Varied Coursework Directly Related to Job Opportunities
To prepare students for the job market, specialized coursework can be chosen in the junior and senior years. Students can select tracks in child/adolescent development, community mental health/substance abuse, or elder populations. For students not ready to specialize, a variety of courses are available. Because we have a large department (five full-time members who are psychologists and clinical social workers) we are able to offer a wider range of courses than are usually found at a small college.
Students learn how the larger society impacts their work. They are taught to pay attention to issues of poverty, discrimination, and oppression, and are trained to advocate for social justice. This is particularly important to becoming a skilled professional.
Psychology and Human Services Majors Get Real Experience
At Lyndon, the experiences make the education. As early as sophomore year, students can be at a field placement out in the community, working at places such as alternative or public schools, mental health agencies, shelters, a teen drop-in center, Probation and Parole, refugee centers, or sexual and domestic violence prevention programs. During senior year, students complete a 300-hour internship. Internships can be done year round –including the summer– close to home or around other parts of the country. Placements have included work at the Department of Corrections, a Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, camps for children with special needs, and a family outreach program for Vermont veterans. Students often have jobs when they graduate because of the contacts and the professional skills they develop while at Lyndon.
Many courses offer hands-on learning. In Adulthood and Aging, students “adopt” a nursing home resident for the semester and write a life history of their “adoptee.” Students enrolled in Responding to Psychological Trauma participate in disaster response exercises with American Red Cross volunteers, state agency personnel, and Vermont Homeland Security. In another course, service learning projects have included developing substance abuse prevention exercises for elementary school students or for college students. These real-life experiences help students change lives.
This degree will prepare you well for the growing fields of psychology and human services. The combination of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience will be easily applied to new jobs or graduate schools. Students also leave Lyndon with many close friends and faculty mentors to help pave the way to their new professions.
Internship sites for students have included:
- Lyndon Town School, Guidance Department, Lyndonville, Vermont
- Area Agency on Aging, Case Management with Elders, St. Johnsbury, Vermont
- RU12, Community Center for LGBTQ Vermonters, Advocacy & Education, Burlington, Vermont
- Probation & Parole, Case Management, St. Johnsbury, Vermont
- Department of Children & Families, Case Management, St. Johnsbury, Vermont
- Substance Abuse Grant/Programming, Research Assistant, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vermont
- Vermont Workers Center, Community Organizing for Workers Rights, Burlington, Vermont
- Clarina Howard Nichols Center, Domestic/Sexual Violence Prevention, Morrisville, Vermont
- North Country Union High School, Guidance Department, Newport, Vermont
- Northeast Kingdom Community Action, Head Start Program for Pre-School Children, Lyndonville, Vermont
- Vermont Women’s Commission, Program Planning & Development, Montpelier, Vermont
- Lyndon State College Veterans Club, Program Planning and Advocacy, Lyndonville, Vermont