Strands of a System: Psychology Capstone
Using a portfolio design which encompasses all the of the signature assignments the student has created in the major courses as a basis, the lead instructor works closely with the student to learn about his/her future goals, and how best to achieve them. The faculty then mentors the student in the direction of the chosen post-graduation destination, whether that be going on to graduate school, or finding work. There will be a final, summative project in the capstone, one which must demonstrate broad integrated learning, as well as an applied ethical lens to some aspect of psychology that spoke to the student. The final project then will be the crowning achievement to burgeoning portfolio. Alumni, outside mentors, adjunct faculty, and leaders from within the counseling community, in conjunction with the lead faculty member, can collaborate to help student placements in real-world occupational settings as well.