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Field Experience: School of Psychology: School of Psychology

Welcome to the School of Psychology Field Experience Web Site. Choose your program on the left for detailed information about your field experience requirements.

School of Psychology

In alignment with the missions of Walden University, the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and the Central Office of Field Experience, the School of Psychology Office of Field Experience serves all psychology programs by nurturing adult learners to apply their skills as scholar-practitioners in culturally and contextually diverse opportunities. 

The university’s mission includes broad access to high-quality postsecondary education through a distance-learning environment and preparation of its graduates to achieve professional excellence and to effect positive social change. Consistent with this mission, the Psychology program is designed to prepare scholar-practitioners to meet real-world challenges and facilitate positive change in individuals, groups, organizations, and local, national, and global communities.

Specifically, the program prepares lifelong learners to integrate psychological theory, research, established methods of scientific inquiry, and evidence-based practices that incorporate cultural and individual diversity. The School of Psychology training model encompasses an integrated, developmental, and sequential plan of study that includes web-based and face-to-face coursework; residencies that provide opportunities for knowledge and skill acquisition, ethical practice, and professional socialization; field training; and demonstration of research competency.

 

NEWS: MEDITREK has launched for the psychology program!

Meditrek, a product of HSoft Corporation, is a user-friendly online tool that will help you apply for, track, and manage your field experience.   

Students just starting their field work or those continuing are required to use Medtrek to apply for their practicum or internship, on a quarterly basis. 

Meditrek will help you:

  • Apply for your practicum or internship.
  • Collaborate more effectively with faculty and site supervisors.
  • Track your time spent at your field site (log hours).
  • Provide documentation of your experience to potential employers or licensure boards.
  • Provide a storage space for your quarterly evaluations.
  • Access the system 24 hours a day from anywhere with an Internet connection, including your computer, tablet, and smartphone, even after you graduate.

Please click on the Meditrek tab to the left to learn more and/or reach out to the field office for more information.

LICENSURE NEWS:

California Students:

Critical Information About Applying for Internship - Please read the Word document attached below.

 

Nevada Students:

During the internship, students are expected to receive a minimum of 2 hours of individual, face-to-face supervision weekly.   The total number of hours of face-to-face supervision are required to be no less than 100 hours over the course of the one (1) year internship. “In addition, the student’s field supervisor must view and/or listen to a least one of the student’s psychotherapy sessions each quarter.  This can be accomplished through a one-way mirror setup, by use of a video with audio tape, or with an simple audio tape of the session.  Please read the Nevada Board of Psychology rules and requirements regarding this observational requirement.”

 

New Mexico

New Mexico is a red state.  They only accept students from APA programs. 

 

Texas Students:

Texas has two types of internships, Formal and Informal.    

“Formal Internship” - two supervisors and two doctoral interns present at the site. Texas requires that the Formal Internship be done prior to graduation.  

Informal Internship” - is a site with only 1 supervisor and 1 intern.  An Informal Internship can only be done after graduation.

 

Virginia Students:

Applicants shall submit documentation of having successfully completed practicum experiences in assessment and diagnosis, psychotherapy, consultation and supervision. The practicum shall include a minimum of nine graduate semester hours or 15 or more graduate quarter hours or equivalent in appropriate settings to ensure a wide range of supervised training and educational experiences.

TIP OF THE MONTH: New search engine for SITE LISTS via Meditrek!

Site Lists - Meditrek Data Base

To access this list, please log-in to Meditrek and go to "Search Affiliation Agreements."   Then you will fill out the fields in the “Search Parameters” area that pertain to your needs (i.e. City, State, Program, etc.). 

Make sure to uncheck the box that states, “Limit Results to Sites previously used by this School.”

Then click on “Search” and there will be a list of sites to pursue for your field placement.  

Disclaimer: Please Read:

This database includes all the active agreements that Walden University has with various field sites for programs throughout the university. Walden actively pursues affiliation agreements with new field sites whenever possible, so please contact the appropriate field experience representative for your program to discuss options if your desired field site is not listed here. Some field sites may not be appropriate for some programs/specializations and an active agreement between Walden and the field site will not require a site to take on any particular Walden student, as space and programs may be limited. You will need to work directly with the field site to ensure their willingness and ability to take you on as a student during the time period that aligns with your course. You will also need to complete the application process as required for your program - the presence of an active agreement with a field site does not imply an automatic approval of your field experience plans.

APPIC NEWS

APPIC UPDATE:

APPIC will not be accepting students from non-APA schools after the 2017 match. That is, non-APA students won’t be accepted for the 2018 match.   

However,

Walden students are eligible for the post-match option.  If you go to the APPIC site, Walden is listed on their “Post-Match Vacancy Service.”  You can look at the list of universities and you’ll see Walden, so students are eligible for this option only, at least for 2018. 

Here the website for PMVS:  https://www.appic.org/Match/Post-Match-Vacancy-Service

 

Application Deadlines

The next application deadline is December 1, 2019, for a Spring 2020 Practicum/Internship start.

Students just starting their field work or those continuing will need to apply via Meditrek on a quarterly basis. 

The deadlines are as follows:

Application Due

To Begin Field Experience

June 1

Fall term

September 1

Winter term

December 1

Spring term

March 1

Summer term

These deadlines apply to the PhD Psychology and MS in Clinical Psychology degree programs only, not the MS in Forensic Psychology program.