Northeastern Illinois University Associate Professor of Psychology Lisa Hollis-Sawyer has written a book that provides students with practical advice for preparing and conducting on-site field training in a variety of applied professions.
“In the Field: A Field Experience Manual for Internship and Service Learning Students” was published in March by Academic Publishers. The book offers students weekly learning goals, case studies, informational asides, exercises and discussion questions to engage them throughout their internship or service-learning placement.
“I wrote this book to guide the student at different levels of education and discipline through the sometimes complicated ‘path’ of finding and conducting field-related training through a service learning or internship experience,” Hollis-Sawyer said.
Professions in areas such as psychology and social work have in-field training applied to working with diverse populations, such as community program services for older adults. Classroom learning applied to the field through this type of type of training helps students expand and deepen their knowledge bases and professional development.
“There is no other book that breaks down the process of doing this professional training in a step-by-step manner,” Hollis-Sawyer said. “The book is designed to help demystify this critical learning experience for students in many different fields of training.”
Since 2000, Hollis-Sawyer has authored or co-authored five books, including “Women and Positive Aging: An International Perspective,” which she co-wrote with Associate Professor of Psychology Amanda Dykema-Engblade in March of 2016.