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MSPP Field Education & JOB Training

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The coordination of the academic classroom experience and field placement is the foundation for the cohesive and comprehensive educational program at MSPP. The academic emphasis on professional practice, opportunity to apply classroom learning in the field, and seminars designed to integrate classroom and field placement experience all contribute to this purpose. Field placement sites, selected and developed by the Field Education staff, are compatible with the educational objectives of the School. Each student’s field placement combines theory and practice, and maximizes the student's professional development.

Some of the most exciting and enriching learning opportunities take place in MSPP's field placement program. With over 350 sites to choose from across the MSPP training programs, students receive training in a broad array of contexts in which professional psychologists practice. Our integrated model includes an internship experience in the immediate or surrounding area that is consistent with the student's training goals and objectives.

Among the variety of field placement settings are: public and private schools; state and private hospitals (including units that specialize in behavioral medicine); mental health agencies; community health centers; college counseling centers; trauma centers; forensic units; geriatric settings; and business organizations.

Students participate in a full range of professional activities at these sites, consistent with the individual student's level of development and learning goals. Under appropriate supervision, students may conduct intake evaluations, psychological assessments, individual, group, couple, and family psychotherapy, consultation, and education. MSPP also develops innovative sites that provide training for new roles and areas of interest for students within our degree programs.

The MSPP Office of Field Education staff and the faculty advisor are all key resources to help students in their acquisition of practica and internships. The Directors of Field Education and Training develop new sites, monitor and assess the field education program, and help students in all phases of the field placement process.

Please Note: Our students do require a car to complete their field education experiences.

  • Healthcare, mental health and family services are increasingly community based. Therefore, many placements require students to have a car to perform field placements that involve outreach, and community work.
  • Most of our placements are located outside the Boston area and are not readily accessible by public transportation.
  • Many local agencies, however, also require the use of a vehicle to travel between training sites or to travel for supervision or trainings.
  • Unfortunately, not having a car severely limits or totally precludes field placement options.
  • In limited circumstances, alternative forms of travel such as taxis, zip cars, car pooling and/or car services such as Uber may allow for some limited site training options.
  • A few students may be fortunate to find a field placement in one particular year that is on public transportation. Given the often tight time frame between field site duties and class schedules, public transportation may often take too much time to go back and forth.

Updated 11/6/14

Field Education Office

Shellee Robbins, PhD
Director of Field Education

shellee_robbins@mspp.edu

Randi S. Dorn, EdD, ABPP
Director of Training
randi_dorn@mspp.edu

Lionel Joseph, PhD, PsyD
Associate Director of Training
lionel_joseph@mspp.edu

Mari Carmen Bennasar, PsyD
Associate Director, Field Education for Clinical PsyD Department mari_bennasar@mspp.edu

Jeffrey Napolitano, PhD
Associate Director of Field Education for the Counseling Psychology Department
jeffrey_napolitano@mspp.edu

Arlene Silva, PhD
Associate Director of Field Education for the School Psychology Department
alrene_silva@mspp.edu

Kathryn Stanley, PhD
Associate Director of Field Education for the Organizational & Leadership Psychology Department
katherine_stanley@mspp.edu

Cheryl MacDonald, MBA
Assistant Director of Field Education
cheryl_macdonald@mspp.edu

MSPP offers training at over 350 different sites.

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