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The Clarkson-St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Partnership

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A Professional Partnership

Clinical Experience for Clarkson Psychology Majors 

Clarkson has established a professional partnership with the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center (SLPC) to give our undergraduate students the rare opportunity to observe — and conduct — clinical work in a professional setting.

Throughout an entire semester, participating students will spend a full day each week at the SLPC, working with psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers. These students will encounter a wide range of patients, including children and adolescents, adults and sexual offenders.

Participating students will observe SLPC professionals providing the Center’s comprehensive patient services:

Individuals meeting in a group
  • individual and group counseling
  • diagnostic evaluation
  • psychological testing
  • crisis intervention
  • psychopharmacology
  • medical evaluation
  • vocational assessment
  • education
  • socialization
  • task and skill training
  • physical therapy
  • structured learning therapy
  • occupational therapy
  • recreational therapy

A Rare Opportunity
Giving Clarkson Students a Tremendous Advantage

At the SLPC, students will shadow psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and social workers while observing group therapy sessions and treatment team meetings. Students will also lead a therapy session under the supervision of a staff professional.

A Center for Advanced Psychiatric Care

The St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center (about 30 miles from Clarkson’s Potsdam campus) is home to three residential programs: Adult Services, a Sex Offender Treatment Program and Children/Youth Services. In addition to providing a full range of inpatient services, the SLPC also offers outpatient care options, including clinics and sustained treatment programs.

Few, if any, undergraduate psychology programs offer students this level
of professional immersion and clinical experience.

Participating students learn SLPC security protocol. As the University’s other professional partnerships have demonstrated, students with experience working within top-level safety guidelines gain an advantage when seeking graduate and professional positions.

The course accepts six students per semester, with a ratio of two students to each board-certified mental health care professional at the Center. Allowing for more direct communications between SLPC professionals and students, it will also minimize disruption of on-going therapies, while SLPC administration and staff constantly monitor student and patient activity.

Each week, in addition to working at SLPC, students attend a two-hour, on-campus meeting with faculty members in Clarkson’s Department of Psychology. These meetings give students the opportunity to discuss their experiences at SLPC, make informal presentations and get critical feedback on developing treatment plans and methodologies.

The Clarkson-St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center Experience

  • A semester-long course, open only to Clarkson Psychology majors.
  • Six credits.
  • Each week, participating students work with board-certified psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers as they treat patients at the St. Lawrence Psychiatric Center in Ogdensburg, N.Y.
  • Weekly, two-hour classes on campus for students to reflect on and discuss their time at SLPC.
  • A University vehicle will be available to students driving between campus and the SLPC. Each student pays $90 to cover the cost of gas and other transportation expenses.
  • Six students are selected each semester.

To Apply

Applications must include GPA and a short essay, explaining the student’s interest in the course and how it will help advance personal and professional goals. These materials must be submitted to Dr. Lisa Legault at llegault@clarkson.edu

For more information about the course, contact your academic advisor or course director Dr. Lisa Legault.