PSYCH 305 - Practicum in Psychology
Section: 001 Depression Center Practicum
Term: WN 2010
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 course is designed to offer real world, mentored experiences for students at the University of Michigan Depression Center.

The Depression Center is the nation’s first multi-disciplinary comprehensive depression center of its kind. It remains the leader in the prevention, detection and treatment of depression and related illnesses.

Students will be provided opportunities in the areas of:

  • Project Administration: working with the Chief of Staff on a variety of priority projects for the Center, currently including a variety of web-based offerings for the public, patients and families; programs and research opportunities for the Center’s over 200 faculty and staff members; the creation of a patient and family toolkit; and planning annual meetings for the Center’s National and Scientific Advisory Boards; and a variety of educational outreach programs.
  • Marketing Communications: assisting communications staff with various internal and external communication efforts including writing of newsletter articles and event promotions, conducting vendor quotes for services, interviewing faculty and staff for web stories, maintaining in-house files and creation of marketing materials. Some administrative tasks are expected.
  • Website: Reviewing, cataloging and identifying key word searches for videotaped professional education colloquia and Grand Rounds presentations that are offered on the web; assisting web designer as needed for other web projects.
  • Grant Writing: Helping with researching, writing and submission of grants. This will involve working closely with a variety of faculty members on a variety of topics related to research.

The environment at the Depression Center is extremely dynamic and fluid. As the first comprehensive center of excellence of its kind in the nation, the U-M Depression Center is in the national spotlight. Notably, the Depression Center has been a leader in forming the National Network of Depression Centers. As a result of its national leadership, the Center is currently adapting to various external forces including patient and community needs, the political healthcare climate, donors, and advances in the field of psychiatry.

Students will support staff, and sometimes faculty, who are leading major projects for the Center. Although some assignments might be in support of research projects, there is unlikely to be basic science research or laboratory research involved. "Research" in the context of this practicum is much more likely to involve researching the efficacy of education and outreach strategies, consumer needs, availability of existing resources, or the history and background of a certain topic or area. Students interested in laboratory or traditional research are encouraged to pursue an alternative practicum opportunity.

Students enrolled in this practicum need to be flexible, creative, energetic, enthusiastic, adept at multitasking, able to function highly independently in what are sometimes ambiguous circumstances, and willing to work as part of a team. This class is not recommended for individuals who prefer a highly-structured environment and precision of assignments.

Students enrolled at the Depression Center will:

  • Participate in eight hours of service per week for a minimum of two semesters
  • Meet weekly for one hour with his/her supervisor
  • Complete a final ‘deliverable’ project that culminates each semester’s work
  • Compose an abstract and key-word list for 10 relevant educational programs

Opportunities at the Depression Center are limited and highly selective. Not all applicants will be enrolled in the course. To apply for placement at the U-M Depression Center, send a cover letter highlighting specific area(s) of interest and resume (including overall GPA and GPA in the Psychology concentration) to Gail Campanella at

PSYCH 305 - Practicum in Psychology
Schedule Listing
001 (LAB)
003 (LAB)
Tu 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Note: Admission is by application and interview. Contact for registration information.
010 (LAB)
W 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Note: To register contact Lucy Allbaugh: phone: 734-615-3579, or email: Lab meets in Rachel Upjohn Building, room 2763 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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