Community Projects

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All community projects require at least an academic year commitment.

PSYC 340 (Fall) – PSYC 341 (Spring) - 4 hours each semester.

Principles of psychology applied to service problems in the community; students serve as nonprofessional mental health workers in supervised experiences in schools, hospitals, and other nontraditional settings. May be repeated in the same or subsequent terms to a maximum of 8 undergraduate hours. Prerequisite: PSYC 100; PSYC 238, junior or senior standing; and consent of instructor. Individual sections may require additional courses and prerequisites- consult the instructor.

Child Assault Prevention Program (CAPE)

Two-semester experience - applications usually due in early April

Do you like working with children? Are you looking for an opportunity to get in classroom experience with children grades K-5? If you are, then the Child Assault Prevention Education Program (Psychology 340/341) would be the class for you.

Counseling Center Paraprofessional Program

Three-semester experience - applications usually due in late September.

The CCP program provides training in communication and individual helping skills with practical experience in providing developmental and preventive services to students. These skills and experiences are not only especially valuable to those entering a helping profession or graduate school in a related area, but also in many other fields, and even everyday life.

Cunningham Children's Home Internship

Two-semester experience - applications usually due in early April

Cunningham Children's Home is an Urbana residential treatment facility serving children with severe emotional/behavioral problems. Youth are between ages 10 and 17 years.

Advocacy Projects below have been temporarily suspended

Service Learning Advocacy - Gain first-hand experience providing direct services to individuals and families in the community! In these year-long Psychology 340/341 courses you will:

  1. Learn more about providing one-on-one emotional support to an individual and/or a family,
  2. Become familiar with local community resources and assist clients with problem-solving and accessing needed resources,
  3. Develop skills to help clients empower themselves,
  4. Make a difference in the lives of clients while learning skills important for graduate school or a career in the human service field.

These courses provide opportunities to learn in-depth about issues such as youth risk for juvenile justice involvement, domestic violence, sexual assault and other issues that impact low-income and at-risk individuals and families in this community. All majors are welcome to apply for these classes.

  • Juvenile Detention Center Internship - "Girls Advocacy Project" (GAP)
  • Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CAP)

Each school year, different community projects are offered. Please consult the class schedule for the most current offerings

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