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*View the PowerPoint presentation located on this page to learn more about how the practicum and internship process works.
Students are encouraged to explore internship experiences tailored to their individual needs and interests, in line with their own particular professional goals and talents. For School Counseling (Pupil Personnel Services Program) counselor-trainees, K-12 public schools range from urban to suburban to rural. For rehabilitation majors, the site supervisor must be a CRC or a CCDCIII for chemical dependency students. For students intending to become a Professional Clinical Counselor, the site supervisor must be licensed as an LPCC or PCC with the supervision endorsement. Supervision modalities are varied, but always include reviews of audiotapes or videotapes of a variety of counseling sessions. The immediate geographical area offers a rich array of field sites. Site locations include:
Marriage and family counseling centers
Community mental health centers
Inpatient and outpatient settings
Substance abuse treatment facilities
Human services agencies working with disabilities and/or the chemically dependent
Current Practicum and Internship Sites
Beginning Fall semester 2012, an average of 7 clock hours per week for Fall and Spring semesters and 9 clock hours per week for summer semester are required for a minimum of 100 total clock hours on site. Of these 100 hours, 40 clock hours are required of direct contact with clients (individual, couple, marriage and family and or group counseling, appraisal and consultation). At least 25% of the direct contact time should be individual counseling and at least 25% group counseling, e.g., it could be 45% individual, 45% group and 10% assessment, or any combination. A minimum of 1 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the PCC-S Site Supervisor is required.
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling Internships are 600 clock hours of on-site experience.
Beginning Fall semester 2012, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Counseling Internships require a total of 6 graduate credits of CNL 8670. The student is required to complete a minimum of 600 clock hours on-site. Of these 600 hours, 240 clock hours shall be direct client contact hours. At least 10 % of the direct contact time must be individual counseling. At least 10 % of the direct contact time must be group counseling. See manuals for specific major requirements.
Rehabilitation Counseling students are required to complete a total of 6 graduate credits of RHB 8670 for a minimum of 600 hours at the internship site.
Artifacts are required for all majors except School Counseling. Information regarding artifacts (strands) can be found in the practicum and internship manuals for each major. It is important to review this information before submitting artifacts.
Artifacts are assignments from select classes that are prerequisites to practicum/internship. These specific assignments must be submitted and kept on-file for advisor review, in order to comply with University requirements. Below are checklists for the artifact requirements for each specialization. Please review in order to know which assignments must be submitted as artifacts.
Business & Organizational Management
Clinical Mental Health
Marriage & Family
RHB Severe Disabilities
RHB Chemical Dependency
Following are deadlines for practicum and internship application (Appendix I), proof of professional liability insurance, program of study, and unofficial academic transcript. Contract (Appendix II), supervisor information sheet (Appendix III), copy of supervisor's license, site information sheet (Appendix IV), and copies of counselor trainee application form (for those working toward a PC or PCC license or working at a community mental health center) are due two weeks later. Questions should be addressed before the due dates. Deadlines are firm. No exceptions!
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Practicum and Internship Manuals are available online (listing on the left of this page). Just click on the links and you can download the appropriate manual.
If you are looking for some help in picking out possible Practicum or Internship sites, there is a list of recent sites and supervisors (with contact information) available from the Graduate Assistant in M072 CAC.
If you have any questions please contact your Program Advisor or the Graduate Assistant for practicum and internships, Brittany Lane.
Contacting the Human Services Graduate Assistant for Practicum and Internship
(Please note that email is the best way to reach the GA during the summer months!)
Information on various companies offering liability insurance is available in M052. You do not need to be a member of a professional organization in order to get insurance. However, students are encouraged to join their respective professional organization.
Applications for membership to the:
American Counseling Association (ACA)
American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
National Rehabilitation Association (NRA)
American School Counseling Association (ASCA)