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Professional Practice: Field Experiences

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 in the evening, the fieldwork experiences are 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 for both practicum and internship at least one semester prior to enrolling in each of these courses. See appendices for practicum and internship applications. Depending upon course availability, students who have submitted an application, and completed the forms required will be registered for the course. 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.

COUN 639: Practicum Reservation Form

COUN 640: Internship Reservation Form

 

Professional Liability Insurance

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 cost with an American Counseling Association (ACA) student membership (1-800-347-6647 x284, www.counseling.org).

 

Clinical Mental Health Counseling 

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 (2) year’s 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.

 

School Counseling 

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 (2) years’ 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:

Counseling Practicum Handbook

Counseling Internship Handbook

Counseling Supervisor Handbook

 

For more information, please contact Dr. Susan Schaeffer, Field Experiences Coordinator, at susschaeffer@csc.edu.

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