The TCC (End of Course Project) is activity developed in the last two semesters of the psychology course. It represents a culmination of the work of the student undertaken during the course, and utilizes both theoretical and practical knowledge, stimulating critical reflection, and awareness of the opportunities open to psychologists. The public presentation of the work at an event that brings together the academic community of UPM and guests, provides an opportunity for students to share their work with a wider audience.
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The course provides two types of internships: The basic internship, associated with specific disciplines contained in the curriculum, and the mandatory specialized internships, undertaken by students during the ninth and tenth stages, which involve supervised practice in at least three possible areas of work in the job market. These take place in the last two stages of the course, with weekly supervision of 4 hours and a maximum of 8 students per class; with two main areas of study: clinical cases, and promotion and prevention public health programs. The first focuses on individual clinical care and the second on institutional activities.
In the first area, the student develops their internship in brief psychotherapy (working with children, adolescents and adults) and in health care (hospital, CAPS etc.), the second emphasis involves an internship in institutions in the following areas: community psychology, education, law, occupational and organizational psychology.
These activities take place outside the course subjects, with the purpose of expanding professional training, and enabling the development of skills and knowledge not covered by the curriculum subjects.
All students are required to undertake at least two hundred (200) hours of these activities over the course in the following categories: Education - acquisition and/or transmission of knowledge, culture and general education that complement the course curriculum: Research - activities involving student participation in the development, research and replication of knowledge, methodologies and intervention procedures, as well as the dissemination of the results of these actions in scientific events or publications. Extension - activities at the interface between the university and the community, such as extra-curricular internships, and volunteer work.
The extension activities in the psychology course aim to enable the student to understand community needs. The teachers coordinate several projects in institutions such as companies, hospitals, and schools, offering the community access to research and strategies in the area of psychology. These practical activities always take place under the guidance of academic staff, helping to maintain a creative exchange with the community, and providing the student with training for future work in psychology.
The Psychology course has a strong emphasis on research and encouraging students to develop scientific thinking from the start of training. The disciplines that teach research run through the course from start to finish, but the involvement of students in research projects is also encouraged by UPM through the Institutional Introduction to Scientific Program (PIBIC/PIVIC). The scientific initiation program involves undergraduate students in of academic research in several areas of knowledge.