Course PSYC 5903/6903 Practicum in Psychology
Course Instructor Johanna Peetz (until July 1st) / Kate Dupre (after July 1st)
Term Fall, Winter OR Summer
Practicum Coordinator Kaitlin Barkley (Acting)
Email Address
Office Location Loeb B553
Office Hours By appointment

Course Description:

The practicum offers graduate students the opportunity to gain experience in a range of applied psychology settings with the goal of integrating academic and practical aspects of psychology. This course cannot be repeated for credit.

Applications for the practicum are due by the following dates:

  • Fall 2024: August 26th
  • Winter 2025: Dec. 20th

Introduction to the Practicum in Psychology


Students will receive a grade of satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Field Evaluation Forms must be returned by the last day of class.

  • Fall 2024: December 6th
  • Winter 2025: April 8th


Joy McLeod, PhD Candidate

I have had the pleasure of completing two practicum placements (5903 & 6903) with different non-profit organizations through Carleton University. One placement, with Faunalytics—a non-profit organization that conducts research to directly support individuals working in animal advocacy—was research-based. I used both qualitative and quantitative methods to analyze data, prepared figures and tables to assimilate statistical data, handled and protected confidential data and information, and reported results to a general audience. This allowed me to develop my knowledge translation skills. My second placement, with the Ontario Caregiver Organization (OCO)—a non-profit that exists to support Ontario’s informal caregivers—was more focused on program development. I took part in program planning, implementation, and evaluation. I also piloted a new intake tool with informal caregivers and adapted it to meet the needs of the OCO. I have made positive, life-long connections through my placements. I have also had the opportunity to experience different workplace cultures and receive feedback on my performance outside of academia, which is invaluable. I highly recommend the Practicum in Psychology!