Students should be advised that a substantial amount of time is spent in fieldwork to meet practicum and internship requirements. Although most of the courses are offered online, the fieldwork experiences are in person and most commonly completed during daytime hours. Program completion is not typically compatible with full time employment.
Eligibility for enrollment in Practicum (COUN 639) and Internship (COUN 640) requires admission to the Counseling Program and completion of all prerequisites. Because space is limited, students must apply to reserve enrollment for both practicum and internship prior to enrolling in each of these courses. Students cannot register themselves for practicum or internship and may not enroll in more than 3 semester hours of internship credit each semester without prior approval. Students must reserve enrollment by emailing the instructor 6-months prior to the beginning of the semester for which they intend to enroll. The Practicum and Internship Reservation Forms are due a minimum of 2-months prior to the beginning of the semester.
The Clinical Mental Health clinical field experience consists of a full-time practicum (COUN 639) consisting of 100 hours, 40 of which will be in direct client contact and a full-time internship (COUN 640) consisting of 600 hours, 300 of which will be in direct client contact. The nature of this experience should be in a mental health counseling setting and similar to that of a regular counseling position, but with closer supervision. The field experiences will occur at the end of the training program, and the intern is expected to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired in the program.
All prerequisites must be completed before students may enroll in Practicum Counseling: COUN 639. Prerequisites are COUN 531, COUN 533, and COUN 541. With regard to co-requisites, students may enroll in a maximum of two (2) co-requisite courses when they enroll in COUN 639. All other co-requisite courses must be completed before enrolling in 639. Students must have completed all course work prior to enrolling in Internship Counseling: COUN 640. Prerequisites are strictly enforced.
At least one (1) semester prior to enrolling in Practicum (COUN 639) or Internship (COUN 640), the student will obtain approval for an internship site from the appropriate field experiences instructor. A major criterion for selecting a site is the credentials of the agency’s on-site supervisor, namely possession of at least a master’s degree in counseling, psychology, or clinical social work, licensure in such discipline, and two years of experience working in the field. The student must send a resume, and arrange a meeting with the potential site contact for an interview. The student, Site Supervisor and Faculty Supervisor, will then complete an internship contract once the site is agreed upon.
The School Counseling clinical field experience consists of a full-time Practicum (COUN 639) consisting of 100 clinical hours, 20 of which will be in direct client contact and a full-time Internship (COUN 640) consisting of 450 hours, 180 of which will be in direct client contact. The nature of this experience should be in a school counseling setting with responsibilities similar to that of a school counselor, but with close supervision. The field experiences will occur at the end of the training program, and the intern is expected to put into practice knowledge and skills previously acquired.
All prerequisites must be completed before students may enroll in Practicum Counseling: COUN 639. Prerequisites are COUN 531, COUN 533, COUN 541 and COUN 635. With regard to co-requisites, students may enroll in a maximum of two (2) co-requisite courses when they enroll in COUN 639. All other co-requisite courses must be completed before enrolling in 639. Students must have completed all course work prior to enrolling in Internship Counseling: COUN 640. Prerequisites are strictly enforced.
At least one (1) semester prior to enrolling in Practicum (639) or Internship (COUN 640), the student will obtain approval for an internship site from the appropriate field experiences instructor. A major criterion for placement is the credentials of the school’s on-site supervisor, namely possession of at least a master’s degree in school counseling, a school counseling endorsement, and two years of experience working in the field. The student must send a resume, and arrange a meeting with the potential site contact for an interview. The student, Site Supervisor and College Supervisor, will then complete an internship contract once the site is agreed upon.
For more information, please refer to our Counseling Handbooks:
Before you can enroll in practicum or internship, you must have professional liability insurance. Please be sure that you have proof of insurance to show your professor the first day of class making certain the agreement lists your name as policyholder. You may obtain insurance from any provider; however, liability insurance is available at no additional cost with an American Counseling Association (ACA) or American School Counselor Association (ASCA) student membership.
Once admitted to the counseling program students must:
Applications are accepted April 1 through June 1 of each year. Please visit the Nebraska Office of Rural Health website for more information
A limited number of on-campus Graduate Assistant employment opportunities are available for students enrolled in a graduate degree program at Chadron State College. Assistantships offer assignments designed to provide opportunities for supervised educational experiences at the graduate level.
Financial aid is any type of funding used to help pay for school. This can include scholarships, grants, student loans and Work Study.
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Students in the Graduate Counseling Program are held to a higher standard due to anticipated interaction with clients and community members. As prospective counselors, you are expected to represent the College as professionals and adhere to the ethics and standards of the counseling profession. In addition to the Student Code of Conduct, the following Professional Dispositions apply to all students in the Counseling Program before, during, and after your Field Experiences. The standards address affective attributes and general dispositions attributed to a counselor. A corresponding Professional Dispositions Rubric provides further guidance. You will be evaluated on the following:
Dispositions for Counseling Program students are assessed at three points, referred to as Dispositional Decision Points. The three dispositional decision points will include: a) New Student Orientation when students assess themselves early in the program (Entry), b) COUN 639 when students have typically completed approximately half of the program courses (Midpoint), and c) during COUN 640 (Exit) when students affirm their commitment to the dispositions. Students may also be assessed anytime as determined by faculty.
The vast majority of our students emerge as highly effective and ethical graduates who demonstrate knowledge, effectiveness, and commitment to transforming lives by having a positive impact on children, youth, families, communities, and schools. However, occasionally there is a need to remediate students on the dispositional requirements of the profession. These procedures outline the process for tracking student dispositions with the CSC Counseling Program. In any dispositional area, students may receive a 1 rubric rating indicating improvement is needed:
In many cases, bringing the dispositional concern to the student is all the remediation needed to correct the behavior. In other, more serious cases, the dispositional remediation process may include additional activities/strategies as are appropriate. In such cases, a Dispositions Plan of Action should be developed. The faculty member should use the Professional Disposition Plan of Action to outline any long-term strategies or activities that may be required of the student in addressing the disposition concern. This includes any dispositions issue that is ongoing in nature and does not appear to be resolved with a single student conference. The Professional Dispositions Plan of Action will include the student’s expected behavioral changes and responsibilities and outline any additional faulty provided support. The Plan of Action may require the faculty member to periodically follow-up with the student throughout the remediation process. All parties will sign to indicate understanding of and adherence to the coaching and remediation activities indicated in the plan. Students will receive a copy of all completed dispositional assessment forms. A copy of all documentation should be shared with the department chair and faculty advisor, and filed in the individual’s counseling program student record. The faculty member or student may request assistance from the department chair, advisor, or other faculty member in conferencing. The Professional Dispositions Plan of Action form can be found on the Counseling Program SharePoint site.
Periodically, student dispositions will be reviewed by faculty, the Program Director, the Department Chair, and/or the School Dean. If two or more negative assessment incidents are recorded for a student, the program faculty will convene to review the seriousness of the dispositional infractions and make decisions regarding the student’s advancement in the program. Notice of the review will be provided to the student and the student will be given an opportunity to speak on his/her behalf. The following options for action will be considered:
Options 1 and 2 will result in an oversight of the student’s dispositional progress at the program level. The Program Chair, Student Advisor, or appropriate program faculty, will monitor student progress. Further negative dispositional reports may result in a re-convening of program faculty. The Program Director will send written notification of the program faculty decision to the student outlining any additional steps for action as appropriate. A copy of this letter will be provided to the Department Chair.
Option 3 will result in a recommendation for denial of advancement to the School Dean. The Program Director, Department Chair, and School Dean will jointly send written notification of the decision to the student and include information regarding the student’s right of appeal. A student denied progression in the program or recommended for removal from the program may file an appeal with the School Dean. The student’s written request to appeal the program dispositions decision must be received in the Office of the School Dean within 10 business days from the date of the written notification to the student. The right of appeal lies solely with the student.
A student has the right to appeal the decision of the Counseling Program Faculty to deny advancement in his/her program of study. This Disposition appeal must be made to the Dean of Graduate Studies within 10 business days of the date of the notification letter detailing the program decision.
The Graduate Dean shall review the case and provide the student with an opportunity to speak on his/her behalf. The Dean may interview any stakeholders including, but not limited to faculty, staff, or students who have previously assessed or provided documentation of past dispositions. After reviewing all documentation, and interviewing all relevant parties, the Dean will make a recommendation to deny or accept the denial of advancement, with or without conditions.