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Service Learning: Protecting the Vulnerable

In a service-learning course primary learning comes from direct engagement in community service.  In this course, students serve as the Travis County Probate Court representatives (i.e., Court Visitors) and inspect residential conditions and quality of care provided to adults with intellectual disabilities, who have court-appointed guardians. Approximately 70% of class time is designated for serving as a Court Visitor and field trips. You will learn about legal issues related to providing care to persons living with intellectual disability, visit various residential facilities for ID adults (i.e., supported living centers, group homes, nursing homes), interact with a wide range of professionals involved in providing care to persons living with intellectual disabilities (e.g., lawyers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, direct-care staff), and observe legal proceedings for involuntary commitments to mental hospitals.

The course is recommended for students interested in pursuing careers in clinical/counseling psychology or legal professions.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Dr. Maria Czyzewska at mc07@txstate.edu.

Testimonials of prior PSY 3338/HON 3339G course participants