PY 397 gives you the opportunity to receive academic credit for participating in service activities in the community that involve the application of psychological knowledge. It is taken on a Pass/Fail basis.

Supervisors and Settings

Supervisors and settings for PY 397 vary widely, but often involve a clinic, center, or other setting that provides mental health or related psychological services. Historically, students have participated in community practica at such agencies as the Crisis Center, Family Court, Department of Human Resources, and Children's Hospital. The basic requirements are:
  1. the student must be engaged in meaningful work of a psychological nature, and
  2. the student must be supervised by a psychologist, licensed counselor, or other qualified professional.


Although PY 397 has no prerequisites beyond PY 101: Introductory Psychology, we recommend that you first complete appropriate course work. For example, if you want to participate in providing mental health services at the Crisis Center, consider first taking PY 218: Abnormal Psychology or PY 319: Psychopathology and Culture. If your community practicum involves working with children, then PY 212: Developmental Psychology should be completed first.

How to Proceed

If you are interested in gaining community practicum experience, check out UAB's Service Learning website.

You are responsible for making arrangements with the outside agency to participate in community work related to the field of psychology. In order to receive credit, you must also obtain prior approval from the Director of Undergraduate Studies and receive supervised experience at the community site.  If you have questions about whether a site or activity is likely to be approved, feel free to contact Dr. Hopkins ahead of time, preferably by email.

Note:  Be sure to read the General Information on PY 397 and PY 396/398 and complete the required forms if you are interested in enrolling in this course.