Master of Arts in Community Counseling
Practicum and Internship Policies and Procedures
The process of training counselors includes gaining theoretical knowledge and understanding. Just as important in this process is the inclusion of experiential learning to apply the knowledge and to develop the skills necessary to be an effective counselor. The purpose of this practicum and internship experience is to achieve integration of theory into practice, solidify clinical skills, and allow students to have
While both the practicum and internship involve actual on-site counseling experience, each differs in its scope and purpose. The practicum is designed to give the student a limited experience in a specialized area of counseling and is supervised by both a designated on-site supervisor and a faculty supervisor. The internship provides the student not only with counseling experience but also with experience in all aspects of professional functioning, (e.g., referral, assessment, staff presentations, and use of community resources). Both practicum and internship students are required to
Early planning for practicum and internship experiences is extremely important. Students must be admitted into candidacy before enrolling in their initial field experience (Practicum). A description of candidacy can be found in the Student Handbook. It is important for all students to note that there will be no exceptions to this requirement. The practicum experience is a minimum commitment of 7 hours per week of onsite time for one semester. The internship experience is a minimum of 20 hours per week commitment of on-site time for one semester. The possibility exists for interested students to increase the number of hours of internship per week based on desire and feasibility. Additionally, students who successfully complete Internship I may choose to take a second semester of
Students should begin the process of arranging a practicum or internship at least one semester prior to the beginning of the semester in which they plan to complete the practicum or internship. To arrange a practicum or internship placement, a student should begin by contacting the Practicum Coordinator, who will be available for consultation regarding the various types of practicum experiences available. In addition, the Practicum Coordinator will recommend agencies that can provide training appropriate for the studentís interests and level of skill. Students should be aware that they are competing for placements with other students from
Ethical and Legal Standards
Students are expected to have a working knowledge of and abide by the ethical standards that govern professional practice throughout their fieldwork experiences. These include the American Counseling Association (ACA) ethical standards as well as applicable state and federal laws. Should any specific concerns with regard to appropriate behavior under specific circumstances arise, students are to immediately contact their faculty supervisor. Any violation of ethical or legal standards may result in termination from the Counseling Program. When a concern does not warrant dismissal, a remediation plan must be developed (See the Student Handbook).