Friday, April 24, 2015

Internships in Psychology for Undergraduates

Internships or extended volunteer placements can be very helpful to gain experience, to clarify your career goals, or to place yourself in a more competitive position for a job or graduate school after you graduate from Roosevelt.  Locating and obtaining an internship position is a lot like finding a job -- it takes planning, effort, research, and persistence.  The good news is that there are opportunities that we provide for you at the university and beyond.

1.  eRecruiting - The Office of Career Development subscribes to eRecruiting for students and alumni.  This is definitely the place to start the process. You can log on to this site by using your student ID as your user name and password.  After you log in, create a profile (it is really easy), and then search for job opportunities and internships in psychology and beyond!  You just need to enter keywords for the type of job as well as your city/state.  Also, try clicking on "more search options," which will lead you to another window that has a pull down menu listing job areas.  Choosing terms such as counseling, health service, community service, social work, or childcare may be a good way to find openings in the helping professions.

2.  Volunteermatch.org - Volunteermatch.org is the largest directory of volunteer opportunities.  There are different ways to search.  You can choose one of the "cause areas" like children & youth or health & medicine.  You can also enter in search terms like "psychology" or "psychology internship" and see what results appear. Other volunteer databases that are similar include www.idealist.org, www.chicagocares.org, and www.allforgood.org.

3.  There are databases that are specifically designed to list internships that you can find on the web.  The most popular ones are Internship.com, Internjobs, Simplyhired, and Internmatch.  Check each of them out by entering terms like "psychology" or "psychology internship."

4.  LinkedIn - Have you used LinkedIn to set up a profile or network?  It certainly can be a great resource.  It can be used to find a summer internship (see the link I provided), or you can enter a range of different searches.

5.  Our department's blog page - We occasionally receive notices of local internships throughout the year.  When we do, I place them on our blog and on our Facebook page.  Check out the opportunities we have recently highlighted.

6.  A final strategy that students use is to contact sites directly and ask if they accept undergraduate volunteers or interns.  Places to call in your neighborhood include local social service agencies, hospitals, mental health centers, schools, or similar organizations.  There are online directories of such locations, such as Community Resources Online.

As you can see, there are lots of avenues to explore as you search for an internship.  Be aware that it is likely that you'll need to outreach many places before you find your match.  Many students are looking just like you, and sites often don't have the resources to supervise and coordinate as many interns as express an interest.  There's often an interview process and sometimes background checks  for interns who work in the helping fields as well, so patience and persistence are important as you search, too.  Also, you'll find that some sites only have internship opportunities for graduate students.  They're looking for more experience as well -- just be sure that you pay attention to who is eligible to serve at the different locations to ensure that there's the right fit.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Dr. Lorna London, Clinical Psychologist, Joins the Department

Hello!  My name is Lorna London and I am delighted to join the faculty at Roosevelt University.  I am an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Training in the Department of Psychology.  I received my B.S. in psychology from the University of Iowa (Go Hawkeyes!) and my Ph.D. in Clinical Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina. 

My research interests involve health psychology and how the integration of medical and psychological health care can promote health and wellness in children, adolescents and adults.  I am also interested in multicultural issues.  In particular, I am interested in how children develop their own ethnic identity and learn to work collaboratively with others from diverse cultural backgrounds.  There are many opportunities for students from both the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses to become involved in various aspects of these research projects.  If you are interested in joining our research teams, please feel free to stop by my office (405D Gage Bldg.) or drop me an email (llondon02@roosevelt.edu).  I’d be happy to share additional information with you and welcome you to our team. 

Since coming to Roosevelt University, I have taught Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy, Psychopathology, Developmental Psychopathology, Health Psychology and Mental Health Practice Across Settings.  I enjoy finding ways of making psychology come alive in the classroom by using interactive projects and demonstrations.  I find that one of the best ways for students to excel in the field of psychology is to find ways to put theory into practice.  Through lecture, discussion, case studies, videos and small group activities, we explore clinical issues in an interesting and challenging way.

In addition to my academic work, I also maintain a private practice, where I offer individual and family therapy services to clients in the western suburbs.  My research and teaching help to inform my clinical practice, and my clinical practice stimulates my research and teaching.  They all go hand in hand.  I am excited when I can share with students the myriad of experiences provided in our psychological training.

Volunteerism is also an important aspect of my life.   Whether working on behalf of the impoverished or marginalized, the young or old, I find that living the mission of social justice brings important meaning to the work I do.  So, if you’d like to join me on the journey of making a difference in our world, from a psychological or social justice perspective, you would be most welcome.  I look forward to meeting you and working with you.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Paid Summer Fellowship Opportunity in Evanston

I’m contacting you on behalf of Youth Organizations Umbrella, Inc. (Y.O.U.), a leading youth services agency in Evanston, IL. We offer an array of year-round services – from afterschool enrichment and mentorship to clinical counseling and crisis intervention – that support more than 1,000 youth annually. 

We have an exciting opportunity to offer to upper-undergraduate and graduate students and, because we believe this opportunity relates to your department’s area of study, were hoping you could help pass the word to students within your department. Y.O.U. is now seeking applicants for its Summer 2015 Inspire Fellows Program. Inspire Fellows serve as workshop leaders and counselors for Y.O.U.'s 9 -week summer program. Fellows are chosen to develop and facilitate specific workshops in one area such as the arts, literature, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Digital Arts/Media, Life Skills or recreational activities. 

The fellowship offers students a full-time opportunity to learn best-practices in youth development and to prepare for a career in youth development, the arts, education, or the non-profit sector.

The fellowship also comes with a stipend and we have about 66 openings for Fellows. Students can visit www.inspirefellowsprogram.org for more information and to apply.

We would love if you would pass this email and/or opportunity on to both undergraduate and graduate students who might have an interest in this opportunity. Thank you for your help!

Best Regards,
Tara Dolan
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Tara Dolan
Human Resources Coordinator
Y.O.U.
1027 Sherman Ave. Evanston, IL 60202

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Interested in Paid Summer Research Opportunities?

Would you like to want to learn more about research over the summer?  There are amazing research internship programs for psychology undergraduates that are hosted by different universities that we learn about during the year.  We place these opportunities on our Facebook page

We've recently received information about programs at New York University, UCLA, and Western Kentucky University.  These are paid opportunities that provide students with a stipend, housing, and meals.  Check them out to learn more about these programs and how to apply to them.

Study Psychology Abroad

Have you ever thought about studying abroad as part of your education at Roosevelt?  The Psychology Department wants to make this incredible opportunity easier for you.  We have developed detailed plans for which courses to choose at two programs in Europe -- University of Sussex and the Danish Institute for Study Abroad.  Both have many course options and have established relationships with the university.

Click here to learn more about study abroad at Roosevelt.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Dr. Toshio Murase, Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, Joins our Department


Hello, my name is Toshio Murase, an Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology program at Roosevelt University. I obtained my Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from University of Central Florida and completed my post-doctoral training at Northwestern University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

I have been fascinated about collaborative power that enables people to achieve marvelous projects which no one can accomplish alone. My research areas include the following areas: teams, leadership, social networks, and measurement issues. Specifically, I am interested in investigating (a) how leaders across multiple levels of an organization manage complex collaboration systems, (b) how multiple teams can collaboratively achieve team-level and department/organization-level objectives, and (c) how effectively researchers can evaluate and measure the quality of collaborative and interactive processes.

I am currently teaching MA-level research methods (PSYC 530) and Ph.D. intermediate statistics (PSYC 771) courses. My teaching philosophy is as follows: I strive to challenge myself to think and look at the world differently and uniquely. This is my philosophy of life. Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” which has been the critical driver of my life. I take this thinking to my teaching style and the way I see higher education. As a result, I am a strong believer that higher education should be a place for intellectual development and growth that is largely free from a fear of failure or, in other words, not motivated solely by academic “performance.” Through their education students acquire a knowledge-base of the world, reexamine their previous belief structure, and challenge their thoughts and stretch their mind. Building on this thinking, my most core philosophy for higher education is to support students to achieve their own goals and to provide new perspectives through which students can view their world differently. I try to structure courses which are built with innovative teaching ideas and thought-provoking exercises to engender a challenging learning environment.

Students who have been under the protection of parents leave them for the first time to start exploring their life and understand the meaning of it on their own. As a teacher, it is my responsibility to provide a challenging, but psychologically safe, environment in order to encourage intellectual stimulation and allow students to comfortably question their own thinking and prior knowledge.

If you have any questions about my research, please feel free to contact me (Schaumburg 360-L. tmurase@roosevelt.edu).

Introduction to Restorative Justice and Peace Circles

Introduction to Restorative Justice and Peace Circles
Oct. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Building, Room 410.

Restorative justice is about building relationships, open and honest communication, repairing harm, equal voice, respect, empathy and healing. This workshop will introduce the concept of restorative justice and present examples of how it is being deployed in Chicago today.

Peace circles are one example of this practice. They create safe spaces for authentic youth and inter-generational engagement. At this workshop we will explore ways to build positive relationships and healthy communities through restorative justice . You will learn the power of the circle by experiencing the circle process .

Space is limited. RSVP: nmichaels@roosevelt.edu