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Psych Scoop, 7/21/20

July 21, 2020

July 21st, 2020

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Courses of Interest

1. New Course - PSY 1010 - Introduction to the Psychology of Pandemics - 1 credit - Fall 2020 Online!

This course will increase students’ understanding of how psychological science can inform our understanding of causes, consequences, and responses to pandemics, such as the COVID- 19/Coronavirus. In doing so, it will expose students to the different subdisciplines of psychology so they can understand the wide range of theories and methods employed in the field. This is one of the only psychology courses in which students will be taught by a wide range of psychology faculty with expertise in cognitive and brain science, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, industrial/organization psychology, personality, social psychology, and quantitative/psychometric methods.

This course does not count as Psychology Elective for most Psychology majors or minors - however, there is one exception. Students that transferred in a 3 credit PSY 1001 course may request that this 1XXX level course be applied to the 4th credit towards PSY 1001. You must email us at to request an APAS update for this option.

2. EPSY 3302 - Intro to Communications Skills for Education & Community Settings - 3 credits - Fall 2020

This course is great for anyone who wants to find ways to work better with others. Learn valuable communication skills and concepts as well as techniques to help you reflect on your own communication style.

EPSY 3302 is Wednesdays, 4:40 pm- 7:30 pm

**Completely Online

Instructor: Sherri Turner, Ph.D. (

Note: this course does not count in psychology majors or minors.

3. EPSY 5401 - Counseling Procedures - 3 credits- Fall 2020

According to the American Counseling Association, counseling is the process of building relationships with individuals that empower them to accomplish mental health and wellness, education, and career goals. According to the Positive Psychology movement, counseling can help individuals and communities thrive, cultivating what is best within themselves, and enhancing their experiences of work, love, and play. In this course, you will learn a short-term model of counseling that is rooted in both client empowerment and positive psychology, aimed at helping clients, students, and others manage problems more effectively and develop opportunities more fully. The course relates to the COVID-19 pandemic in that students will learn skills to help others manage stress and isolation, overcome anxiety and fear, and make and implement personally-meaningful choices in their lives. This course is appropriate for individuals whose professional work includes counseling and interviewing and for those interested in advising, counseling, and consulting.

EPSY 5401 is Thursdays, 4:40 pm- 7:30 pm

**Completely Online

Instructor: Sherri Turner, Ph.D. (

Note: this course does not count in psychology majors or minors.

4. Virtual Internships through the Learning Abroad Center - Fall 2020

The Virtual International Internship is a four-credit internship opportunity. It’s critical to learn to adapt, acclimate, discover new ways to contribute and be productive working remotely. Virtual internships combined with the internship course give you an opportunity to learn and develop valuable skills. You’ll work on projects from the US for an international organization in Argentina, Australia, Ecuador, France, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Senegal, Spain, Thailand, or the United Kingdom while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. You’ll apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain experience, expand your skill base, earn four credits from coursework, and maximize your time. While we’ll try to place you in your preferred location, keep in mind that our top consideration is making an appropriate match for your skills, experience, and internship goals. Check out more information on the Learning Abroad Center's website. Application deadlines are dependent on location: August 6th or 15th.


5. Virtual Human Services Career and Internship Fair

Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Staff from a variety of agencies across Minnesota that provide services to people with developmental disabilities and mental health conditions will be offering information and answering questions on current job and internship opportunities and more. Zoom meeting here ((ID: 93249645284, password: Mf89k9).

6. FREE Webinar: Nature Heals - An Introduction to Nature-Based Therapeutics

Wednesday, July 29, 2020, 12:00 pm- 12:45 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and increases pleasant feelings. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it contributes to your physical wellbeing, reducing blood pressure, heart rate, muscle tension, and the production of stress hormones. In this webinar, Dr. Jean Larson, director of nature-based therapeutics at the Bakken Center and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, will introduce you to the rationale, evidence, and benefits of Nature-Based Therapeutics, and explain the critical role of nature in self-care, community-building, and planetary health. Register for the event here.

7. Racial Justice Protests and Social Change: Connecting Local Movements, Stories, and Analysis from Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, Ju1y 29, 2020, 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

In recent weeks, we have witnessed massive protests across our nation and around the globe in response to the murder of George Floyd and the numerous Black men and women murdered by police, including Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and so many more. Peaceful protests have generated violent government and police responses as well as growing pressure on elected officials and policymakers to address demands for the reform, defunding, and/or abolition of police and for racial justice and an end to institutionalized racism. This online workshop will focus on the dynamics of protest in historical and comparative perspective, and the political, social, and cultural impact of protest, examining the conditions under which protests produce, or fail to produce, enduring institutional, cultural, and personal change. In this online workshop, we will learn from the experiences of veteran and current activists as well as scholars and policymakers. Our hope is that this knowledge will contribute to our efforts to better understand the complex relationship between protest and change and to promote systemic change. This scholar-community-student collaboration will explore the historical roots of our contemporary model of policing, racist policing practices and cultures, and various public policy proposals for transforming policing and ensuring racial justice. You are also invited to check out the teach-in website, which includes video interviews with the four engaged scholars who will be helping to lead the Policing Teach-In. More information and links here.

8. MCAN Monday: Supporting BIPOC Businesses

Monday, August 3, 2020, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

It is important for each of us to remember that every action we take matters, including where we put our dollars. We have invited a panel of BIPOC UMN alumni business owners to share their voices and speak to ways we can further support businesses by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). We are so thankful to work with creative and passionate BIPOC business owners and we stand by their fight to end systemic racism. Join us virtually at our next MCAN Monday event to gather in community, hear from our panelists, share resources among one another and discuss action steps that folks can take to directly support BIPOC businesses and community organizations in their respective geographical locations. Register here.


9. *Credit* Decision-Making Laboratory

I will have a weekly or biweekly meeting with the students to help them decide to either do a literature review, help in an existing project, or design a new project. Although no in-person research can be conducted, they can take the time to develop a research question (with our help) and design a project, including both methods and power analysis. This will not only give the student experience in developing a project from scratch but also, if they continue with my lab for the Spring semester, this will give them time to prepare everything to start an experiment, and submit preregistration, so to collect data in the Spring. If at that time it also seems likely that the Spring semester will be remote, then the experiments will be designed so that they can be performed online. In addition, throughout the semester they will also be attending lab meetings and presenting at a lab meeting. This will give them a more complete experience of what it is to work on a research lab. Email Iris Donga Vilares at for more information.


10. Nutritious U Food Pantry Available Over Summer!

The Nutritious U Food Pantry will be offering food to students one day per week at Coffman Memorial Union during the summer months. Students in need can request a bag of groceries using this Food Pantry ordering form. Students can pick up their bag of food at Coffman on Wednesdays from 3-6 pm OR they can choose to have their food delivered to their residence on Wednesday afternoons. Delivery is available for students who live in the following zip codes: 55455, 55454, 55414, 55108, and 55408. Not living on campus? Here are some Minnesota food resources.

11. Reading for Racial Justice

The University of Minnesota Press has collaborated with its authors on an open-access collection of antiracist books, available to read free online through Aug. 31. Access the books here.

12. UMN Libraries Delivery of Print Materials has Started!

This means that upon request, the libraries will scan and digitally deliver print items, such as book chapters and journal articles, via email. For requests of books and other larger items, we will send them to you by U.S. Mail. Here are three ways to make your request:
-Use Libraries search on our website. When you find what you need, request delivery by clicking on the “Get it” button in the search results and a request form will be automatically populated.
-Use any of our licensed databases or WorldCat FirstSearch and the item you choose will auto-populate our request form.
-Go directly to our Interlibrary Loan/Digital Delivery web page and manually complete a request form.

13. Resources for Addressing Systemic Racism from UMAA

As Minnesota and the country continue to reflect on the death of George Floyd and the protests calling for justice, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association (UMAA), in collaboration with the Black Alumni Network, Multicultural Alumni Network, and additional alumni, has gathered resources to help us listen to a variety of alumni voices, learn from faculty experts, and move forward together. This website will be updated regularly as more information becomes available.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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14. Student Worker Position for Admin/Support Services within the Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology is currently hiring an undergraduate student worker to provide administrative support to the CSPRPIB, and Social areas of specialization for the 2020-2021 academic year. Duties of the position will vary, however, the student will generally provide administrative support and assistance with space management and event set-up. For more detailed information, please see the following link. Please know that due to COVID-19, work will be virtually completed during the Fall semester. Therefore, access to a computer and the internet is required. In-person attendance may be required in the Spring semester depending on University recommendations. All undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota who are eligible for work-study and are registered above 6 credits (resident) or 12 credits (non-resident) are encouraged to apply. Strong organization, Time Management, Verbal/Written Communication, and attention to detail are required—as well as proficiency in Google Drive and Microsoft Office Suite. It is also preferred if you have previous experience with Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets, or have a willingness to learn. If hired you will be expected to work about 20 hours a week. For questions, you may email Darian Schwietz at

15. Caregiver - English Rose Suites

Students, start now making a difference in the lives of people with dementia and earn while you’re learning! English Rose Suites will help you build your knowledge and understanding of dementia and other neurological disorders. Learn the meaning of true holistic care from dementia experts. You’ll be part of a team providing hands-on care, and just as important, building loving relationships that enhance the quality of life for your residents. English Rose Suites is a residential care provider located in Edina, offering flexible work schedules and highly competitive pay! Work as little as every other weekend or as much as full time during your breaks and summer vacation. You will start at $15-$18 per hour based on your experience with the potential for a raise after 90 days. No experience or certification necessary and we provide paid training! Contact Jane Geiger at for more information.

16. Pre-Health Student Resource Center: Undergraduate student Teaching Assistant / Office Assistant

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center is looking for an undergraduate student Teaching Assistant / Office Assistant (one position) for the 2020-2021 academic year! This position will be a great fit for any pre-health student with an interest in mentoring and coaching. Preference will be given to students who are juniors or seniors and have previously taken any of our PHSRC courses: AHS 1101, 1102, 1600, 1601, or 2400. The full job description and application instructions are found in the UMN employment site, under Job ID 336641.

17. Human Resources Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Internship- Rise, Inc.

Rise unlocks potential and opens doors to success for people with disabilities or other challenges through creative solutions and customized support. The Human Resources Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Intern will directly assist members of the HR team and DI committee with a wide range of projects related The goal of this internship will be for the candidate to gain a better understanding of the role Human Resources can play in a non-profit setting and be better prepared to work in the human resources field and non-profit sector. Read more and apply on GoldPASS