Psi Chi events
- Meetings - Psi Chi meetings take place approximately every other week during the fall and spring semesters (time, day and location chosen at beginning of each semester). These meetings are open to all Psi Chi members, as well as psychology majors/minors interested in joining.
- "All About Psychology" Fair - Held each semester, this fair is open to all psychology majors and minors. Attendees are able to meet with representatives from in and outside of VCU. For example, VCU psychology doctoral students are available to answer questions about graduate school, and VCU faculty members are available to discuss their respective programs (e.g., Psychology, Nursing, Education, and Social Work). Representatives from outside organizations (e.g., ChildSavers, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority) provide information about possible internships/volunteer work, as well as educational materials. Attendees can also obtain guidance on CV/resume building, applying to graduate school, 492/494 courses, and more.
- Mentorship Program - This program introduces students to various topics in psychology (e.g., research methods and ethics) and prepares students for a future in the field (e.g., application process to graduate school, potential careers). Program participants are paired with a psychology graduate student from the members' preferred program: Biological/Health, Clinical, Counseling, Developmental, or Social. Participants are then required to attend monthly individual meetings with the graduate student, as well as monthly group workshops. Members who fulfill all requirements earn a certificate of completion. Individuals interested in joining Psi Chi are permitted to attend the monthly workshops.
- Tour of the Center for Psychological Services and Development (CPSD) - Approximately once per semester, Psi Chi members are invited to tour the CPSD. The center, managed by psychology faculty members, provides a training ground for clinical and counseling psychology graduate students. Psi Chi members get an up-close look at the facilities and are able to ask detailed questions about this area of the field.
- Service Projects - Psi Chi is dedicated to servicing the community through volunteer work. Those projects chosen are based on the interests of members who actively participate in our organization. The below section describes some of our previous or ongoing projects.
- The Healing Place (substance abuse treatment center for men): books, towels/washcloths, notebooks
- CARITAS (services for the homeless population): toiletries
- Central Virginia Food Bank (provides food to those in need and educates the community about healthy food choices): all perishable and non-perishable food items
- Richmond Animal Care and Control (animal rescue and adoption services): toys, towels and blankets, collars and leashes, treats
- William Byrd Community House (education, health, and crisis services): books for children
Carver Elementary School Greenhouse Project
Assisting with renovation and cleanup of greenhouse. Future work will include mentoring students on science projects that involve the greenhouse.
Faison School for Autism
Assisted with the annual Pumpkinpalooza Fair to raise money for the school
All psychology majors and minors were invited to attend the showing of a chosen movie (voted on by all Psi Chi members) during select semesters.