PSYCH 305 - Practicum in Psychology
Section: 003 Community Leadership with At-Risk Youth
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
3 - 4
Credit Exclusions:
A total of 12 credits may be elected through PSYCH 304, 305, 306, 307, and 308.
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
One of the following: PSYCH 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, or 290.
Other Course Info:
A total of six credits of PSYCH letter-graded experiential courses may be counted for the Psychology concentration. PSYCH 305 must be taken for at least three credits to count as an experiential lab in the Psychology concentration.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This class is the second term of a two-semester academic and service-learning experience that will introduce students to themes of poverty, oppression, and economic disadvantage and their impact on the health, well-being, and development of children, youth, families, and community. Prior completion of PSYCH 325 is a pre-requisite for registration.

In this class, special emphasis will be placed on examination of issues of homelessness and engagement with community-based organizations addressing homeless and at-risk families and youth in the Ann Arbor area. Through both experiential involvement and academic and personal reflection, students will develop an understanding of helping systems and ways in which community-based organizations function as part of a broader system of community care.

All students will be expected to participate for a minimum of 2-3 hours/week in one of several community-based organizations serving homeless or at-risk youth. In this term, students will also be actively engaged in reflection on their volunteering experience – on-site in their host organizations, in a weekly class seminar, and through individual “portfolio” creations. Academic content in this second semester will focus more expansively on the dynamics of community-based organizations, evaluation of program effectiveness, cultivation of community leadership, and exploration of issues in community assessment, development and change.

Course content will also give emphasis to developing understanding of social risk and protective factors, effects of race, gender, and class bias, interaction of community and personal dynamics, and strategies for social advocacy and change. Through both academic inquiry and personal experience, students will be introduced to the dynamics of voluntarism, and the realities of funding, staffing, and leadership in community-based helping organizations.

This practicum is designed primarily for junior and senior-level students in Psychology and other social sciences. It presumes some degree of familiarity regarding basic concepts of child and family development, social and community organization, and social and community interventions. Instructor permission is required.

PSYCH 305 - Practicum in Psychology
Schedule Listing
001 (LAB)
Note: (3-4 credits) Psych 250 or concurrent enrollment required.
002 (LAB)
Tu 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Note: 3-4 Credits. Admission is by application and interview. Contact for registration information..
003 (LAB)
Th 11:00AM - 12:30PM
005 (LAB)
Th 12:00PM - 2:00PM
006 (LAB)
010 (LAB)
W 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Note: Must be taken for at least 3 credits to count as an experiential lab in the psychology concentration. Lab fee required.
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