The professional school's training program is an integral part of
its public service commitment. As soon as students possess the
necessary psychological service skills, they provide these services
under supervision in applied settings.
All three of GSAPP's
training programs have extensive links to the community. Many of these
links are channeled through the school`s Center for Applied Psychology,
the "teaching hospital" of GSAPP.
An ongoing project at the
local level is the Rutgers/ Somerset Counseling Project, a family- and
community-based intervention and prevention research program that
reaches young people at serious risk and their families. It was begun
by Drs. Brenna Bry and Nancy Boyd-Franklin in 1993 in conjunction with
a local Baptist church and intermediate and high school principals. The
project has three main service components: (1) school-based student
counseling, (2) home-based family therapy, and (3) school-based
aggression prevention groups. It provides an excellent opportunity for
GSAPP students to learn family therapy and community psychology
interventions. Approximately 30 students have participated in the
program each year since its inception.
The Project to Recruit
Adoptive Families for African-American School-Aged Children (on behalf
of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services, or DYFS) and
an organizational assessment of Work First New Jersey (for the New
Jersey Department of Human Services' Division of Family Development)
are examples of recently completed innovative public services offered
through the Center for Applied Psychology. Additionally, practicum
placements involve more than a dozen school districts, specialized
schools, community mental health centers, hospitals, hospice programs,
and urban programs for youths and families.