Psychology workshops prepare students for what to expect

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KINGSTON, R.I. — March 5, 2012 – The Department of Psychology at the University of Rhode Island is hosting a series of one-hour lectures and workshops during March and April to prepare students who are enrolled, or are considering enrolling, in the department for what types of careers they can pursue and what courses of study they must take.

“It’s mostly to help psychology majors, or people thinking about a career in psychology to be informed about what to expect once they graduate in the real world of psychology,” said Uchenna Eneh, who is the assistant to the director of undergraduate psychology, Su Boatright-Horowitz.

To that end, several of the workshops focus on dispelling misconceptions about various careers, such as forensic psychology and school psychology.

The workshop entitled “Forensic Psychology: Much More Than CSI,” for instance, focuses on showing students that what they see on the popular television police drama is not what they can expect if they pursue a career in that field. The program will be held April 9 at 2 p.m. in White Hall, Room 202.

Other workshops, such as the one entitled “What is Clinical Psychology,” which will be presented by Anna Varna Garris, director of URI’s Psychological Consultation Center, on Monday, March 5 at 2 p.m. in White Hall, Room 202, focus on what courses one must take and what careers one can find after graduation in the field of clinical psychology.

Speakers at the workshops include several experts with doctorates, recipients of master’s degrees, post-graduate students and advisors from the University.

A complete list of the workshops is below:

• “What is Clinical Psychology?” — Monday, March 5, 2 p.m., White 202 – Workshop focuses on the background of a clinical psychologist, what kind of schooling is required and what kind of job opportunities are out there.

• “How to Write a Great CV or Resume” – Tuesday, March 6, 4 p.m., Roosevelt 223 – Describes how to tailor your CV or resume to psychology-related careers.

• “I Want to Work With Kids … What Can I Do?” – March 19, 2 p.m., White 202 – An outline of the different types of professions that work with children in psychology: pediatric psychology, child’s clinical psychology, developmental and family. The workshop will address what a person in that career actually does and what is grad school like leading up to becoming one.

• “Psychology Research at URI” – March 20, 4 p.m., White 205 – Graduate psychology students describe what their research focuses on and how an undergrad could participate.

• “Where Can I Work with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Degree?” – March 27, 4 p.m., Roosevelt 223 – For students who would like to find a job in the field of psychology while pursuing their master’s degree, or for those who do not wish to pursue a master’s.

• “What is School Psychology?” – April 5, 5 p.m., White 202 – Will dispel misconceptions that school psychologists are guidance counselors, shows that psychologists working in elementary or high schools are more involved in treatment and assessment of learning disorders among students.

• “Forensic Psychology: Much More Than CSI” – April 9, 2 p.m., White 202 – Will talk about what forensic psychology really involves, beyond what is seen on popular television police dramas.

• “What is Multicultural Psychology?” – April 23, 2 p.m., White 202 – Will show what careers are available to graduates with a degree in multicultural psychology and how a multicultural background affects what people do and how treatments might be different depending on a patient’s background.

• “I Once Was a URI Psych Undergrad – My Life After URI” – TBA – A URI alumnus speaks about what it’s like entering the real world after graduation.