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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology

Additional Opportunities

Field Experiences (PSYC 3759, 3760, 3761, & 3762)

Our Field Experiences sequence course lets you apply what you learn in our program to work in mental health and/or social work settings.  This is a great way to learn whether clinical work is a good fit with your interests and skills.

This course begins fall quarter and continues throughout the academic year, requiring a 9-month commitment. Students spend 12-16 hours per week at an off-campus placement in addition to several hours on class-related activities.  Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from internship.

In recent years, students have worked at Firefly Autism, Children's Hospital Colorado, Arapahoe House, and other sites in the Denver metropolitan area.

Class size is limited, and therefore a competitive application process is in place. You must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Be at least 21 years old by Nov. 1 of the fall semester.
  • Have completed any two of the following four courses:
    1. Child Development, PSYC 2050 
      Child and Lifespan Development, PSYC 2070
    2. Child Psychopathology, PSYC 2530
    3. Abnormal Psychology, PSYC 2500
    4. Introduction to Clinical Psychology, PSYC 2520
  • Complete an application and screening interview.
  • Obtain the instructor's permission.

Priority for enrollment in this class will be given to students with:

  • a strong GPA
  • career aspirations in the mental health service field
  • good interpersonal skills

Students who enroll are required to enroll for 3- to 5-credit hours during fall and winter quarters, and 1- to 5-credit hours during spring quarter.  This flexible policy accommodates people who have constraints on their enrollment requirements. Regardless of how many credit hours you take, we expect you to complete 12-16 hours per week at your internship site and complete all course activities.

If you're interested in enrolling in this program, you should attend an informational meeting in the spring quarter that precedes the year in which you wish to take the class.  Find details about this meeting from Dr. Jill Holm-Denoma at [email protected] or from our psychology advisers. If you cannot attend the meeting, contact Dr. Holm-Denoma to schedule an interview no later than early May of the academic year before you wish to enroll in the class.