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NEW! Psychology Internship Toolkit Course (PSYC 3910)


Course Details

Instructor: Erin Clabough, PhD 

Credits: 1

Grading Option: graded  

Pre- or co-requisites:  Students must have previously taken or be currently enrolled in one of the following courses: 

  • LASE 3510 or Unst 3510 or UNST 3910 or UNST 3920

Course Goals: This course provides a framework to help you explore career options and practices in psychology. The structure surrounding career pathways, ethics, and communication modalities varies dramatically between different fields of study. The goals of this class are to demystify the way that the field of psychology conventionally approaches these topics and to provide students with concrete skills to interact meaningfully with others within the psychology field using an active learning format. 

This exploration will take place during five 3-hour workshops where we will discuss topics including career options in psychology, specialized training requirements in psychology subdisciplines, ethics and responsible conduct in workplace and mental health care, and communication content and styles that you will encounter in this field. During these workshops, you will have opportunities to interact with scenarios and information as a real psychologist would.  

Second Writing Requirement Psychology Courses

  • PSYC 4110 Psycholinguistics | 3 credits | Topics include psychological and linguistic theory; experimental and empirical studies of linguistic usage; development of language in infants and children; cross-cultural studies of linguistic usage; and the biology of language. View latest syllabus.

RM Advanced Research Methods Courses

The following courses count towards the advanced research methods (RM) topic course at the 3000, 4000, or 5000-level. Please note this is not an exhaustive list and new offerings may be added each semester under the special topics course codes (PSYC 3500, 3559, 4500, 4550 courses codes). Most often these courses will have -RM- or -Research Methods- in their course titles. Additionally, students may enroll in in the Hoos Connected RM Option - which requires two group process and facilitation courses, explained below.

RM Course Offerings

  • PSYC 3210 RM Psychobiology Laboratory

  • PSYC 3310 RM R Applications in Psychology

  • PSYC 3415 Research Methods in Developmental Psychology 

  • PSYC 3439 RM Social Psychology

  • PSYC 3500 Research Methods: Child Development

  • PSYC 3500 RM Social Psychology

  • PSYC 3559 Rsch Method: Personality

  • PSYC 3559 Rsch Method: Child Development

  • PSYC 3559 RM Group Process & Facilitation

  • PSYC 3559 RM Personality Psychology

  • PSYC 4215 RM Computational Methods in Psychology and Neuroscience

  • PSYC 4260 RM Genetic and Epigenetic Research in Behavior

  • PSYC 4410 RM Practical Longitudinal Sustainability Studies

  • PSYC 4420 RM Brain Mapping with MRI

  • PSYC 4500 Psychology (Comp Mthds in Psych & Neurosci)

  • PSYC 4500 Brain Mapping with MRI

  • PSYC 4500 RM Brain Mapping with MRI

  • PSYC 4500 RM Cognitive Psychology

  • PSYC 4500 RM Community Health Pysch

  • PSYC 4500 RM Prac Longit Sustain Studies

  • PSYC 4500 The Human Brain

  • PSYC 4559 RM Neuroscience Writing

  • PSYC 4606 Cognitive Biases in Anxiety and Related Disorders

  • PSYC 5270 RM Computational Neuroscience

  • PSYC 5323 RM R in Psychology

  • PSYC 5324 RM Research Methods in Human Neuroscience

  • PSYC 5332 Quantified Cognition

  • PSYC 5500 Analyzing Decision Making Using Regression Models

  • PSYC 5500 Applications of Brain Mapping with MRI

  • PSYC 5500 Advanced Multiple Regression & Data Visualization

  • PSYC 5500 RM: Adv Mult Regress Models & Data Visualization

  • PSYC 5500 RM Electroencephalography

  • PSYC 5720 Fundamentals of Item Response Theory

  • PSYC 5559 RM Computational Methods in Neuroscience

  • PSYC 5559 Research Methods - R in Psych

RM Hoos Connected Option

Psychology majors may use a total of 3 credit hours of combined Hoos Connected Courses (PSYC 3990 (2 credits) + PSYC 3991 (1 credit) = 3 credits total) toward the required PSYC Advanced Research Methods Topics Course requirement.  Note: These courses may only be used toward the PSYC RM requirement, additional Hoos Connected credits may not be used toward advanced electives in the Psychology major.

Hoos Connected brings together groups of students to get to know one another while discussing the key components of making meaningful connections. Led by two trained facilitators, groups of 6-10 students engage in activities and dialogue that highlight what brings us together, what can keep us apart, and how these things manifest in UVA’s social culture.  

How are facilitators trained?

  • Facilitators make a two semester commitment to Hoos Connected. First semester, you complete a 2-credit, graded training course (PSYC 3990). Second semester, you co-facilitate a real Hoos Connected group for 1 graded credit and participate in weekly group supervision with other facilitators (PSYC 3991, 1 or 2 credits).

Number of credits: Two semester series – two credits in semester 1 and one-two credits in semester two

  • PSYC 3990 RM: Group Process and Facilitation I (2 ch) &

  • PSYC 3991 RM: Group Process and Facilitation II (1-2 ch)

What skills and benefits do facilitators gain?

  • Fulfills the Research methods requirement for psychology majors

  • Counts towards practice hours for YSI majors

  • Regardless of your major, facilitators learn invaluable skills in leadership and group management

How do I become a facilitator?

  • Visit the Hoos Connected home page for more information: 

  • Apply for the training course! Email [email protected] with your resume and a few sentences about why you are interested in joining our team. (Zoom interview required.) Offers are made on a rolling basis – apply early before spots fill up! 

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