend a weekly class session and complete site hours. The class will count for 1 credit, while site hours will make up the remaining credits. The minimum number of hours at a site is 3 hours per week (30 hours in a quarter) for 2 credits. The maximum number of hours is 12 per week (120 hours in a quarter) for 5 credits. Typically, students enroll in 3 credits to fulfill the experience requirement. See chart below for a break down:

 Credits

 Class + Homework  Hours Per Week

 Site Hours 
Per Week

 Total Site Hours 
Per Quarter

2 3 3 30
3 3 6 60
4 3 9 90
5 3 12 120

 

Continuing Students:

As a continuing Psych 497 student, attendance for an in-person class is not required. Instead, credits will be awarded based on the number of site hours completed and submitting assignments through Canvas.

 Credits

 Site Hours 
Per Week

 Total Site Hours 
Per Quarter

1* 3 30
2 6 60
3 9 90
4 12 120
5 15 150

Psych 497 is offered only during the academic year -autumn, winter, and spring quarters and is for Psychology major students only, though few non-major registration exceptions are allowed.

Students have two options to enroll:

  1. Enroll in PSYCH 497 during the quarter you plan to complete your fieldwork (the class and site hours are done concurrently). This is the most common option for students who complete their fieldwork during the academic year (not during a vacation/summer quarter).

  2. Enroll in PSYCH 497 the quarter following the completion of the fieldwork. This is only for students who completed their experience during the summer (vacation quarter for international students). Since PSYCH 497 is not offered in the summer, this option allows students to complete work during the summer quarter but earn credits by enrolling in Psych 497 during autumn. 

Special notes:

  • Both domestic and international students can defer summer fieldwork hours to autumn quarter.
  • International students must maintain full-time enrollment (12 credits minimum a quarter) during the academic year (autumn-spring). When in their final quarter, to qualify for reduced credit load, International students must complete 497 alongside an academic class.


To request to be enrolled in PSYCH 497:

  1. Complete the registration request survey.
  2. Accept an offer for a fieldwork position that is related to psychology.
  3. Submit the Learning Contract on Handshake. (Information found in next drop-down)
  4. Once you complete the Learning Contract, you will be registered in PSYCH 497.
  5. **International F-1 Students: Submit a CPT request after enrolling in PSYCH 497. List Cy Delgado (delgadoc@uw.edu) as the departmental Adviser on your request.

 

After a fieldwork site has been secured, submit the Learning Contract by the first Friday of the quarter (the deadline). Prior to submission, you will meet with your site supervisor and talk about the goals and expectations of your experience.

To submit your learning contract, please follow these steps:

  1. Log into Handshake using your UW net ID.
  2. Click Career Center at top.
  3. Click Experiences
  4. Click Request an Experience
  5. Choose Psych 497 - Fieldwork from the Experience Type drop down. 

PSYCH 497 Enrollment Timeline

Students enroll in PSYCH 497 during the same quarter the fieldwork experience is completed. For summer experience completion, students enroll during autumn quarter.

Quarter of Enrollment

Registration Request Survey Opens

CPT Submission Date* 

497 Registration Starts

Registration Request Survey Closes 

Autumn 2023

April 24, 2023

September 6, 2023

May 17, 2024

September 29, 2023

Winter 2024

October 23, 2023

December 13, 2023

November 15, 2023

January 5, 2024

Spring 2024

January 29, 2024

March 4, 2024

February 21, 2024

March 27, 2024

*CPT submission date allows ISS the two week review window prior to the first day of the quarter. CPT review can take more or less time. Your CPT will need to be approved prior to starting site hours. 


Supervisor Information

A critical component of your fieldwork experience is the training and supervision you will receive at the field site. Below is an outline of expectations for your field site supervisor. Please keep these guidelines in mind and refer to them when talking with the agency you plan to do your fieldwork. In addition, if you have any questions or concerns regarding the agency's training or supervision, please don't hesitate to contact Cy Delgado, in the Psychology Advising Office.

The field site supervisor must agree to:

  • Provide a good learning and training environment for the student, to include adequate orientation to the program and regular supervision, as necessary, keeping routine work such as data entry and filing to a minimum.
  • Work directly with the student and make explicit arrangements with the student concerning the student's overall learning objectives, communication with the student, expectations, and records of the student's hours and performance.
  • Complete an evaluation of the student's performance--this evaluation will be emailed to the site supervisor toward the end of the academic quarter, and must be returned to the Psychology Advising Office before the student can receive credit.

Your relationship with your site supervisor is very important. When you first meet to discuss your fieldwork experience, please discuss the following topics:

  • Discuss what you would like to learn about the organization and the work that they do.
  • Discuss your future career goals and interests and how this experience may prepare you for that work.
  • Discuss the type of work they will expect from you at this organization
  • Discuss the quality of supervision and the type of training you will receive as a volunteer.
  • Discuss the number of hours you will be expected to perform and your schedule.
  • Decide how many credits you want to receive.

With the exception of reviewing and approving or amending the student’s Learning Contract at the begining of the quarter and completing the end of the quarter final evaluation, the site supervisor does not have any additional duties beyond performance feedback and support.

Supervisors will rate the student’s performance from poor to superior in 9 areas: competence, initiative, ability to learn, relationships, leadership, creativity, quality of work, quantity of work, and dependability. Supervisors will also confirm the number of hours the student has completed. 

The psychology department does not have affiliations with organizations for undergraduate students. Supervisors and organizations are not required to have an affiliation agreement with the department.

Students: If there is an affiliation requirement for the position, please check to see if you must be a graduate program. If yes, you do not qualify for the position.

In most cases students will have a supervisor. However, few sites such as Crisis Text Line (CTL) and Learn to Be do not have a direct supervisor. While volunteering with CTL students will receive training and can also turn to crisis counselors for help if they come across a challenging situation.

When completing the Learning Contract for CLT or Learn to Be list Cy Delgado as your supervisor. At the end of the quarter Cy will email you a request to submit a screen shot of the number of hours completed during the quarter. If students are not volunteering with CTL or Learn to Be and their fieldwork site does not have a designated supervisor, please email Cy Delgado at delgadoc@uw.edu.


FAQs

Psychology is a vast field covering many area from child development to mental health, animal behavior to sensory perception. There are many different types of experiences that are related to psychology. You are encouraged to reflect on your psychology coursework to identify how your volunteer experience may be related.

Keep in mind that psychology is the study of human and animal behavior. With your experience, you will want to seek out positions where you will have many interactions with people or animals. A position where duties are limited to filing, answering phones, copy, stalk goods, cook or prep does not provide in-depth interactions with others. The goal is to find an experience that allows you to grow from observations and deep and meaningful conversations.

A conversation with the site supervisor may be helpful to identify if their needs match your goals. Cy and the other Psychology Advisers are available to help you with this process. When you submit your Learning Contract, you will be expected to include specific ways that your fieldwork experience is related to psychology.

Some sites will have you log hours on their system. If that is not an option, track hours in a notebook or on your computer (your choice on if you want to track hours daily or weekly). At the end of the quarter, speak with your supervisor about your hours. A final evaluation will be sent to your supervisor asking about your performance and confirm the number of hours you have completed.

No supervisor? See "what if I don't have a desginated supervisor?" information above.

There are no weekly hour requirements, and students may adjust weekly hours to fit your schedule. However, it is essential to speak with your supervisor at the start of your experience and throughout the quarter to clarify scheduling. At the end of the quarter, site hours should total the number of hours required for registerd credits.

For first quarter students, you may register for a minimum of 2 credits. Continuing students can register for a minimum of 1 credit. Students may register for a maximum of 5 credits every quarter. Students can earn up to 10 credits of Psych 497 towards the Psych degree. Once maxed, registration into 497 will be restricted. Overall, students may only apply 18 credits of Psych 496-499 towards their 180 credits for the BA or BS.

After you register for PSYCH 497. Enrollment in a CPT class is a requirement to be eligible for CPT.  Watch the introduction to CPT video for more information.

If you want to extend your internship end date, you must submit a new CPT request in MyISSS. If you wish to cancel, shorten, or change the credit for CPT, you can update your CPT by completing the CPT Update Form in MyISSS.

Yes, students may earn up to a maximum of 10 credits of Psych 497 by registering in the continuing student section, section D, of Psych 497.

Yes! While most sites are volunteer, the rational for being paid is that wages provide compensation for the effort you put forth in the internship/fieldwork itself. Whereas academic credit provides compensation for the completion of assignments demonstrating that the learning takes place in an internship.

It is best to find one fieldwork site for a variety of reasons (e.g., time demands, travel concerns, supervisor coordination, etc.) however, it may be possible to do two sites and combine the hours for credit. Depending on which section you register in, please contact Cy or Dr. Nelson for final approval. If approved, you must complete separate ALCs for both fieldwork sites.

If you have already been working at a site for a period of time or before registering for Psych 497, you are encouraged to do an additional project or take on additional responsibilities to further your learning.

No. With the exception of hours completed during summer, Psych 497 is intended to grant students credit for academic work (the Psych 497 class) done concurrently with the fieldwork experience.

Psych 497 is only offered during the autumn, winter, and spring quarters. Students who would like to receive credit for the hours they complete during the summer may do so by registering for 497 in autumn. Summer is the only quarter students may complete their hours prior to registering in 497.

Students have 3 options to complete their hours. Student may complete their hours during the summer, or summer through autumn, or during autumn. You are encouraged to review the credit vs hours chart above to determine how many credits to register for 497 during the autumn. If you complete your hours during the summer, your final performance evaluation will be sent to your supervisor at the beginning of autumn quarter.

International students on an F-1 visa are strongly encouraged to review the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) information available through the International Student Service (ISS) office during the spring or prior to starting your search for a summer fieldwork site.

If you have questions, contact Cy Delgado before the summer quarter begins to discuss this process.

In the event that 497 is full your name will be added to the waitlist and once a space is available you may be added. If you have a time conflict, please adjust your schedule or plan to take 497 the following quarter. In the case of students who can not register into 497 or who complete non-psychology related internships, you have the option to apply for General Studies 350 credit. The General Studies 350 class is managed through the Community Engagement & Leadership Education (CELE) Center located at 171 Mary Gates Hall. International students may register for GEN ST 350 and apply their CPT to the course. Please contact the Carlson staff for assistance at 206-543-4282 or genst350@uw.edu.

General Studies 350

No, Psych 496, 497, 498, 499 are experience courses and will not fulfill the upper divisional academic course requirements.

You can direct specific questions to Cy Delgado, 206.543.3365, delgadoc@uw.edu, or visit 119A Guthrie Hall

Alternatively, you may contact the Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office at psyadvis@uw.edu or 206.543.2698