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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Susan Richardson, MA, PsyD (Private Practice)
Description: Your Practicum in Psychology: A Guide for Maximizing Knowledge and Competence "is written to prepare undergraduate psychology and social work students for what is typically their first supervised training in the field of psychology."
Purpose: The text is written to help students select a practicum and how to maximize their training and education at the site once they begin.
Audience: The book is specifically written for undergraduate psychology or social work students preparing for practicum.
Features: The text covers selection of practicum sites, the populations typically served and the work that is usually done by undergraduate students during training. There is also some attention given to preparing students for working in a medical setting, e.g., psychotropic basics and an index to medical terminology and shorthand.
Assessment: This book nicely covers the work of selecting and succeeding at a practicum site, particularly a medical one. It is written in a very approachable manner that is sure to be soothing to the anxious student just beginning their work in a helping profession. My only reservation is the busy student who is already reading 200+ pages per week for university work may not have time or energy to utilize what is offered in the text and may rely on advice given by teachers and older students.