Psychology at Enrichment
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell? Do you own a pair of Freudian slippers? Are you a people watcher? Do you find yourself wondering why people behave the way they do? Do you like to figure out what makes people tick? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then maybe a summer psychology class is for you!
Why take the summer psychology course?
Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. Simple experiments like how color or music affect behavior are all part of psychology. Psychologists’ observations help researchers understand humans better including everyday behaviors and disorders that impact people.
At JKCP we offer a Psychology class all summer long that students can take Monday through Friday for either the morning or afternoon session. That's 12.5 hours of psychology each week. We select our instructors for both their expertise and their love for what they do best. This passion makes each class engaging, fun and really different than your typical high school class. This isn’t just a lecture-style class taking notes and test-taking. The goal is to dive into different areas of psychology and develop an interest and deeper understanding in the subject. Whether that is testing out a hypothesis through experiments or working with your classmates to discuss human behavior - this class will help you understand the possibilities this interesting branch of science offers.
Students usually opt to take this course for a few reasons:
- Many high schools don’t offer psychology as a class and this is a great opportunity to see if this is a subject that is interesting to you.
- Some students are already interested in psychology and want to dive deeper into the subject. The small class size, informal and fun atmosphere and professional instructors make this the perfect opportunity to explore a new area of psychology.
- You are preparing to take a psychology class in the upcoming school year and want to get a jump start. This class can help you prepare for the class and ensure you start the school year with the right mindset.
- To try something completely new! Sometimes you just want to try something you haven’t even considered before. Some other classes to consider are: Law, Cooking, Runway Fashion
Careers in Psychology and the Path to Get There
There is a wide range of career options in the field of psychology and depending on the career, the steps to get there can be very different. You can work in a psychology field with just a master’s degree, but a clinical psychologist and many other careers will require a doctorate.
While you are in high school it is a great time to start thinking about your career path. You can begin by taking other classes like chemistry and biology which will also be prerequisites on your path to a psychology career. Determining if this is the right career path for you in high school can help you find the right college or university, perhaps one with a specialty option you are interested in.
Disciplines of Psychology
These psychologists work in organizations and study ways to improve worker productivity and employee retention. These types of psychologists also work in research fields where they conduct studies to find answers to those same questions.
This is the largest area of psychology and also includes many sub-fields. These jobs are located in mental health centers, hospitals and private practices. There are also a lot of sub-fields such as substance abuse, child mental health, health psychology and many more.
School Psychologist work with all ages of students along with teachers and parents to help understand, asses and treat issues.
This is similar to Clinical Psychologists, but they focus more on treating and advising people on how to deal with everyday living and they typically deal with people who have less serious issues.
Provide expertise in the legal system. But be warned, this career is rarely as it seems in your favorite crime-drama series. These types of psychologists usually practice theory in courtrooms and are not typically involved in investigations.
you can read here for a full list of recognizes specialties from the American Psychological Association.
About JKCP's Summer Enrichment Classes:
JKCP’s Enrichment program is a summer pre-college enrichment program for high school students that is designed to let you explore new subjects and master existing hobbies. Students get a taste of college life on the Villanova University campus and the chance to meet new friends from all over the world. You can choose one morning and one afternoon class for each week to customize the best summer experience.
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