James Madison University

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The field placement of students is considered a cooperative venture between the Department of Psychology at James Madison University and a specific agency in the field. Sites accepting students must sign a letter of agreement that is a contractual agreement between the agency or organization and the university.

The placement of a student for training should provide maximum flexibility for learning by the student. At the same time, the student should be able to contribute to the on-going services of the agency or organization.

The primary consideration in placement of a student with an agency or organization is the adequacy of that site as a viable learning resource for the student. Approved sites will vary in the type of experience offered to the student.

FIELD PLACEMENT CREDIT IS NOT OFFERED UNLESS THE STUDENT IS ENROLLED IN THE COURSE AT THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED TIME AND ATTENDING THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED CLASS. Thus, FIELD PLACEMENT CREDIT IS NOT GIVEN FOR WORK IN THE SUMMER AT A DISTANT LOCATION.

Students who wish to earn credit in the summer should consider doing an independent study (Psychology 402). The student is responsible for finding a Psychology professor who is willing to supervise the independent study.