The coordination of the academic classroom experience and field placement is the foundation for the cohesive and comprehensive educational program at William James College. 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 Office of Field Education, 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.
With over 350 sites to choose from across our training programs, students receive training in a broad array of contexts in which professional psychologists and mental health counselors practice. Our integrated model includes training experiences in the immediate and surrounding area that are consistent with the student's training goals and objectives. Click the links below to see field education details for each program:
Field placements are available in a variety of settings including: 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 that are consistent with their training goals and qualifications. Under appropriate supervision, students may conduct intake evaluations and psychological assessments, provide individual, group, couple, family psychotherapy, consultation, and education. Field Education staff and faculty advisors are key resources available to assist students secure their field placements.
Field Education staff develop new sites, monitor and assess the field education program, and help students in all phases of the field placement process.
Please Note: A car is required to complete field education experiences.
- Healthcare, mental health and family services are increasingly community based. Many of these placements require students to have a car for responsibilities 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 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. However, 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.