ERIC Number: ED168924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug-31
Reference Count: 0
The Psychology Technician Training Program at Georgia College.
Nish, William W.
This paper describes an undergraduate training program for psychology students in the clinical, technical aspects of psychology. The program is designed to prepare students for work under the supervision of doctoral-level psychologists without having to obtain graduate degrees in clinical psychology. The program was developed in 1971 by Georgia College staff when it was noticed that many of their psychology graduates were working as psychology technicians at a nearby state mental institution. It was felt that the program would heighten the relevance of the graduates' academic background. All psychology majors at Georgia College are required to take statistics in addition to general and experimental psychology. In addition to these, students in the technician training program must take courses in applied and abnormal psychology, testing, personality theory, learning, learning theory, and one quarter of supervised field experience. Evaluation of the program after five years indicates success in the increased employability of graduates and improved relations between the college and area agencies and institutions. Graduates of the program have been employed by the local mental institution and also as employment counselors, parole agents, and corrections and rehabilitation counselors. Problems of the program include uneven quality of supervision in the students' field experiences and dissatisfaction of graduates who discover that their jobs dead end after a few years without additional academic degrees. (AV)
Descriptors: Career Development, Clinical Experience, Course Descriptions, Field Experience Programs, Higher Education, Job Training, Practicum Supervision, Practicums, Program Content, Program Evaluation, Psychology, Relevance (Education), School Community Relationship, Student Experience, Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 1978)