Field Education

Experience Matters. 

The PsyD in Leadership Psychology degree program offers you hands-on supervised field experience. As a doctoral student, you will complete 300 hours of required practicum with an additional 150 hours of elective practicum work available to you.

The integration of coursework with experience in the field is a William James College institutional hallmark. Consistent with this focus, practicum work is an essential aspect of the PsyD curriculum. Throughout the program, great care is exercised to match you with experiences that will enrich and enhance your classroom learning and promote your professional and personal development. The PsyD in Leadership Psychology offers courses that will guide and help you to apply theory in real world situations. Whether you use your current work setting, choose a William James College practicum site, or find a client site on your own, you will be matched with a dedicated mentor to assist you in competency development. Practicum/internship mentors are experienced organizational development psychologist practitioners working within William James College or at the Practicum site organization.

Examples of Practicum Experiences

  • Leadership Development Interventions
  • Organizational Research and Assessment
  • Team Development
  • Change interventions
  • Training and development
  • Strategic Human Resources projects
  • Strategic Planning
  • Program Evaluation
  • Research on an established grant supported project through William James College
  • Apprenticing with experts practicing in the field.
  • Face time presenting/facilitating/interacting with clients/client groups.

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Specific examples of previous Practicums include

  • Conducting an organization wide quantitative assessment to understand group and systems dynamics within a for profit/non-profit hybrid organization.
  • Organizational design assistance with an organizational assessment tool to measure vicarious trauma in emergency service organizations.
  • Assisting a university president with strategic planning and visioning for creating a three-year college option for low-income students.
  • Advising a mid-sized design firm on revamping its organizational development function.

Examples of William James College Practicum Sites

  • M.I.T.
  • Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center
  • Beth Israel Deaconess
  • Transwestern
  • Comcast