Psychology Field Experience

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Hazel Da Breo, PhD

Course Director Name:     Hazel Da Breo, PhD

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information: Course Director Contact Information:

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  By appointment, on Zoom

Course Director Office Hours:  By appointment, on Zoom

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  By appointment, on Zoom

Course Director Office Location:  By appointment, on Zoom

Course Support:   Nikisha Thomas,

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

The Psychology Field Experience course is an experiential learning course that helps students to understand and appreciate the role of psychology in the workplace, including community, group and/or clinical settings. Given the Covid era, this course also introduces possibilities for digital forms of psychological support, such as by Helplines, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom, on-line exercises & video conferencing). Students will complete 40 hours of supervised, voluntary practical work in an approved setting, in which psychological principles and applications can be applied.  The course provides a bridge between classroom learning and practical application of psychology.  It enables students to gain first-hand experience in a real-life setting. Students will identify and evaluate psychological phenomenon related to such areas as biology/neuroscience; perception; learning and memory; motivation and emotion; development; personality; social psychology; stress and psychological disorders, and will perform their duties being mindful of best practices.  Students will also meet for three hours every other week with the Field Experience course instructor to discuss and analyze psychological principles and phenomena emerging from their work.

Course Objectives: 

On completion of the course, students will:

  • be better able to apply psychology in a workplace, community, clinical or online setting
  • be familiar with specific vocabulary, procedures and tools related to the field site
  • have developed increased confidence in their interactions with professionals 
  • have a deeper appreciation for the role of psychology in multiple settings
  • have gained some professional expertise through their specific functions and activities at the      work sites

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to execute the following program goals:

PSY PO – 1  Be professional in diverse work-site placements

PSY PO – 2  To synthesize, explain and apply information from various psychology courses

PSY PO – 3  Be able to critically analyze behavioral phenomena in a work environment

PSY PO – 4  Develop advanced presentation skills

PSY PO – 5 Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills  

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to execute the following program goals: PSY PO – 1  Utilize psychological knowledge in the understanding of self, and how it relates to others.

PSY PO – 2  Understand and apply basic research methods in psychology including research design, data analysis, and interpretation to relevant issues in the work environment, country and wider region 

PSY PO – 3  Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize key perspectives from the various subfields of psychology, demonstrating key overlaps which points to a comprehensive understanding of human behavior.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less

Course Materials:

Text: Decoding the Ethics Code: A Practical Guide for Psychologists. Fourth Edition. By Celia, B Fisher.

Supplementary Readings/Resources: Various readings assigned.

Course Grading Requirement:

Course Assessment                        Weighting   

  • Discussion/Analysis Sessions 20%
  • Case Study – Role Plays 10%
  • Time Sheets/Activity Logs 10%
  • Field Experience Presentation 50%
  • Work Site Evaluation 10%

Course Requirements:

Senior standing.

Course Schedule:

Course Week










(Course structure, Confidentiality agreement, Preferred Placements)





Confirmation of placements

Lecture: The Psychologist’s Code of Ethics and Ethical Decision Making.





Field Experience Agreement Form (signing)           

Progress Reports and Time Logs Guidelines  Protocol Training: Do’s and Don’ts in the  worksite setting

Lecture: Hot Topics: Self Care, the Psychologists role in Death Sentencing, Involvement of Parents in Mental Health Care of Children, Religion and Spirituality in Health Care, Digital Ethics.





Guest Lecture:  A day in the life of a clinical NGO: The variety of mental health issues presenting.




Student Role Play, Group 1.



Progress reports and time logs due.


Feb. 25

Lecture: Accountability to Clients

Student Role Play, Group 2.

Progress reports and time logs due.


Mar. 04


Progress reports and time logs due.





Progress reports and time logs due





Student Role Play, Group 3

Progress reports and time logs due




Progress reports and time logs due



Student Role Play, Group 4



Apr.0 8

Field Work Presentations



Apr.1 5

Field Work Presentations




Field Work Presentations




Field Work Presentations



May 06



School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.