PSYCH 305 - Practicum in Psychology
Section: 001 Depression Center Practicum
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Psychology (PSYCH)
Department: LSA Psychology
3 - 4
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum 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 U-M 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 and is often in the national spotlight. This course offers ADMINISTRATIVE practicum opportunities; please note that the practicum is not designed to provide clinical or research experience.

Opportunities for student involvement could include:

  • Project Administration: assisting the Executive Director, Chief of Staff, and other administrative managers with priority projects for the Center. Projects could include: launching web-based offerings for the public, patients and families, including a new patient toolkit; identifying and catalyzing programs and research opportunities in collaboration with the Center’s over 200 faculty and staff members; planning meetings for the Center’s leadership boards and committees; and implementing educational outreach programs.
  • Marketing Communications: assisting with writing of newsletter articles and event promotions, conducting vendor quotes for services, interviewing faculty and staff for web stories and writing member profiles, writing content for the Center’s new “Ask the Expert” web column, maintaining in-house files and creation of marketing materials. Some administrative tasks are expected.
  • Website: Related to the above, identifying, reviewing, and writing content for the web.
  • 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.
  • Child & Adolescent Team: Identifying resources for families with autistic/special needs youth who are turning 18+. (This includes information on education, training programs, community advocates, housing, support for parents growing older, legal matters including guardianship and setting up trusts, applying for SSI and other income sources); creating a list of advocates, advocacy organizations across Michigan who can assist families with applying for various forms of funding, IEP assistance, county resources, etc.; creating a list of parenting and behavior management programs in Michigan.

The environment at the Depression Center is extremely dynamic and fluid. Students will support staff and faculty, who are leading major projects for the Center. Although some assignments might be in support of research projects, basic science research or laboratory research are not part of this practicum. “Research" 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 terms
  • Meet weekly for one hour with his/her supervisor
  • Complete a final ‘deliverable’ project that culminates each term'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, Chief of Staff, at

PSYCH 305 - Practicum in Psychology
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001 (LAB)
Note: -Psych 270 is a prerequisite for this class. -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, Chief of Staff, at
002 (LAB)
Tu 6:30PM - 8:30PM
010 (LAB)
W 4:30PM - 5:30PM
Note: Interested applicants should contact: Lucy Allbaugh,, 734-615-3579.
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