Application and Notification Deadlines
Sites that train William James College students adhere to the application and notification deadlines set by the Massachusetts Psychological Association (MPA) Practicum Training Collaborative (PTC). The application deadline is the first workday in January and the response deadline is the first working Monday in February. Sites are asked to notify applicants by 9 am and to copy the Director of Field Education on all offers. The PTC response deadlines do not apply to sites accepting entering first-year and advanced standing students, WJC APA-accredited Internship Consortium students, or APA internships which follow APPIC guidelines.
We ask field supervisors to complete two written evaluations of their supervisees, one at the end of each semester. The first written evaluation is due in December by the end of the fall semester and the second Spring evaluation is due by the end of May. Note: specific dates will be shared with sites each year. Please respect the deadlines for evaluations. Failure to do so creates problems for the students and the School. We expect you to review the content of the evaluations with your student before submitting the form to William James College. We will share the evaluations with the student’s Advisor who will use them, along with input from the faculty, to help the student assess their progress and set goals for future academic and field work, as well as to assign Field Education Credit.
The Assessment and Planning Conference (A & P)
This annual conference, held toward the end of the second semester, is a unique feature of our program, and of major importance to William James College students. Each student meets with their Advisor, a fellow student, their current Field Placement Supervisor, as well as the next year’s Field Placement Supervisor. In that meeting, communications about the student and evaluations of their work are reviewed and formal recommendations regarding academic and field work are made.
In the spring, your current supervisee and/or our trainee you have selected for the following academic year will approach you to set a time for the A & P conference. We try to be sensitive to field supervisor’s schedules in arranging the meetings. Coordinating schedules, however, is often difficult, so please anticipate this request around April. Your input at the conference is essential. While designed to meet students’ needs, the A & P’s have, in fact, proven to be enormously gratifying for faculty and field supervisors as well.
Adjunct Clinical Faculty Appointment
Adjunct Clinical Faculty appointments may be awarded for the current training year to primary and secondary clinical supervisors. Supervisors who would like to be considered for this designation should send a letter of interest describing their professional work with William James College students as well as an updated professional resume for review by the Director of Field Education and the Chair of the Clinical Psychology Department.
The Faculty Advisor
Each student is assigned an Advisor who oversees their program throughout their years at William James College. The Advisor approves the student’s program (including selection of field site) by means of the Field Education Contract, and chairs the annual A & P Conference.