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 usually found at a small college.
Students are effective because they 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.
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 local elementary or high schools, a teen drop-in center, or sexual and domestic violence prevention programs. During senior year, students complete a 300-hour internship. Internships can take place out of town (even out of the country) and 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.
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