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Fieldwork Sites and Supervisors

What is Expected of Marist

In terms of Fieldwork/Internship Experience for Marist Psychology students, it is important that all parties involved understand what is expected of Marist. The appropriate Psychology Department faculty members (e.g., the Fieldwork Coordinator, the Faculty Supervisors, etc.) will:

  • Confirm the eligibility of students proposing to go on fieldwork.
  • Make decisions regarding students' requests for exceptions to standard fieldwork policies/procedures.
  • Determine the suitability of fieldwork sites as placement for the students.
  • Determine reasonable limits regarding the number of students who are allowed to do fieldwork at a particular site.
  • Assign faculty supervisors to students for personal and professional support and to act as a liaison between the fieldwork site and the College.
  • Help the students integrate their academic learning and field experiences.
  • Provide academic advising to assist in the clarification of career planning.
  • Assign a grade of "Pass" or "No Credit" for the fieldwork experience.
  • Offer a limited tuition waiver to the Site Supervisor, transferable to an agency employee. Please contact the Fieldwork Coordinator regarding the details of this offer.
  • Provide Certificate of Insurance Liability forms when necessary

What is Expected of Fieldwork Sites and Supervisors

The fieldwork site and supervisor are expected to:

1. Provide a fieldwork site supervisor who…

  • Possesses appropriate levels of education/training given the level of the responsibilities given to students.
  • Is committed to the growth and development of students.
  • Has time to supervise interns and is frequently available to the intern.

2. Provide meaningful work and…

  • Provide an overview of job, work assignments, time frame, and application procedures.
  • Explore what activities and experiences the intern is interested in pursuing.
  • Provide appropriate training to students so that they can perform their duties effectively.
  • Provide appropriate office space and resources so that the interns can perform their jobs successfully.
  • Refrain from having students drive either their own or agency vehicles to transport the agency's personnel, clientele, patients, consumers, etc.
  • Refrain from having students engage in psychological testing activities in which the tests used require higher levels of education and training according to the specific test user qualification guidelines.
  • Refrain from having students perform restraints on persons served by an agency, unless the student has agreed to perform these duties and has been appropriately trained by the agency.

3. Select interns through a responsible and fair process and...

  • Review resumes and interview intern candidates as needed.
  • Have a policy not to discriminate against qualified applicants and employees on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, status as a Vietnam-era veteran, or special disabled veteran.
  • Approve and sign off on the fieldwork contract.
  • Provide interns with information regarding work attire, and agree on days and times they will be on site.
  • Inform students of required medical treatment/immunizations and cover the costs of such treatments whenever possible.

4. Supervise the intern and…

  • Introduce interns to staff members.
  • Provide an orientation to interns.
  • Provide any training for the skills required to fulfill the role.
  • Meet with interns at weekly supervision sessions to provide feedback.
  • Monitor and discuss the intern's emotional and developmental responses to the work they are doing.
  • Keep in touch with the Faculty Supervisor as needed.

5. Give and Receive Evaluations…

  • Host a mid-semester site visit from the Marist Faculty Supervisor for sharing evaluative feedback between the student, Site Supervisor, and Faculty Supervisor. The site visit may also involve a tour of the facility.
  • Communicate with the Faculty Supervisor periodically to share information about the intern's progress.
  • Conduct an end-of-experience evaluation of the intern using the Evaluation of the Fieldworker form (see Forms section). This form must be completed and sent to the Faculty Supervisor in a timely fashion, and is an important source of information for determination of the "Pass/No Credit" grade assigned by the Faculty Supervisor.

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