Understanding the Human Mind

Eligibility Requirements

Rising ninth through 12th graders.


Rice Campus


Session Five: July 15–19

This session will take place from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.


$650; a $100 deposit is due at the time of registration


Program Description

Embark on a captivating exploration of psychology in our week-long summer program tailored for high school students. This engaging experience offers a sneak peek into the scientific marvels of psychology, providing participants with valuable insights into collegiate-level studies, self-discovery, and the art of therapy.

Structured around five dynamic themes, the program commences with an illuminating introduction to the foundations of psychology. As an exciting twist, participants will immerse themselves in an interactive and technology-driven psychology research day where they’ll conduct experiments using statistical tools and assessment kits. This hands-on experience promises a deeper understanding of research methodologies and data analysis, empowering students with practical skills.

On psychotherapy day, students will step into the roles of both the counselor and the client in a unique and immersive role-playing session. This experiential approach offers a firsthand understanding of therapeutic dynamics, adding a practical layer to theoretical knowledge. The week concludes with a comprehensive exploration of psychology careers and admissions, providing valuable insights into diverse professional paths within the field.

Beyond the classroom, our program ensures a well-rounded experience. Join us for an unforgettable week where curiosity meets psychology prowess, blending knowledge with engaging activities. Get ready for a dynamic journey into the fascinating world of the human mind!

Learning Objectives

  • Develop a deep appreciation for psychology as both a science and an art form, gaining insights into its multifaceted nature
  • Acquire knowledge about the diverse careers within the field of psychology and understand how psychological principles apply to various aspects of daily life
  • Explore multicultural and ethical considerations in clinical psychology, enhancing your awareness of the cultural dimensions influencing psychological practices
  • Address the stigma surrounding mental illness and discover effective strategies for its elimination, fostering a more empathetic and informed perspective on mental health

Example Activities

  • Let’s Design an Experiment: Dive into the world of hands-on psychology by creating and conducting simple experiments using everyday items. It’s all about exploring cognitive or behavioral concepts in a fun and interactive way, giving us a taste of what psychological research is all about.
  • Therapy Board Game Extravaganza: Get ready for a board game session that simulates group therapy scenarios. As we play, we’ll unravel the intricacies of communication, empathy, and problem-solving, all while enjoying a lighthearted approach to understanding psychotherapy.
  • The Ultimate Psychology Debate: Join me in a friendly debate on fascinating psychology topics. Let’s dive into research, present our viewpoints, and engage in a spirited discussion. It’s a fantastic way to foster critical thinking skills and have a bit of intellectual fun.
  • And more!


Vardha Kharbanda, Ph.D. student studying clinical psychology at Illinois Tech


Questions about the application process? Email them to precollege@iit.edu.