H. Frederick Sweitzer and Mary A. King— The Successful Internship: Transformation and Empowerment in Experiential Learning. Wadsworth Publishing, 2003
The Successful Internship leads social science students through the internship experience. Its approach is both academic and personal. The authors describe a path of challenge and transformation. A five-stage model of the internship process is presented. These stages are: anticipation, disillusionment, confrontation, competence, and culmination. This framework helps to structure the internship experience. The book provides concrete tools that build the foundation for successful field/practicum experience. It also addresses concerns, emotions, needs, and unique personal challenges that characterize internship and field experience. It has a strong emphasis on meaning making and self-reflection, understanding one’s personal experiences in an internship setting, and helping to process and articulate their personal and professional impact. This is particularly valuable for SPE educators. H. Frederick Sweitzer is Professor of Human Services at the University of Hartford in Connecticut, and the Associate Dean of the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions. Mary A. King is a professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences at Fitchburg State College in Massachusetts. Both Fred and Mary have over twenty years of experience in a range of human services professions, including supervisory experience.
Brian N. Baird— The Internship, Practicum, and Field Placement Handbook: A Guide for the Helping Professions, 5th edition. Prentice Hall, 2008
This book is intended for interns and supervisors of helping professions. It aims to bridge the gap between academic and practical learning, fostering more effective participation in professional helping roles. It draws from an array of helping professions, as well as from the author’s experience. It is organized both chronologically and topically. Discussions include: the role of the intern, expectations, learning goals, ethics, legal issues, risk management, peer groups, supervision, working with diversity, clinical writing, records and progress notes, stress, and self-care. As a handbook this book also contains numerous practical resources, such as forms and checklists for learning agreements, evaluation, ethical guidelines, and treatment and informed consent forms. The fourth edition incorporates the newest version of the APA ethics code, and the applications of technology to treatment and record keeping, and managed care. This book is an excellent reference for interns, instructors, and supervisors involved in internship, practicum, and field placements in psychology, social work, counseling, and related disciplines, including spiritual care. Brian N. Baird is the former chairman of the Department of Psychology at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington, and a licensed clinical psychologist. He is also a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Washington’s 3rd congressional district.