Field Placements, Practicums and Internships in Psychology
To gain skills in the practice of clinical or counseling psychology, students are required to have hands-on practical experience using psychological interventions. These hands-on experiences take many different forms, including field placements, practical internships, residency and supervised practice. Visit the Field Placements, Practicums and Internship page for more information on these opportunities.
Mentoring in the field of psychology is a nurturing and supportive process in which psychologists connect to provide guidance, support and encouragement. Mentoring can be face to face or by phone and the relationship can be either short-term or for a longer time frame. The psychologist mentor serves as a role model, resource and advocate, and stimulates the mentee to develop the skills needed for work in the field of psychology, including practice in private, medical, forensic, academic and community settings. Learn more about mentoring with OPA.
If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, OPA can help you find the opportunity that’s right for you. Two great resources are the OPA Career Center and our National Career Center.
Supporting Psychological Research
OPA’s policy for distributing requests for research participants includes the following 4 criteria. If approved by the Science Committee, your information will be distributed via our member listserv of more than 800 individuals. Please address the items below when requesting help with research.
- The person conducting the research must be a paid member of OPA (or their respective state association).
- OPA requires that the person conducting the research send proof of Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.
- The name and contact information for the research advisor must be provided to OPA in advance.
- A copy of the survey must be provided to OPA.
Send the above materials to OPA (Subject line: Request for Research Participants), and Central Office Staff will see that your research request is distributed to the listserv. Distribution of requests does not imply endorsement by either the OPA Science Committee or the Ohio Psychological Association.
Dissertation Tips: Taken from the OPA-STUDENT listserv – 5/22/02. This is an email snippet from an OPA faculty member at the University of Cincinnati to student.
"... The two best pieces of advice I received were:
- Pick something that you can reasonably finish (beginning of proposal to defense) in about 18 months.
- Finish the dissertation before internship.
I have abided by both of these suggestions, and look forward to interning with no thought about defenses and data analyses and the like.
Some things that helped along the way:
- Smaller steps.
- Staying on top of committee members for feedback and stuff. Some have to harass their mentors as well, but I am blessed with a mentor/chair that reads what I give him and returns it in about a week. It can get really irritating waiting around for feedback.
- I chose to do a study that had a limitation on how long I could collect data (survey in two waves to counseling centers).
- If you do like #3, do not be fooled. They receive a HUGE number of requests and they get sick of filling out forms. I used Dillman’s “Tailored Design Method,” which allegedly helps with response rate. HA! If you survey psychologists, we are the worst at returning these things.
- Have committee members that fill gaps in what you and your chair know.
- Always remember: The best dissertation is a done dissertation. Since my research was made possible by a grant from the University of Discover Card, I chose a cheap methodology. Best one? No way and I knew it. But the best would have cost thousands! Do something reasonable and know its limitations.
That’s my two cents on the matter. Good luck".