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This is a 6-credit Capstone course, Psychology majors intern 15 hours/week at a wide variety of human service agencies around Massachusetts. They in a weekly seminar to share their experiences, course readings, and have case presentations that complement the learning experience. In addition, this course also a service and learning components. Service: Students provide much needed assistance to clients in agencies that are often under-funded and under-staffed. The intern offers 1-1 support and caring to children, adolescents, and adults struggling to improve their lives. Learning: The experience of joining a professional staff in a hospital or agency offers a chance to learn and grow on many levels. Students learn about themselves as they see first hand how agencies attempt to assist those with psychological problems. The economic and political challenges that plague the delivery of services become abundantly clear, as do the rewards that come with a career in human services.


Presented as part of the poster showcase at the Office of Community Partnerships' Community-Engaged Partnerships Symposium on April 5, 2012 at UMass Boston.