ERIC Number: ED263451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
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Promoting Career Awareness in Psychology through Exploring.
Solomon, Jonathan M.; Strutt, George F., Jr.
This paper describes a career awareness program in psychology sponsored by the Central New York Psychology Association and Hutchings Psychiatric Center, in association with the Exploring Division of the Boy Scouts of America. The Exploring program is described as a coeducational program which seeks to provide young people between the ages of 14 and 20 with career awareness opportunities in more than 100 different specialties. The Psychology Explorer Post, which has served an average of 75 high school students in each of its 3 years of operation, is presented as one area of the Explorer program which describes the work lives of psychologists and allows students to gain an understanding of the field of psychology, its educational requirements, and its occupational opportunities. The steps taken by sponsoring professional groups in creating and running their own post programs are outlined. Basic principles of the Psychology Post are explained and problems encountered in implementing the program are discussed. Monthly meetings of the Psychology Post are reviewed which usually involve presentations by practicing psychologists in their respective areas of expertise followed by small group discussions. The establishment of two research groups, one involved in survey research and the other involved in conducting an experiment, are described as optional activities for members. The benefits to Post members and to sponsoring organizations are described and colleagues are encouraged to establish similar groups in their communities. (Author/NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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