What is the undergraduate Practicum?

The undergraduate practicum provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to combine their academic studies with experience in applied environments. Under supervision, students apply psychology in settings such as community agencies, hospitals, government departments, or other organizations. Some placements are research-based, while others are more applied in nature. The required time commitment is 7-15 hours per week during either the fall (3901) or winter (3902) term and students earn 0.5 credit along the way.

What should students know?

The Practicum InfoPack includes the following:

  • An FAQ for those curious about the practicum and those enrolled in the course.
  • A list of approved placement agencies.

Practicum InfoPack  -PDF

Practicum InfoPack – Word

Student-Agency Contract -PDF

Student-Agency Contract – Word

Field Evaluation -PDF

Field Evaluation – Word

       Taylor Essery (right) working at Carleton’s Career Services

What should employers know?

Practicum students are highly-motivated to gain experience and make a meaningful contribution to your agency. All have achieved the advanced level of their program. Our students also present

  •  A depth and breadth of knowledge in psychology.
  • An ability to understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Informational and technological literacy.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • An understanding of scientific integrity.
  • A genuine desire to understand and improve the circumstances of others.
  • Sociocultural awareness.

 A sampling of participating agencies includes

  • The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  • Correctional Service Canada
  • RCMP
  • Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario
  • Vista Brain Injury Services, and many more.

 To learn more about the practicum and how our students can help, contact matthew.sorley@carleton.ca.

What’s it like to complete a Practicum?

Honours student Sasha Gunpat recently completed a practicum with the Centre for Healthy Active Living (CHAL) at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. CHAL seeks to improve the health and quality of life of children with weight related health complications and support them and their families in achieving a healthy active lifestyle.

Sasha notes that “I was lucky enough to work with a fantastic health team that is entirely dedicated towards the well-being of children, youth, and their families. I learned so much about research guidelines, patient-provider interactions, and how to collaborate effectively as part of a team.” For Sasha, a practicum provided “some exposure into the mental health field and solidified that this is the right path for me.” She also appreciated the opportunity to make “a positive difference in the lives of children and their families.” Congratulations to Sasha and the many other Psychology students doing exceptional work in our community.

Sasha Gunpat presenting at the Practicum in Community Psychology Conference (PRACTICON)

What if I have questions or an opportunity to share?

Please contact our Experiential Learning Advisor: matthew.sorley@carleton.ca.