Journal Guidelines

Journal Guidenlines

PSY 1900 Supervised Field Placement may be used to fulfill the general elective for the psychology degree, and because of this you are expected to produce a journal of upper-level quality to satisfy the academic component of the experience. This is a required part of earning the credits and is in addition to any requirements of the site. Supervised field placement is meant to give you experience in the field of psychology as well as contribute to your professional and personal goals and awareness. Journals give you the opportunity to pull together thoughts, feelings, insights, likes/dislikes, and ideas about future careers or education.

Do not include the actual names of clients/patients. Indicate in your journal that names have been changed.

Journal Cover Page

Please do not turn in your journal in a folder/binder. Include only a cover page with the following information:

Email address
Phone number
Term registered and date
Placement site and supervisor’s name

Journal Entry Format

Your journal should have one cover page and daily journal entries. Please use bold headings to indicate the sections outlined below. he length of your comments for each section will likely vary from day to day based upon your activities but should be no more than one page typed in 12 pt. font, double spaced with 1” margins and be as thorough as possible. .

Hours completed for this entry: (e.g., 4 hours)
Description: (how your time was spent: responsibilities, interactions with clients and/or staff)
Observations: (client improvements, theories/techniques observed that were discussed in one of your classes, what you learned today, your view of how the organization functions, interesting dynamics between clients or between clients and staff, etc.)
Personal reflection: (how you felt about the day’s experience and observations, what you are getting from this experience, how is this experience relating to your own life and potential career aspirations, any insights about professional goals, insights into personal strengths/weaknesses or skills/interests, do you like this type of work, any situation you would’ve handled differently, etc.).

* We recognize that at some sites, students may do many of the same things most days. Feel free to discuss how your comfort level has changed, any new responsibilities, any questions that come to light for you, etc.